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Image Details:

Camera: Philips ToUcam Pro II (840k)
Mount: Celestron AS-GT
Scope: Orion ED80 (80mm f/7.5 APO Refractor)
Configuration: Eyepiece Projection
Additional Optics: University Optics 7mm HD Ortho
Filter: None
Effective Focal Length: 3500mm
Effective Focal Ratio: f/44
Exposure: 256 frames @ 1/25s, 10fps, neutral brightness, gamma, saturation, and gain
Date: 12/24/2004, 11:18pm PST
Location: Saratoga, CA, USA
Acquisition: Philips VRecord
Focus: Manual
Dithering: None
Guiding: None

Processing:

  • IRIS: Registration, best-frame selection, stacking
  • Photoshop: Levels, Unsharp Msking, JPG conversion

Image Description:

This is my first decent planetary image using a webcam as the imaging platform. I was just playing around with my new toy -- the Orion ED80 -- and thought I'd try capturing a planetary image, since the moon was very bright and there was no chance of getting a decent deep sky image. I'm amazed at what that little refractor can do, and what a webcam is capable of as well. Can't wait to try this again with the 8" Newt. North is down in this image.