Astronomy and Astrophotography
Saturn and Jupiter - First attempts with PGR Flea3 ICX618 based Camera:
Imaging and Processing: Michael DeMita - Late June and July, 2011 - Suburban Atlanta
Flea3 ICX618 based micro camera, manual filter wheel (Baader LRGB filters). Celestron 11" Edge HD telescope.  Baader 2x VIP Barlow system used.  Capture attempts with FireCapture as FlyCapture 2.0.  
About 2000 frames each of stacked video frames selected using Registax 6.0.  Post processing in PS4.  This is much, much harder than normal astrophotography.  Seeing conditions and focus must be perfect - and
these first attempts are formative at best.   
One of my first attempts.  
Io and Europa (left and
right) can be seen.
Another attempt - Perhaps better processing technique and seeing.  These were taken within
30 minutes and show how fast the planet rotates.
Flea3, First Saturn light. Very hard object to image.
No Barlow - just Flea3 Camera - C11 at f10.  Much clearer
- but too small.  Note Io and Ganymede.
Archive and first attempts
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Planetary Work:
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Equipment and Field Setup
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I have long been interested in the this and I am now trying it.  Bought my first scope on 11/1/10.  The photography
side of it is difficult and will take years to learn.  See below for recent work and archives.
Click Page # below for most recent astrophotographic work - higher
page # is more recent:
My first Jupiter:
Taken with NexImage imager
through the 8SE - Registax
Canon 5D reduced through Denk
S2 diagonal - 8SE scope - 800
iso, 1/500th exp, f10
First Moon:  SXVR-M25C Camera, Nebulosity,
Maxim stack, PS CS4.  ED127 Refractor. 30x.04s
Saturn using a now returned
evaluation camera from
Point Grey Research in
Canada.  The Flea3 GigE
ICX445 based unit had
major ghosting and
bleeding issues and is now
being re-evaluated for a
firmware update.  This was
also an early LRGB
attempt  Processing done
with Registax 6.0 and PS4.
Recent attempts at Solar System objects:  Moon, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter - PGR Flea3 ICX618 based Camera (except the moon shot below).  For all but
the moon, a Celestron 11" Edge HD SCT telescope was employed:
Imaging and Processing: Michael DeMita - Suburban Atlanta
Jupiter attempt - G-11 mount made a difference.  800
frame stack of LRGB videos @ 120 fps - Flea3.
Mars first light - G-11 mount.  800 frame stack of
LRGB - Flea3.
No Barlow - just Flea3 Camera - C11 at f10.  Note Io,
Europa and Callisto (L-R).
Solar Imaging:

PGR Grasshopper and Flea3 Camera.  Best 20% of 4000 frames @ 120 fps.
Solar - Lunt double and triple stack 80mm, Planetary - Celestron C11 Edge HD @ 2x Barlow, Satellite - Tak 106@prime with Flea3 (overexposed).
Baader filters, CGEM mount, Color Lodestar/PHD guide.  Also new images using the DayStar Quark unit and ZWO asi174mm cooled USB3.0 camera to the left.
ISS - Manual capture (negative)
with Flea 3 in Tak 106 @ prime
- no barlow.  Hey, it sucks but I
tried for a LONG time to even
get it on film through a scope!
Coronado 80mm 2x etalon - Grasshopper
Camera (from field day at my office with
Stephen Ramsden - processed by me)
Sun - Lunt 80mm 2x
etalon - M25C Camera -
from Hawkinsville
Sun - Lunt 80mm 2x etalon - Flea3 Camera
Venus - Tak FSQ-106EDXiii @
Prime - Flea 3 camera.  Lum
image taken as test for ISS
Mars: Above is an image of Mars from 1/28/12.  Seeing was not
great here in Atlanta.  Celestron C11 Edge HD scope with 2x
Baader Barlow @ F20.  Capture with FlyCapture 2.2 using a Flea3
Firewire 800 PGR camera (ICX 618).  Astrodon LRGB filters.  
Stack of the best 800 of 4000 frames.
Flea3, C11" SCT - Baader 2x mod barlow.  FireCapture rules....  May, 2012
Jupiter and Io October, 2012.  Flea3, f20, C11".
Explore Scientific ED80 triplet, DayStar Quark
and ZWO asi174mm cooled USB3.0 camera.