Recent CCD Images - Taken with SBIG ST-7E Camera

From the Vekol Road site on 9, 10 April 2010
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M65 and M66
Rebel XT camera, LX-200 f/6.3 scope.  23 stacked, unguided, 120 second images.

Rebel XT camera, LX-200 f/6.3 scope.  15 stacked, unguided, 150 second images.

Rebel XT camera, LX-200 f/6.3 scope.  20 stacked, unguided, 150 second images.

M65 and M66
Rebel XT camera, LX-200 f/6.3 scope.  One of the original 120 second images before stacking

From light-polluted back-yard in Tempe (near Baseline and McClintock) 10/11 April 2010

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M57 - Ring Nebula
ST-7XME camera, LX-200 f/6.3 scope.  5  each LRGB 60 second images stacked then color combined.  Then Lucy-Richardson deconvolved.

From Griffin Ranch Site, 14, 15, 16 May 2010 - ST-7XME camera - LX-200 f/6.3 scope - Some images using f/6.3 or f/3.3 focal reducer.
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Bright stars spiked.  Spike removal tool left much to be desired.

Omega Centauri, i.e., NGC5139



M27 Dumbbell Nebula

M27 after pretty heavy Lucy- Richardson processing.
The following are not astronomical images but I shot them at the Griffin Ranch site.  I think they are interesting.

In the middle of an infrequently used road.

Globe Mallow.  I've always enjoyed the colors...

Turkey Vulture.  Shot it with Canon S3IS at X12 as it was circling overhead.

Predator.  Note spider on the left flower just waiting for something to be attracted to the flower!

Super-predator.  I saw the moth on the thistle.  Blew on it to see if it was alive.  That caused to spider that had presumably killed it to emerge from the center of the thistle!

Rattlesnake track.  I'm not an expert at reading signs but I think the little curved mounds indicate a large Western Diamond-back crossed the road here.  I have seen some this big (4 inches in diameter or so) near the Peralta Trail.

Wil Milan sent me a message regarding the rattlesnake track image above.  Here are his comments:

"Re the rattlesnake track: I *love* this picture. That’s definitely a rattlesnake track and it looks like he came through before it got hot in the day, probably early morning. I can’t see the “shine” of the track very well but I’d say that track is no more than 4 hours old or so. Looks like this was taken mid- to late-morning, true? Note at the far left of the track there’s a small stick lying over the track but no disturbance under the stick. A snake that size could not have gone under or over that stick without disturbing it, so it got there after the snake. Yet the snake track has the smooth but non-shiny appearance of a track a few hours old but it’s not yet graining over, which makes it 4 or 5 hours old in typical desert soil. From the looks of the soil it looks like there was a very light rain not too long before (maybe a day or two) and there was a bit of breeze earlier in the day that may have joggled the sticks a bit, then your snaky friend came through. In the desert there’s often a breeze about the start of morning twilight, which means Mr. Snake came through about early breakfast time – a common time for snakies to move around on mild days. And it is a fairly large rattler, but I’m not sure about a 4-incher. It’s hard to tell scale in the photo; I’m guessing only from the other tracks also visible. Note there’s another, older snake track along the left edge of the road just past the stick. That one was probably made at night, but not the previous night (it’s older than that).There’s also a deer track, looks like a mature buck (but still smallish), near the lower right corner, but it’s a least a day old and the people tracks have stepped all over the area, including one very fresh Vibram left boot just in front of it (not yours, I don’t think – somebody smaller). There’s what look like two rabbit (not hare) forepaws about halfway to the lower left corner and what look like maybe ground squirrel tracks all over, but I can’t make out the detail or gait. Were you wearing textured-sole sandals and did you walk over the track (toward the camera), the turn around to take the picture? (There's a very fresh textured-sandal sole of an adult male coming toward the camera along the center of the left “lane.”)  (I used to teach tracking to military and law enforcement, back in my search-and-rescue days. Love this stuff.)"


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