Brunstein Observatory

Kreiensen, Germany

First Light Images with the 8 inch newtonian

Finally the new telescope got its chance to show what it is capable of. The first object I tried to image with the ST5 camera was the Ring Nebula in Lyra. Although I had to find out that there was some due in the CCD head a quite impressive image came out:
  Ring Nebula in Lyra (M57) 

Exposure Time: 10*30 seconds 
Date: 97-09-10 
Time: 21:43:22 UTC 

The image has been processed using MIDAS under LinuX. A part of the original image is hown in double size. 

The structures close to the nebula are moisture which was cristallized by the cooling and placed itself on the glass plate of the camera head (you might call it ice crystals, but I was rather upset with it).

A few days later I had another chance to take an image. This time I took a shot of M27, the Dumbell Nebula.
Dumbell Nebula Dumbell Nebula (M27) 

Exposure Time: 20*30 seconds 
Date: 97-09-22 
Time: 20:28:25 UTC 

The image has been processed using MIDAS under LinuX. The complete image of the ST5 is shown. Some rows have been deleted by the track and accumulate process though. 

This image was taken using the remote control described on this page.


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