Sunday, August 20, 2017

First Officer Ippei


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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)

 

Equipment

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

Camera

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

Images

All Sorts of Pictures!

Links

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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