Category Archives: Experimental

Experimental astrophotography

Video of Moon using a smartphone

Moon video using smartphone
I haven't done visual astronomy through a telescope for a long while. I'm more into the imaging side. But this evening I took the camera and filter wheel off and attached an eyepiece to have a look at the Moon and right below, Jupiter. I also attached my smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S6) to the eyepiece [...]

M31 90min LRGB test using ASI1600mm-cooled CMOS camera

M31 90min LRGB test image with ASI1600mm-cooled

I performed some more test imaging with the ASI1600mm-cooled camera. This time I centered the telescope and camera on M31, the great Andromeda galaxy. I have imaged M31 before a few years ago using different equipment. This galaxy is a popular target at this time in the northern hemisphere when it rises high in the […]

First image tests with ASI1600MM-Cooled astro camera

ZWO ASI1600MM-Cooled astronomy camera
The new ASI1600MM-Cooled astrophotography camera from ZWO is breaking new ground in technology  for imaging the night sky. It's one of the first cameras that can do both planetary imaging and deep sky imaging. I have spent a couple clear nights recently taking some test images with it. I am really impressed with the camera's [...]

M20 test image with ASA 16″ astrograph

There’s a fancy new telescope and CCD camera setup at Siding Spring Observatory! An ASA 16″ F3.5 astrograph with an Apogee CG16070 Class 1 CCD, known as the T33. It’s a medium deep field imaging system and it’s a new addition to the fleet of astrophotography telescopes that iTelescope offers access to for imaging professionals […]

Vela Supernova Remnant

Vela SNR

This is an experimental image of the Vela supernova remnant (SNR) in the southern constellation of Vela. The image data set consisted of 1-hour and 35-min of  H-alpha, Oxygen III and Sulphur 2 filters. The S2 was data was not used though. Imaged with a Takahashi FSQ 106 refactor and SBIG STL-11000M CCD camera. The […]

Centaurus A Supernova in test frame

Location of Supernova in Centaurus A indicated by green lines.

This is a test image for framing which I took of the prominent Centaurus A galaxy, designated NGC 5128. It was taken using the the T9 remote iTelescope at Siding Springs Observatory in Australia. This is a quick 5 min image taken through a luminance filter. I also captured the Centaurus A supernova. Called SN […]