Wednesday, August 12, 2020

First Officer Ippei


Hello and welcome to my MBS homepage!  I’m a First Officer for a leading US Airline, Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI/CFII/MEI) and an Advanced Ground Instructor.  My hobbies besides flying for fun are Astro-Photography and Deep Sea Fishing.

My first scope was a Celestron CPC800.  It had all the bells and whistles so that a beginner like me could start star gazing with little effort.  After spending some time with visual astronomy, I soon got the itch to start imaging.  I bought a T-Ring for my Nikon D50 and a f/6.3 SCT focal reducer and managed to get good shots of the moon and bright clusters like M13.  The next rig I purchased was the Celestron CG-5 with the Celestron 80ED OTA.  That setup allowed me to get 2 min exposures using my D50.  I sold my CG-5 and bought a CGE which I am still using right now.  My newest OTA is a Stellarvue SV80-ST Triplet APO that I bought from OPT at the 2010 Julian Starfest.  Images are captured using my SBIG ST-2000XCM and Equinox Image.  Processing is done with Equinox Image and Nebulosity 2.

Imaging has definitely been a big learning process, with a lot of it being trial and error and adjusting for personal likes and dislikes.  Over the past couple of years, I’ve managed to practice a lot and have gotten to the point where most of the frames I get are usable.  With the help of Chris Hendren and fellow MBS members, I’m now working at becoming more proficient at processing all the data I gather.

Click the airplane for my gallery.

Check below for new and revised images!

Aviation Photos






New Photos

New Album Added 10/2010!!! (24 hours of LeMons, Autobahn Country Club, Joliet IL)



Celestron CGE • Stellarvue SV80-ST (80mm, f/6.0, Triplet APO) • Celestron 80ED (80mm, f/7.5) • Nikon Action Extreme ATB 7×50 Binoculars

Eyepieces and Filters

Celestron 20mm Plossl • Celestron 12mm Plossl • Parks 2x Barlow • Astronomik CLS Filter


SBIG ST-2000XCM • Nikon D50 (18-200 VR) • Sunpak DigiPro 4B Tripod

Computer Hardware and Software

Apple MacBook Pro • Equinox Image • Equinox 6 • Nebulosity 2 • Star Map Pro (iPhone) • CCDSoft • CCDOps


All Sorts of Pictures!


Chris Hendren’s Website (Lots of cool pictures and links!)

Richard Blade (For those of us that grew up listening to KROQ)

Ralph Megna’s Website with a lot of Astronomy tips for Mac users

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