This page contains a collection of images taken with the new Hyperion astrograph, a 12.5" scope designed to produce stunning images of the universe around us. The scope is a Harmer-Winne design and has been produced by Starizona at a very reasonable price for all the included features like an instrument rotator and electronic focuser. It has a flat field for crisp and round stars, and is pretty fast at ƒ8. Here are more specs:
Aperture: 12.5" (320mm)
Focal Ratio: f/8
Focal Length: 2540mm
Secondary Mirror Diameter: 5.5"
Overall Length: 39 inches (45 inches with focuser)
Overall Diameter: 15.5 inches
Total Weight: 60 lbs.
My image catalog is getting pretty large now. You'll also find the same images on the other sections of my web site, with more details on exposure and some information on each object.
On most nights the telescope is controlled by CCDAuotoPilot 5. That software controls the applications that take the exposures, guide the telescope across the sky, keeps everything in focus, and when the session is done shuts everything down and parks the telescope in the observatory bay. It makes late night imaging feasible because I really don't have to keep an eye on the scope all night.
In the morning I download the saved images and then begin to align and process them.
Here is the software that it takes to create images:
Maxim DL for acquisition and combining subframes
Registar for aligning those images
FocusMax for automated focusing. As temperature changes, focus does too.
The Sky, which is a sophisticated sky atlas which points the telescope to the target for the evening
CCDAutoPilot 5 which controls the above packages and creates an imaging plan to automatically point the telescope, keep it in focus and save the acquired images
Images are generally finished in Photoshop for color balancing, gradient removal and sharpening.
Below is a time-lapse movie showing the telescope in operation… (depending on your connection video may take a bit of time to load)