Last updated: 31 May 2004

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Some LXD55 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 or ZIP or Stuff multiple files). Send to mweasner@optcorp.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.

Niall Saunders (niall@njs101.com) [31 May 04]
Yet another one using my Olympus C-3040Z, a 2" 40mm Antares Erfle eyepiece and the Meade LXD55 8" SCT. This time the image was taken at full zoom (including full digital zoom as well). What I have sent is the centre 1024x768 pixels taken from a full-size 2048x1536 TIFF exposure, and then resampled down to 512x384 pixels (with an adaptive unsharp to help). The reason for the photograph? The stunning shadows from the crater rim of Ptolemaeus - these extend for 50 miles !!! I would love to know what the estimated height of the crater rim is - I have searched on various resources, but no answer yet.
"Paschalis" (paschalis@skt.forthnet.gr) [8 May 04]
Hi my name is Nikos Paschalis , i am from Skiathos(Greece) and this is my photos with my LXD 55 AR 5'' a few days ago with my toucam pro.
Dieter.Wolf@DNSint.com [31 Mar 04]


Dieter Wolf (Munich, Germany); 2004-03-28/29; MEADE LXD55 SN-10; PHILIPS ToUCam pro at prime focus; south up, east left
[Top] Moon1: Rupes Recta (115km long and 300m high/deep), Rima Birt (1,5km broad) and small craters below 2km in diameter (that's about double the size of theoretical resolution); 3x Barlow lense; 30 out of 300 frames
[Bottom] Moon2: 'Crater' Walter (it's not really a crater but 'something surrounded by walls'); 129km in diameter; look at the structured mountains inside, especially the one throwing it's looong pointed shadow about 50km far(!); 2x Barlow lense; 35 out of 400 frames
If I compare the LXD55 SN-10 vs. the ETX-125EC on the moon I see some small details more with the LXD (because of 10" vs. 5") but sometimes - at excellent air conditions - can use larger magnification with the ETX (5700mm with 3B vs 3000mm with 3B). So BOTH give nice views of the moon's surface and - of course - 'melting' both together into a 10" MAK / SC design would be the optimum...

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