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Chris Hendren Imaging
Astrophotography
Photography
Images of the night sky taken with a wide range of
equipment.  Most of the images are shot Prime Focus
through a telescope on a computerized mount using a
dedicated astronomical CCD camera.  Earlier images
and wide-angle sky images are often shot via a DSLR
and various camera lenses.
Images of nature, often shot during my frequent
expeditions to remote areas for the purpose of
astrophotography.  There are also images of
thunderstorms, fire, and panoramas from stitching
several frames together into a larger whole.  Mostly
shot with a DSLR, though some of the oldest images
are from a 35mm film SLR camera.
Links of Interest
For information on these images, please click
on the links to the two main photography
pages below
01-21-17: Happy New Year, everyone!  I took a weekend camping trip
to Idyllwild with the wife and friends the weekend of January first, and
we got three inches of snowfall on the second night.  Lots of fun to
wake up to a winter wonderland in the morning - not so fun when we
had to scrape all of that snow off of the tent to keep it from collapsing!

I've been playing around with two new sets of gear lately - one for astro-
imaging, and one for nature photography.  With the SX-Spectrograph and
SX-694 CCD camera, I have been shooting some spectra of stars and other
stellar objects that will be posted on the Astrophotography page.  I also
recently acquired a Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS lens, with which I hope to
improve my nature and bird photography - and do a little widefield astro
shooting as well!

Check out the new pictures to the left or using the links below.
04-01-17: March was a busy month for travel, with trips to Death Valley,
Joshua Tree, and Anza Borrego and lots of new images taken along the
way.  Check everything out to the left and using the links below.
08-26-17: A lot has changed with the observatory setup over the last few
months.  I have retired my old ASA DDM60 Pro mount and will be
replacing it with the larger DDM85 mount with almost twice the carrying
capacity and higher-resolution absolute encoders.  Also, I will be taking
down the Pentax 125 SDP temporarily to install the new OOUK ODK10
Optimized Dall-Kirkham telescope I picked up recently, which will double
the resolution and image scale of my high-res images.  Eventually, my
plan is to mount the Pentax on top of the ODK10 and have the option to
shoot two different camera setups depending on the season.  Software
could get a bit hairy there, but I will figure something out.

Finally, my wife Barbara and I along with a team from OPT just got back
from seeing the total solar eclipse in Casper, WY.  It was seriously the
most amazing natural phenomenon I have ever seen, and both Barb and I
still get chills thinking about it.  We are already looking at trips to see
future total solar eclipses!  See all of the new pictures at left and on the
pages below.