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 — Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635), Jupiter, Trifid Nebula (M20), Crab Nebula (M1), Dumbbell Nebula (M27), Whirlpool Galaxy (M51), Ring Nebula (M57), Bode’s Nebula (M81), M100, Fireworks Galaxy (NGC 6946), Owl Nebula (M97), Veil Nebula (NGC 6992).  The DSO’s were 2-3 minute exposures (unguided), and Jupiter/Saturn were about 0.1-0.2 sec exposures (eyepiece projection).  The images are primitive by today’s standards, but no recent image I’ve done can duplicate the wondrous feeling these first images created within me.