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The ST-8E (KAF-1602E) NABG v. the ST-8 (KAF-1600) ABG

Page created: 24 August 2008

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An obstructed horizon coupled with the summertime leaves only a few good objects in position to image from the Bad Wolf Observatory. The arrival of the ST-8E at this point lent itself to the inevitable questions: is the KAF-1602E chip in the ST-8E better than the KAF-1600 chip in the ST-8 (and its predecessor, the Genesis 16 camera)? If so, how much better? Judge for yourself whether the difference is the camera, the processing, or something else. Blue borders denote ST-8E images and red borders denote ST-8 images.

July, 2010: Since the ST-8E gave way to the new ST-8XME, it is unlikely that this page will see any further updates unless I get so painfully bored that I reprocess images obtained with these wonderfully obsolete cameras. I hope that the imagers who purchased these nice cameras from me are putting them to good use.

M 13 Globular Cluster “The Great Northern Globular” in Hercules

The ST-8E (KAF-1602E) NABG v. The ST-8 (KAF-1600) ABG

This is the first tricolor image taken with the ST-8E, 20 min. L, 30 min. R, 36 min. G, 42 min. B. Taken under the Columbus Nebula on 24 and 29 July 2008.

Posted 30 July 2008.

This is the first tricolor image taken with the ST-8, July 2006, from under the Columbus Nebula. Technical details unavailable.

Posted 23 June 2008.

M 27 Planetary Nebula “The Dumbbell” in Vulpecula

The ST-8E (KAF-1602E) v. The ST-8 (KAF-1600) ABG

Taken on 24, 28 July and 8 Aug. 2008, from under the Columbus Nebula

Posted 24 August 2008

35 min. Ha (for luminance), 18 min. R, 18 min. G, 36 min. B. Taken 12 & 15 Sep. 2007, from under the Columbus nebula. Came in dead last in the Starfest Salon 2008 imaging contest. Posted 23 June 2008

M 57 Planetary Nebula “The Ring” in Lyra

The ST-8E (KAF-1602E) v. The ST-8 (KAF-1600) ABG

70 min. L, 15 min. R, 18 min. G, 14 min. B. Taken 29 Jul., 3 & 9 Aug. 2008, from under the Columbus Nebula.

Posted 24 Aug. 2008

105 min. Ha (for L ), 18 min. R, 18 min. G, 54 min. B. Taken 15 Sep. & 20 Oct. 2007, from under the Columbus nebula. Posted 23 June 2008

Miscellaneous images in no particular arrangement

The ST-8E (KAF-1602E) v. The ST-8 (KAF-1600) ABG

M 27 Planetary Nebula “The Dumbbell” in Vulpecula. 60 min. Ha. Taken 25 July 2008, from under the Columbus nebula. Posted 25 July 2008

M 17 Emission Nebula “The Swan” in Sagittarius. 50 minutes total integration, 14 June 2008, through the CAS C-14 at Perkins Observatory, Delaware, Ohio, shooting through and too close for comfort to the Columbus nebula. Posted 23 June 2008

NGC 6543 Planetary Nebula “The Cat's Eye” in Draco. 20 min. L. Taken 7 Sep. 2008, from under the Columbus nebula. Posted 8 Sep. 2008

M 57 Planetary Nebula “The Ring” in Lyra. 105 min. Ha (for luminance), 18 min. R, 18 min. G, 54 min. B, C-11 @ f/6.3. Taken 15 Sep. & 20 Oct. 2007, from under the Columbus nebula. Posted 23 June 2008

 

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