Full moon tests of the new Maxim DL v.6 CCD software
 -- Open clusters in the Winter Milkyway
Uploaded 2/15/16

Here is a set of four images taken Saturday night with the 6" f/3.6 Cometracker Schmidt Newtonian and our ST10xme CCD camera. In the past we have used the very clunky and haveing to deal with the "one at a time" kind of shooting you have to do with the cameras native software CCDops. This new aquisition allows fully automated shooting for hours on end, and also has some very powerful processing functions for taking the final images and turning them into a polished product.

The six inch when laser collimated produces superb star images using the Baader MPCC. Here are few examples with a blazing full moon nearby making the whole sky bright blue in color. Using the tools in maxim, I removed the blue background and got the color balance closer to reality. (you can never get the colors right during full moon!) Each frame consists of three two minute exposures with tricolor filters.

M41 in Canis Major Select an image size for a larger view:
M46 in Puppis Select an image size for a larger view:
M47 in Puppis Select an image size for a larger view:
NGC2244 in Monoceros Select an image size for a larger view:
Instrument: Meade 622 Six inch f/3.6 Schmidt Newtonian Mount: Astrophysics 1200 QMD CCD Camera: SBIG 10XME NABG with Enhanced Water Cooling Guider: Meade DSI Pro w/80mm piggyback refractor Exposure: LRGB: AstroDon RGB Combine Ratio: 1: 1.05: 1.2 Location: Payson, Arizona, Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing FWHM = 3 arcsec , Transparency 9/10 Outside Temperature: 25 F CCD Temperature: -20 C Image Processing Tools: Maxim DL6: Calibration, deblooming (Starizona Debloomer), aligning, stacking PixInsight: Curves, Deconvolution Photoshop CS2: Curves, Color Correction, Gradient removal (Grad Xterminator), Cleanup HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS