Images of Solar System Objects taken at Land of Oz Observatory
|Below are images of the June 5th 2012 transit of the planet Venus across the face of the Sun,
an event that will not occur again this century!
The November, 2006 Transit of Mercury: Photographed through the 4-inch Meade SCT using a Thousand Oaks
metal-coated glass solar filter. Photo taken using the afocal method using a small digital camera through a 25mm
Plossl Eyepiece. Another transit of Mercury will not occur until 2016. CLICK ON IMAGE FOR MAGNIFIED VIEW.
Comet Johnson (C/2015 V 2): This image was captured on the morning of May 22, 2017, as
Comet Johnson was travelling westward through Bootes, about halfway between Delta and
Epsilon Bootis. This image is an integration of twenty-two 30-second exposures through the
C-11 at f/2 using HyperStar and the SXVR-H694C camera. Guided, captured and combined
using Maxim DL 5 Pro. Post processed in PhotoShop CS, levels, curves, Carboni's Astro Tools,
Gradient XTerminator and StarShrink.
These images were taken through a Meade 2045 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope using a Thousand Oaks metal
coated glass solar filter. The images were shot using the afocal method, with a small digital camera shooting
through a 25mm Plossl eyepiece at f/10.
Comet Lulin (C/2007 N 3): The above image is an animation of three 60 second exposures taken through the 80mm
APO refractor on the evening of March 16, 2009. The first image at 10 PM, the second at 10:55 PM, and the last at
11:55 PM. The movement of Comet Lulin against the background stars was quite noticeable each time I went back to
observe it during the evening. The bright star at the lower RH corner of the image is Delta Geminorum.
Comet 17p Holmes: The above image was captured on the evening of November 6, 2007, and is
an integration of ten 35 second exposures through the 80mm refractor at f/3.75. Captured and
combined using Maxim DL Essentials. Post processed using PhotoShop CS.
Comet 17p Holmes: This image was captured on the evening of October 27, 2007
and is an integration of twenty 35 second exposures through the 80mm refractor at
f/3.75. Captured using Maxim DL Essentials and post processed using PhotoShop CS.