Equipment & Observatories



Telescopes

Takahashi Epsilon 160, diameter 160mm, focal length 530mm, aperture f/3.3
Celestron 9.25, diameter 235mm, focal length 1480mm, aperture f/6.3 (with focal reducer)
Celestron 9.25, diameter 235mm, focal length 2350mm, aperture f/10
A few Canon lenses : 200mm L f/2.8; 100mm macro f/1.8


Mount

Losmandy G-11




Cameras

Canon 20Da, 6.4 micron pixel, 3504 x 2336 pixels, 22.5 x 15 mm
SBIG ST-2000XM monochrome, 7.4 micron pixel, 1600 x 1200 pixels, 11.8 x 8.9 mm


Guiding

Takahashi FS-60 as guide scope
Phillips ToUCam webcam
PHDGuiding on the laptop providing corrections to the mount




Observatories

A backyard in north Charlotte, North Carolina
Doughton Park, on the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina, elevation 3800 feet, in summer
Stone Mountain overlook, on the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina, elevation 3400 feet, in winter




Processing

Calibration (darks, bias, flats reduction; aligning; stacking) with ImagePlus
Processing (standard curve stretching, noise removal, color balancing, saturation, sharpening) with Photoshop CS
Noel Carboni Photoshop actions
PixInsight LE for background noise removal








Copyright 2009 Jean-Denis Douvier


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