Frank at the Very Large Array in New Mexico

Scopey McScopeFaceThis is my primary telescope, “Scopey McScopeFace” 🙂 It’s a Sky-Watcher StarLux 190MN (Mak-Newtonian), on a Paramount MyT mount from Software Bisque. The camera I use most often these days is an Atik 383L+, which I use with LRGB and narrowband filters to produce color images. I also have a ZWO ASI294MC Pro and an Atik 414EX camera in my arsenal for deep-sky imaging. My rig also has a Moonlite motorized focuser, and the whole thing is controlled by software called TheSkyX Pro and CCD Autopilot.  The whole thing is sitting on a ScopeBuggy, which allows me to just wheel the whole thing out of my garage on a clear night and get started. Once it’s aligned, CCD Autopilot automates imaging all night long while I sleep. It’s the next best thing to an observatory or permanent pier, neither of which would be allowed in my neighborhood!

For star parties, outreach events, and planetary imaging, I also have a Celestron NexStar 8SE Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope on a Celestron Advanced VX (AVX) mount. For planetary imaging, I use a ZWO ASI224MC camera driven by FireCapture.

Deep sky images are processed with PixInsight, Photoshop, the Astronomy Tools action set for Photoshop, and Topaz DeNoise. Planetary images are processed with AutoStakkert, RegiStax, and Photoshop.

When I’m not collecting really old photons, I run Sundog Software and Sundog Education.

I’m also an active supporter of StarTalk and The Planetary Society.

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