AstroChris

Astropix from Chris Wise. Here is the slowly growing gallery of astrophotos from our garden in Surrey, England, 30 miles south of London. Cloudy English skies...so not the world's best so it's amazing what comes out.

In the summer of 2017 I purchased a used RCOS 12.5 f/9 scope, now running under CCDAutopilot5 and TheSkyX Pro.

In the olden days, for image acquisition I use Maxim DL 5....for processing I use CCDStack and Photoshop aided by Adam Block's tutorial.....and also Pixinsight with help from Harry Page's Astroshed (thanks, both).......I'm still learning and will add more images as I take them.

Almost all of these pictures have been taken since 2011 with the following set-up (to see what this looks like, see my Equpment gallery):

- Orion Optics UK AG16 f3.8 Astrograph
- Losmandy Titan mount
- SBIG 11000M camera from August 2015, previously SBIG 11000CM single shot colour camera
- Robofocus and Focusmax

This set-up gives an 81' by 56' image at 1.22 arcseconds/pixel, about right for my less than optimal FWHM of 4...for scale, the moon occupies less than half the width of these pictures...

Click on the images to see a larger version

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