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Latest CCD Images (with SBIG STL-11000 CCD camera).
Click on a photo for a index page of latest images
Rho Ophiuchi Region
near Antares
m8 Region
Lagoon, Trifid, ngc6559
m24
Sagittarius Star Clouds
Barnard 72
Snake Nebula Region

Astrophotography
Click on a photo for index pages of each type of image.
Galaxies
Nebulae
Star Clusters
Solar System
7" Refractor Images
Nikon Lens Images
Film Comparison
Equipment
Observatory Site

Unprocessed Image Files
Nine Galaxy image sets posted on June 21, 2010 (Messier Objects).
Twelve Galaxy image sets posted on June 21, 2010 (NGC Objects).
Nine Star Cluster image sets posted on June 19, 2010.
Nine Nebula image sets posted on March 9, 2009.
Available for downloading are Unprocessed FITS Image Files for six sets of image data taken with the 32" Ritchey-Chretien telescope. There is no charge for use of this data, though it will only be of use to those who are familiar with the processing of astronomical image data. This page also has links to image comparison pages which display different versions of the images as processed by separate imagers.
There are three image processing examples using the data available
here. The tutorials start with the FITS files available here, and
proceed through all of the steps necessary to prepare a final image.
m8 - the Lagoon Nebula
m13 - Globular Cluster
m63 - the Sunflower Galaxy

Published Images

Commentary
I have enjoyed amateur astronomy as an interesting and educational hobby for over 40 years. I have owned many telescopes over the years, beginning with a low-end Sears 3" Refractor in about 1960. I built a 6" Newtownian, including mirror grinding/polishing, while in high school. Soon after college I built telescopes using 12 1/2" and 17 1/2" inch mirrors from Coulter Optical, and owned a Criterion Dynamax 8.

A little over 10 years ago I bought a 30" Dobsonian made by Tectron Telescopes, and at about the same time bought a Meade 178ED 7" refractor. These were the first telescopes I used at my Northwestern Arizona location, where I built a home in 1992.

A few years later I was able to place an order for the 32" Ritchey-Chretien telescope that I now have, and it was delivered in February of 2001. The time requirements of my employment kept me from getting this instrument ready for astrophotography until March of 2003, at which time I began taking astrophotos using a 35mm camera and slide film. In May of 2004, I purchased an SBIG STL-11000m ccd camera, and have been using it since.

- Jim Misti
Misti Mountain Observatory contact: astronomy1 {at} mistisoftware.com

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Site last updated: June 21, 2010