It has been a year since the Popular Astronomy Society acquired a CCD camera. This camera is a Hisis 22 (12bit dynamic), with an electronic shutter. After several false starts, we have made progress in mastering this marvelous tool, which we are using above all to take photos of the planets.
You will find here some of our most recent pictures. All comments are welcome!
The reflector we use has a 190 mm diameter lens. Unfortunately, the lens of this hundred-year-old instrument has not been corrected for color aberrations, which obliges us to use a strong green filter (Celestron #58 model) ... and very long exposure time :-(
Otherwise, since the objective has not had an antireflection treatment, we are unable to use a barlow (it generates phantom images).
We must therefore place the CCD directly in the focal plane of the telescope, at F/D=20, which does not correspond to optimum sampling (only 0,5 arcsec by pixels)
All pictures are taken from Center Town of Toulouse (A 500 000 inhabitants French town).
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Comments are welcome !
New pictures added on 17/06/98 :
Full Lunar Terminator
Mosaïc made width 55 CCD pictures
Available in these formats :
The original mosaic has a
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Pierre-Olivier PUJAT et Jean-Philippe CAZARD
Société d'Astronomie Populaire
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