Saturday, November 10, 2018

Currently, member and astro-imager Tim Schott is building a small observatory a-top his house in eastern Pennsylvania. I will try to keep up with it's progress to completion as time goes on. Tim has been an active and knowledgeable deep sky imager over the last few years. He has added some very nice equipment to his repertoire and will complete his custom observatory in the next couple months.

This is an artist's rendition of the completed

View from roof peak

Wall studs as seen from rear

 Waiting for concrete footings for the steps to be added

Pier and steps will be poured soon

Guys arrive to pour cement

 Pouring the pier

Pier cement finished.
There will be a 6" sand filled pier post on top to provide scope clearance and make up the additional height to the dome base.

The steps are in position

 The dome's floor is in place
 The dome's floor support structure is complete
 The dome is in place

Now the hard part begins. All the equipment, wiring and calibrations need to begin.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

M1 Crab Nebula Imaged by Tim Shott

The Crab Nebula (M1) supernova remnant in the Taurus constellation, was pretty well elevated in the night sky for Tim Shott's new 10" TPO RC truss telescope on a Losmandy G11 mount a couple days after Christmas 2017.

He made 10 minute subs totaling 2 hours of exposure with no darks, no flats and no bias.
He doesn't say what he used for post processing but I know he has used BackyardNikon in the past.

It appears that he already has a good knowledge of the functions and settings of his new Nikon D810a ~  looks like it did a pretty good job getting this image for him... Well done Tim.

                                                                    M1 Crab Nebula
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