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Visits Since March 1999
Photos by Del Johnson of San Diego, CA.
Helix Nebula

The Helix Nebula. One hour exposure on Kodak Multispeed Ektapress at prime focus of 12.5" f/5 with coma corrector and ST-4 autoguider.
Omega Nebula

Omega Nebula taken with a 12.5" f5 Dobsonian on a Dual-axis Equatorial Platform using Kodak Ekt press PJM film. This 10 minute exposure was taken using a Lumicon Coma Corrector.
Leo Triplet

M65, M66 and NGC 3628 in Leo. Prime focus of 12.5" f/5 reflector using the Lumicon Coma Corrector. Summation of three separate one hour exposures on Kodak 35mm Multispeed Ektapress print film, autoguided with ST-4 CCD. Negatives scanned and digitally stacked by Astro Photo.
Orion Nebula

45 minute exposure with Fuji ISO 100 Superia print film 12.5" f/5 prime focus with Lumicon coma corrector and ST-4 autoguider, off-axis
Lagoon Nebula

Here is a 15-minute exposure of the Lagoon Nebula on Kodak PJM Ektapress film, using a 12.5" f/5 reflector and a Lumicon coma corrector. Manually guided.
Trifid Nebula

This fine photo of the Trifid Nebula is a combination of three ten-minute exposures that were digitized and combined to produce the final image. Photos taken by Del Johnson using a 12.5" Dobsonian on a dual-axis Equatorial Platform. Film used was Kodak Ektapress Multispeed.
Crescent Nebula

50 minute exposure at prime focus of a 12.5" f/5 reflector with a Lumicon coma corrector, Kodak PJM Ektapress Multispeed film. Guided with an ST-4.
Veil Nebula Western Section

50 minute exposure at prime focus of a 12.5" f/5 reflector with a Lumicon coma corrector, Kodak PJM Ektapress Multispeed film. Guided with an ST-4.
Veil Nebula Eastern Section

50 minute exposure at prime focus of a 12.5" f/5 reflector with a Lumicon coma corrector, Kodak PJM Ektapress Multispeed film. Guided with an ST-4.
The Horsehead Nebula

60 minute exposure at prime focus of a 12.5" f/5 reflector with a Lumicon coma corrector, Kodak PJM Ektapress Multispeed film. Guided with an ST-4.
NGC 7331 & Stephens Quintet

60 minute exposure at prime focus of a 12.5" f/5 reflector with a Lumicon coma corrector, Kodak PJM Ektapress Multispeed film. Guided with an ST-4.
Virgo Cluster

M84, M86 and other galaxies in the Virgo Cluster. Prime focus of 12.5" f/5 reflector using the Lumicon Coma Corrector. One hour exposure on Kodak 35mm Multispeed Ektapress print film, autoguided with ST-4 CCD. Negative scanned by Astro Photo.
Here is an article that Del Johnson wrote on using an ST-4 to autoguide with his Equatorial Platform.