Wide field images of the deep-sky (and not so deep-sky if I am showing images of the Moon or planets), including star fields, nebulae, and supernova remnants are the subject matter of this page. All images are acquired at the New Forest Observatory astronomical imaging centre by Greg Parker and subsequently processed by Noel Carboni in Florida U.S.A. A book of our early work is available from Springer, titled “Star Vistas”, it has Forewords by the late Sir Arthur C Clarke, Sir Patrick Moore, and former Queen lead guitarist – Dr Brian May.
Currently the New Forest Observatory has an 11″ Celestron Nexstar GPS Schmidt-Cassegrain reflector (with Hyperstar III) and a Sky 90 refractor as the imaging scopes. The imaging camera is a 6-megapixel one shot colour SXVF-M25C from Starlight Xpress. Everything is housed in a Pulsar Optical 2.1 metre fibreglass dome.
2011 will see the slow assembly of what I call the “mini-WASP” array – you can read more about this array on the NFO site. Briefly, I shall use an array of Sky 90 refractors and one shot colour cameras to carry out “parallel imaging” – that is, downloading a lot more data in a given time than you can get using just a single scope. So unlike the professional SuperWASP array, which is looking into the existence of extra-solar planets, the mini-WASP just uses the multiple scope principle, and is not pursuing the same research goal 🙂