Southern Nights Observatory

 

 

 

 

CAMERAS

All images at Southern Nights are currently taken using a ZWO ASI 183MC pro camera cooled to -15 degrees celsius. Specifications for this camera are:

Chip size ::  5496 x 3672
13.2mm x 8.8mm

 

Pixel size :: 2.4 um
Temperature :: cooled to -15 C for all images

Some images are taken with a ZWO Duo-Band filter placed immediately infront of the camera. This is clearly noted on all images that have included this filter.

 


MOUNT

The mount used for all images, unless otherwise noted, is a Skywatcher EQ6-R Pro. 

The Guide scope used is a 60mm, 240mm fl achromat with a ZWO 178mm connected to PHD2 software.

Image capturing is performed by N.I.N.A.

 


 

TELESCOPES

Three telescopes are used in the capture of the data, covering a wide range of focal lengths.

1. A Celestron 6 inch SCT.  Normally fitted with a hyperstar to yield a widefield image.

f 1.9 - 285mm fl.

without hyperstar          f 10 - 1500mm fl

2. A Sharpstar 80 mm triplet refractor.  Currently imaging without a reducer but this will be added in time.

f 6.25 - 500mm fl.

 

3. A 6 inch Richey Cretian fitted with a 6.7 reducer.

f 6.7 - 900mm fl

without reducer          f 9.0 - 1300mm fl