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Large format G4-9000 and G4-16000 cooled CCD cameras
 Cooled CCD cameras of G4 series contain detectors with 36נ36mm area, which is 50% more than photographic “full-frame” format. G4 camera dimensions are the same like dimensions of G3 series. Also camera handling, software control, power supply and connection to the host PC using fast USB 2.0 interface is the same like in the case of G3 cameras. Filter wheel for 50נ50mm square filters (round filters of 50mm diameter cause vignetting on such large CCD chips) cannot be placed inside the camera head due to limited space. But it is possible to connect external filter wheels for 5 or 7 large filters to the G4 camera, the camera head already contains connector for external filter wheel control.

G4 cameras contain Full-Frame CCD chips OnSemi KAF with 36נ36mm detector area. These detectors are equipped with so-called “anti-blooming gate” (ABG), which drains the over-abundant charge from saturated pixels. ABG ensures the round images of bright stars, without disruptive blooming spikes. On the other side, compromising of the CCD linearity by ABG is only negligible. G4 cameras can be used for astrometric and photometric applications as well as for astrophotography.

No matter if your target is reliable scientific data or beautiful images of deep-sky objects, G4 cameras are able to provide both.

G4-16000 CCD camera head

G4-16000 CCD camera head

G4 Camera Overview

G4 camera head is designed to be easily used with a set of accessories to fulfill various observing needs. G4 cameras do not allow usage of internal filter wheel as they require large 50נ50mm filters. External filter wheel is then the only option for G4 camera.

There are two sizes of the external filter wheel available for the G4 cameras:

  • Medium size wheel for 5 square filters 50נ50mm

  • Large size wheel for 7 square filters 50נ50mm

Camera head and numerous accessories comprise imaging system, capable to be tailored for many applications.

  1. G4 camera head capable to control External Filter Wheel

  2. External Filter Wheel M size (5 positions)

  3. External Filter Wheel L size (7 positions)

  4. G0 Guider camera

  5. G1 Guider camera

  6. Canon EOS bayonet adapter for Canon compatible lenses

  7. Off-Axis Guider with M681 thread

  8. 1.75 dovetail rail for G4 camera head

  9. Gx Camera Ethernet Adapter (x86 CPU)

  10. Gx Camera Ethernet Adapter (ARM CPU)

    Remark:

    Camera Ethernet Adapter allows connection of up to 4 Gx cameras of any type on the one side and 1Gbps Ethernet on the other side. This adapter allows access to connected Gx cameras using routable TCP/IP protocol over practically unlimited distance.

  11. 5-positions filter wheel M for 50נ50mm filters

  12. 7-positions filter wheel L 50נ50mm filters

G4 cameras are designed to work in cooperation with a host Personal Computer (PC). As opposite to digital still cameras, which are operated independently on the computer, the scientific slow-scan, cooled cameras usually require computer for operation control, image download, processing and storage etc. To operate G3 camera, you need a computer which:

  • Is compatible with a PC standard.

  • Runs a modern 32-bit or 64-bit Windows operating system.

    Remark:

    Drivers for 32-bit and 64-bit Linux systems are also provided, but camera control and image processing software, supplied with the camera, requires Windows operating system.

  • Provides at last one free USB port.

    Remark:

    The current series of G4 cameras are designed to operate with USB2.0 high-speed (480Mbps) hosts. Although they are fully backward compatible with USB1.1 full-speed (12Mbps) hosts, image download time can be somewhat longer if USB1.1 connection is used.

  • Alternatively it is possible to use the Gx Camera Ethernet Adapter. This device can connect up to four Gx cameras of any type (not only G4, but also G0 and G1 guiders and G2 and G3 cooled cameras) and offers 1Gbps and 10/100Mbps Ethernet interface for direct connection to the host PC. Because the PC then uses TCP/IP protocol to communicate with the cameras, it is possible to insert e.g. WiFi bridge or other networking device to the communication path.

G4 Camera Models

G4 series contains the following camera models:

Model Color mask ABG CCD chip Resolution Pixel size Image area Download time
G4-9000 no >100 KAF-09000 3056נ3056 12נ12μm 36.7נ36.7mm ~ 11s
G4-16000 no >100 KAF-16803 4096נ4096 9נ9μm 36.9נ36.9mm ~ 19s

G4 CCD Cameras Technical Specifications

CCD chip

G4 cameras use OnSemi Full-Frame CCD detectors with ABG (anti-blooming gate), ensuring images without excessive charge leaks from the overexposed portions of the image (blooming), e.g. bright stars in the field of view. ABG of these CCDs is designed for relatively low light levels (100 of saturation signal, compared to e.g. 300 of saturation signal ABG level of KAI-4022 CCD or 1000 of saturation signal ABG level of KAF-8300 CCD, intended for taking of images against sun etc.). Low ABG level does not to disrupt linear response to light.

CCD chip with 4096נ4096 pixels resolution and 36נ36mm area for G4-16000 camera

Model G4-9000

G4-9000 model uses 9 MPx OnSemi KAF-09000 CCD.

Resolution 3056 (H)נ3056 (V) pixels
Pixel size 12μm (H)נ12μm (V)
Image area 36.7mm (H)נ36.7mm (V)
Full well capacity ~110,000 e-
Dark current 5 e-/s/pixel at 25C
Dark signal doubling temperature 7C

KAF-09000 CCD specifications

KAF-09000 CCD and its quantum efficiency

Model G4-16000

G4-16000 uses 16 MPx OnSemi KAF-16803 CCD.

Resolution 4096 (H)נ4096 (V) pixels
Pixel size 9μm (H)נ9μm (V)
Image area 36.9mm (H)נ36.9mm (V)
Full well capacity ~100,000 e-
Dark current 3 e-/s/pixel at 25C
Dark signal doubling temperature 6.3C

KAF-16803 CCD specifications

KAF-16803 CCD and its quantum efficiency

Camera Electronics

16-bit A/D converter with correlated double sampling ensures high dynamic range and CCD chip-limited readout noise. Fast USB interface ensures image download time within several tens of seconds.

Maximum length of single USB cable is 5m. This length can be extended for instance to 10m by using single USB hub or USB active extender cable. Up to 100m extension can be achieved with third-party extender.

ADC resolution 16 bits
Sampling method Correlated double sampling
Read modes Preview
Low-noise (LN)
Horizontal binning 1 to 4 pixels
Vertical binning 1 to 4 pixels
Sub-frame readout Arbitrary sub-frame
Computer interface USB 2.0 High Speed
USB 1.1 Full Speed compatible

Camera electronics specifications

Image download time depends on the CCD chip used in particular camera model. Also the read noise depends on the chip as well as on the read mode.

  • Preview read mode provides system read noise approx. 1e- above CCD chip read noise.

  • LN (Low-noise) read mode is somewhat slower (approx. 1.2), but ensures system read noise equal or smaller than the manufacturer-specified chip read noise.

Model G4-9000

Gain 1.5 e-/ADU (1נ1 binning)
1.7 e-/ADU (other binnings)
System read noise 10 e- RMS (low noise)
11 e- RMS (preview)
Full frame download 15.7 s(low noise)
10.9 s(preview)

G4-9000 electronics specification

The gain in binning modes of G4-9000 cameras was adjusted from 2.5 e-/ADU to 1.7 e-/ADU beginning with system driver version 2.3 to utilize the full A/D converter dynamic range, because particular detector output node cannot pass higher output signal levels either way.

Model G4-16000

Gain 1.6 e-/ADU (all innings)
System read noise 11 e- RMS (low noise)
12 e- RMS (preview)
Full frame download 27.8 s(low noise)
19.2 s(preview)

G4-15000 electronics specification

G4-16000 cameras use the same gain for unbind and binned reading when used with system driver version 2.3 and higher. When older driver is used, stated gain 1.6 e-/ADU is used for 1l binning only, while all other binning use 2.7e-/ADU. Gain setting was unified to utilize the full A/D converter dynamic range, because particular detector output node cannot pass higher output signal levels either way.

Notes:

  1. Binning can be combined independently on both axes

  2. “Low noise” read noise depends on the CCD chip itself. If the read noise of the particular chip is 7.5 e- RMS, the system read noise is also 7.5 e- RMS.

  3. Download times can be somewhat longer when connected to USB1.1 host.

Power and USB connectors on the back side of the camera head. External filter wheel connector in the middle.

Power and USB connectors on the back side of the camera head. External filter wheel connector in the middle.

Chip Cooling

Regulated thermoelectric cooling is capable to cool the CCD chip from 42 to 47C below ambient temperature, depending on the camera type. The Peltier hot side is cooled by a fans. The CCD chip temperature is regulated with 0.1C precision. High temperature drop and precision regulation ensure very low dark current for long exposures and allow proper image calibration.

G4 cameras are available in two variants, differing in the cooling performance:

  • Standard cooling cameras achieve temperature difference up to 42C Under environment temperature.

  • Enhanced cooling cameras can regulate temperature up to 47C under environment temperature. Compared to standard variant, enhanced cooling cameras are somewhat bulkier due to bigger heat sink, slightly heavier and somewhat noisier because of more powerful fans.

CCD chip cooling Thermoelectric (Peltier modules)
Standard cooling ΔT 45C below ambient maximum
42C below ambient typical
Enhanced cooling ΔT 50C below ambient maximum
47C below ambient typical
Regulation precision 0.1C
Hot side cooling Air cooling (two fans)
Optional liquid coolant heat exchanger

Chip cooling specifications

Air (left) and liquid (right) cooling of Peltier hot side

Notes:

  1. It is not recommended to cool the chip to the maximum temperature difference, else the camera cannot guarantee temperature stability when the ambient air temperature rises. It is usually practical to set the temperature so the cooling utilization varies around 90%. This provides enough reserve in cooling power to keep the CCD temperature even if the ambient temperature rises several degrees Celsius.

  2. The cooling performance depends on the environmental conditions and also on the power supply. If the power supply voltage drops below 12V, the maximum temperature difference is lower.

  3. Camera construction does not allow usage of both air and liquid cooling. Combined cooling (air with the liquid cooling option) is not available, because such cooling does not work effectively enough with air only nor with water only.

Power supply

The 12VDC power supply adapter enables camera operation from arbitrary power source including batteries, wall adapters etc. Universal 100240VAC/5060Hz, 60W “brick” adapter is supplied with the camera.

Camera head supply 12VDC
Camera power consumption 15W without cooling
52W with 100% cooling
Power connector 5.5/2.5mm, center +
Adapter input voltage 100-240VAC/50-60Hz
Adapter output voltage 12VDC/5A
Adapter maximum power 60W

Power supply specifications

Notes:

  1. Camera power consumption is measured on the AC outlet (230V/50Hz) of the 12Vpower supply.

  2. The camera contains its own power supplies inside, so it can be powered by unregulated 12VDC power source the input voltage can be anywhere between 10 and 14V. However, some parameters (like cooling efficiency) can degrade if the supply drops below 12V.

  3. G4 CCD camera measures its input voltage and provides it to the control software. Input voltage is displayed in the Cooling tab of the CCD Camera control tool in the SIPS. This feature is important especially if you power the camera from batteries.

12VDC/5A power supply adapter for G4 Camera

12VDC/5A power supply adapter for G4 Camera

Warning:

The power connector on the camera head uses center-plus pin. Although all modern power supplies use this configuration, always make sure the polarity is correct if you use own power source.

Mechanical Specifications

Compact and robust camera head measures only 154נ154נ65mm (approx. 6נ6נ2.5inches). The head is CNC-machined from high-quality aluminum and black anodized. The head itself contains USB-B (device) connector, 8-pin RJ45 connector for external filter wheel and 12VDC power plug, no other parts (CPU box, USB interface, etc.), except a “brick” power supply, are necessary. Integrated mechanical shutter allows streak-free image readout, as well as automatic dark frame exposures, which are necessary for unattended, robotic setups.

Filter wheel if not integrated into camera head, it is necessary to use external filter wheel with 5 positions for 50נ50mm square filters. This external filter wheel is driven by the electronics already included into G4 camera head. Only single short 8-wire cable connects the filter wheel with the camera head and no separate power or communication cables are necessary for the external filter wheel. Also software (camera drivers, image acquisition applications) does not distinguish between internal and external filter wheel, camera works the same way like the G2 or G3 camera with integrated filter wheel.

Internal mechanical shutter Yes, blade shutter
Shortest exposure time 200ms
Longest exposure time Limited by chip saturation only
Internal filter wheel no
Standard cooling head dimensions 154mmנ154mmנ65mm
Enhanced cooling head dimensions 154mmנ154mmנ76mm
Back focal distance 16.5mm (without filter wheel)
33.5mm (with external filter wheel)
Standard cooling head weight 1.6kg (without filter wheel)
2.5kg (with “M” external filter wheel)
2.8kg (with “L” external filter wheel)
Enhanced cooling head weight 1.8kg (without filter wheel)
2.7kg (with “M” external filter wheel)
3.0kg (with “L” external filter wheel)

Mechanical specification

Regardless if the camera has standard or enhanced cooling, the front view dimensions are the same. Also mounting adapter holes are the same, so both camera variants are compatible with the same set of telescope/lens adapters.

The only different dimension is the camera thickness. Enhanced cooling requires thicker camera back shell.

Notes:

  1. Back focal distance is “optical”, which means it calculates with refraction on the plan-parallel glass optical elements in the light path.

G4 camera head front view dimensions

G4 camera head front view dimensions

G4 camera head with the L external filter wheel front view dimensions

G4 camera head with the “L” external filter wheel front view dimensions

Dimensions of G4 camera with standard cooling and external filter wheel

Dimensions of G4 camera with enhanced cooling and external filter wheel

Optional accessories

Camera head can be combined with various accessories according to the requirements of the target application (optical system, used filters, guiding, etc.).

Telescope adapters

Large diagonal dimension of CCD detectors used in G4 cameras (52mm) does not allow usage of common adapters, typically limited to 2inches diameter (50.8mm), like T-thread M42נ0.75, M48נ1 thread, Nikon bayonet etc. This is why G4 cameras are by default shipped with M68נ1 threaded adapter.

Another alternative if Canon EOS photographic lens adapter, which has enough diameter not to cause significant vignetting. Adapter is designed for G4 cameras with external filter wheel, with which it keep the 44mm back focal distance between bayonet front plate and CCD detector.

M68נ1 thread adapter
Adapter with inner thread M68נ1.

Canon EOS lens adapter
Standard Canon EOS bayonet adapter.

3 Wynne adapter
Adapter for 3 coma-corrector ASA Wynne.

3 Wynne adapter
Adapter for 3 coma-corrector ASA Wynne, intended for G4-OAG.

3 Paracorr BIG adapter
Adapter for 3 coma-corrector TeleVue Paracorr BIG, intended for attaching to EFW with M681.

3 Paracorr BIG adapter
Adapter for 3 coma-corrector TeleVue Paracorr BIG, intended for G4-OAG.

External Filter Wheels

Because large detectors if the G4 camera require large 50נ50mm filters, filter wheel cannot be placed inside the camera head and G4 cameras rely on external filter wheels only. There are two sizes of external filter wheels for G4 cameras available:

  • The “M” sized wheel for 5 square filters 50נ50mm.

  • The “L” sized wheel for 7 square filters 50נ50mm.

“M” (5-positions) and “L” (7-positions) External Filter Wheels for the G4 camera

Remark:

There is a possibility to use round D50mm filters with the G4 camera. Normally these filters cause significant vignetting as the CCD diagonal measures 52mm and filter clear aperture is 47mm. But it the used optics does not cover the whole detector (e.g. standard camera fish-eye lens), D50mm filters increase number of available position from 5 to 7 in the case of “M” wheels and from 7 to 9 in the case of “L” wheels.

External filter wheels for 5 filters 50נ50mm (left) and for 7 filters D50mm or with M48נ0.75 threaded cells (right)

External filter wheels are described in detail here.

Off-Axis Guider adapter

The G4 off-axis guider (OAG) is designed to allow attachment of any guiding camera with 1.25" eyepiece nose, although the nose must be somewhat shorter to achieve focus. G0 cameras are designed to achieve focus with G4 OAG and a special shorter version of 1.25" nose with C-mount thread is available for all G1 cameras. Any camera with CS-mount (short version of C-mount standard) can use this adapter to be attached to G4 OAG.

The G4 OAG offers the M68נ1 thread on the telescope side. The back focal distance is 61.5mm.

G4 Off-Axis Guider Adapter

Off-Axis Guider adapters are described in detail here.

Guiding cameras

G0 and G1 cameras are completely independent devices with their own USB connection to the host PC. They are mentioned here only not to omit an important part of the whole system.

G1-0301 standalone guiding/imaging camera is equipped with USB connection and standard “AutoGuider” port

G0 and G1 cameras can be used on the G4 OAG, on standalone guiding telescope or for any other imaging purpose, like Moon or planetary imaging etc. Both G0 and G1 camera can share the Gx Camera Ethernet Adapter with up to 3 other Gx cameras to be accessed over network.

G0 and G1 guider cameras are described in detail here.

Attaching camera head to telescope mount

G4 cameras are equipped with two “tripod” 0.250-20UNC threads on the top side of the camera head. This thread can be used to attach 1.75inch “dovetail bar” (Vixen standard). It is then possible to attach the camera head, e.g. equipped with photographic lens, directly to various telescope mounts supporting this standard.

1.75" bar for standard telescope mounts

1.75" bar for standard telescope mounts

Spare desiccant containers

The G4 cameras are supplied with silicagel container, intended to dry the CCD cold chamber. This container can be unscrewed and desiccant inside can be dried in the owen (see the camera User's Manual).

Remark:

This is why the container itself does not contain any sealing, which could be damaged by high temperature in the owen. The sealing remains on the CCD cold chamber instead.

Container shipped with the camera by default does not exceed the camera head outline. It is equipped with a slot for tool (of for just a coin), allowing releasing and also tightening of the container. Containers intended for enhanced cooling cameras are prolonged as the camera thickness is greater in the case of this variant.

Containers for standard and enhanced cooling cameras also in variants allowing tool-less manipulation

Containers for standard and enhanced cooling cameras also in variants allowing tool-less manipulation

It is possible to order spare container, which makes desiccant replacement easier and faster. It is possible to dry the spare container with silicagel and then only to replace it on the camera. Spare container is supplied including the air-tight cap.

Spare container can be supplied also in variant, allowing manipulation without tools. But this container is longer and exceeds camera outline. If the space behind the camera is not critical, this container can make desiccant exchange even easier.

Silicagel container with slot (left) and for tool-less manipulation (right)

Camera head color variants

Camera head is available in several color variants of the center plate. Visit manufacturer's web pages for current offering.

G camera color variants

Gx Camera Ethernet Adapter

Gx Camera Ethernet Adapter allows connection of up to 4 Gx cameras of any type on the one side and 1Gbps Ethernet on the other side. This adapter allows access to connected Gx cameras using routable TCP/IP protocol over practically unlimited distance.

The Gx Camera Ethernet Adapter is available in several variants, but their functionality is basically the same

Gx Camera Ethernet Adapter devices are described in detail here.

Software Support

Powerful SIPS (Scientific Image Processing System) software supplied with the camera allows complete camera control (exposures, cooling, filters) with automatic sequences and complete image calibration. SIPS also supports advanced tools like Image Add tool with automatic sub-pixel image alignment, (L)RGB Add tool, Image Blink tool, image filters and many more functions.

Scientific Image Processing System

SIPS software package is freely available for download from this www site.

Drivers for ASCOM standard as well as native drivers for third-party software are also available (e.g. TheSkyX, MaxIm DL, AstroArt, etc.). Visit the download page of this web site for current list of available drivers, please.

Automatic guiding

SIPS software package allows automatic guiding of the astronomical telescope mounts using separate guiding camera. Proper and reliable automatic guiding utilizing the computational power of Personal Computer (e.g. calculation of star centroid allows guiding with sub-pixel precision) is not simple task. Guiding complexity corresponds to number of parameters, which must be entered (or automatically measured).

The SIPS Guider tool window

The SIPS “Guider” tool window

The “Guiding” tool allows switching of autoguiding on and off, starting of the automatic calibration procedure and recalculation of autoguiding parameters when the telescope changes declination without the necessity of new calibration. Also swapping of the German Equatorial mount no longer requires new autoguider calibration. There is also a graph showing time history of guide star offsets from reference position in both axes. The length of graph history as well as the graph range can be freely defined, so the graph can be adjusted according to particular mount errors and periodic error period length. Complete log of calibration procedure, detected offsets, correction pulses etc. is also shown in this tool. The log can by anytime saved to log file.

An alternative to classic autoguiding is the inter-image guiding, designed for modern mounts, which are precise enough to keep tracking with sub-pixel precision through the single exposure, and irregularities only appear on the multiple-exposure time-span. Inter-image guiding then performs slight mount position fixes between individual exposures of the main camera, which eliminates “traveling” of the observed objects through the detector area during observing session. This guiding method uses main imaging camera, it does not use another guiding camera and naturally does not need neither OAG nor separate guiding telescope to feed the light into it.

Inter-image guiding controls in the Guiding tab of the Imager Camera tool window

Inter-image guiding controls in the Guiding tab of the Imager Camera tool window

Shipping and Packaging

G4 CCD cameras are supplied in the foam-filled, hard carrying case containing:

  • Camera body with a user-chosen telescope adapter. The M68נ1 adapter is included by default, Canon EOS adapter is available at additional cost.

  • A100-240VAC input, 12VDC output “brick” adapter with 1.8m long power cable.

  • 5m long USB A-B cable for connecting camera to host PC.

  • ACD-ROM with camera drivers, SIPS software package with electronic documentation and PDF version of User'sManual.

  • Aprinted copy of camera User'sManual.

G3 and G4 CCD cameras are shipped in the foam-filled carrying case (left), larger case is used if camera is ordered with external filter wheel (right)

Image Gallery

Example images captured with G4 cameras.

Object NGC6188
Author J.C. Canonne, P. Bernhard, D. Chaplain & L. Bourgon
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters narrow-band Hα, SII, OIII
Telescope TEC160
Exposure 108 hours

Object NGC6188
Author J.C. Canonne, P. Bernhard, D. Chaplain & L. Bourgon
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters RGB
Telescope TEC160
Exposure 7 hours

Object IC443 “Jellyfish” nebula (mosaic)
Author J.C. Canonne, P. Bernhard, D. Chaplain & L. Bourgon
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters narrow-band Hα, SII, OIII
Telescope FSQ106, TEC140, AP155, RH200
Exposure 113 hours

Object “Veil” nebula (mosaic)
Author J.C. Canonne, P. Bernhard, D. Chaplain & L. Bourgon
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters narrow-band Hα, SII, OIII
Telescope TEC160 and AP155
Exposure 415 hours

Object IC2944
Author J.C. Canonne, P. Bernhard, D. Chaplain & L. Bourgon
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters narrow-band Hα, SII, OIII
Telescope TEC160 f/7
Exposure 101 hours

Object IC2944
Author J.C. Canonne, P. Bernhard, D. Chaplain & L. Bourgon
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters RGB
Telescope TEC160 f/7
Exposure 5.25 hours

Object NGC7635 “Bubble” nebula, M52 cluster
Author J.C. Canonne, P. Bernhard, D. Chaplain & L. Bourgon
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters narrow-band Hα, SII, OIII
Telescope TEC140
Exposure 88 hours

Object M106 galaxy
Author Michael Miller, Warren Keller
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters Astrodon LRGB
Telescope 152mm APM APO

Object NGC2264 “Christmas Tree” nebula
Author Reinhard Wallner
Camera G4-16000
Filters HαRGB
Telescope TEC 160FL
Exposure 13 hours

Object Dentelles-2 nebula
Author Nicolas Outters
Camera G4-16000
Filters SII Hα OIII
Telescope Newton SV400 F3.8
Exposure 37 hours

Object IC1396 “Elephhant Trunk” nebula
Author Pavel Cagas, processed by Martin Myslivec
Camera G4-16000
Filters RGB
Telescope 30cm f/4 Newtonian
Exposure 10 hours

Object M31 “Great Andromeda Galaxy”
Author Pavel Cagas, processed by Martin Myslivec
Camera G4-16000
Filters RGB
Telescope 30cm f/4 Newtonian
Exposure 1.5 hours

Object M42 “Great Orion Nebula”
Author Pavel Cagas, processed by Martin Myslivec
Camera G4-16000
Filters RGB
Telescope 30cm f/4 Newtonian
Exposure 1 hour

Object M45 “Pleiades”
Author Pavel Cagas, processed by Martin Myslivec
Camera G4-16000
Filters RGB
Telescope 30cm f/4 Newtonian
Exposure 1.5 hours

Object “Flame” and “Horse Head” nebulae in Orion
Author Pavel Cagas
Camera G4-16000
Filters RGB
Telescope 30cm f/4 Newtonian
Exposure 1 hour

Object IC1396 “Elephant trunk” nebulosity complex
Author J.C. Canonne, P. Bernhard, D. Chaplain & L. Bourgon
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters narrow-band Hα, SII, OIII
Telescope AP155
Exposure 73 hours

Object Sh2-129 “Bat” and OU4 “Squid” nebulae
Author Laurent Bourgon
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters narrow-band Hα, SII, OIII
Telescope TEC140 APO + Takahashi CCA 250
Exposure 127 hours

Object M27 “Dumbbell” planetary nebula
Author Frdric Lambert
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters RGB + narrow-band Hα, OIII
Telescope Takahashi CCA 250mm f/5

Object IC5067 nebula
Author Frdric Lambert
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters narrow-band Hα, SII, OIII
Telescope Officina Stellare UCRC 300

Object M31 Big Andromeda Galaxy
Author Frdric Lambert
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters RGB
Telescope Takahashi CCA 250mm f/5

Object M33 galaxy in Triangulum
Author Frdric Lambert
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters RGB + narrow-band Hα
Telescope Takahashi CCA 250mm f/5

Object NGC2244 “Rosette” nebula
Author Frdric Lambert
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters narrow-band Hα, SII, OIII
Telescope Officina Stellare UCRC 300

Object NGC6888 “Crescent” nebula
Author Frdric Lambert
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters narrow-band Hα, SII
Telescope Officina Stellare UCRC 300

Object NGC7635 “Bubble” nebula
Author Frdric Lambert
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters narrow-band Hα, SII, OIII
Telescope Takahashi CCA 250mm f/5

Object IC1805 nebula
Author Laurent Bourgon
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters narrow-band Hα, SII, OIII
Telescope Orion Optics/Skymeca 50cm MDK f/6,8

Object NGC7635 “Bubble Nebula” in Cassiopeia
Author Laurent Bourgon
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters narrow-band Hα, SII, OIII
Telescope Orion Optics/Skymeca 50cm MDK f/6,8

Object IC63 nebula in Cassiopeia
Author Laurent Bourgon
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters LRGB
Telescope Orion Optics/Skymeca 50cm MDK f/6,8

Object NGC7380 “Wizadr Nebula” in Cepheus
Author Laurent Bourgon
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters narrow-band Hα, SII, OIII
Telescope Orion Optics/Skymeca 50cm MDK f/6,8

Object NGC7822 star forming region in Cepheus
Author Laurent Bourgon
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters narrow-band Hα, SII, OIII
Telescope FSQ106ed

Object “North America” and “Pelican” nebulae
Author Laurent Bourgon and Didier Chaplain
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters narrow-band Hα, SII, OIII a NII
Telescope FSQ106ed
Exposure 65 hours

Object M31 galaxy in Andromeda
Author Philippe Bernhard
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters LRGB
Telescope RH200
Exposure 3 hours

Object NGC6960 “Veil” nebula
Author Laurent Bourgon
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters narrow-band Hα, SII a OIII
Telescope Orion Optics/Skymeca 50cm MDK f/6,8

Object NGC7000 mlhovina “Severn Amerika”
Author Michael Miller
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters narrow-band Hα, SII a OIII
Telescope 152mm APM APO

Object NGC6960 “Veil” nebula
Author Michael Miller
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters Astrodon LRGB
Telescope 152mm APM APO

Object NGC6992 “Veil nebula”
Author Michael Miller
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters Astrodon LRGB
Telescope 152mm APM APO

Object M51 “Whirlpool” galaxy
Author Michael Miller
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters Astrodon LRGB
Telescope 152mm APM APO

Object M16 “Eagle” nebula
Author Michael Miller
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters Astrodon LRGB
Telescope 152mm APM APO

Object M16 “Eagle” nebula
Author Michael Miller
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters H-alpha, OIII and SOII narrow-band
Telescope 152mm APM APO

Object M63 “Sunflower” galaxy
Author Michael Miller
Camera G4-16000 + EFW-L-7
Filters Astrodon LRGB
Telescope 152mm APM APO

Object “North America” and “Pelican” nebulae
Author Petr Novak
Camera G4-16000 + EFW4-5
Filters 12nm H-alfa
Telescope Takahashi FSQ 106 ED

Object M31 Great Andromeda Galaxy
Author Pavel Cagas, processed by Martin Myslivec
Camera G4-16000 (cropped to 3kנ3kpixels)
Filters Astronomik LHaRGB
Telescope Orion SPX 250 + Paracorr

Object “North America” and “Pelican” nebulae
Author Martin Myslivec
Camera G4-16000
Telescope Borg 66 ED

Object Field of variable star V729 Aql
Author Pavel Cagas, field composition Vaclav Pribik
Camera G4-16000 (cropped to 3kנ3kpixels)
Filters Clear
Telescope Orion SPX 250 + Paracorr

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