The images on this page were made using a homebuilt Cookbook 245 CCD Camera. The telescope was on a normal polaraligned superpolarismount, but no guiding corrections were made during the exposures. See what you can do with a small High Quality (130mm or 5" f 11.5), Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope! Remember that these are only the first trial images I made, using longer exposures and better guiding will give much better results! ( For information about building your own Cookbook CCD Camera visit Richard Berry's homepage.
I was rebuilding my Cookbook Camera to work with forced aircooling to get rid of the waterballet! But it is not easy to get close to the efficiency of watercooling. Now I started work on a new camera: The Audine CCD Info on the cooling project.
The image of Hale Bopp on the left was made with a 50mm f1.8 35mm-cameralens mounted on the Cookbook 245 Camera. It's a combination of 10 separate 1.5 sec exposures stacked with Richard Berry's Multi245 and it was treated with a Gammalog Unsharp Mask in Berry's CB245. The camera was on a fixed tripod. The image on the right is the same image, Rank Processed with CB245 software to bring out details. ( TheTails ;-)
This image of M64 (Black Eye Galaxy) was made with the same gear as the M51 image. It consists of nine exposures of one minute each.
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