The CCAS photo gallery presents photos of the cosmos taken by its members and other local astronomers. Here’s an in-depth look at their work and their home observatories.

Lee Coombs is a wonderful celestial photographer using a 35mm camera and slides. Numerous photos of Lee’s have been published in Sky & Telescope and Astronomy magazines. These electronically scanned images do not do justice to Lee’s beautiful photographic work.

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Glenn Elliott has a great home observatory in Santa Maria and a Meade LX200 GPS 10″ f/10 SCT. All of Glenn’s astrophotography is with SBIG CCD equipment.

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Tom Milligan wrote: “I have been interested in astronomy since I was a kid.  I spent many hours poring over descriptions of telescopes, pier mounts, eyepieces, etc.  in the Edmund Scientific catalog. I always thought an 8 inch telescope would be the ideal size for light gathering power and portability.  So, living in California where the skies are clear most of the year, when Celestron introduced their NexStar 8 scope in 2000, I had to have one…”

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Robin White was a die-hard CCD photographer but is now imaging using the Canon T2i and T3i DSLR camera’s. His equipment also includes a 10″ Meade LX 200 GPS telescope, an Orion 80mm Shorty and an Orion Starshoot PHD2 guiding system. These images are from various star parties, Lee Coombs house, and from his home in Oceano.

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