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Welcome to taosastronomer.com!

offering local "hands-on" observing
(visual and imaging) sessions and instruction
viewing and imaging from Rabbit Valley Observatory
a dark sky location on the mesa just west of Taos, NM

 

New!!! -- video images using RVO's recently-installed 127mm ES127ED Explore Scientific Apochromatic refractor and employing the recently-renovated HyperTuned Losmandy G-11 mount, equipped with Ovision's high-precision RA worm, and most recently also featuring Losmandy's RA extension kit, all employing RVO's new Atik Infinity Video Camera. These images are essentially on-the-fly screen grabs; multiple images auto-stacked within the software and the quickly and minimally post-processed the next day using CCDStack 2, Neat Image noise reduction and Photoshop. Details below . . .

 

Astro-images of Willis Greiner [copyright Rabbit Valley Observatory/Willis Greiner, 2019 -- all rights reserved]

 

M<42 video
M37 video

Orion (M42 and M43) Nebulae
Orion constellation / video screen grab @ f/3.75
April 19, 2019

(see also my high-resolution image of this object)

 

M37 Open Star Cluster
Auriga constellation / video screen grab @ f/3.75
April 19, 2019

Leo Triplet
M81 and M82
Leo Triplet Galaxies
Leo constellation / video screen grab @ f3.75
April 19, 2019

(see also my high-resolution image of this object)
M81 / M82 Galaxies
Ursa Major constellation / video screen grab @ f/3.75 / noise reduction employed
April 19, 2019

(see also my high-resolution image of this object)
M51
M3
M51 and NGC 5195 "Whirlpool" Galaxies
Canes Venatici constellation / video screen grab @ f/3.75 5 stacked 30-second exposures
April 19, 2019

(see also my high-resolution image of this object)
M3 Globular Star Cluster
Canes Venatici constellation / video screen grab @ f/7.5 12 stacked 15-second exposures
May 1, 2019
M51
M101
M51 and NGC 5195 "Whirlpool" Galaxies
Canes Venatici constellation / video screen grab @ f/7.5 12 stacked 30-second exposures
noise reduction employed
May 1, 2019

(see also my high-resolution image of this object)
M101 "Pinwheel" Spiral Galaxy
Ursa Major constellation / video screen grab @ f/7.5 15 stacked 45-second exposures
noise reduction employed
May 1, 2019

(see also my high-resolution image of this object)

 

 

 

Please click on title texts to link externally to interesting additional information on each photographic subject

 

nebulae

click the rollover image above or this text to access astro-imager Willis Greiner's newest galleries of colorful original astrophotographs
-- these most recent astrophotographs taken using RVO's exemplary Explore Scientific 127mm apochromatic refractor

click this text to access Willis Greiner's original gallery #1 of astrophotographs / these images taken through RVO's original photographic instrument, the 80mm William's Optics Megrez achromatic refractor
click this text to access Willis Greiner's gallery #3 of astrophotographs taken through RVO's original 80mm Megrez achromatic refractor
click this text to access Willis Greiner's gallery #4 of astrophotographs taken through RVO's original 80mm Megrez achromatic refractor

 

solar eclipse

 

grayscale
 

 

To correctly and accurately view images such as those seen on this website, it is important to adjust your computer or device's monitor to the neutral gray scale above. First of all, every sector seen above should appear to be shades of a neutral gray -- gradually moving from black to white -- further, each segment should be independently visible, not "oozing into" one another. When your device is correctly calibrated (not so difficult) you will be able to view the images as they were created and intended to be seen.  

 


home
history
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"The Imperative of Night" narrative
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(all content copyright 2015-2019 Willis Greiner Photography, all rights reserved)