First Images 1998

These are the very first images I collected during the summer and fall of 1998, using a 10″ Meade LX 200 with Pictor 416 CCD Camera; all of the the deep sky objects were unguided and about 2-3 minutes in duration; the planets used eyepiece projection at about 0.1 seconds. I am proud of these images (especially the Jovian view!)  None of us started producing APOD-worthy images from the get-go, although continual advances in hardware and software since 2000, teamed with excellent online tutorials, seem to have shortened the time required for “newbies” to climb the learning curve.