This is the "first light" image with this scope, on the first night out with the scope.
LRGB: 44:30:30:30 (L-11x4 min; RG&B-3x10 min). All images were unbinned.
Equipment: Meade 12" RCX400 at f/8.5, an SBIG ST-8XE camera/CFW8 color filter wheel with Astrodon filter set, guided by an SBIG AO-7 adaptive optics device, guiding at about 6 Hz (luminance) and 3 Hz (RGB).
Image Acquisition/Camera Control: CCDSoft V5.
Processing: All images calibrated (darks, dawn flats and flat-darks) and registered in CCDSoft. Luminance layer average combined in Ray Gralak's sigma reject program; R,G and B median combined in CCDSoft. Two iterations of Lucy-Richardson deconvolution routine applied using CCDSharp. Color combine, very gentle unsharp mask on the luminance layer, and adjustment of curves and levels, performed in Photoshop 6.0.
Location: All images taken from my yard in Redmond, Washington, USA, elevation 500'.
Date: All images taken on the night of June 21, 2005.
CCD Temperature: -20C
Moon Phase: Full moon
Seeing: Good, with 2.8 Arcsecond average FWHM in single calibrated image, deconvolved to 2.2.
Transparency: Very poor
Image Scale: .793 arcseconds per pixel