Small Aperture Telescope CCD Astrophotography by Jim Ferreira, Livermore CA
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Small Aperture
CCD Astrophotography
Jim Ferreira, Livermore CA
Welcome to my deep sky astrophotography web page.  All imaging is done from my suburban backyard in Livermore CA, about 30 miles south-east of San Francisco.  Local light pollution, trees and roof tops pretty much limits imaging to objects that essentially pass overhead.   The majority of my imaging is done in narrow band Hydrogen Alpha light, 656.3nm wavelength.  Working with a 9nm and 6nm H-alpha filters reduce the effects of local light pollution, allowing me to capture very respectable deep sky images from my own backyard with relatively modest equipment.  Even nights plagued by excessive moon light can still produce excellent results.  After years (read; decades...) of visual observing with various size scopes, imaging in H-alpha light is like discovering a whole new universe to expolore.  Faint emission nebulae full of dark, obscuring clouds and globules that required dark skies and excellent seeing to get even a glimpse of structure visually, now burst onto my computer monitor with amazing contrast and structural detail.  And, this despite the small aperture of my equipment.

The images below represent my progression in astrophotography.  Early work utilized a Atik 2HS commercially modified web cam and an Orion 120ST f/5 acrhromat and Orion 80ED on a Losmandy GM8 mount.  By 2005 I had moved up to a Atik ATK-16, 16 bit, peltier cooled CCD camera, imaging with the Orion telescopes. In early 2007 I acquired the killer astrograph Stellarvue SV80S APO triplet
and continued my H-alpha imaging.  The summer of 2008 I started imaging with a Stellarvue SV102ED f/7 refractor.  I'd decided that I wanted more image scale for H-alpha imaging of dark globules and obscuring clouds, and the increase in resolution that comes with a larger aperture scope.  I also discoved that both refractors are highly capable for lunar and planetary imaging.

Stellarvue SV102ED & Atik ATK-16 Camera

NGC6888 Ha light, Cygnus
NGC6888 OIII light, Cygnus
M27 Ha light, Vulpecula
NGC6914 Ha light, Cygnus

B33, Orion
M57, Lyra
NGC6820 Ha light, Vulpecula
IC5070 Ha light, Cygnus

Stephan's Quintet & NGC7331
M1, Crab Nebula, Taurus
IC410 Ha light, Auriga
NGC281, Cassiopeia

Stellarvue SV80S Triplet APO & Atik ATK-16 Camera
M81 & M82

M57, Lyra
Cirrus Nebula, H-alpha

NGC6888 in H-alpha light
M16 in H-alpha light
Cirrus Nebula in H-alpha light
NGC7000 in H-alpha light

M27 in H-alpha light
M97 in H-alpha light
IC5070, H-alpha

IC1318, Cygnus, H-alpha
Sharpless 2-104, H-alpha
Vdb142, H-alpha
IC1318, Cygnus, H-alpha

M33, Triangulum
NGC6910, IC1318, H-alpha
Barnard 343, Cygnus, H-alpha
IC1396, Cepheus, H-alpha

Comet P17 / Holmes
Regulus Lunar Occultation
M31 & M110, Andromeda
IC1805, Cassiopeia

NGC891, Andromeda
NGC6946, Cepheus
IC1848, Cassiopeia
M53, Coma Berenices

M109, Ursa Major


Orion 80ED Refractor & Atik ATK-16 Camera
M65 & M66

M1 in H-alpha light
B33 in H-alpha light

Orion 120ST Achromat & Atik ATK-16 Camera
B33 in H-alpha light
NGC2244 in H-alpha light
M42 in H-alpha light
NGC2264 in H-alpha light

M76 in H-alpha light
NGC281 in H-alpha light
M57 in H-alpha light
NGC7822 in H-alpha light

NGC6820 in H-alpha light
IC5070 in H-alpha light
Pickering's Triangle - H-alpha
IC410 in H-alpha light

.Webcam and Video Astrophotography

Images with Atik 2HS & Orion 80ED

Lunar images with Atik 2HS & 15cm Mak-Cass

Images with Atik 2HS & Orion 120ST

Planetary images with Atik 2HS & 15cm Mak-Cass

Video Capture Astrophotography