M31-60

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M44 Praesepe / Beehive cluster

By |2019-01-30T14:43:15+00:007 January 2019|Categories: M31-60, News, Open Cluster|

Poor night of transparency and seeing so just got this in the passing. Lots of sky fog that got processed out.

Object ID M44 / Praesepe / Beehive cluster, Cancer
Details 2019-01-07
Telescope 250mm f4.8 Newtonian, MPCC
Camera Atik 460EX
Baader RGB filters
Exposure(s) 10x60s each RGB 2×2
Darks
Capture APT
Processing Nebulosity, Photoshop
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M42 for 2019 narrowband

By |2019-01-29T21:36:10+00:0029 January 2019|Categories: M31-60, Nebula, News|

This year in narrowband. Two attempts at colour mapping.
Need to get rid of the MPCC with this telescope as the image is better without. Too much star trailing with.

Object ID M42 Orion Nebula
Details 2019-01-22
Telescope 250mm f4.8 Newtonian, MPCC
Camera Atik 460EX @-20C
Baader Ha, OIII, SII filters
Exposure(s) 10x120s 2×2 each
Darks
Capture APT
Processing Nebulosity, Photoshop
OHS, SHO colour mapping
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M42 Red channel only

By |2018-12-12T12:08:24+00:0011 December 2018|Categories: HOYS-CAPS, M31-60, Nebula, News|

Shows Trapezium stars really well with just Red channel.
Submitted to HOYS-CAPS project.

Object ID M42 Orion Nebula
Details 2018-12-09 22:16 – 22:42 UT
Telescope 250mm f4.8 Newtonian
MPCC IDAS P1
Baader Red filter
Camera ATIK 460EX @-20C
Exposure(s) 15x90s darks
Capture APT
Processing Nebulosity, Photoshop
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M31 first test of old 10 inch Newt

By |2018-11-06T15:51:38+00:0012 October 2018|Categories: Galaxy, M31-60, News|

First test of the old 10 inch Newtonian I picked up. Focuser and dovetail were a mess, but with some work it could be good. Optically pretty sound though.

Object ID M31 Andromeda galaxy
Mag. 3.44, Size 3.1 x 1 degrees
Andromeda
Details 2018-10-11 22:26 – 23:49 UT
Telescope 250mm f4.8 Newtonian, MPCC
IDAS P2 LPR filter
Guided
Camera Atik 460EX, Baader LRGB  filters
Exposure(s) L 16x120s 1×1, RGB 10x60s 2×2 each
darks
Capture APT
Processing Nebulosity 4, Photoshop
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M40 (Winnecke 4)

By |2018-09-14T22:06:56+00:0014 September 2018|Categories: M31-60, News|

Messier 40, also known as Winnecke 4. Basically it’s a double star, and an optical double at that!

It was discovered by Messier while he was looking for a nebula reported in the area by Johannes Hevelius. He couldn’t find it so he catalogued this double star instead. Most have been a slow night or something…

And why did I bother imaging it? Well it was in the only patch of clear sky there was and I only had a few minutes before it clouded over. Still, it’s another Messier object to add to my list 🙂

Object ID M40 / Winnecke 4
Double star, Ursa Major
Mag. 8.4, Size 0.8′
Details 2018-09-14 through gaps in cloud
Telescope 200mm f5 Newtonian, MPCC
IDAS P2 LPR filter
Camera Canon 600D
Exposure(s) 5x20s darks, flats
Capture APT
Processing Nebulosity 4, Photoshop
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M39 (NGC 7092)

By |2018-09-05T12:17:04+00:005 September 2018|Categories: M31-60, News, Open Cluster|

Nice wide open cluster with a deep Milky Way background too.

Object ID M39 (NGC 7092)
Open cluster Cygnus
Mag. 4.6, Size 32′
Details 2018-09-08
Not very transparent.
Telescope 200mm f5 Newtonian, MPCC
IDAS P2 LPR filter
Guiding c80ED, ASI 290MC
Camera Canon 600D
Exposure(s) 10x60s, darks and flats
Capture APT, PHD
Processing Nebulosity, Photoshop
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Orion and Running Man nebulae

By |2018-02-14T15:46:06+00:0014 February 2018|Categories: M31-60, Nebula, News, NGC Winter|

Red channel has poor focus.

Object ID M42,43 and Sh2-279
Details Nebulae, Orion
Mag. 4 Size 65’x60′
Telescope C80ED @ f5.6 (x0.75 reducer)
Camera Atik 460EX (-15C) and SX filter wheel
IDAS P2 LPR filter
Exposure(s) L 10x60s 1×1, RGB 10x60s each 2×2
darks, no flats or bias
Capture APT, finder guiding with PHD2
Processing Stacked in Nebulosity, processed in Photoshop and Lightroom
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M45 Pleiades

By |2017-12-20T16:09:01+00:0016 December 2017|Categories: M31-60, News, Open Cluster|

A new combination tonight.

Object ID M45, Pleiades
Details Open Cluster, Taurus
Mag. 1.6, Size 110′
Telescope C80ED @ f5.6 (x0.75 reducer)
Camera Atik 460EX (-15C) and SX filter wheel
IDAS P2 LPR filter
Exposure(s) L 10x60s 1×1, RGB 10x60s each 2×2
darks, no flats or bias
Capture APT unguided
Processing Stacked in Nebulosity, processed in Photoshop
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M57 (NGC 6720)

By |2017-12-20T15:46:40+00:0022 October 2017|Categories: M31-60, News|

Another attempt at this object. Not been back to this for years.

Trying a new style of “data card” below:

Object ID M57 (NGC 6720) Ring Nebula
Details Planetary Nebula, Lyra
Mag 8.8, Size 1.4’x1.0′
Date/Time 2017-10-22
Telescope 200mm f8 RC
Camera Canon EOS 600D,  IDAS P2 LPR filter
Exposure(s) L 30x60s Darks ISO800
Capture APT, piggyback guiding with 70mm f/7 refractor
Processing Stacked in Nebulosity, processed in Photoshop and Lightroom
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M51 (NGC 5194)

By |2017-02-17T22:26:53+00:0017 February 2017|Categories: Galaxy, M31-60, News|

“Whirlpool”, Spiral Galaxy, Canes Venatici
Mag 8.4 Size 11.2′ x 6.9′
2017-02-16
200mm f8 RC
Piggyback guiding with 70mm f/7 refractor
L 10×240s 2×2, RGB 10×120s 4×4 Darks Bias Flats
Atik 460EX (-25C), LRGB filters, IDAS P2 LPR filter
Captured in APT, Processed in Nebulosity3, PS CC, LightRoom

Best clear night for a while. Quite transparent and still.

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