Stewart William Astrophotography

Stewart William Astrophotography


A place to share my Astrophotography Journey, including images taken from my bortle 6 backyard, here in rural Leicestershire.

My Current imaging rig

This is my current imaging rig, it consists of a Takahashi FSQ85, it’s a Petzval quadruplet apochromat refractor telescope, this is an f5.3, it has a very good flat field, ideal for my QHY268c one shot colour camera with a sensor approx 25mm x 15mm.

The guidescope, which is on the bottom in the image, is a Takahashi FS60cb,  f5.9, this makes an excellent guidescope and doubles as a solar scope too. The guide camera is an ASI174m mini, very sensitive and a good sized sensor, ideal for when solar imaging.

Its all controlled by an Intel i3 NUC minimPC, running the brilliant and free N.I.N.A software which uses a mixture of ASCOM and Native drivers. Also there is a Pegasus Ultimate Power hub V2, which powers all the kit, by it’s 4 x 12v power ports, and also provides a USB 2 & 3 hub, dew controllers, motor focus controller, and temp and humidity sensors, also 5v and adjustable power ports, which is ideal for powering the Deep Sky Dad flats panel, seen fitted to the end of the main scope.

This all sits on my Skywatcher EQ8 pro mount, which is a few years old now, but performs very well. It’s very well polar aligned with a polemaster. The mount lives in my new observatory, and mounted on my Astroengineering steel pier, bolted down to 2.5 cubic feet of concrete.

Some recent images 

Many of these images and those throughout my site were taken with the equipment and software shown under the equipment & software tabs. Some were taken with previously owned equipment not listed on these pages.

Please use the navigation on the left for more images with full information. 

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