Mt Wilson Trip: Holy Cow WOW!
Posted On January 1, 2000
By Jim Windlinger
Photos taken by Jim Windlinger: Holy cow WOW!
The following photos show the amazing results possible when you have a mere 60" of aperture and a digital camera.
I used a Nikon Coolpix 950 digital camera held behind a Celestron 26mm Silvertop Plossl with a custom machined bracket. The power at the eyepiece was 923x.
I then used the optical zoom on the camera to get the image to nearly fill the screen. I oversample the image so much to minimize the Jpeg artifacts. The only processing done was a rescale, level adjust, and a mild unsharp mask using Picture Window 2.5.
The exposure times were 1/15th second for Jupiter, and 1/8th second for Saturn.
Included are some photos of the telescope that was used for the Saturn and Jupiter images above.