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This website contains updating information from Cosmic Obsession Kerrville, a central Texas observatory located in beautiful, Hill Country. Our social network can be found Here: Cosmic Obsession Kerrville Facebook Page

Amateur astronomers Bob and Debbie Fitzhenry designed and developed their observatory to share recordings of space from multiple, high powered telescopes.

Information about the types of telescopes, mounts, filters, cameras and telescope hosting opportunities can be found on the Cosmic Obsession Kerrville website HERE and updates from recent broadcasts and imaging runs can be found on the Cosmic Obsession Kerrville fan page on Facebook.

This page will be filled with sights of outer space and the research that is currently being done whenever the night skies are clear.

This space is for stargazers interested in learning about astronomy and the events occurring outside our atmosphere.

MISSION

To share our observatory with the public, with our social networks and with astronomers, like ourselves, through remote viewing and telescope hosting opportunities. "Anyone who wishes to see the wonderful sights of outer space should have access to dark skies like us and that is our mission."

Telescopes and Cameras (Cosmic Obsession Kerrville)

PlaneWave CDK 17 Dall-Kirkham Astrograph OTA

The CDK17 has dual carbon-fiber truss designing that comes with 3 fans that are able to eject air out the back of the telescope. This adds to the image quality of the design. The CDK (Corrected Dall-Kirkham) Optical Design is innovative solutions for unsurpassing astroimaging quality. The CDK telescope design produces images with large format CCD cameras while remaining superb for visual use. The CDK design exceeded the off-axis performance of almost all commercial telescope designs including Ritchey-Chrétien. This design is so unique that it makes the optical alignment forgiving and collimation very easy. The user has the best possible performance from PlaneWave telescopes because of these reasons. The end result at the image plane of the CDK design is no off-axis coma, no off-axis astigmatism, perfectly flat field (no off-axis defocus). The CDK design will give the Cosmic Obsession Observatory pinpoint stars from the center to the corner of the field of view.

AP 1600 Mount

Stellarvue 80MM APO Triplet

Our Stellarvue 80MM APO Triplet uses the sharpest and highest contrast in a 80 mm apochromatic triplet lens ever offered. The focuser is threaded for photographic field flatteners sold below and has 1 1/4” and 2” compression ring visual adapters. This telescope also comes with heavy duty dual rings and a C19 heavy duty travel case. This is not a mass produced scope using inferior glass and sloppy mechanics. This is a truly premier 80mm apo. The Stellarvue SV80ST-25SV features an 80 mm f-6 (480 mm focal length) fully multi-coated, 3 element objective lens with an Ohara FPL-53 center element.

William Optics ZenithStar 71mm ED Doublet Refractor

Our William Optics ZenithStar 71MM ED Doublet Refractor Lens Design: ED glass (Janese imported Ohara glass) doublet air-spaced, in CNC machined ultra-high precision lens cell. Each lens is Fully Multi-Coated with a special super-high transmission coating (STM Coating) on all surfaces. Low C.A. Fully baffled to block all extraneous off-axis light rays and prevent glancing reflections, increasing overall contrast. 71 mm clear aperture and F/5.9 focal ratio.

Takahashi TOA-130F OTA

Takahashi America This 21st century innovation employs a newly designed triplet using special elements to produce the highest order of color correction, hence the name Ortho-Apochromat and is packaged in a short 32-inch tube with the lens shade retracted. The TOA-130F was designed for those wanting to use a medium format camera by including a deluxe 4-inch focuser with built–in camera angle adjuster. This focuser, coupled with the dedicated flattener, will produce a fully illuminated 70mm circle with a usable 92mm diameter. The high order of color correction of the Ortho-Apochromat Series produces images with saturated color and thanks to the numerous knife-edged baffles, an image with amazing contrast. The TOA-130F is perfect for visual, CCD and photo imaging. The f/7.7 focal ratio with a 1000mm focal length is long enough, using the LE-ED 2.8mm Takahashi ocular, for high magnification observations of the Moon and planets and yet will produce a 2.5° field at 20x when used with the Takahashi flat field LE-50 2-inch ocular. Ample back focus, over 200mm from the rear cell, has been designed in to permit the user to use a variety of CCD cameras, color filter wheels and electronic focusers or film cameras. Optical Specifications: Takahashi TOA-130F Optical Tube Assembly Type Apochromatic Refractor Lens Cell Type Air Spaced Triplet Aperture (mm) 130 mm Aperture (in.) 5.1 inches Focal Length 1000 mm Focal Ratio f/7.7 Limiting Visual Stellar Magnitude 13.2 Magnitude Accessories and Features Focuser 4-inch 2-Speed Rack and Pinion Star Diagonal 1.25-inch prism type Other included items 2-inch eyepiece adapter, 1.25-inch eyepiece adapter, 1.25 to 2-inch eyepiece adapter, (1) TK2350 extension tube Physical Parameters Weight, Optical Tube 25 Pounds Optical Tube Length 45.5 Inches

Canon 7D Mark II digital SLR with Hap Griffin MOD

The Canon 7D Mark II digital SLR camera is designed to meet the demands of photographers and videographers who want a camera that can provide a wide range of artistic opportunities. With a winning combination of cutting-edge operations and a robust, ergonomic design, it is optimized to make even the most challenging photography simple and easy. The EOS 7D Mark II features a refined APS-C sized 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor with Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors for gorgeous imagery. It shoots up to 10 frames per second at ISOs ranging from 100–16000 (expandable to H1: 25600, H2: 51200), has a 65-point* all cross-type AF system and features Canon’s amazing Dual Pixel CMOS AF for brilliant Live-View AF. It has dual card slots for both CF and SD cards, USB 3.0 connectivity and even has built-in GPS** for easy location tagging, automatically. Compatible with an ever-expanding collection of EF and EF-S lenses plus a host of EOS accessories, the EOS 7D Mark II is an ideal tool for creative and ambitious photography.

Lodestar X2 Autoguider

The Lodestar X2 is an upgraded version of the very popular Lodestar autoguider. The original Lodestar uses the ICX429 Exview chip from Sony and offers excellent sensitivity. However, Sony have now upgraded the ICX429 to the ICX829, with considerably improved QE and read noise. This new 'Exview 2' chip approximately doubles the Lodestar sensitivity and adds nearly a full star magnitude to the minimum guide star brightness.

Lodestar SXV (mono) CCD

This guide camera uses a 4.9 x 3.7mm CCD (1/3" format) and will slide into a 1.25" focusing assembly. It may also be used with a 'CS' mount camera lens. The weight is less than 100 grams. The rear panel of any SXVR camera provides multiple inputs and outputs to drive the SXV autoguider. The autoguider output to the mount is opto-isolated and will drive any standard active-low guider input via an RJ11 'telephone' lead.

PlaneWave CDK 17 Dall-Kirkham Astrograph OTA

Stellarvue 80MM APO Triplet

Takahashi TOA-130F OTA

William Optics ZenithStar 71mm ED Doublet Refractor

Links

Cosmic Obsession Observatory is proud to produce LIVE telescope broadcasts on the Night Skies Network. We want to thank the people who make the Night Skies Network a great place to broadcast our view into space. Being able to share what we are researching, and where we are researching, while we are researching has been one of the unexpected pleasures of creating this astronomy information. It is easy to use the Night Skies Network as a place to see what lies outside our atmosphere. Simply visit the Night Skies Network home page and sign up for a free membership. Then all you have to do is log in and you'll get instant access to a current list of LIVE telescope feeds!

Please note that the Night Skies Network is an astronomy website that interacts with astronomy clubs from around the globe. Please be kind to the other viewers as there may be a significant number of viewers at one time under a single username. The site is a teaching site that takes astronomy to the people and they adhere to a code of behavior during their broadcasting sessions. If you love astronomy like they love astronomy, then you can understand why they like their stars unadulturated.

NSN is an astronomy site that offers you a connection to live telescope feeds from amateur and professional astronomers. The astronomers bring their pictures to the public through the use of cutting-edge, CCD camera technology and the Night Skies Network's broadcasting tools. This website allows you access to broadcasts from space every night after you register for free with the website. The Night Skies Network is a group of broadcasters and viewers who observe space together and chat about what they see using the live feed viewer and chat room that is inside each broadcasters' room. There is a group of astronomers within the network that provide new broadcasts on a daily basis. Cosmic Obsession has been broadcasting on the Night Skies network since December of 2010. Look for updates about our next broadcast in the Blog section of our website. Our broadcast schedule is determined by weather and can be staggered and irregular at times. Click on the blue link to go register now with the Night Skies Network.

Join us on our Facebook page so you can see what you might be missing here. There is so much astronomy going on that it is impossible to contain within the pages of just one internet location. All of us here at Cosmic Obsession use Facebook as a way to stay connected to our friends. Please like the Cosmic Obsession facebook page and then you can connect with the amateur astronomers too!

Amateur Astronomers Robert and Deborah Fitzhenry use facebook to keep their friends informed on the next cosmic event and where it may come from. He uses a large network of amateur astronomers to stay ahead of the disinformation and false reporting that can become prevalent during important celestial events. Now you can get a quick review and interpretation from active amateur astronomers like Mr. Walsh who are willing to speak about whatever you think is important in space. Astronomy is the name of the game when everything is fine and dandy but it quickly becomes science when there's something at stake.

Astro-Software

AstroToaster

His name is Howie Levine and he wrote AstroToaster. AstroToaster is a freeware application for obtaining semi-live views of astronomical images using a DSLR, CCD or any camera that can produce static astronomical images. AstroToaster uses the Deep Sky Stacker (DSS) Processing Engine. It accomplish what DSSLive does, but using the full capabiblities of DeepSkyStacker. and has a Viewer with easy to use color and light enhancement tools. - The camera drops image files into a 'monitoring' folder, and they are automatically processed and continuously stacked and updated into a viewer window - You can use darks, flats etc. - Color adjustments, levels, curves are re-applied automatically to the refreshed image in the viewer - It performs a complete align and re-stacking of the images instead of a running average - It uses DeepSkyStacker's engine and settings, to perform the processing - You can edit and tweak, stacked images from earlier in the session, while acquiring and processing a new image Cosmic Obsession astronomers are taking advantage of the computer aided control they get from Astro-software programs like AstroToaster. Be sure to visit the AstroToaster site and look around! You can even download a free version Here

Pixinsight

free downloads HERE

We will be adding the finer details soon!

The Sky X Professional Edition

Sky X Pro Edition

Deep Sky Stacker (FREE)

Deep Sky Stacker

DeepSkyStacker is a freeware for astrophotographers that simplifies all the pre-processing steps of deep sky pictures. Registering Stacking Simple post-stacking processes to quickly view the final result. Saving the resulting image to a TIFF or FITS file (16 or 32 bit) After a shooting night you give all your pictures (light frames, darks frames, offset/bias frames, flat frames) to DeepSkyStacker and you go to bed. The next morning (or is it afternoon?) you can see the result and start post-processing. If you can't wait, DeepSkyStacker Live is also available to watch the result of an ongoing imaging session being created as the images are downloaded from the CCD or DSLR.

Astrophotography

What is Astrophotography? (Under Construction)

How do you Photograph The Universe? (Under Construction)

What is Image Stacking? (Under Construction)

What do you Photograph? (Under Construction)

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