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Posts Made By: Sam Pitts

February 25, 2007 03:58 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

IC 434 Horse Head Orion ED80

Posted By Sam Pitts

Thought I would post one of my new images I finally got to process with an Orion ED80 & Televue .8 reducer 480mm f/6 (ED80 600mm f/7.5). This scope seems to do well with the ST8 and G11 Mount.

LRGB L-5x10,R-5x6,G-5x6,B-5x9
Used CCDSoft, AIP4Win & Photoshop CS2

Sam Pitts

July 3, 2007 11:06 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

My 1st color image with new Scope M 16

Posted By Sam Pitts

Finally got to use my new (9 months) TEC 140. This was has been a bad year in Oregon clouds and rain all winter & spring. Got to setup new mount and use new filters and everything worked. I am happy with first light results.

See link below for image info


August 30, 2007 10:31 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Solar System

Lunar Eclipse-Oregon

Posted By Sam Pitts

Finally no clouds or rain to block the Lunar Eclipse on 8/28/2007. Please find link to photo mosaic-series of the eclipse. My first entire eclipse captured with a digital camera.



September 2, 2007 11:23 AM Forum: Digital SLR AstroPhotography

Lunar Eclipse 20D

Posted By Sam Pitts

Finally had clear weather took series of eclipse with 20D and Velbon camera tripod. Put them together in a mosaic. Sure like the performance of 20D.


September 17, 2007 02:13 PM Forum: Digital SLR AstroPhotography

M13 with 20D

Posted By Sam Pitts

This is my first attempt at prime focus photography with the 20d (unmodified). The image is a combination of 8 x 5 minute at ISO 800 with 4 darks. I used Photoshop CS2, AIP4WIN 2.0 and Picture Window Pro for post processing.

Prime focus TEC 140 f/7


September 9, 2008 12:43 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

First Light ST10XME

Posted By Sam Pitts

Finally got out to use my new ST10xme. Took a shot of NGC 253 with TEC 140 at prime. LRGB 90,30,30,30. I'm pleased with this cameras performance, although the cooler is not a efficient as my ST8xme was, but close.

Sam Pitts (Oregon)

December 30, 2008 12:48 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

Deer Lick & Stephen's Quentet

Posted By Sam Pitts

Finally able to get enough time to image this here in Oregon. Always wanted to get both NGC 7331 & NGC 7320 in one FOV.
TEC 140, ST10xme, AP1200 Mount. Approx. 4.2 hours of exposure LRGB

Sam Pitts

January 8, 2009 06:30 PM Forum: Stolen Equipment - Please Help

Stolen Celestron Ultima 2000 8"

Posted By Sam Pitts

Eugene Police Department (OREGON) has recovered a Celestron 8" SCT Ultima. They contacted me try to locate the owner. Please contact me if you had one stolen in the North-West. Should you have one that hasn't been used for a while (in storage) make sure it is still there. If you know anyone that has one please contact them to see if it may have been stolen.


Sam Pitts 541-688-7330

April 29, 2009 10:34 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

Backyard Image M51

Posted By Sam Pitts

I tried to image from my backyard with normal in-city light pollution and magnitude 4.5-5 skies. The results are not bad, not as good as a dark sky site. This will help me get out and image more often since it is a lot easier to setup in my back yard versus a remote dark sky site.

Eugene, Oregon


May 30, 2009 10:09 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

LEO Triplet

Posted By Sam Pitts

I have been waiting to image this group for a couple years, weather here in Oregon (Eugene) just isn’t favorable in winter or early spring for astronomy. I was able to get out for a partial night in late May; high humidity shut me down by 2:00. :C

TEC 140 f/7, ST10XME LRGB (120, 15, 15, 15) 5-minute exposures -20 degrees.

I would have liked another 60-120 minutes of exposure time. smile

Sam Pitts