Last updated 7/16/2019

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Mark Sproul's 15 ft Dome Observatory

EMail msproul@skychariot.com

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10/9/2018
14" Cassegrain Telescope Mounted
Walls Completed



12/31/2018
16" Newtonian Telescope



Telescope Inventory

Telscope F-# Brand Source

Reflectors
8" Newtonian F/8 Cave Astrola Tim Hayes
8" Newtonian F/6 Cave Astrola Neaf 2016
10" Newtonian F/6 Cave Astrola Cloudy Nights
12.5" Newtonian F/6 Cave Astrola Stellafane 2016
14.5" RC-Cassegrain F/13 Starliner Cloudy Nights 2016
16" Newtonian F/4 Astroscopics EBay 1999

Refractors
3" Refractor F/7.1 William Optics Stellafane 2017
4" Refractor F/6.9 William Optics Stellafane 2018


11/24/2018
First image of moon



12/6/2018
First Image of stars
M45 - Pleiades (7 Sisters)



2/16/2019
Moon Taken with William Optics GT-102



3/13/2019
Moon Taken with William Optics



3/19/2019
Full Moon, taken with William Optics



6/7/2019
Jupiter taken @ Mt Wilson California using a 6 inch refracting telescope



6/22/2019

This is my first Jupiter, taken last night with the 14 inch RC-Cassegrain telescope. The seeing was not very good.
It was taken with three 1 minute movies of over 1000 frames each. The 3 frames were taken with Red, Green and Blue filters respectively.
Then the each of the movies was stacked, removing the fuzzy frames. Only 20% of the frames were kept.
Then I did some image enhancement (image sharpen). This is where I need more work and need to learn more about how to use the software to bring out the detail.
Then the 3, stacked and sharpened images where then merged into a color image.
The GRS (Great Red Spot) is clearly visible in the lower right.

Same Data, better processing



6/27/2019

This was taken with the 14.5 inch Cassegrain telescope using a ZWO monochrome camera and R,G,B filters.

7/8/2019

I installed the 16 inch Newtonian over the weekend with Keith's help and tonight I was able to get it on the moon.

7/16/2019

This a stacked and processed image after the collumation was improved. There is still a little more to be done
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