Welcome to the "Digital
CCD" gallery of astrophotographs.com!
photographs below are more examples of our most recent efforts.
Included are digital photographs from an observing
session "experienced" by Cheryl Price and Willis Greiner
at Kitt Peak (west of Tucson), Arizona.Ý We were fortunate to gain
a reservation with the National
Optical Astronomical Observatories' special Advanced
Observing Program. This program allows the opportunity to spend
an entire night observing, imaging and generally learning under
the expert guidance of lead observer Adam Block of the public outreach
program operating at the United States' National Observatory complex
atop Arizona's Kitt Peak. Please explore the links indicated above
to get a full description of the program. Essentially stated, anyone
with a reservation (one participant per night!) can develop and
execute their own observing program during the all-night session.
We chose to use the advanced CCD (charge coupled device) digital
camera and equally advanced (and difficult!) computer software available
to obtain deep-sky and planetary images. Mr. Block operated the
telescope/computers and taught us many of the nuances of this complex
and exciting new field of astro-imaging.
some excellent images and post-processed them with the on-site
computers. Because CCD imaging is such a complex subject I won't be
able to fully elaborate here. I have written a short
overview on this subject; this blurb
appears in the "Narratives"
section of astophotographs.com. Please also link to the Advanced
Observing Program site to learn more. I have further included
additional links within the "Cool Links"
section of astrophotographs.com to allow advanced exploration of the
realm of CCD digital imaging. Leaders in the remote application of
this technology (operating the telescope and camera electronically
from a distant location -- much like the Hubble Space Telescope) are
located near Denver. Software
Bisque of Golden, Colorado is on the cutting edge of this technology;
they offer world-class hardware and software to operate and image
from remote telescopes, including an instrument on California's Mt.
Wilson. The educational and research implications of these technologies
are truly mind-boggling! I was so excited after our observing session
at Kitt Peak that I went to Software
Bisque and immediately purchased an advanced Santa
Barbara Instrument Group CCD camera and operating software. Tom
Bisque was kind enough to personally teach me his superb world standard
The Sky planetarium (star chart and telescope aiming) software and
associated camera operational software. I was honored that for my
benefit and understanding the inventor/developer of the software "ran
through it" on his own desktop!
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"Something New" section of
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navigation strategies below the photographs.
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All images and
narratives copyright Willis Greiner, all rights reserved.
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