Astronomy and Astrophotography
I have long been interested in the this and I am now trying it.  Bought my first scope on 11/1/10.  The photography
side of it is difficult and will take years to learn.  See below for recent work and archives.
Archive and first attempts
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Most Recent
Astrophotographic
Work (Page 1):
Click Page # below for most recent astrophotographic work - higher
page # is more recent:
    <Mixed late summer/early fall work from Atlanta and Middle Georgia (Jay Smith's Farm):
    Imaging and Processing: Michael DeMita and Greg Myers 10/1/2011 - Thanks to my Aunt Mary Smith and my cousin Jay Smith :)
Orion and Running Man - 74 minutes
- IDAS-LP - M25C in Hyperstar
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Pelican Nebula - 67 minutes -
IDAS-LP - M25C in Hyperstar
The Heart Nebula (IC 1805) - 2
hours, 28 minutes - IDAS-LP -
M25C in Hyperstar
Witch Head Nebula - 37 minutes -
IDAS-LP - M25C in Hyperstar
M33 Triangulum Galaxy - 2 hours,
30 minutes - IDAS-LP - M25C in
Hyperstar.  Atlanta.
The Rosette Nebula - IDAS-LP -
M25C in Hyperstar - 55 minutes
of 3 and 4 minute subs
The Horsehead and Flame Nebula - IDAS-LP - M25C in Hyperstar -
1 hour, 34 minutes of 2, 3 and 4 minute subs - 2 different processing
outcomes shown. Plus one with Ha added.
1900 resolution with 34 m of
Ha added as Luminance
1200 resolution - IDAS Only
Cone Nebula - 1h, 45m - IDAS-LP - M25C in Hyperstar - Various
FOV's and resolutions. Atlanta only.
Wizard Nebula - 3 hours, 22 m -
UHC-S and IDAS-LP filters - M25C
in Hyperstar.  Atlanta.
Cocoon Nebula - 1 hour, 33 min - IDAS-LP
- M25C in Hyperstar.  Atlanta.
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Added 20m of Ha
1900 resolution - IDAS Only
Pelican Nebula - 67 minutes
IDAS-LP plus 45 m of Ha - M25C
in Hyperstar
The Soul Nebula (IC 1848) - 2 hours,
33 minutes - UHC-S plus 1h, 10m of
Ha - M25C in Hyperstar
Blend
IDAS
UHC-S
Equipment and Field Setup
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Planetary Work - Click
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Flaming Star Nebula - 2h, 26m - IDAS-LP
- M25C in Hyperstar  on a G-11 mount. -
Atlanta only.
1200 resolution
version
PacMan Nebula - 3h - IDAS-LP - M25C
in Hyperstar  on a G-11 mount. Atlanta
only.
Helix Nebula - 2h, 10m - IDAS-LP -
M25C in Hyperstar  on a G-11 mount.
1200 resolution
version
1900 resolution version
NGC 1333:   NGC 1333 is a reflection nebula located in the constellation Perseus. It belongs to the Perseus molecular cloud.  In 2011 researchers reported finding 30 to 40
brown dwarf objects in the cloud and in the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex.

9 hours - IDAS-LP filter - 11" Celestron, SXVR-M25C camera with a  Hyperstar  lens at f2.0  on a G-11 mount.  Atlanta.  Work-in-process toward a 100 hour imaging goal....
4 hours - 1900 resolution
version
9 hours, 26 minutes - 5880 resolution
version - Caution - 17 mb!
1200 resolution version
1200 Resolution - 2h, 44m
using the ED80 refractor and
M25C camera.  IDAS-LP filter.
Bode's Nebula (Galaxies M81 and M82) -
5hours - IDAS-LP - M25C in Explore
Scientific ED80mm Refractor on a G-11
mount (1200 resolution)
Full resolution
version
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Iris Nebula - HyperStar - 1900
Resolution - 2h.  M25C
camera.  IDAS-LP filter.