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The Sharpless Catalog
<December 2010>

Astronomy CCD Images

The Sharpless Catalog 

Sharpless Catalog
   The Sharpless Catalog project is my effort to capture the detail of the Sharpless Catalog using hydrogen-alpha and color filters. I am also using oxygen III and sulfur II when it applies. The text description written for each object is in a way that explains how the object responds to the CCD Camera and telescope I was using and what to expect when using the filters I did.

Daytime Digital Photography

Great Scenery

The Night Sky Mobile Site 

phone Access my mobile Web site directly from your web cell phone to get the same statistical information you can find on this Web site about the sun, moon and planets.

Palm/Pocket PC Phones or Wi-Fi Support can use my new site designed for them.
You can also use Avantgo to sync your PDA if you do not have access to the web on your PDA

My Current Setup

Larger View

  • MakNewt 8-inch F/4 Astrograph
  • Astro-Physics 1200 Goto
  • ST-10 XME CCD with CFW-10
  • ST-402/Nikon 105mm Guider
  • AstroDon Filters

CCD Commander


Monday, December 13, 2010 @ 2:26 AM
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"The heavens declare the glory of God" Psalm 19:1"
City: TUCSON Latitude: 32 00N Latitude: 111 00W Julian Date 2455543.583
Sunrise 7:15 AM
Sunset 5:20 PM
Distance 91,552,013 Miles
Angular Size 32.47 Min. of Arc
Position 17hr 08min -23° 07'
Constellation Ophiuchus
Moonrise 12:18 PM
Moonset 12:04 AM
Distance 249,506 Miles
Angular Size 30 Min. of Arc
Position 22hr 43min -1° 03'
Constellation Aquarius
Phase 43.53%
Lunar Phases
1st Quarter12/13/201013 59 UT
Full Moon12/21/20108 13 UT
3rd Moon12/28/20104 18 UT
New Moon1/4/20119 02 UT
1st Quarter1/12/201111 31 UT
Full Moon1/19/201121 21 UT
3rd Moon1/26/201112 57 UT
Planet Rises Transits Sets Constellation Distance from Earth Distance from Sun
Mercury 8:18 AM 1:20 PM 6:16 PM Sagittarius 29,277,129 Miles 69,224,169 Miles
Venus 3:45 AM  9:21 AM 2:51 PM Libra 44,142,813 Miles 66,852,751 Miles
Mars 8:14 AM  1:13 PM 6:07 PM Sagittarius 133,016,193 Miles 220,467,360 Miles
Jupiter 12:42 PM  6:37 PM 12:32 AM Pices 460,625,292 Miles 445,707,644 Miles
Saturn 2:04 AM  7:58 AM 1:47 PM Virgo 891,815,752 Miles 926,237,038 Miles
Uranus 12:46 PM  6:45 PM 12:43 AM Pices 1,869,388,039 Miles 1,856,473,726 Miles
Neptune 11:20 AM  4:50 PM 10:16 PM Capricornus 2,796,047,337 Miles 2,833,781,298 Miles
Pluto 7:56 AM 1:12 PM 6:24 PM Sagittarius 3,010,913,110 Miles 3,098,336,362 Miles
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CCD Explorer Windows Software

A free Windows based program I wrote that allows you to store information about your CCD images in a database. The program allows you to organize and sort your images. It supports most graphic formats and has many features built into it including support for 16 and 32 bit images.  Although created for CCD imaging, it can be used for astrophotography as well. 

CCD Explore has many new features that were not in version 1.0 such as printing, some image processing, and converting to other file formats.  In addition you can now customize your reference tables for equipment, cameras, and filters you use. 

The software comes with an installer and will work with Windows 98 or higher including Windows Vista, the next version of Windows   

In addition, the software has some 45,000 defined U.S. cities with longitude, latitude, time zones, and other information.  Using defined cities, you can quickly look up information on the sun, moon, and planets.

CCD Explorer is FREE

Coming later this summer:
CCD Explorer 3.0 and Sharpless Catalog for Windows

This Web site is owned and managed by Dean Salman. I have been into astronomy since the late 1960’s and doing photography with film from 1973 to 2001. In 2001, I switched to CCD imaging and have been doing that since then. I am asking that you respect my wishes and do not sell any of my images or claim them as your own work.

My images I post on the site are considered freeware and can be used for your own personal use, which includes school projects, a book or article you are publishing, or just printing the image for your own use. If you do use then in printed material such as a book, just credit me or my web site as a reference, nothing else.

My Web site is designed so that you can customize it on your computer for your location to get statistical information on the sun, moon, and planets. This includes lunar phases to 2035, rise and set times, magnitudes, phases, RA and DEC positions, distances, and much more. In addition, I update my database every month with current events happening in the sky and what the planets are doing for the current month. To set up your location, just enter your US or Canada city or zip code on the top of the page. If your city is not found or you do not have a U.S. or Canada zip code, use the City Locator. You can save your location for future visits so you do not have to enter your information each time you visit my site. Be sure to check out my mobile web site as well if you have access to the Web on your cell phone.
Other Web Sites

San Pedro Valley Observatory 
The well-known Astronomers Inn (formerly The Skywatchers Inn) on the east side of Benson has reopened as the San Pedro Valley Observatory (SPVO). It is the site of the old Vega-Bray Observatory containing the wonderful 20-inch Maksutov, one of the largest telescopes of its kind in the US. Eventually plans to have remotely controlled telescopes for those who want to observe from their homes. For those on vacation, telescopes and host astronomers available for hire to give sky tours.

Galaxy Map 
Have you ever wondered what our Milky Way galaxy would look like from outside, as viewed from an interstellar space ship? This website presents a face-on map of much of the Milky Way, including the distances and positions of more than 8 thousand bright stars, star clusters, nebulae and giant molecular clouds. Unlike rough diagrams based on speculation, the location of each object on the galaxy map is based on the scientific literature. This may be the most accurate and detailed Milky Way map ever created

Astronomy Online Readers Gallery 
Welcome to Astronomy magazine's Online Reader Gallery — a collection of spectacular images from astrophotographers around the world. Categories include Galaxies, Nebulae, Star Clusters, Planets, Sun and Moon, Comets, and Other

CCD Commander 
Imagine setting up for a night of imaging, falling asleep, and then waking in the morning with images of multiple targets - each autoguided and autofocused. Your mount is parked and you have darks and flats for all your images. With a quick glance you confirm that all your images were guided successfully and your camera temperature was stable throughout the night. All of this is a reality with CCD Commander.

Instructional DVD Video By Adam Block 
Learn the foundation for creating spectacular astronomical images in Photoshop! This video is the first in a series of tutorials that will lead the novice imager on a informative journey through the tips and techniques of manipulating CCD images. 

CCD Stack by CCDWare 
CCDWare is a software company that has the tools you need when it comes to CCD Imaging.    

Star Parties 
A complete listing of North American Star Parties organized by month.

Space Weather
For the latest solar forecast and aurora updates, visit

Telescope Rental from Cherry Mountain Observatory
Cherry Mountain Observatory is a fully automated, robotic observatory located outside of Fredericksburg, Texas. The observatory is focused on advanced astro-imaging and visual exploration using leading edge technologies and approaches.

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