Shepherd's Lair Observatory,
Eagle Creek, Oregon










Equipment:
Sidereal Technology Alt/Alt telescope mount
Direct Drive on both axis's.
Sidereal Technology ForceOne brushless controller:

Telescope(s):
Planewave 12.5" F8 CDK telescope:

Cameras:
ST11000 camera
Canon T3I Rebel

Site:
Location: 45.3247241 N, 122.3141992 W
216 Meter Elevation

Typical seeing:
4 arc seconds FWHM
Best I've seen:
2 arc Seconds FWHM
Worst I've seen
8 arc Seconds FWHM


(Click Images to Enlarge)

Here's a picture of the open observatory.
ShepherdsLairObservatoryS (189K)

M33 (Triangulum Galaxy) - About 11 hours of LRGB Data, all taken remotely and automatically from Shepherds Lair Observatory. All subframe images are 5 minutes long, and they're not guided by an autoguider, the tracking is open loop.
The camera is an ST11000 SBig camera. The telescope is a Planewave 12.5" CDK with an F8 focal length, and a de-rotator The mount is an Alt/Alt mount designed by Joel Kaplan and myself, with direct drive motors and made by Joel Kaplan
M33 (Triangulum Galaxy) (3541K)


All following images are combined 5 minute unguided exposures. Calibration, and Non Linear Stretches is the only processing.

M101 (Canon):
M101S (96K)

M27 (ST8)
M27 (584K)

M42 (Canon)
M42S (70K)

M82 (Mallincam Universe)
M82S (62K)
M1 Crab Nebula (ST8)
M1 (309K)

IC10 (ST8)
IC10 (496K)

Video's:

Comet Jacques from Oregon Star Party:

Near Earth Asteroid 87309 (2000 QP):

First Light Video for the Alt Alt scope, well worth the view: