Featured Observers

An Ongoing Amateur Astronomy Exhibition At the National Air and Space Museum
 
 
 
Featured Observer:
 
Ted Rafferty
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Rosette Nebula
January 2010
 
Rosette pre-mosaic
January 2010
 
M81 galaxy
March 2010
 
 

Having done professional research at some of the most well-known astronomical observatories in the world, Ted assumed that astrophotography was limited to remote, dark sky mountaintops. Even when he saw the great images that amateur astronomers were taking, he figured they were obtained under skies that were not obscured by light pollution. After his retirement Ted became more involved with astrophotography. He originally intended to practice taking pictures of deep sky objects with his equipment in his backyard, and then travel to a much darker location to take the real images. However, through his networking with other amateur astronomers, he was surprised to find he could do astronomical imaging even in the light polluted skies of Gaithersburg.

Pictured here are Ted and his Meade LXD75 8-inch Schmidt-Newtonian telescope, at his home in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The telescope is on a Losmandy G11 mount. Ted attaches a Meade DSI Pro 2 camera with an Orion filter wheel to his telescope when taking images. The telescope's tripod is set on concrete slabs to stablize the telescope for long exposures during imaging.

 

Featured Observers

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