Created 16-Nov-08
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2008 marks the year where it all came together for me. I was finally able to resolve the technical challenges and start taking images. Focusing, Autoguiding, and a simpler way to power it all was finally working.

Most of the images for 2008 were taken with my old wedge mounted CPC 1100. In October I finally took delivery of a Celestron CGE EQ mount and things are really working well now.

Highlights for 2008:

  • Upgraded mount from a wedge mounted CPC 1100 to a CGE with a C11 SCT scope
  • In March I upgraded my main imaging scope from an Orion 80ED to a William Optics 110mm Megrez.
  • In July I modified (I did it myself!) my Canon 40D with the Baader IR filter replacement and I can now image Ha (Reds) emissions that were previously invisible to my camera.
  • I changed my autoguding setup several times. First from the DSI Camera with the Shoestring GPUSB interface to a Orion Starshoot autoguider. Then I adapted the Starshoot camera to use a standard 8 X 50 finder scope. Autoguiding is a breeze now.
  • I chose to mount the C11 and the refractor side-by-side which reduces the amount of counter weight. The ADM Industries side-by-side system works very well.
  • I built an electronics console that reduces the clutter of wires and power adapters. From a single 12V (deep cycle) power source I power the mount and dew heater controller. The console also houses power converters for a 5V 5-port USB Hub and the 8V Canon Camera.

Horse-Head-&-Flame-Nebula-IC434-NGC2024

Horse-Head-&-Flame-Nebula-IC434-NGC2024

NGC 2237 Rosette Nebula

NGC 2237 Rosette Nebula

M45 Pleiades (Seven Sisters)

M45 Pleiades (Seven Sisters)

M42 Orion Nebula & Running Man Nebula

M42 Orion Nebula & Running Man Nebula

NGC 891 – Edge On Galaxy

NGC 891 – Edge On Galaxy

M81 (Bodes Galaxy) & M82 (Cigar Galaxy) – Galaxy Pair

M81 (Bodes Galaxy) & M82 (Cigar Galaxy) – Galaxy Pair

M20 Trifid Nebula

M20 Trifid Nebula

M16 Eagle Nebula and Pillars of Creation

M16 Eagle Nebula and Pillars of Creation

M66 (Group) Leo Triplet Galaxy Group

M66 (Group)  Leo Triplet Galaxy Group

NGC 7635 Bubble Nebula - Wide Field

NGC 7635 Bubble Nebula - Wide Field

NGC 7635 Bubble Nebula - Close Up

NGC 7635 Bubble Nebula - Close Up

M8 Lagoon Nebula

M8 Lagoon Nebula

NGC 7000 North American Nebula

NGC 7000 North American Nebula

M33 Triangulum Galaxy

M33 Triangulum Galaxy

M1 – Crab Nebula

M1 – Crab Nebula

M31 Andromeda Galaxy

M31 Andromeda Galaxy

M27 – Dumbbell Nebula

M27 – Dumbbell Nebula

M57 - Ring Nebula

M57 - Ring Nebula

M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy

M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy

M101 – Pinwheel Galaxy

M101 – Pinwheel Galaxy