AAA member Stanley Fertig shares his deep sky images taken from a cabin near North-South Lake where the AAA does out of town observing and from a great Advanced Astrophotography Workshop at Kitt Peak National Observatory in southern Arizona.
Stanley says, “Yes, I took the weekend class in astrophotography at Kitt Peak and the three images from there were the result of the course. Great program they have, I actually wrote an article about it in Eyepiece two years ago (Jan. 2014). They offer an intro workshop in the spring, and an advance astrophotography workshop (which I attended) in the fall—this year it’s October 21-23 and the course covers imaging, processing and the theory behind both—it’s really a huge amount of information and practice in a short amount of time and is worth the rather pricey fee ($650 including room and board for 2 nights).” Click here for Kitt Peak workshop information.
These first three were all taken at Kitt Peak on Nov. 1, 2013, using a 16″ RCOS Richey-Chretien scope and an SBIG camera, all belonging to Uncle Sam. They are all in LRGB for 30 minutes each for a total of 120 minutes, not including calibration shots.
The next two were all shot on Nov. 2, 2015 in Maplecrest, NY, where I rent a cabin, near North-South Lake in the Catskills. The equipment (mine) is a Meade 12” LX200ACF at F/6.3 and an SBIG STF-8300 camera. Exposures were: Jupiter, RGB 30 exposures each of 20 seconds each for a total of 30 minutes. No Luminance files shot. M13, LRGB, 30 exposures each of 15 seconds for a total of 30 minutes.