Jörg Mosch, Meissen, Germany

2011/03/19: Image of Mercury using a TEC 180 FL and a  SKYnyx 2-1M



Jim Phillips, Isle of Palms, SC USA

2010/01/04: Mars before opposition.



Gianluca Valentini, Rimini, Italy     www.amun-ra.org

2009/10/12: Sunspot NOAA11029 imaged on 26. October 2009



Lunar World Record 2009, UK     http://www.lunarworldrecord.com/index.php

Imaging Team Achieve World Record Image

An incredibly ambitious project to create the largest ground-based mosaic image of the Moon, and enter the Guinness Book of Records, has finally delivered a staggering final shot. Size and resolution

The image is 87.4 megapixels, with a Moon diameter of around 9550 pixels. That's an angular resolution of approximately 0.2 arcseconds per pixel, which allows features as small as 1km (0.6 miles) to be seen.

Lucam Recorder software and other image acquisitions software was used to capture the raw images for the mosaic.


Imaging team members

Ninian Boyle, Nick Howes, Mark & Leanne Irving, Bruce Kingsley, Pete Lawrence, Trevor Little, David Mason, Damian Peach, Nick Smith, Dave Tyler


The event was in aid of charity, specifically of the CF Trust.




Gianluca Valentini, Rimini, Italy     www.amun-ra.org

2009/10/12: Sunspot NOAA11026 imaged on 23. September 2009

Click here to visit the NOAA11026 section on Gianluca’s website.



Fabio Caravalho, Săo Carlos, Brazil     Fabio’s astro imaging site

2009/10/09: Artifical satellite impressions

10” f/6 Newtonian reflector
SKYnyx 2-0M
Lucam Recorder acquisition software

Hubble Space Telescope


International Space Station – ISS



Fabio Caravalho, Săo Carlos, Brazil     Fabio’s astro imaging site

2009/10/09: High resolution solar system impressions


10” f/6 Newtonian reflector
SKYnyx 2-0M
Lucam Recorder acquisition software

Europa / Ganymed eclipse






Galilean moons



Jim Phillips, Isle of Palms, SC USA

2009/07/23: Picture of Jupiter showing the newly discovered impact.



Christian Viladrich, from Jongieux, France    http://christian.viladrich.perso.neuf.fr/

2009/05/25: Closeup view to solar granulation using a Takahashi TOA 150 refractor.



Brian Colville from Cambray, ON Canada   www.amtelecom.net/~maple

2009/05/24: Last chance I had to do any solar work was last Sunday, and we still had the 2 active regions visible on the disk.  There were not a lot of prominances but the 2 regions were pretty incredible in the full disk, and closeups of
Ha and Cak.





Eric Roel from Mexico City, Mexico   http://geogdata.csun.edu/~voltaire/roel/roel.html

Here is a photo of the Sun through hazy and cloudy sky,
using the new version 2.2 of your program.



Paul Haese, Australia

2008/04/28: This is close to my best image of Jupiter. The blue channel let me down a little, but overall I am very happy with this image. Not a lot of processing but still very sharp. Seeing was up there with some of the best I have seen at least for a while.


C14 Peltier cooled         
Skynyx 2-0       



Ted Wolfe from Naples, Florida, U.S.A.


2008/03/13: I have been enjoying the use of my Lumenera SKYnyx2-1 camera

and the Lucam Recorder Pro software. Attached is an example of a solar image I have taken with the system attached to a 4" Televue refractor.




Arnaud van Kranenburg from Vlaardingen, Netherlands


2008/02/13: Recently I made a nice image of Saturn during a spell of good seeing. The recordings were made using a C9.25 at f/40, ASH dispersion corrector and SKYnyx 2-0.

The Luminance is a stack of recordings made with a yellow filter and recordings made without a filter. The coloured vesion was prepared from the R and G channels.




Rainer Ehlert from Mexico City, Mexico   http://www.rsfotografia.com

2008/02/04: “On 4th of February I had an extreme clear day here in Mexico and playing around with the new live false color masking* of Lucam Recorder I was able to get prominences as well as the sun surface details. Also the chromosphere could be resolved. The biggest prominence so far of this season is at the lower right end and the Earth as comparison for its size.”

Rainer used a Takahashi SKY90 together with his Lumenera Infinity2-2M camera and Lucam Recorder Premium to capture the image.

False color coding is a new feature of Lucam Recorder Premium. It does allow colorizing the live preview images with predefined or custom created false color palettes. Colorized images can also be saved to disc. As you can imagine from Rainer’s sun picture this feature is fine for public viewing of the sun in hAlpha. False color coding can be used with color cameras as well.



Christian Viladrich, from Jongieux, France    http://christian.viladrich.perso.neuf.fr/

2008/01/05: A high resolution Mars picture near the time of opposition. This picture won the mars competition prize of  Ciel & Espace magazine.




Greg Piepol, from Rockville, Maryland, U.S.A.   http://www.sungazer.net

2008/01/03: A magnetcially reversed-polarity sunspot emerged on 3th of January at solar lattitute of 30N signaled the start of the new sun cycle #24. Greg Piepol’s pictures of this sunspot NOAA 10981 imaged in various wavelengths were used on Spaceweather website to bring this event to people all over the world. Greg used his Infinity 2-2M camera and a Calcium-K filter together with Lucam Recorder V2.0 to capture this picture.




Paul Haese, Australia

2007/12/28: I
have been to Clayton on the south coast of South Australia. I got a nice night of seeing on the 28th and took full advantage. The image was taken with my peltier cooled C14 and skynyx camera. Mars is currently at 29 degrees maximum elevation for me and Saturn was imaged at 40 degrees, well before transit of the meridian.




Bruce A Kingsley
BAA Lunar Section - ALPO
White Waltham Observatory
Maidenhead, UK.


2007/10/20: The Venus image was taken through a C11 using a Skynyx 2-0 mono and Lucam recorder. The filters used were a Schuler U-V filter (BLUE), and a Baader I-R pass filter (RED), combined to make a synthesized GREEN.



Frank Suits from Hudson Valley, New York, U.S.A.

2007/10/27: Animation of comet Holmes over nearly 3 hours on the night of October 27 (starting at 2:00 UT Oct. 28). Over the three hours you can just see increasing separation of the material from the nucleus. Note that on the scale of the earth, the changing gap amounts to 1000-3000 miles over 3 hours. The images were captured and stacked in Registax, and details brought out with Wavelet processing.

Note that the solid appearance at the center is not the nucleus itself, since it is only approximately 1 km large.

Optics: Celestron C11 at f/10.5, Camera SKYnyx 2-0M.

Captured with Lucam Recorder professional and processed with RegiStax



Paul Haese, Australia

Please find an image I took using your software of Jupiter and my C14. Very happy with it. Paul used his SKYnyx2-0M and Lucam Recorder V2 for image acquisition.



Michael Karrer from Graz, Austria  http:www.flickr.com/photos/michael_karrer


2007/08/07: Michael Karrer traveled to Namibia to acquire these fine pictures from Jupiter and the Moon. He used his SKYnyx2-1M and Lucam Recorder professional for image acquisition.




Paul Haese, Australia

2007/08/23: Last night the seeing was fairly reasonable and I therefore spent 1.5 hours cooling the C14 with the new cooler. Crater Moretus which is very near the southern pole
was showing really nicely and deserved to be captured. Paul used his SKYnyx2-0M and Lucam Recorder professional for image acquisition.



Leek Meng Lee, Singapore

2007/07/24: Here come two very nice DSO objects captured by Leek Meng Lee using his SKYnyx2-0M and Lucam Recorder professional.

The scope used is a William Optics ZenithStar 80mm Fluorite Doublet with SCT 0.63 focal reducer.




Donald C. Parker from Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.A.

2007/06/10: The season’s first Jupiter image comes from Don Parker. Don sent also a Venus image taken in UV light. A SKYnyx2-0 together with a filter wheel and Lucam Recorder professional was used to acquire the images for both photographs.




Gianluca Valentini from Rimini, Italy

2007/06/09: Another picture of NOAA 10960. Gianluca captured the sunspot in white light and hAlpha light. He used his Infinity2-2M and Lucam Recorder professional to acquire the images for both photographs.



Michael Karrer from Graz, Austria  http:www.flickr.com/photos/michael_karrer


2007/06/09: Michael Karrer used his SKYnyx2-1M together with Lucam Recorder professional to acquire this image from tiny sun spots during the actual minimum.



Jean-Pierre Prost, France


2007/05/28: Jean-Pierre used a SKYnyx 2-0M with Astronomik RGB filters and a Takahashi CN212 telescope to capture this wonderful Saturn photo. Lucam Recorder Professional was used for camera and filter wheel control.



Michael Karrer from Graz, Austria  http:www.flickr.com/photos/michael_karrer


2007/04/30: Michael Karrer presents some of his finest Saturn photos from the Saturn season 2006/2007. He used his SKYnyx2-1M together with Lucam Recorder professional to acquire these images.



Jean-Francois Pittet from Bavaria, Germany

2007/02/21: Jean-Francois used Lucam Recorder Professional and a SKYnyx2-1M to capture this detailed image from the moving Moon terminator region over 2 days.




Paulo Casquinha from Palmela, Portugal   http://clientes.netvisao.pt/pcasq

I'm really convinced with your Lucam Recorder professional software, it is with no doubt the best capture program I've ever used.


Here is one of my latest Saturn's obtained with the Lucam Recorder professional @ 30 fps and a 250mm f/6.3 Newton working @ f/50 with a Skynyx-2.0 Cam.



Donald C. Parker from Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.A.

2007/02/21: I have attached an animated GIF file showing last night's occultation of the 9.2 magnitude star SAO 97654 by the minor planet 888 Thisbe (12 mag.). The occultation at my location south of Miami lasted from 01:53:43.1 UT to 01:53:51.1 UT. I used a 16-inch f/6 Newtonian at prime focus with a Skynyx-2.0 camera. Exposures were only 0.25 seconds. Camera controlled and time stamps obtained with Lucam Recorder professional.
Best, Don



Pete Lawrence from Selsey, United Kingdom   http://www.digitalsky.org.uk/

Here's a couple of captures of Saturn from a few days ago.
Lucam Recorder professional does it again!  Best regards,


Pete used images exposed through a red and a green filter to compose a Luminance channel for the final colored image.



Donald C. Parker from Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.A.


2007/01/08: I have attached an image of Saturn and a UV image of Venus (daylight)
taken with the SKYnyx2-0M and Lucam Recorder Professional.
Your focusing routine is a great help!

Donald Parker




Michael Karrer from Graz, Austria  http:www.flickr.com/photos/michael_karrer


2006/12/26: Michael Karrer used Lucam Recorder Professional and a SKYnyx2-1M to acquire the images for this detailed Saturn picture.

Evolution of Saturn’s ring structure from the end of the last season to the current season.



Robert Morlan from La Porte, Indiana, USA

2006/12/10: First day out with Lucam Recorder Professional and my LU075M I managed a decent shot that was linked on Spaceweather.com. Not bad for someone that has basicly no idea what their doing. Second day I had a bit of a problem. My laptop died and after replacing the hard drive I couldn't get Lucam Recorder reloaded on it. Heiko took time out of his Sunday to email back and forth with me until everything was up and running. This is one of the images I got thanks to his help. That is customer service at its best.



Jean-Louis & Marjorie Badin, France  http://jlbastronomie.over-blog.com/

2006/12/09: Jean-Louis used Lucam Recorder Professional and his newly acquired SKYnyx2-1M to capture Sunspot 930 last Saturday. The camera was mounted to a
Zeiss AS 100/1000 refractor and a Solarmax 90 BF 15. The final picture was processed in close cooperation of Jean-Louis and his wife Marjorie.

Jean-Louis also captured this outstanding hAlpha sun mosaic. Mosaic merging was done by Guy Buhry.



Phillip Jones from Frisco, Texas, U.S.A.  http://www.visualuniverse.org

2006/11/10: My new SKYnyx 2-1 arrived several days before the Nov 8, 2006 Mercury Transit. I was already impressed with a beta version of Lucam Recorder, so I chose to upgrade to Lucam Recorder Professional. The combination of this software and the 2-1 camera helped land one of my images on NASA's APOD (Astro Photo of the Day) for Nov 10, 2006. The software was developed with an emphasis on usability while being catered solely to the Lumenera cameras.



Patrick Stoker from Anaheim, California, U.S.A.  http://home.earthlink.net/~pjstok/wp10_intro.htm

2006/11/08: My first image of Mercury transiting the prominence was with my Skynyx 2-1 at the full pixel array of 1392 x 1040.  Thanks to the ease of Lucam Recorder professional, I was able to switch to a 640 x 480 pixel array and adjust the exposure settings very quickly for a faster frame rate which I used for the rest of the prominence transit. Pat used a Tak Sky 90 with Solar Spectrum .2 Ang. H-Alpha filter & custom 5.71x telecentric, Lumenera Skynyx 2-1 CCD camera with .63 focal reducer for his excellent transit picture.



Dave Gradwell, Republic of Ireland


2006/11/01: Lucam Recorder takes the guesswork out of imaging. It's great to be able to concentrate on imaging not on using the software. Dave was using a Celestron CG11, a TeleVue 3x and his Skynyx2-0 together with Lucam Recorder professional to start into the new Saturn season.



Pete Lawrence from Selsey, United Kingdom   http://www.digitalsky.org.uk/

2006/10/14: Another fantastic fantastic picture of the moon. Pete’s picture was honored as the Lunar picture of the day – LPOD.

Pete used his SKYnyx2-0M and Lucam Recorder professional.



Arnaud van Kranenburg from Vlaardingen, Netherlands


2006/09/13: Thanks for all your work with Lucam Recorder. Because of it's simple use and easy access to all functions it's a joy to work with. And the future integration with 16-bit .ser files and the compatiblity will ensure an excellent tool to image the skies.

I have been busy with the beautiful Autumn moon and captured a few snapshots of Tycho, Clavius, Montes Apennines and a lower resolution Moon Mosaic using Lucam Recorder professional and my SKYnyx2‑0M. I have already matched the resolution of my Times Moon Atlas, a thing I have never dreamed of!!



Pete Lawrence from Selsey, United Kingdom   http://www.digitalsky.org.uk/

2006/09/12: Lucam Recorder is an almost perfect piece of software - it does exactly what it's supposed to without any fuss whatsoever. I speak very highly of it to others!

Pete used his Coronado PST, SKYnyx2-0M and Lucam Recorder professional for his full sun mosaic picture in hAlpha and this detailed pictures of AR 10904



Arnaud van Kranenburg from Vlaardingen, Netherlands

2006/08/19: Arnaud used his SKYnyx2-0M and Lucam Recorder professional to image Venus in different wavelength. By combining near UV spectral images with images of the visible spectrum Arnaud was able to work out the structure of the planet’s cloud shell.



Eric Roel from Mexico City, Mexico   http://geogdata.csun.edu/~voltaire/roel/roel.html

2006/08/12: Some new wonderful pictures from Eric showing sunspot AR 10904 in integral white light and hAlpha as well as the full disc.
The pictures are moasaics captured with Lucam Recorder professional. The frames were aligned and stacked with Registax using 8-11 alignment points. Eric used his LU-075M camera for the pictures.



Gian Luca Valentini from Rimini, Italy

2006/07/06: Gian Luca used his Infinity2-2M and Lucam Recorder professional to capture sunspot NOAA 10898 on July 5th 2006



Helmut Heinicke from Nersingen, Bavaria, Germany   http://home.arcor.de/fotohelmut

2006/07/03: In preparation for the Mars opposition 2005 and for advanced solar system object imaging with my TEC140 refractor I acquired a LU075C. Together with the camera I bought Streampix software to have the adequate image acquisition software for my camera. The Streampix software was a disaster in my opinion. So I scanned the internet to get help in using my camera and found the website of Heiko Wilkens. He has created his own image acquisition software for his Lumenera camera and Heiko was so kind to provide his software to me. During the following weeks I supported Heiko in testing the software and suggesting further improvements. I am happy that I found Lucam Recorder as the right image acquisition software for my camera and I am proud to helped Heiko improving this great software.



Eric Roel from Mexico City, Mexico   http://geogdata.csun.edu/~voltaire/roel/roel.html

2006/06/29: I want to congratulate and thank you for developing such a fine software.
I just downloaded the latest professional version, it works splendidly!

Here some high resolution picture of Moon , Sun and planets.



Donald C. Parker from Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.A.

2006/06/20: I have attached a shot of Jupiter taken last week with the LU075M and Lucam Recorder. It was my first chance to really give the program a decent test, since the seeing has been very poor lately (Tropical Storm lberto!). I was very pleased with the program's performance and features. The ability to save and recall settings for various filters is a great help - especially since Jupiter rotates so fast. It allowed me to start recording with only about 10 seconds between filters.

Today I used the filter commands you told me about in Lucam Recorder. This worked beautifully and permitted me to capture the RGB AVIs within 2 minutes. Many thanks!



Mark Manner, from Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A.    http://www.spotastro.com/

2006/06/15: I have had little time for astronomy the last couple of weeks (since I got my new SKYnyx2‑0M), but last night I did some Jupiter captures. It really is extremely nice to be able to automate the entire process, once the filter exposure settings are set. Clicking record and watching the software capture r, g and b streams of 38 seconds each with filter changes and exposures adjustments between each stream is great. I remember my first use of my Lu075M and Streampix, where I was juggling several control screens, manual filter changes, screen freezes, exposure and gain adjustment, etc. My thanks and congratulations to Heiko for his creation of this Lucam Recorder software.



Rainer Ehlert from Mexico City, Mexico   http://www.rsfotografia.com

2006/05/15: After having bought the
Lumenera Scientific CCD camera model 2-2M (1616x1216 pixel image size) and using several different software packages since many months of using Lucam Recorder I can only say that if one is serious about a Lumenera camera the only reasonable software is Lucam Recorder. The great amount of features is impressive as well as the possibilities to combine this features is stunning. The best of this software that it is very intuitive and nearly needs no Instruction manual. It works on any PC and is 100% stable. No crashes or surprises. Underneath see some of my images and animations from Sun, Moon and Jupiter taken with my Infinity 2-2M.

Heiko Wilkens has given birth to an exceptional professional image acquiring software at an amateur astronomer price.



Greg Piepol, from Rockville, Maryland, U.S.A.   http://www.sungazer.net

2006/04/29: Here is an image of sunspot 875 from today using the recorder
. Lucam Recorder is a must have control application for anyone doing astronomical imaging with a Lumenera camera. It's enhanced capabilities and ease of use are perfect for my solar imaging sessions. Thank you for developing it! 

More images taken by Greg with Infinity2-1 and Lucam Recorder at:


Brendan Shaw from Oakley, United Kingdom

2005/10/18: Last Sunday, I got a first chance to use my ALLOS "for real", on various things, including Mars. It works very well indeed. I'm very pleased with it. I was indoors slewing the 'scope about and making fine focussing adjustments. I don't know if it's my imagination or not, but it seems to give finer steps than the standard Tak focus-box. I'm sure I got a better focus on Mars than I have managed before - I'll know for sure when I can do some lunar work.

Looks like you may have "beaten" Takahashi!

The only slight niggle, was having to swap the cable in and out when I needed to use the NJP hand-controller to center an object in the finder, so a Y-cable would be very much appreciated!


Andrew Read from Tokyo, Japan

2005/10/04: At last, we have computer control of the Mewlon electric focuser!
Setting up ALLOS is very simple: one wire connects to a standard RS232 serial port, the other wire to the focuser socket on the underside of the Mewlon. Software is supplied on disk or can be downloaded here. Focusing from the computer is very straightforward, just connect, and then focus in/out at variable speeds using the mouse. I had no trouble achieving accurate manual focus this way. I also tested the ALLOS device with FocusMax using MaxImDL/CCD (an ASCOM compliant driver is included). The result was fantastic - very, very smooth v-curve calibration, and then accurate and repeatable autofocusing.
Mewlon owners can look forward to productive, automated imaging sessions without having to load up the optical train with unnecessary and expensive additional focusers :-)


Steve Miller from Bristol, Illinois, U.S.A.

2005/01/01: I received my 2" Mewlon clamp a couple days ago. It is beautifully made and very high quality. But, more importantly, my Denkmeier binoviewer will come to focus with all my eyepieces with the Heiko short ocular holder in place. I measured the difference; it shortens the optical path by approximately 22mm.


José Alejandro Lázaro Ruix from Santa Marta de Tormes, Spain

2004/12/20: Well first I made a "dry" test of FILOS. I mounted the EM200 with the Mewlon and a new se-s tripod inside my home and tested all the functions. My first impression is very positive so I congratulate you and thank the effort done.

Some days later I tested the keypad under the stars and all the good vibrations I had have been confirmed. IT WORKS. I find the keypad user friendly and intuitive. It makes lots easier to move around the telescope and the mount. Also about the speed of the motors while focusing I find it indeed better than the Takahashi keypad. I tested the keypad with the NJP and pd8xy drive and it worked perfectly.

Trying to be a bit more serious in my comments this is what I found, the things to improve are my opinion and not a fault as the keypad seems to work perfectly. Set up is easy. The length of the cable is right, making it easy to move around the telescope. The coloured indicators of the different functions are intuitive and perfectly defined. For some users it could be helpful to have some guideline or menu on the backside of FILOS. For me it would be nice to shorten the joystick a little bit, let´s say 1cm?

Have you considered offering the keypad to Optique Unterlinden and Anacortes, TNR …?  It would be nice to order FILOS as an option of the Mewlon 250/300.


R Jay GaBany from San Jose, California, U.S.A.    http://www.cosmotography.com/

2004/11/08: Last summer, a gentleman from Munich, Germany named Heiko Wilkens posted his successful development of a single hand-held controller that would both manage the motorized focusing of his Mewlon 250 and the slewing of his EM200 mount. I was immediately interested and submitted my intention to acquire FILOS if Heiko moved forward with his project. Having owned a Mewlon 250, I was aware that the focus controller was identical to the Mewlon 300's. I also knew that the slewing hand controller for a EM-200 mount was the same as used on the EM-10 and the NJP. Therefore, I believed the unit would work across any of my mounts, so I placed a pre-order. Last week, my FILOS arrived. It looks and functions exactly as described on the FILOS web site.

The unit is well made.  That's really no surprise, it's designed and produced in Germany! :>)

The cable that extends from the controller separates into two plugs: one for the mount, one for the focuser.  FILOS's joystick is, well, a real joy to use- very intuitive and immediately responsive.  The unit gets it's power from the mount so there is no need for batteries.  

I highly recommend this unit if you have one of the Mewlon's with a motorized secondary and a Temma mount.  I will not attempt to describe all of the features of FILOS, the web site has everything you need to know plus pictures.

I highly recommend this for Mewlon 250/300 owners who use Temma mounts.  Not because the Tak hand controllers are inferior- they are well made, consistent performers.  The advantage FILOS offers is that it consolidates both controllers into a single unit whose ergonomics have been well thought through.  Think of FILOS as an upgrade- one that is wisely made.


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