Since March 25, 2005 the Carbon Truss 16 inch f/9 Ritchey-Chretien
telescope, with ion milled optics, has been installed and operational. Detailed information regarding the system,
including the Software Bisque Paramount ME equatorial mount and CCD imaging systems, can be found on the "Lost
Valley Observatory" link. I generally image with the telescope at 'prime', with a 3685 mm FL. Using the
current SBIG SLT-6303 cameral this puts me at an image scale of 0.51 arc-sec/pixel with a generous FOV of 17.3 x 26 arc-min.
The "first light" image is of M82, and and was taken prior to telescope
collimation, periodic error correction or even T-point modeling. It was, essentially, and "out-of-the-box" (or should
I say "out of the hundreds of boxes...") image.
My images are listed sequentially, hopefully improving with time
and experience. It is intentionally arranged this way, as opposed to a standard astro-image gallery with galaxies,
nebula and planetary images separated. There are brief notes describing new techniques and errors (click on the image
to enlarge to it's full size..or at least to the largest size I felt could be tolerated for a particular image). The
advantage of this type of chronological gallery is one can see the progression of experience and learning curve (with
all the expected errors)...the disadvantage is it's more difficult to "find" a particular image (as they're not arranged by
catagories but rather show up as I find an interest in imaging them).