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Posts Made By: Sam Pitts

August 1, 2009 02:15 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

M 101

Posted By Sam Pitts

Finally got out and was able to recapture M101 (4 hours 20 min.) L=20min each, RGB 5minx4 each.
Wish the nights were longer. At least I was able to go deep enough to capture the arm extentions and some background galxies this time.


January 14, 2010 10:59 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

M31 from Fall 2009

Posted By Sam Pitts

Starting to process data from last fall, here is a New (for me) M31 I thought I would share.
TMB 80mm at f/4.8 LRGB ST10XME, L=3.5 hours, RGB 1.5 hours (approx.).
Taken from Dark Sky site (4700') SE of Eugene, Oregon


February 16, 2010 08:21 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Solar System

Re: help needed with ToUcam!

Posted By Sam Pitts

What OS are you using? I have found that older programs may not load on newer computers using XP-pro. Have you tried to install in SAFE-mode? This worked for me and the older programs run fine once installed.

Hope this helps.


May 2, 2010 09:17 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

New M 33 Image

Posted By Sam Pitts

Finally finished my new M33 image. I wanted to go way deeper than I had years ago with an ED80. This new image was 5.75 hours of images with 5 & 10 min subs, mostly 10 minute images, as I wanted to go deep. 150 minutes was devoted to RGB the balance was in Lum & Ha. Ha really helped with the nebula detail. I was also pleased to capture many background galaxies, some seen through the spiral armes of M33.
I would have liked to get more data, but I setup and tear down at remote sites and the weather does not hold up well for multi-night adventures here in Oregon.

Thanks Sam

TMB 80mm (cnc) f/6 w/ Tele-Vue .8 reducer for f/4.8 & 384mm
Astro-Physics 1200 mount
SBIG-St10xme & CFW9 with Astrodon LRGB filters gen.1
CCDSoft, CCDStack; CS-2
5.75 hours

August 30, 2011 10:14 AM Forum: Digital SLR AstroPhotography

Comet Garradd

Posted By Sam Pitts

Comet Garradd & M71 taken Friday Night, August 26, 2011, piggy-backed with Canon 50D 70-200mm f/2.8 at 200mm with 1.4x, 280mm f/4 ISO 800. Image is cropped about 50%. This is my first night out with this camera and 1.4x on the 200mm lens.

April 5, 2002 11:37 AM Forum: Film Astrophotography - Imaging and Processing

NGC 3372

Posted By Sam Pitts

Nice shot. Someday I hope to get far enough South to see some of those great DSO's. How do you like the E400? I use E200 and push it 1-2 depending on the object.


July 14, 2002 09:08 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Solar System

FR 237 focal reducer on other scopes?

Posted By Sam Pitts

I don't know if it will work on this scope. I use the .595 FR 237 on refractors and it works. The .375 will not come to focus, however. Try the .595 and it may also work on your scope.

December 25, 2002 10:15 AM Forum: Pictures of Me and My Telescope and........

Waiting for the sun to set

Posted By Sam Pitts

Cal, what stand is that, and do you like it better than the standard AP pier?


February 27, 2007 10:55 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

IC 434 Horse Head Orion ED80

Posted By Sam Pitts

Thanks for the positive feedback. Here in Oregon we just don't get many nights for imaging in the winter. I am pleased with the ST8 even though the 9 mocron pixels are a little large for Focal lengths of 600mm or less. I can't wait to try it on my Tec140. smile

Clear Skies and Good Imaging to All!


November 8, 2007 10:11 AM Forum: Meade

Meade Press Release - confirmation of bad news

Posted By Sam Pitts

Maybe it is time for a US company to design and come up with a high quality SCT around f/12-13 with a good field flattener and reducer. The longer focal length would make it possible to have better optics. The C14 & C 9.25 f/11 all seem to perform better then the f/10 SCT's. Have mirror locking and feather touch secondary focuser on the rear cell separate from mirror movement. Go after the 10" to 20" market for viewing and imaging. I would be interested and pay a higher price for better optics and quality parts.

My 2 cents