M33 the Triangulum galaxy


M33 the Triangulum galaxy
Spiral galaxy int he constellation Triangulum located around 3 million light years from Earth.
Imaged from Chiefland Star Party Group field (Luminance) and Ocala, Florida (RGB)
Red, Green and Blue imaged October 21 and 22, 2012 with the Orion 80mm EON
Luminance imaged November 21, 2014 with the Explore Scientific 127mm APO
Imaging camera:  QSI 683 wsg-8
Processed in Photoshop CS5
Losmandy G11 with Gemini 2 German equatorial mount

NGC 281 the PacMan nebula


NGC 281 the Pac Man nebula is an emission nebula in the constellation of Cassiopeia about 9,500 light years from Earth. NGC 281 is home to IC 1590, a star cluster, and several Bok globules. Bok globules are areas of dark, dense dust found in HII regions. These dense areas ungo gravitaional collapse which in turn forms double stars or multiple star systems.
Imaged from Ocala, FL
Imaging telescopes: Astro-Tech 8 inch Ritchey-Chretien telescope (Ha data) and Explore Scientific 127mm CF APO (RGB)
Imaging camera: QSI 683wsg-8
Ha data 3 hours
RGB data 40 min each Red, Green and Blue channel binned 2x2
PS CS5

Losmandy G11 with Gemini II

Widefield of Andromeda


Here is an image in which I combined a recent M31 from Chiefland (taken with the 80mm EON) from this past weekend and blended it to an image I took with a Nikon 180mm ED lens. 
Imaged October 2, 2011 and October 23, 24 and 25, 2014
Imaged from Ocala, FL and Chiefland, Florida
Nikon 180mm ED at f/4 and Orion 80mm EON
Imaging cameras: Canon T1i (Hap Griffin modified) and QSI 683 wsg-8
Losmandy G-11 with Gemini II German equatorial mount
Processed in Photoshop CS5
Registar used to combine galaxies from the two different imaging scales.

M42 the Orion nebula


M42 the Orion nebula
Imaged from Chiefland Star Party Group Field in Chiefland, Florida. This was imaged October 23, 24 and 25, 2014
M42 is a reflection and emission nebula located around 1,344 light years distant in the Orion constellation
Imaging telescope Orion 80mm EON focal length of 480mm 
Imaging camera QSI 683 wsg-8
Losmandy G-11 with Gemini II German equatorial mount

M31 the Andromeda galaxy


I finally was able to make it to dark skies of Chiefland, Florida.  I quickly found that the only way to image galaxies is from dark skies.  Here is M31, the Andromeda galaxy, a Spiral galaxy  around 2.5 million light years distant located in the constellation Andromeda.
Imaged October 23,24 and 25 from Chiefland Star Party Group Field, Chiefland, Florida
Imaging telescope:  Orion 80mm EON with a focal length of 480mm
Imaging camera:  QSI 683wsg-8
Losmandy G11 with Gemini 2 German equatorial mount

For Sale Astro-Tech 8" f/8 Ritchey-Chretien with Moonlight High Resolution Stepper Motor focuser


For sale is an Astro-Tech 8" f/8 Ritchey-Chretien with Moonlight High Resolution Stepper Motor focuser in excellent condition. I am the only owner and user of this scope and focuser. I have owned this scope from February 2012 to the present and was used primarily for AstroPhotography. This scope is in excellent condition with no scratches on the body. The mirror has no blemishes other than the expected dust on the surface.

Specs from the Astronomics web site:
* 1625mm focal length
* 8 inch f/8 true Ritchey-Chretien hyperbolic mirror optical design
* 0.57 arc sec resolution
* low thermal expansion quartz primary and secondary mirrors
* 99% reflectivity non-tarnishing dielectric mirror coatings
* High strength/low thermal expansion carbon fiber optical tube
* ten contrast-enhancing main tube knife edge light baffles
* two dovetail rails, one Vixen-style and one Losmandy-style "D-plate".

Included with the sale:
*2" extension ring
*Two 1" extension rings
*Moonlight focuser with High Resolution Stepper Motor CS model flange, 1.15" travel brass compression ring drawtube.

***NOTE*** You will need buy the motor controller if planning to use for automation.


Asking $1500.00.  Will ship CONUS only. Prefer PayPal.  The AT8RC optical tube will ship in the original box. Please email me with any questions.

IC 5067



IC 5067 is an HII emission, and part of the Pelican nebula located in the constellation Cygnus. IC 5067 is around 1,800 light years from Earth.
Imaging telescope: Astro-Tech 8 inch Ritchey-Chretien telescope
Imaging camera: QSI 683wsg-8
Ha data 3 hours
SII and OIII data 2 hours and 20 minutes each filter.
PS CS5

Losmandy G11 with Gemini II German equatorial mount.