CCD and Film Images by KSCAA Members

We really do enjoy our hobby!!! Does it show??

Comet Ikeya-Zhang Image taken by Wyck Hoffler 60 Sec CCD with a Celestron Comet Catcher (5.5-inch diam x f/3.6 = 20-inch FL) and the Hi-SIS22 CCD camera (Kodak KAF 0400 chip with 768 x 512 pixels 9-micra square).

CCD Image of the Famous HorseHead and Flame Nebula by Wyck Hoffler 120 sec CCD Comet Catcher. Very Nice Image taken from Wyck's Observatory in Titusville.

Jupiter 400 milliseconds exposure; note the shadow of Io crossing near the Great Red Spot. It was taken by Wyck Hoffler with the Electrim 1000 CCD camera by eyepiece projection from the 12.5-inch Newt with  equivalent f/26 or 325-inch FL. Processed simply with unsharp masking

Three galaxies are M65, M66, and NGC 3628 in Leo, by Wyck Hoffler 120 sec CCD Comet Catcher.

Film shot of Comet Ikeya-Zhang, by Joe Mize in Chiefland,6" A-P EDFS f:7, 15mins, ST-4 guided on Comet, Hypered Kodak RG200S for 3hrs @ 50C / +7lbs.

Film shot of M-42 Orion Nebula, by Joe Mize in Chiefland,6" A-P EDFS f:7, 30mins, ST-4 guided, Hypered Kodak RG200S, 3hrs, 50C @ +7lbs.

Film shot of M-104 Sombrero Galaxy, by Joe Mize in Chiefland,6" A-P EDFS f:7, 60mins, ST-4 guided, Hypered Kodak RG200S, 3hrs, 50C @ +7lbs.

Film shot of Flame Nebula, by Joe Mize in Chiefland,6" A-P EDFS f:7, 60mins, ST-4 guided, Hypered Kodak RG200S, 3hrs, 50C @ +7lbs.

NEW Images above of Mars 20Aug by KSCAA Member by Wyck Hoffler using a eyepiece (1/2-inch Erfle) projection (to f/34, EFL=10,363 mm) and my ToUCam Digital camera>>>>>>>>>>> Nice Job! Wyck. The second was shot on 9sep05 @ f/60. Note that the South Polar Cap is greatly shrunk, the bluish north polar hood is very prominent
Comet Schassmann-Wachmann 3 and M57 taken on May 8,2006
Prevailing clouds and smoke and high trees at my NE horizon prevented my seeing or imaging this close appulse at 03:00 UT this past evening/morning. However, the sky cleared later and Earth's rotation put the target above the tree tops by 05:00 UT (01:00 EDT). By then my CCD would not quite span the two objects (E-W narrower, vertical dimension), but I took a 2-minute image of each component and stitched them digitally, with the accompanying attached result. Instrumentation was the same as for the previous image a week ago: Celestron Comet Catcher (5.5-inch Schmidt-Newtonian x f/3.6 = 20-inch FL) and my Hi-SIS-22 CCD camera (Kodak KAF 0400 with 768 x 512, 9-micra pixels), but in 1x1 (full) pixel mode. With this system, the view is about 48 x 32 arcminutes. Exposures were 2 minutes each image begun at 05:11 and 05:23 UT for M57 (Ring Nebula in Lyra) and the Comet, respectively. Though the Comet was speeding on, its broad tail matched sufficiently in both images separated by 12 minutes. I claim the lost sleep was worth the take. Wyck Note the small galaxy just below and to the left of the comet in the first image