Venturing into DSLR Astrophotography with my Canon EOS 600d

Posted by XTSee on 1st August , 2012

For my 50th birthday my wonderful wife got me a brand new Canon EOS 600d DSLR camera. We’ve been making do with a basic compact camera for a few years now, for holidays, and use it for some simple astrophotography, and also using my LX-modified SPC900NC webcam for planetary and DSO photos.

But we are booked [...] Read more »

M42 Orion Nebula taken with SPC900NC

Posted by XTSee on 5th November , 2011

The Great Orion Nebula (M42) is probably the most popular and brightest target nebula in the Northern hemisphere for astrophotographers.
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This image taken with my LX-modded SPC900NC on my C6-SGT XLT scope on EQ5 mount is far superior than I have taken of M42 in [...] Read more »

SPC900NC Amp-off mod

Posted by XTSee on 3rd November , 2011

Prompted by a comment a couple of weeks back (Philip A Cruden at AstroGab) I decided to expand on the Steve Chambers long exposure SC1 LX-mod I have done previously to my SPC900NC webcam, by making the necessary change to allow the Amp-off mod (known as the SC1.5 mod).
The webcam electronics normally use an “amplifier” [...] Read more »

M31 Andromeda taken with SPC900NC

Posted by XTSee on 29th October , 2011

Here is my first attempt at imaging M31 The Andromeda Galaxy. At first glimpse you might think its a good picture, but I’m not actually that happy with it.
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Being a first try, I suppose it’s not too bad, but there are a couple of [...] Read more »

NGC2024 The Flame Nebula taken with SPC900NC

Posted by XTSee on 16th October , 2011

Many times I have tried to view the Flame Nebula by eye with my Orion XT10i Dobsonian, but without success (I keep thinking “It must be there, surely I should be able to see it!?”).
In professional photographs The Flame looks reasonably bright when compared to very faint nebula like the Horsehead, and it doesn’t look [...] Read more »

M1 Crab Nebula taken with SPC900NC

Posted by XTSee on 15th October , 2011

The Crab Nebula (M1/NGC1952) is found in the constellation Taurus. It is a supernova remnant and pulsar wind nebula observed by John Bevis in 1731 which corresponds to a bright supernova recorded by Chinese and Arab astronomers in 1054. The Crab is located at a distance of about 6,500 light-years from Earth, and the nebula [...] Read more »

NGC-869 Double Cluster taken with SPC900NC

Posted by XTSee on 13th October , 2011

Here is an image of NGC-869 that I took using my SC1 modded SPC900NC webcam using LX-mode.
The Double Cluster is comprised of a pair of open or galactic star clusters, a lovely starfield in the northern constellation of Perseus. They are an easy binocular target, and once you know their position they are also readily [...] Read more »

SPC900NC Webcam must use 5fps with LX mode

Posted by XTSee on 11th October , 2011

When I went to the Kelling Heath star party 2 weeks ago, I had a good go at using my SPC900NC webcam with my scope to so some astrophotography. Even though I had modded the camera several months ago, I’ve not tried using it for real yet! My bad. Anyway the star [...] Read more »

Jupiter at Kelling Heath Star Party Sept 2011

Posted by XTSee on 11th October , 2011

The following photo of Jupiter is one I took at the Kelling Heath Star Party on 24th September 2011 aligning/stacking about 1000 frames at 5ps (320×240), using my SPC900NC in video mode on my C6-SGT XLT SCT telescope tracking on CG-EQ5 mount, and post-processed with Registax.
I had also tried using K3CCDTools with this footage, but [...] Read more »

How to use Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer with SPC900NC & Celestron C6-SGT

Posted by XTSee on 1st August , 2011

I have a Philips SPC900NC PC webcam that I use for astrophotography with my Celestron C6-SGT XLT SCT Goto telescope. I have modified it with the Steve Chambers LX (Long Exposure) mod and wanted to try out a fairly good easy starting target to experiment on its capabilities.
Pleiades seemed to be a good choice, but [...] Read more »