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Deep Space Astrophotography, Astrometry, Discoveries, and Astrophotography Guides

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Saguaro Observatory


Comets discovered at CSS:  
C/2020 B3 (Rankin)      
C/2020 K6 (Rankin)       
C/2020 R6 (Rankin)      
C/2020 U3 (Rankin)      
P/2020 W1 (Rankin)       
P/2020 V4 (Rankin)      
C/2021 C1 (Rankin)      
P/2021 R5 (Rankin)      
C/2021 V1 (Rankin)       
P/2022 W1 (Rankin)  
P/2024 L4 (Rankin) 

Minor planet discoveries from V03 (Amateur station in southern UT)

(605911) Cecily = 2016 XD1 (Amor - NEO Discovery)      
Unnumbered Asteroid 2016 QS82 (MBA Discovery, 6 oppositions)      
Unnumbered Asteroid 2017 BO207 (MBA Discovery, 3 oppositions)      
Unnumbered Asteroid 2016 YD36 (MBA Discovery, 7 Oppositions)      
Unnumbered Asteroid 2017 OF133 (MBA Discovery, 5 Oppositions)

Variable star discoveries

USNO-B1.0 1413-0485086 
2MASS J22485596+0011206  


Video Tutorials     

This video is meant for the intermediate to advanced deep space astrophotographer who wants to identify known or unknown moving objects they may stumble across in their images. Software and guides used in this video are below. Study the Guide to Minor Body Astrometry carefully before sending anything to the MPC!        

This is a video tutorial I put together on processing monochrome CCD images in Deep Sky Stacker and Photoshop. Enjoy!         

This video tutorial is meant to introduce the viewer to basic techniques for processing planetary images. Images are usually obtained as a video to compensate for atmospheric turbulence and then processed into a still image by taking the best frames from the video.


Guides to Digital Astrophotography

Ivan Eder's Astrophotography - This guys DSLR images will blow your mind! Next best thing to the Hubble. 
Hypertune Guide for EQ6, Atlas EQG Mount - This is a handy guide to self hyper-tune an Atlas or eq6 mount.        
Cloudy Nights DSLR Imaging Forum - A DSLR imaging forum with some very friendly people.        
Deep Sky Stacker, Guide to Better Images - A handy guide that explains why you shoot multiple lights, darks, and flats. Also, what they are 0.o        

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