Video astro-imaging examples

We have several members with an active interest in using video cameras to create images.  Applications include real time display of objects to large groups or students, making video tapes for later viewing (for scientific measurements or home movies) and/or generating a nice computer image.

Using a video camera involves different methods of coupling it to a telescope. Methods use here include holding the camera to the eyepiece, mounting the camera to a tripod with the camera pointed into the eyepiece and physically mounting the camera to the telescope. Images shown here include unenhanced single video frames and various stages of image processing and or stacking which results in an aesthetically pleasing computer image.  This is done to illustrate how much detail the camera itself is displaying and how much image processing can do to enhance it. Click on the picture to get the details for that picture.

The cameras used here include camcorders, PC23C security camera, Astrovid Stellacam and SBIG STV.

A Beginner's Guide to Astro-Videophotography.  September 1999 by Phil Hoyle. In two parts. Part I is about using a camcorder at the eyepiece. Part II discusses how to download video images into a computer and image processing. Close the new window to return to this page.
 


PC23C Video Camera. November 2000 by Bill Castro. The discussion here is not too technical in nature. It is more along the lines of what is it how to use it. Comparisons are made between this camera and the Astrovid camera and holding a camcorder to the eyepiece. 

Select an image to enlarge it
and display the equipment and processing details.
Ikeya-Zhang single frame
A Phil Hoyle and Phillip Creed 
single frame video image 
of comet Ikeya-Zhang
Ikeya-Zhang stacked image
A Phil Hoyle and Phillip Creed stacked
video image of comet Ikeya-Zhang
 
M104 single frame
Phil Hoyle and Phil Creed single 
frame camcorder image of M104
M104 stacked
Phil Hoyle and Phil Creed
stacked camcorder image of M104

Phil Hoyle camcorder image 
of Mars
Saturn by Phil Hoyle
A Phil Hoyle camcorder image 
of Saturn
Jupiter by Phil Hoyle
A Phil Hoyle camcorder image 
of Jupiter
M82 Phillip Creed
A Phillip Creed camcorder  image 
of M82
M42
Phil Creed camcorder image 
of M42 from Spruce Knob, WV
M13
Phil Creed camcorder image of M13 
from Spruce Knob, WV
Bill Castro image of moon
Bill Castro camcorder image 
of the moon
Bill Castro image of Jupiter
Bill Castro camcorder image 
of Jupiter
Bill Castro video of Pythagoras
Bill Castro PC23C image 
of crater Pythagoras
Bill Castro video of Pythagoras prime focus
Bill Castro PC23C image of 
crater Pythagoras
Bill Castro Saturn
A Bill Castro PC23C image
of Saturn
Hadley Rille by Dave Gill and Bill Castro
A Dave Gill and Bill Castro
PC23C image of Hadley Rille
Video image of lunar craters
Bill Castro, John Tatko and Wayne Harington
PC23C image of lunar craters
Partial eclipse
A Bill Castro PC23C image 
of a partial eclipse
Bill Castro M42
A Bill Castro Stellacam image
of the Trapezium in M42
M42 with IR filter
A Bill Castro Stellacam image
of the Trapezium in M42 with IR filter
Bill Castro M42/43
A Bill Castro stellacam image
of M42
sunspot without IR filter
A Bill Castro stellacam image
of sunspots without IR filter
Sunspot with IR filter
A Bill Castro stellacam image
of sunspots with IR filter
single frame Jupiter with transit
A Bill Castro Stellacam 
image of Jupiter
single frame
stacked jupiter with transit
A Bill Castro and Phil Hoyle 
Stellacam image of Jupiter
4 frames stacked
Bill Castro Saturn
A Bill Castro Stellacam 
image of Jupiter
Bill Castro image of Plato, zoom = 1
A Bill Castro Stellacam
image of Plato at 1x
Plato 1.5x
A Bill Castro Stellacam
image of Plato at 1.5x
Plato 2x
A Bill Castro Stellacam
image of Plato at 2x
Bill Castro M41
A Bill Castro Stellacam image
of M41
M104 John Waechter
A John Waechter STV image 
of M104
M57 by John Waechter
A John Waechter STV image of 
the Ring Nebula M57
M3 John Waechter
A John Waechter STV image 
of M3
M3 by John Waechter
A John Waechter STV image of 
the globular clulster M3
Mare Crisium by John Waechter
A John Waechter STV image of 
Mare Crisium

Bill Castro image of Sun
in H-alpha

Bill Castro image of Sun
in H-alpha


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