250px 10" reflector.
skywatcher EQ6 (Not skyscan)
Deegan - Reaching For The Stars
Deegan is an extraordinary astro-photographer and a member of the Swindon Stargazers
Club on the Stargazers Lounge.
The administrator was therefore over the
'Moon' (get it, oh never mind) when Mike very kindy agreed for us to use some
of his images in order to demonstrate to members how they could show off their
own images on this website.
Mike Deegan has always had a casual interest
in astronomy, casual until he bought a cheap 3.5 " reflector from the supermarket.
At that time he just looked at the Moon, planets and pointed it at the
sky in general. But what he saw through that cheap scope, craters on the moon
and the rings of Saturn, gave him the thirst for more.
he decided to buy a Skywatcher 130M (4.5") reflector with a powered R.A equatorial
mount and had a great time looking at the moon and planets. Then he had the idea
of putting his point and shoot digital camera up to the eyepiece and taking a
shot of the moon.
there it has been a slow but steady progression from webcam imaging (Toucam pro
2), a webcam based SAC8-2, bigger scope(Skywatcher 10" reflector) and to
where I am now imaging with a Starlight express HX916 CCD.
and below his award
winning image featured in the
May 2009 edition of
click on the image
see the larger picture: