Solar Eclipse – Fort Myers, FL 8-21-2017

Even though the Solar Eclipse from Fort Myers, Florida wasn't in the path of totality we did get to experience a Partial Eclipse.
At a little after 1 PM EST I setup for the eclipse didn't plan to setup for it but decided to since the weather looked promising, and I'm glad I did!

My dad spent the eclipse outside with me sadly my mom only stayed out for less then 1 minute because she had to work.

Anyways here is some of the stuff I got from it.

Solar Eclipse 2017 - ZWO ASI120MC Celestron Nexstar 5SE

Dumbbell Nebula July 24th 2017

Dumbbell Nebula July 24th 2017
Telescope: Explore Scientific AR102
Mount: Celestron Advanced VX - Unguided.
Camera: Canon 450D (Self Astro Modded)
Frames: 20x60 Seconds Light Frames, 35 Bias Frames, 20 Dark Frames.
Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Processed in PixInsight 1.8 and Photoshop CS6

Celestron Advanced VX Mount – Unboxing

Celestron Advanced VX Mount is a great entry-level mount for astrophotography in mind, The Celestron advanced vx computerized german equatorial mount allows easy setup and tracking once a proper polar alignment has been completed.

I was able to purchase this used Celestron advanced vx mount from Orange County Telescope with the help of Mike Fowler helping me out with a payment plan, special thanks to Orange County Telescope for being able to help me out with the purchase.

The Celestron advanced vx mount payload is recommended for 30lbs, Counterweights are not included in the weight only stuff on the OTA is counted for the payload.

When it comes to the Celestron advanced vx mount alignment the hand controller will be able to walk to you through the setup process to get polar aligned, without a polar scope.

However a Polar Scope is recommended if you want to have near perfect alignment for long exposure astrophotography.

Jupiter, Europa, Ganymede March 30th 2017

Jupiter, Europa, Ganymede

Jupiter, Europa, Ganymede are just two of the Moon's that Orbit around Jupiter.
Europa can be seen just to the right off of Jupiter.
Ganymede can be just barely seen at the right side of the picture just before the edge.

This still image was made from processing a 24 second video using IC Capture and then Processed in AutoStackkert and RegiStax 6.

Jupiter has been enlarged using a 3.0X Drizzling feature.

Equipment Used:
Celestron Nexstar 5SE
Celestron NexImage 5 Camera

Revolution Imager R2 – Unboxxing

Wanted to share a Unboxxing video of the Revolution Imager R2 This is a long video but hopefully will help people who are interested in buying one get a look before they buy!

Included:
Portable 7" LCD monitor.
12v Li-Ion Battery with charger to run both the camera and LCD screen.
0.5x Focal Reducer to dramatically widen the field of view.
UV/IR filter.
Hand-held remote control to control the camera.
Shock-proof carry case.
All required cables.

Sample Images:
M3 and M13 May-26-2017
M51 Pictures April-7-2017

Sample Videos:
Revolution Imager R2 - Imaging the Moon
Orion Nebula with a Revolution Imager R2
M3 with a Revolution Imager R2

Please take in mind that I haven't had much time to use the Revolution Imager R2 all of the videos and images were taken first day I got it also the Moon was full the night I used it.