Resources

Observing Steve Omeara’s “Hidden Treasures” Catalog of Deep Space Objects

Here’s a progress summary chart of what we’ve observed so far from Steve O’Meara’s “Hidden Treasures” Catalog of Deep Space Objects. We’ll keep it updated real-time so you can follow along.


Observing The Caldwell List of Deep Space Objects

Here’s a progress summary chart of what we’ve observed so far from The Caldwell Catalog of Deep Space Objects. We’ll keep it updated real-time so you can follow along.


Observing The Herschel 400 List of Deep Space Objects

Here’s a progress summary chart of what we’ve observed so far from the Herschel 400 List of Deep Space Objects. We’ll keep it updated real-time so you can follow along.


Here’s the Equipment We Use at Emerald Hills Skies

Some might be interested in the equipment and software that we use. For whatever it’s worth, we’re relying on the following:

  • Optical Tube Assembly: 11-inch Celestron Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph telescope
  • Mount: iOptron CEM70G
  • Primary Imaging Camera: ZWO ASI2600MC Pro
  • Camera interface: Octopi-Astro RASA 11 Camera Adaptor
  • Observatory: Pier-Tech Tele-station 2
  • Pier: Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height Pier
  • Dew Shield: Celestron 11 RASA Aluminum Dew Shield
  • Filter: Celestron Light-Pollution Imaging Filter
  • Focus Motor: Celestron Focus Motor
  • Equipment Plate on top the scope by Losmandy
  • Power supply mounted on that equipment plate: Pegasus Astro Pocket Powerbox Micro
  • USB hub mounted on that equipment plate: Pegasus Astro USB Control Hub
  • All-Sky Camera mounted on that equipment plate: ZWO ASI178MM
  • Focusing Software: NINA with Hocus Focus plug-in by George Hilios (jokogeo)
  • Streaming software: OSB with Stream Deck
  • Planetarium software: Starry Night Pro Plus by Simulation Curriculum
  • Imaging (EAA) software: Sharpcap 4.0.92460 by Robin Glover
  • Portable operating solution: iCron USB Raven 3124 USB 3-2-1 Extender operating indoors, approximately 200 feet from the observatory, with data being transported via fiber-optic cable
  • 12V Power distributed by a power distribution by RIGrunner 4005i by West Mountain Radio
  • 12V Power supply homemade using a MEAN WELL LRS-350-12 348W 12V 29 Amp Single Output Switchable Power Supply
  • 110V Power distributed by a Tripp Lite 14 Outlet Network-Grade Rackmount PDU, 15A Surge Protected Power Strip, 15ft Cord with 5-15P
  • Rack at base of scope: Gator Cases Pro Series Rotationally Molded 4U Rack Case with Shallow 13″ Depth; (G-PRO-4U-13)

Observing List – Caldwell Catalog – for Starry Night Pro, Sky Safari, and LiveSky

Pro user? If so, want to try to import our hand-coded observation list for the Caldwell Catalog that we’re using in our series on that list? Just click here to download the observation list from our LiveSky account. It’s free!