Camera, Filter Wheel, and Computer
Many of my newer images use the SBIG
ST10E camera or the large format SBIG 11000M. These cameras are "self-guiding" in that they send guiding corrections to the mount during an image exposure. These are connected to a desktop PC inside my imaging office where the images are collected using Cyanogen's MaxImCCD. I also used to have a Finger Lakes Instruments "Dream Machine" camera based on a Tektronics (similar to SITe) CCD chip. This was an incredibly sensitive camera, although not a self-guiding unit. I used the dream machine mainly for the color portions of images where it did very well owing to it's sensitivity. I recently sold the dream machine due to poor customer support. For a comparison of the efficiency of the imaging chips, I have prepared a QE comparsion.
Each color image consists of Red, Green, and Blue color components and (usually) a
greyscale luminosity component. This technique is called "LRGB" as described in my "Simple Guide to LRGB". Most images were also processed with "DDP" the "Digital Development Process" which was invented by Kunihiko Okano, the excellent Japansese imager.
As mentioned in the guide, processing was done with Adobe Photoshop as well as various astronomical image processing programs including Axiom Research's MIRA A/P, and Cyanogen's MaxImCCD. Many of the mosaics were registered using RegiStar from Auriga Software.
Use of Images for Science
Anyone considering use of my images for scientific purposes should be aware that the images seen here are not raw data and have been subjected to non-linear processing and esthetic editing. If you wish the raw data, I may be able to provide you with the raw frame(s), depending on the age of the image.
Images were taken at our cooperative ARGO observatory in central Oregon's high desert and more recently at the nearby Raptor Ridge Observatory.
Advice for Beginners
Want to get into CCD imaging? See my advice for beginners page.