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CCD 1 Class Announcement -- Please Read if Interested

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Ed Wiley_WEY
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CCD 1 Class Announcement -- Please Read if Interested

This year I am going to provide all of the images needed to complete the CCD1 course to all students via a Dropbox link. They will be taken with my C11/Moravian1600 system with Johnson B and V filters. Why do I take this step?

(1) Those who do not have CCD cameras but who might be interested in trying CCD photometry can gain some insight into how we go about processing images.  So, if you now have an OSC or DSLR camera but are on the fence about making the investment in a monochrome CCD, you can spend a trivial amount to see if its “for you” by working with actual CCD images.

(2) The images will provide a backup for those with suitable cameras but lousy winter observing. You can learn the basics even if you don’t wish to challenge subzero temperatures to obtain your images. (This pertains especially to light and flat frames.)

(3) We can try some group exercises using the same images to see if everyone gets the same results. This will provide a nice check on your ability to use your software in calibration processing.

Hope to see you in the class and Happy New Year,

Ed Wiley

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Just Signed Up

Hello Ed,

I just signed up for your course and look forward to participating.


Ed Wiley_WEY
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CCD1 Participation

Thanks, Scott, looking forward to your participation.

Happy New Year, Ed

CCD1 Class


I plan to sign up also.

I have done the course before (3 years ago) but didn't really get to put it into practice, so I'm doing it again.

I don't have a CCD camera. I have a Celestron Edge HD 8-inch with UBVRI filters and a CMOS camera (a ZWO ASI 1600 MM Pro), but am not confident (given the weather here) that I will be able to capture appropriate images during the course itself. Therefore, I would be likely to want to use "images provided by the instructor" as per the course description.

The other thing is: Although I have read the caveats about the course not being for DSLRs or CMOS, I reckon the bulk of it will be quite applicable to my situation (CMOS). And since there is, as yet, no course on CMOS cameras where else can one go for guidance on using CMOS cameras?



Ed Wiley_WEY
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There is considerable interest in CMOS for photometry. I do hope you have some time to do some imaging with your 1600. I would love to see the results. My inexperience are with setting parameters such as gain and offset. There is no reason CMOS cameras should not be peachy for photometry, its just that I have never used one for photometry. But, I am very interested!


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I have an Orion Starshoot G4

I have an Orion Starshoot G4 Monochrome camera.  Would that do?

Ed Wiley_WEY
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Orion Starshoot

Sure, it shoud be fine.


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