Last updated: 6 October 2000

Some ETX users have sent me examples of their astrophotography. If you have some examples you would like included here please send me a description of how you made the astrophotos and a copy of the images as GIF or JPEG files (due to internet email gateway issues, please send only one image file per message). Send to etx@me.com. Alternatively, if you have created your own web page with your examples please let me know and I'll include a link to your site.

tommy@tuffnigga.fsnet.co.uk (tommy) [6 Oct 00]
Image: Sun Image: Sun
My name is tom mcivor and i'm from Aberdeen scotland. Contrary to popular belief that Scotland doesn't see any sun I have enclosed two pictures of the sun through my ETX 125 from the 16th and 22nd of July. Both are recorded on black and white ilford 400 XP2 film. These were my first pics taken of the sun with a type2 solar filter.
Excellent site by the way.
Tom Mcivor
P.S. Please excuse the email address as it was a practical joke by a friend and i don't know how to change it.
HAAKE Philippe (beruberu@webshuttle.ch) [26 Sep 00]
Image: Sun
Here is a picture of the sun..... Sun is working hard.... 22.9.00. ETX-90 prime focus sun filter Orion, 200ASA, Minolta SRT-101
Bill Dean (billdean@home.com) [23 Sep 00]
Image: Sun
Here's a cropped shot of a major sunspot group taken at about noon PST on 9-23-00 with a Coolpix 990/Radian 18mm/ETX-90 using the Baader AstroSolar filter material. Seeing was poor here on the coast. Reprocessed in PS and converted to grayscale then oversharpened a bit much. Hope to get some more shots out in Anza Borrego this weekend.
Phillip B. Espinasse (pespinasse@uswest.net) [20 Sep 00]
Image: Sun
I have owned an ETX for a little while now and have learned a great deal from your web site. Despite all the heavy light pollution in the Minneapolis area, I am still able to enjoy simple astrophotography. Thank you for all your time and effort!
(Oct-99) this picture of the sun was taken with the Meade ETX in prime focus w/ a Nikon N70 body. Film type was Kodak ASA 400.
Ido (bareketj@internet-zahav.net)
Image: Sun
Hi, my name is IDO I'm 16 years old. this is my first attempt in capturing the sun. this photo has been taken with the ETX, pentax k-1000 camera and a home made sun filter. I used a 1600asa film, the exposure was 1/250. it was scan from the original photo into the computer. the sun spots can be seen very dimly, I don't know if it happened because the draft focus or because the exposure was to long. IDO p.s-if someone know how to fined the sun without burning your eyes please let me know.

Mike here: You can locate the Sun using the shadow of the ETX. Unless you have a quality solar filter on your finderscope, don't use that to center it! And watch out for homemade solar filters. Just reducing the brightness of the Sun's image won't save your eyes. You can go permanently blind by not providing the proper protection! I highly recommend getting a commercial solar filter or at least using commercial solar imaging quality materials.

William Furst (WF98271@email.msn.com)
Image: Sun
pic taken with classic etx, jmi filter, 1/750/sec. a week or two ago. A bit underexposed but clearly shows the sunspots. Taken with a Monolta HTSI PLUS 35mm at prime focus using the meade adapters for the camera.

William Furst Tacoma, WA

These are photos I shot about 20 min ago of the sun. It is prime focus through my ETX 90 EC using a modified Quick Cam. There are no modifications made. They can be found at: www.geocities.com/eb_astronomy/Sun1.jpg
The second linked picture is a little blurry. I was not tracking the sun during that shot.
Denis JOYE (denis.joye1@libertysurf.fr)
Image: Sun
here is a picture I took on 17th of june at the focus of my ETX90-EC with a Philips Vesta Pro Webcam. My ETX90 was equiped with a JMB Solar filter. I just applied a gamma correction on this raw picture in order to enhance faculae.
Clear skies
Denis JOYE
4850,91'N 214,23'E alt 54m
Richard Seymour (rseymour@wolfenet.com)
Image: Sun
Here's the basic sunshot... a snapshot camera hand-held to the eyepiece. Note the overcast cloud smudges on lower center of frame. Telescope: ETX90ec, probably -not- tracking (aim by sun shadow) Eyepieces: Meade 26mm Super Plossel with 2x Meade Barlow Film: generic asa400 color print film (department store branded, probably Fuji) Camera: Samsung Maxima Zoom 90GL ... set to 50mm... Since it's NOT an SLR, it autoexposured on the ambient ETX barrel, i guess Time: approx 6pm Seattle WA, usa Late May 2000 This, and a couple of shots of my scope overlooking my Seattle environment are at www.wolfe.net/~workshop/astro/photos.html
John Short (JOHNSHORT@compuserve.com)
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I thought you may like a couple of current pics of the sun spot activity. The pictures were taken using the ETX 90 utilising image projection onto white card. The first using the standard 26mm lens with a 2x barlow and the second with just the 26mm. Both images were taken with a Nikon Coolpix 950 digital camera.

Mike here: WARNING WILL ROBINSON! Projecting the sun's image onto a surface is not recommended with the ETX. You can damage the ETX components due to the heat buildup inside the telescope. To view the sun it is STRONGLY recommended that you use a quality solar filter from a reputable manufacturer.

Gerald Wechselberger (gerald_wechselberger@at.ibm.com)
Image: Sun
Picture of the big sunspot from May 1st 2000 using the ETX125EC with an Olympus Digital Camedia 2020Z 1600x1200 resolution. Eyepiece projection with 26mm ocular.
Pat (Jackal9208@aol.com)
Image: Sun
Here is my first picture taken with my ETX. I used the #64 adaptor from meade with an Olympus OM-10 loaded with kodak asa 400 film. The camera was set on auto so I dont have the exposer times
Gerald Wechselberger (gerald_wechselberger@at.ibm.com)
Image: Sun
Reading your homepage i found your offering to forward ETX pictures plus addon Equipement info to you for eventually use on your homepage. So, please find attached a few sample pictures which were made with ETX125EC plus autostar and OLYMPUS 2020Z Digitalcamera (1600x1200), connected with a homemade device directly to the ETX in eyepiece projection mode. The Olympus has a nice infrared remote control which allows you to make picures without touching the ETX. March 26th 2000 Sunspots Eypiece projection 40mm
Lou Dangelico (Roadking95@aol.com)
Image: Sun
Great site! Here's a shot of the sun taken 3/25/200 with my ETX90-EC. JMB type II filter, Agfa 780 digital camera 1024 x 768 pixels, 1/250 sec no digital enhancement.
John Watson (Watson_J@compuserve.com)
Image: Sun
This was shot by aiming hand-held down the barrel of the 25mm ETX eyepiece with my Fuji FX1500 set to wide-angle and letting the auto system do the rest. I used an Orion solar filter. March 19th, 2:00pm in England, with a rather misty sky. The image was enhanced by using PaintShop Pro v6 unsharp masking.
Joćo Porto (j.porto@mail.telepac.pt)
Image: Sun

Tim Rose (timrose@ozemail.com.au)
Image: Sun
The location: sun setting behind the coastal mountains in Eastern Australia - near Byron Bay (on a map look for the MOST easterly point in mainland Australia). The trees are approx 7 kilometres away. The photo: ETX-90EC, Thousand Oaks Polymer Plus filter, camera mount, Nikon F-801 on auto exposure, Kodak 400asa film....basically hand held. The Date: 26 Nov 99.
Brad Weaver (bweaver@compuaid.com)
Image: Sun
This was my first attempt at astrophotography. Using an ETX-90EC, a Scopetronix Digital Camera Adaptor, a Class A Solar Filter also purchased from Scopetronix and the new Canon S10 digital camera I snapped this photo with the standard 26mm lens in my driveway on February 5, 2000 at approximately 16:30 EST. I got the Sun in the FOV and then synced on it to keep it there and used the Canon's macro mode along with the self-timer to reduce vibrations.

See the Guest Sun page for photos posted in 2000.

See the Guest Sun Archive 1997-99 for photos taken in 1997, 1998, and 1999.

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