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The Sharpless Catalog

CCD Images Library       Enter what to find and press enter:   Common Objects  
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 ImageDate ProcessedTelescopeCameraType
SelectM56/20/2009MN 8 inch F/4 AstrographST-10 XME Color
SelectM135/30/2009MN 8 inch F/4 AstrographST-10 XME Color
SelectSh2-1322/14/2009MN 8 inch F/4 AstrographST-10 XME NB Sulfur
SelectNGC 8961/20/2009MN 8 inch F/4 AstrographST-10 XME NB Sulfur
SelectIC 139612/15/2008MN 8 inch F/4 AstrographST-10 XME H-Alpha Color
SelectIC 139612/15/2008MN 8 inch F/4 AstrographST-10 XME NB Sulfur
SelectSh2-12212/14/2008MN 8 inch F/4 AstrographST-10 XME Color
SelectSh2-9611/29/2008MN 8 inch F/4 AstrographST-10 XME H-Alpha Color
SelectSH2-8611/24/2008MN 8 inch F/4 AstrographST-10 XME NB Sulfur
SelectSH2-8611/24/2008MN 8 inch F/4 AstrographST-10 XME H-Alpha Color
SelectSH2-7911/10/2008MN 8 inch F/4 AstrographST-10 XME H-Alpha Color
SelectSH2-6011/4/2008MN 8 inch F/4 AstrographST-10 XME H-Alpha Color
SelectSh2-5911/3/2008MN 8 inch F/4 AstrographST-10 XME H-Alpha Color
SelectSH2-5011/2/2008MN 8 inch F/4 AstrographST-10 XME H-Alpha Color
SelectSh2-1858/28/2008Epsilon 180 F/2.8ST-10 XME Color
SelectSH2-1248/18/200814.5 Inch F/9 RCOSSTL-11000 XM H-Alpha Color
SelectNGC 4631 and NGC 46568/10/2008MN 8 inch F/4 AstrographST-10 XME Color
SelectSh2-1168/4/2008MN 8 inch F/4 AstrographST-10 XME H-Alpha Color
SelectSH2-1617/20/2008Epsilon 180 F/2.8ST-10 XME H-Alpha Color
SelectSh2-1577/19/2008Epsilon 180 F/2.8ST-10 XME H-Alpha Color
 
Narrowband images are: Hydrogen Alpha (656/4.5nm), Sulfur II (672/4.5nm), Oxygen III (500/4.5nm), and Helium II (468/10nm)
Colors are mapped: Red: SII, Green: HA, Blue OIII or Red: HA, Green: OIII, Blue: HeII





Welcome to my CCD Images and Photo Library Web page.   I started photography of the stars in 1973 just using a 35mm camera and a tripod.  From there I took my first photograph through an 8" F/7 reflector and continued to use film with many telescopes until 2001.  

In March 2001, my friend Rockett Crawford started me down the world of CCD Imaging which I have been taking CCD Images ever since.   I started with an SBIG ST-7E CCD camera and upgraded that to an ST-10 XME.  I had to see my ST-10 XME and replace that with the ST-7 XME which I am using today.  However, I am in the process of building my own CCD camera, the Audine, that will have an KAF 1603ME CCD Sensor (like the ST-8 XME).   This new camera will have much better cooling abilities, 3 stage cooler, and a fast shutter speed around 2 milliseconds. 

I am also a .NET Web developer and have build this interactive Web Page that runs off a SQL Server 2005 database.   Taking advantage of this new technology, my entire library is see from this one single page.  This allows the interface you see to act quickly. 

The Web Page loads with the most recent images I have taken so far.    Below is a break down of how to use the CCD Images library.

Select a Group - Recent Images

This allows you to see all my CCD images starting with the most recent first.  The numbers you see above the list is page numbers that you can click on.  To View any image, click on the view link in the list.

Select a Group - Named Images

This will display the famous objects I have taken.  Famous objects are those with a common name such as The Orion Nebula or The Andromeda Galaxy.

Select a Group -  Hydrogen Alpha

This will display CCD images that were taken with a narrowband filter such as H-Alpha.

Select a Group -  Narrowband Color

This will display color CCD images that were taken with a narrowband filter such as H-Alpha, Sulfur, Oxygen, or Helium.  It is also where you can find mapped color images.

Select a Group - Narrowband Map

I have created a map of some if the Narrowband shots I have done .  This means I show what the object looked like in each of the filters that created the image.

Select a Group -  Video/Animations 

This will display a list of Videos and Animations I have taken.  The videos require Windows Media Player 9.0 or higher.  This is a free download from Microsoft Windows Update.

 

Seaching

Just enter the text of the object you are looking for and press enter.  You can either enter the catalog number such as M42 or NGC 4565 or enter the common name.  For example, if you enter Head, you would see the Horsehead and Witch Head nebula listed.    If you just enter 42, you will get back a match of any object with a 42 in it.  (M42, NGC 4205, IC42,......).  If no list is displayed, nothing was found.

Using the Custom List.

This feature allows you to filter the CCD images in the library.  You can choose the type of object such as an open cluster, the catalog such as only Messier objects, the telescope that was used, and the CCD camera that was used.  You can choose all options, only a few, or none.  Picking none does the same thing as Recent Objects.

Using the Quick Finder

When this page loads, all the images in the library are broken up into their own catalog, Messier, NGC, IC, Sharpless, and AGC.  Just select any of the items listed in the drop down list and you will see all the objects that match.   In many cases only one will be listed.

Viewing An Image

To view an image and get the information about it, just click the Select link in the main list.  The image and information will be displayed.    Some images have larger full size images.  A Full Size button will be visible if there is such an image.