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Here's a picture of the Planet Jupiter with one of its moons Io casting a shadow on it. It's not that good but I am getting better at taking pictures.


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Awesome Larry,

Not that I would mention the word "telescope" in the Community Forums, but if I did, what how much would one have to spend on one to see pictures of that quality?
 
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Nordic Viking said:
Awesome Larry,

Not that I would mention the word "telescope" in the Community Forums, but if I did, what how much would one have to spend on one to see pictures of that quality?


My telescope equipment not counting my solar setup ran me about $8,000.00. Add another $10,000 for the solar set-up and it turns out to be an expensive hobby. I am addicted to it. It puts things into perspective for me. My equipment is excellent for viewing and photographing the Planets and the Sun. If you want to get into deep sky observing you need a different set-up. It is also very a frustrating hobby because most of the time the atmosphere is too distorted for viewing.
 
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That photo (and the one of Mars) is quite amazing considering you are using "amatuer" equipment.

I'm sure Galileo would have loved to have your set-up! :thumbup:
 
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m_calingo said:
That photo (and the one of Mars) is quite amazing considering you are using "amatuer" equipment.

I'm sure Galileo would have loved to have your set-up! :thumbup:


It's a lot easier than you think if you have a good scope with good optics. I have gotten a lot better through trial and error.
 

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Larry B. said:
My telescope equipment not counting my solar setup ran me about $8,000.00. Add another $10,000 for the solar set-up and it turns out to be an expensive hobby. I am addicted to it. It puts things into perspective for me. My equipment is excellent for viewing and photographing the Planets and the Sun. If you want to get into deep sky observing you need a different set-up. It is also very a frustrating hobby because most of the time the atmosphere is too distorted for viewing.

OMG, If I had to come home with stuff for 18,000 bucks, I would get the same reaction from my wife as Jack got from his mother - when he swapped the cow for magic beans :D

Oh well, I'll have to look forward to you posting pics then.
 
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Larry, again, not to get this thread moved--(maybe start a new one?)

Could you provide us with the details of your setups? Optics, etc?

How in hell did you get pics like that out on the Gisland? How far out do you live? Isn't there a lot of ambient light?

How come the solar rig costs that much more than the "regular" one? Does it include a different telescope?

There seems to be enough interest here that you could start a thread in G&G called "since you asked--Larry's astronomy rigs..."

Anyway, thanks for the pics.
 
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shaldag said:
Larry, again, not to get this thread moved--(maybe start a new one?)

Could you provide us with the details of your setups? Optics, etc?

How in hell did you get pics like that out on the Gisland? How far out do you live? Isn't there a lot of ambient light?

How come the solar rig costs that much more than the "regular" one? Does it include a different telescope?

There seems to be enough interest here that you could start a thread in G&G called "since you asked--Larry's astronomy rigs..."

Anyway, thanks for the pics.


I live out on Long Island where there is not that much light pollution. It's not so much the light pollution as I can use filters to cut down on that, it's the atmospheric disturbance that is really very annoying. As far as the solar filters go you need to use a filter that isolates the hydrogen spectrum so you can see the prominences. I use two HA filters to bring the bandwith down to .05A which gives better resolution. My scope is fitted with a special adapter to take the filters. If you get a chance you should look around your area and see if there is an astronomy show where you can view the sun through an HA filter. You wont be disappointed I promise.
 
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Larry,
Thanks for postin' your amazing pics,lettin' us see some of the amazing things you get to see.I've swiped a couple of 'em and stuck 'em in my screensaver.Hope ya' don't mind.Thanks again,Doug. :thumbup: :cool:
 

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If you have questions about what equipment Larry uses please start a thread in G&G. As it stands now I'll let it stay but refrain from commenting on the equipment otherwise it'll get moved. ;)
 
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More outstanding pics Larry!

I don't know what you're talking about. That moon shadow on Jupiter is amazing. Thanks for posting.

One thing: is the orientation flipped?
 
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Nice.

I took a couple of astronomy classes at UCLA back in 1973, one with George Abell (he was a great lecturer), he used to invite us up to the telescope on the roof on Wednesday nights and your pictures remind me of those good old days, thanks.

It seems that the Wednesday telescope show is now open to the public:

http://www.astro.ucla.edu/planetarium/

Luis
 
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A friend of mine lives upstate N.Y. and the seeing conditions are great. Sometimes I bring my equipment up there and the views blow me away. My friend is into deep sky observing and imaging, galaxies, nebulars and globular clusters. He takes some great pictures of them and even had some published in an astronomy magazine. He taught me a lot about imaging.
 
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Larry

Have you ever been to the Texas Star Party at Ft Davis? There are some awesome amateur rigs set up there every year and the atmosphere quality is usually outstanding.
 
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shgeo said:
Larry

Have you ever been to the Texas Star Party at Ft Davis? There are some awesome amateur rigs set up there every year and the atmosphere quality is usually outstanding.


I drove through Texas once but I never did any observing there. Star parties are really nice. You get to observe with all kinds of equipment.
 
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panella said:
More outstanding pics Larry!

I don't know what you're talking about. That moon shadow on Jupiter is amazing. Thanks for posting.

One thing: is the orientation flipped?

Good catch. Everything is upside down because of the diagonal. I should of reversed it when I processed it. What tipped you off? I bet it was the red spot which should be in the southern hemisphere.
 
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It seems a lot of pictures from image gallery that I uploaded are disappearing.
 
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Larry,

Am I missing a link somewhere? I can't see any of your photos.

It's nice to find another amateur astronomer here. I have been observing and making small Newtonians (4" and 6") for quite some time. Have you ever been up to Stellafane?
 
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chart said:
Larry,

Am I missing a link somewhere? I can't see any of your photos.

It's nice to find another amateur astronomer here. I have been observing and making small Newtonians (4" and 6") for quite some time. Have you ever been up to Stellafane?


I lost half of my pictures that I had downloaded on Image Gallery. I will post some more of my pictures when I get the time. Unfortunately these are lost.Thx. for the link.
 
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