All the images in this gallery were taken with the FUJI S3 Astro-Body camera modified by Hutech. You can select one image at a time by clicking any image or... select the first image and continue in a slide show fashion by clicking on the word "next" as the text is presented in the text. Ed Registrato
This image was taken at the Vision In Time Observatory in Dewey, AZ. There was almost a full Moon washing over the sky. The camera is a Fuji S3 Pro astronomical body with a Nikon 28-70mm lens. The camera is piggy backed to an LX 200 Classic telescope. The Nikon lens was set to infinity and the scope was pointed North. The ISO was @ 400 and the camera exposure was 15 seconds. During the single frame a high altitude airplane went throgh the frame. I originally wanted to test the camera to see what I would get if I just pointed the scope to the North and opened the shutter for about 15 seconds. There was no real target in mind at the time of the image. All I wanted to do was to count the stars that would be caputured in a 15 second exposure. Sometimes you just get lucky.
This picture was taken at the Dewey Vision In Time Observatory near Prescott, AZ. The Moon was almost full. The camera was a Fuji S3 Pro astronomical body with a 28-70mm Nikon lens. The camera was piggy backed to a Meade LX 200 telescope pointed at the area of the sky near M45. The lens was set to infinity. No focus device was used and the camera was set to manual not autofocus. The white balance was set to auto. ISO was @ 400. The exposure was a single frame at 20 seconds. No PhotoShop enhancements were made although the image was cropped to size. M45 can be seen at the bottom of the frame.
This picture was taken at the Dewey Vision In Time Observatory near Prescott, AZ. There was almost a full Moon washing out the sky. There was some wind that was beginning to gust strong enough to shake the scope at times. This is a single frame from the Fuji S3 Pro astronomical body. The setting was ISO @ 400 with a single 10 second exposure. The telescope was a Meade LX 200 Classic and focus was made by a STI device. The image was taken in the raw mode. Note the four stars in the center of the nebula called the Trapezium. Note the quality of the dust lanes all around the areas creating the "whispy" lines. A number of test images were made at different exposure times. In each case anything over 12 or 15 seconds caused the camera to overexpose the Trapezium into a white area with no detail. What is remarkable about this picture is that the Fuji S3 Pro astronomical body was able to capture the color, whispy detail and Trapezium all in one single frame of exposure. Only slight PhotoShop adjustments were made to this image to get it ready to post in the gallery.
This picture was taken at the Peoria Vision In time Observatory. The Moon was very bright and washing the sky with a great deal of light. NGC 2244 is a star cluster near the Rosette Nebula. The test image was taken to see if the red shift in the nearby area of the Rosette Nebula would be seen. The picture was taken through a Meade LX200 Classic at prime focus. The ISO was @ 400. Focus made through a STI device. Exposure time was 15 seconds. This is one single frame with no PhotoShop enhancements.
This image was taken at the Peoria Vision in Time Observatory. The Moon was very bright and was washing the sky with light. This is a 15 second single exposure frame set to raw @ 400 ISO through a Meade LX 200 Classic at prime focus. Focus was made through a STI device. The camera was the Fuji S3 Pro astronomical body. No PhotoShop enhancements were made. Taken on 2/11/06
This image was taken at the Dewey Vision In Time Observatory. Meade LX 200 Classic at prime focus. The duration of the exposure was one frame @ 25 seconds. No PhotoShop enhancements were made. The focus was made with an STI device for a Fuji S3Pro camera. The ISO setting was @ 400. The NGC 2438 target is at the lower part of the frame slighly to the left of center. Taken 2/11/06
This picture was taken at the Peoria, Arizona Observatory. It was taken to test the camera under a "medium dark sky setting" in contrast to the Dewey image which was taken under a darker sky location. The camera did a nice job in both locations. This image was at prime focus through a Meade LX200 focused by a STI device.
This picture was taken at the Peoria, Arizona Observatory on 2/26/06. It is a 15 second exposure with the FUJI S3 Astro body. The telescope used was a TeleVue 76 mounted to an LX200. A STI focus device was used.
This view of NGC 7000 (The North American Nebula) was taken as a single image of 300 seconds at ISO setting 800. The lens used is a Sigma 50-500mm Apo lens. The setting was about F4.5 at 300mm. The camera and lens was piggy backed to a 10" LX 200 scope at the Dewey Observatory. This is not a stacked image. This is a single exposure image to test the camera. The image was taken on 6/9/06. The sky was very bright at 1 AM Arizona time when the image was taken. It was almost a full Moon. You could read a newspaper on the deck of the observatory by the light of the Moon. The camera was pointed away from the Moon and the scope tracked the target. Over 50 images were taken in two nightly sessions. The camera operated without any issue. The picture was taken in the FUJI raw mode, processed by the FUJI software, tweaked in PhotoShop where the reds were enhanced for display.
This is a stacked image of three single exposures of 120 seconds each. The camera was set at 1600 ISO and there was very little noise in the picture. The lens is an APO Sigma 500 mm lens piggy backed to the 10" LX200 scope with the lens set to infinity. Taken 6/17/06 Dewey Observatory.
This is a stacked image which was made by stacking three 120 second exposures together to get one image. The camera is a Hutech modified FUJI S3 astro camera set at 1600 ISO, mounted piggy back to a Meade LX200. The lens is a Sigma APO 500 mm set at infinity. M8 is located in the Sagittarius area of the sky. This image was taken under dark sky conditions at the Dewey Observatory 6/17/06.
This image is a single exposure image of 120 seconds at 800 ISO. This cluster is about 39,000 light years away. It is about 130 light years wide and may contain more than 200,000 suns. Taken 6-17-06
Single image under dark sky conditions at 800 ISO for 120 seconds. There was very little noise. Images taken for the same time at ISO 1600 over exposed the cluster. M22 is thought to contain several hundred suns in the globular center. Estimates place this cluster over 22,000 light years away at the edge of our galaxy. Taken 6-17-06
This is a prime focus image taken with the FUJI S3 astro modified camera. The image is a single picture of 120 seconds at 1600 ISO setting. A Meade LX200 10" scope was used at prime focus on 6/17/06 under dark sky conditions at the Dewey Observatory.
This is a single exposure 90 second image taken at ISO 1600 through a Meade LX200 10" scope at prime focus. An STI focus device was used and the picture was captured on a FUJI S3 astro modified camera by Hutech. The size of the nebula is about 12 light years wide. The distance to the nebula from Earth is estimated to be about 5,700 light years away. Taken 6-18-06
M27 is about 850- 900 light years away. This image was taken at prime focus through a Meade LX 200 10" scope with the FUJI S3 astro modified camera body by Hutech. This is a 240 second single exposure at ISO setting 1600. There was very little "noise" in the picture. The image was taken at the Vision In Time Dewey Observatory on 6/17/06 under dark sky conditions. An STI focus device was used to get sharp focus.