Robert Reeves Astrophotography

Robert Reeves' Celestial Photography

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Current Moon Phase
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A sampling of digital and webcam images taken by Robert Reeves

Text & Images Copyright © Robert Reeves

Mail to: reeves10 (at) satx (dot) rr (dot) com

Table of Contents

  1. The launch of STS-126 on November 14, 2008
  2. High resolution images with a DMK41 camera.
  3. Adventures With High-Resolution Webcam Lunar Mosaics
  4. Lunar Images with Atik IIhs camera, C-8, and 2X Barlow
  5. New images taken with a TeleVue 60is and 300D IR-mod camera.
  6. Creating long duration urban star trails
  7. How to remove the lens from a Philips SPC900NC webcam
  1. My visit with astronaut Don Pettit at JSC in Houston
  2. Using the AstroTrac TT320 for widefield astrophotography
  3. About Myself A brief biography.
  4. A Camera Cluster for Meteor Photography.
  5. A selection of my better meteor photographs
  6. Schmidt Camera Repair, Collimation, and Focusing
  7. Spanish translation of Schmidt repair procedures

A rather liberal licence is granted for personal and non-profit use of the images and text displayed at the Website. This material may be used in items like non-profit astronomy club newsletters as long as it is properly credited, but commercial and for-profit reproduction is forbidden without my express permission.


Asteroid 26591 has been named after me!

In February 2010, I recieved a message from Rik Hill, a researcher with the Catalina Sky Survey in Tucson, Arizona, that main belt asteroid 26591, previously known by the discovery designation of 2000 ET141, had been offcially named asteroid Robertreeves (26591).
Needless to say, I was both shocked and thrilled. Every astronomer dreams of such an honor and I can't believe it has happened to me!

Asteroid names have to be one single word, thus the contraction of my first and last name is proper in this case.
Asteroid Robertreeves resides between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter and is approximately 5.5 miles in diameter.

Asteroid 26591 was originally discovered in 1981, then lost. It was rediscovered in 1998, then lost again. It was then rediscovered again in 2000, and, you guessed was lost again. Finally Rik Hill found it once more using the 30-inch Schmidt camera on Mt. Lemon and a definite orbit was established preventing the asteroid from being lost again.

CLICK HERE to see a real time Java graphic of where asteroid Robertreeves is located relative to Earth.

CLICK HERE to see a full size version of the naming certificate.

Purchase Large Format High-Resolution Moon Images

Large format high resolution Moon pictures make great astronomical gifts and look great on your home, office, or school wall.

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Hi-Res Webcam

Adventures With High-Resolution Webcam Lunar Mosaics

A look at the progression of my high-resolution lunar imaging with the ToUcam, Atik 2hs, and Imaging Source DMK41 cameras.

Astrotrac TT320

Using the AstroTrac TT320 for widefield astrophotography

Examples of wide-field and moderate telephoto astrophotography with the AstroTrac TT320 from dark sky locations.

sts-126 launch

The launch of STS-126 on November 14, 2008

In the summer of 2008, astronaut Don Pettit invited me to attend his upcoming launch to the International Space Station. On November 14, 2008, Don and the STS-126 crew took off from Cape Canaveral aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour at 7:55 PM and completed a fabulously successful two week mission.


Digital Astrophotography with the TeleVue 60is

At the 2005 Texas Star Party I saw a prototype of the TeleVue 60is imaging system and fell in love with it. Later that year by a great stroke of fortune I was asked by Astronomy Magazine to do a review of this new imaging telescope. As readers of the September, 2006, issue of ASTRONOMY have seen, I was very impressed with the much so that I refused to give it back! I bought it so I could keep it. Now that the review article has been published, I am free to display images that I have taken through the 60is with my Hap Griffin IR mod Canon 300D camera.. I think you will see the 60is is quite a performer!

Images taken at the Eldorado Star Party

Images taken at the Texas Star Party

Images taken at the X-Bar Ranch

Adventures With Urban Long-Duration Star Trails

A look at how you can use a digital camera to make super long-duration star trail images from an urban location that are better than any taken with a film camera at a dark sky location.

Back by Request

A Look the the Philips 900NC Webcam

I removed this web page about the 900NC during a website cleanup in the summer of 2006. I did not know that a British magazine had published a link to this page. I have therefore reinstated the details about the 900NC, particularly how to remove the lens from the camera. Sorry if I inconvenienced anyone by removing this earlier.

book cover

Introduction to Webcam Astrophotography

Imaging the Universe with the amazing, affordable webacm

My latest book about webcam astrophotography was published by Willmann-Bell in May, 2006

Click here Willmann-Bell to enter the publisher's web site for detailed table of contens, preview the first chapter online, and ordering information.

Hard back edition
156 illustrations
368 pages
21 tables

Only $34.95

book cover

Introduction to Digital Astrophotography

Imaging the Universe With a Digital Camera

My book about digital astrophotography was published by Willmann-Bell in May, 2005

Click here Willmann-Bell to enter the publisher's web site for detailed table of contents, preview the first chapter online, and ordering information.

Click here to see a high-resolution image of the book cover and backplate.

Hard back edition
270 illustrations
400+ pages
20 tables

Only $34.95

Wide-Field Astrophotography

"Wide-Field Astrophotography" Released by Willmann-Bell

On May 10, 2000, my book "Wide-Field Astrophotography" was released by Willmann-Bell, Inc.

Click here to see the table of contents, download the first chapter in .PDF format, and get ordering information.

Collimation, Focus, Modification, and Use of the Celestron/Epoch Schmidt Camera

New! Spanish translation of my Schmidt camera guide, courtesy of Fernando Paniaqua

¡ NUEVO ! Mi Guia De La Camara Schmidt Traducida Al ESPAÑOL, Cortesia De Fernando Paniagua

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A look at the present cloud cover and sky transparency over San Antonio, Texas

A look at the present cloud and transparency at a private, invitation only astrophotography site for the TEXAIG

Clear Sky Clock legend courtesy of Mark Jones

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