Gregg's Astronomy & Astrophotography Page
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Albert L. Ruppel Observatory

Updated:  Saturday, September 20, 2014

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New Images (9/20/2014)

"Super" Moon in color. The moon is the bane of deep sky astro-imaging, wiping out most of the faint nebulae and galaxies that are our usual targets.  The moon itself is probably the most photographed object in the sky.  Amazingly, the moon sports a wide variety of colors.  Most of these are not readily visible to the unaided eye, even with the use of binoculars or a telescope.  However, the color saturation can be enhanced digitally, along with sharpening of the many details that cover the moon's face.  For more information regarding the lunar coloration and what the colors represent, see Dr. Courtney Seligman's web page.
This image was made on
September 7, 2014, one day before the full "super" moon.  I used a Canon 50D at 1/1000 sec, ISO 100 at the prime focus of a Takahashi FSQ 106.   Ten images were stacked in MaximDL, with final processing  was done in  Photoshop.  Click the thumbnails below for a close up of some more colorful lunar scenery.
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This page illustrates what can be photographed using  amateur telescopes and a CCD camera.  I currently use an SBIG STL11000M camera and have previously used a SBIG and Starlight Xpress cameras, as well as a Cookbook 245 camera that I built myself. Most of the images were actually taken from my backyard near a busy street with several street lights. Not only is the CCD camera a great imaging tool, but it allows "real time" observation of objects not normally visible in areas with moderate-severe light pollution.

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                                    All text and images Gregg L. Ruppel 1998-2014.