M31-60

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M40 (Winnecke 4)

By | 2018-09-14T22:06:56+00:00 14 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

M39 (NGC 7092)

By | 2018-09-05T12:17:04+00:00 5 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+00:00 14 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+00:00 16 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+00:00 22 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+00:00 17 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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M42 for 2017

By | 2017-01-02T12:55:02+00:00 2 January 2017|Categories: M31-60, Nebula, News|

Got to do it every year – this is the 2017 version. Also trying out my new Revelation x0.75 reducer for the RC8. Seems to work very well for a very reasonable price £69. Spacing should be 80mm +/- 5mm. I managed to get 75mm with my filter wheel and 460EX.

Orion Nebula, Diffuse Emission Nebula, Orion
Mag 4.0 Size 85’x60′
2017-01-01
200mm f8 RC at f6 (new Revelation x0.75 reducer)
Piggyback guiding with new 70mm f/7 achromatic refractor
L 15×60s 2×2, RGB 15×30s 4×4 BPM
Atik 460EX (-25C), LRGB filters, IDAS P2 LPR filter
Captured in APT, Processed in Nebulosity3, PS CC, LightRoom

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M31 core

By | 2016-10-03T13:24:12+00:00 3 October 2016|Categories: Galaxy, M31-60, News|

Haven’t visited this one for ages. FOV obviously too small to fit the whole galaxy in.
Had to stop after 6 exposures because sky transparency was reducing and dew was becoming an issue.
Dust lanes show up nicely.

2016-10-02
200mm f5 Newtonian, piggyback guiding C80ED
L 6×90 1×1, RGB 6×60 2×2
BPM, flats
Atik 460EX (-21C), LRGB filters, IDAS P2 LPR filter
Captured in APT, Processed in Nebulosity3, PS CC, LightRoom

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M31 (NGC 224)

By | 2016-11-01T10:32:50+00:00 31 August 2009|Categories: Galaxy, M31-60|

Includes M32 (lower right) and M110 (top)
Spiral Galaxy, Andromeda – THE Andromeda Galaxy
Mag 3.4 Size 178’x63′
2009-08-17
C80ED f7.5, Canon EOS 350D, DS Filter, Guided
5x120s 5x180s subs
Reprocessed 1/11/2016
Stacked in Nebulosity 3, Processed in PS CC
Well it’s my first attempt. Still need more photons.

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