Last updated: 8 November 2005

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Here are some planetary astrophotographs taken with my LXD55 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.

Venus [8 Nov 05]
Mars [8 Nov 05]
This image is very close to what the eye saw through the telescope.
Venus [27 Sep 05]
This was a 1/250th second exposure, ISO 800, with my Nikon D70 DSLR at prime focus of the 8"SC using the Scopetronix MaxView II with the telenegative lens.
Jupiter [19 Jun 05]
Eyepiece projection taken with a Nikon D70 DSLR mounted to a LXD55-8"SC using a Scopetronix MaxView II DSLR Adapter and a 26mm eyepiece and the MaxView TeleNegative Lens.

This is the result of stacking, cropping, and editing 14 individual shots using Lynkeos 1.3 for Mac OS X.

Even though I used a Hartmann Mask to aid in focusing, the focus is still not as crisp as I expected. More work to do.

Jupiter [20 May 05]
Jupiter taken with a Nikon D70 DSLR and a Scopetronix MaxView DSLR II adapter, eyepiece projection, 1.25" 26mm eyepiece, TeleNegative Lens, 1 second, ISO 200.

Go to the 2004 Planets Astrophotography Page.

Go to the 2003 Planets Astrophotography Page.

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