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M44 Praesepe / Beehive cluster

2019-01-30T14:43:15+00:007 January 2019|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 IDM44 / Praesepe / Beehive cluster, Cancer
Details2019-01-07
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian, MPCC
CameraAtik 460EX
Baader RGB filters
Exposure(s)10x60s each RGB 2×2
Darks
CaptureAPT
ProcessingNebulosity, Photoshop
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M42 for 2019 narrowband

2019-01-29T21:36:10+00:0029 January 2019|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 IDM42 Orion Nebula
Details2019-01-22
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian, MPCC
CameraAtik 460EX @-20C
Baader Ha, OIII, SII filters
Exposure(s)10x120s 2×2 each
Darks
CaptureAPT
ProcessingNebulosity, Photoshop
OHS, SHO colour mapping
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M42 Red channel only

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

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

Object IDM42 Orion Nebula
Details2018-12-09 22:16 – 22:42 UT
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
MPCC IDAS P2
Baader Red filter
CameraATIK 460EX @-20C
Exposure(s)15x90s darks
CaptureAPT
ProcessingNebulosity, Photoshop
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M31 first test of old 10 inch Newt

2018-11-06T15:51:38+00:0012 October 2018|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 IDM31 Andromeda galaxy
Mag. 3.44, Size 3.1 x 1 degrees
Andromeda
Details2018-10-11 22:26 – 23:49 UT
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian, MPCC
IDAS P2 LPR filter
Guided
CameraAtik 460EX, Baader LRGB  filters
Exposure(s)L 16x120s 1×1, RGB 10x60s 2×2 each
darks
CaptureAPT
ProcessingNebulosity 4, Photoshop
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M40 (Winnecke 4)

2018-09-14T22:06:56+00:0014 September 2018|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 IDM40 / Winnecke 4
Double star, Ursa Major
Mag. 8.4, Size 0.8′
Details2018-09-14 through gaps in cloud
Telescope200mm f5 Newtonian, MPCC
IDAS P2 LPR filter
CameraCanon 600D
Exposure(s)5x20s darks, flats
CaptureAPT
ProcessingNebulosity 4, Photoshop
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M39 (NGC 7092)

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

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

Object IDM39 (NGC 7092)
Open cluster Cygnus
Mag. 4.6, Size 32′
Details2018-09-08
Not very transparent.
Telescope200mm f5 Newtonian, MPCC
IDAS P2 LPR filter
Guiding c80ED, ASI 290MC
CameraCanon 600D
Exposure(s)10x60s, darks and flats
CaptureAPT, PHD
ProcessingNebulosity, Photoshop
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Orion and Running Man nebulae

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

Red channel has poor focus.

Object IDM42,43 and Sh2-279
DetailsNebulae, Orion
Mag. 4 Size 65’x60′
TelescopeC80ED @ f5.6 (x0.75 reducer)
CameraAtik 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
CaptureAPT, finder guiding with PHD2
ProcessingStacked in Nebulosity, processed in Photoshop and Lightroom
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M45 Pleiades

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

A new combination tonight.

Object IDM45, Pleiades
DetailsOpen Cluster, Taurus
Mag. 1.6, Size 110′
TelescopeC80ED @ f5.6 (x0.75 reducer)
CameraAtik 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
CaptureAPT unguided
ProcessingStacked in Nebulosity, processed in Photoshop
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M57 (NGC 6720)

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

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

Trying a new style of “data card” below:

Object IDM57 (NGC 6720) Ring Nebula
DetailsPlanetary Nebula, Lyra
Mag 8.8, Size 1.4’x1.0′
Date/Time2017-10-22
Telescope200mm f8 RC
CameraCanon EOS 600D,  IDAS P2 LPR filter
Exposure(s)L 30x60s Darks ISO800
CaptureAPT, piggyback guiding with 70mm f/7 refractor
ProcessingStacked in Nebulosity, processed in Photoshop and Lightroom
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M51 (NGC 5194)

2017-02-17T22:26:53+00:0017 February 2017|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

2017-01-02T12:55:02+00:002 January 2017|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

2016-10-03T13:24:12+00:003 October 2016|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)

2016-11-01T10:32:50+00:0031 August 2009|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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M33 (NGC 598)

2017-01-31T10:52:42+00:009 October 2015|Galaxy, M31-60, News|

Spiral Galaxy, Traingulum
Mag 7 Size 73’x45′
2015-10-08
200mm f8 RC, piggyback guiding C80ED
L 8×300 2×2, RGB 8×240 3×3
BPM, flats
Atik 460EX (-10C), LRGB filters, IDAS P2 LPR filter
Captured in APT, Processed in Nebulosity3, PS CC, LightRoom

Updated 2015-10-09 using the 460EX. Older one below.
Low surface brightness. Hard to image effectively.

M33

2012-09-18
200mm f8 RC, OAG
15x240s, 2x360x ISO 1600, darks, flats
Canon EOS 350D modded, Astronomik CLS
Captured in APT, Processed in Nebulosity, PS CS5

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M35 (NGC 2168)

2013-11-03T16:19:38+00:0029 August 2009|M31-60, Open Cluster|

Open Cluster, Gemini
Mag 5.3 Size 28′
2012-01-27
200mm f5 Newtonian MPCC Guided
Canon EOS 350D modded, Astronomik CLS
15x120s, darks, flats, ISO 800
Captured in APT, Processed in Nebulosity and PS CS5
Not great sky conditions – a little foggy.

 

25-01-2009
C80ED f7.5, Canon EOS 350D
9x30s subs
Processed in Nebulosity and PhotoShop CS3
NGC 2158 is also visible to the upper right

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M42 (NGC 1976)

2017-01-31T10:52:45+00:0015 January 2012|M31-60, Nebula, Slideshow|

Orion Nebula, Diffuse Emission Nebula, Orion
Mag 4.0 Size 85’x60′
2012-01-14 First time out in ages. New attempt with modded 350D, MPCC and Astronomik CLS
200mm f5 Newtonian MPCC Guided
Canon EOS 350D modded, Astronomik CLS
5x30x, 5x60x, 10x180s, darks, flats, ISO 800
Captured in APT, Processed in Nebulosity and PS CS5

Latest image first light using new 200P
2009-01-16
200mm f5 Newtonian, Canon EOS 350D
No DS filter, guided
25 subs 10s – 30s
Processed in Nebulosity and PS CS3

 

 

Reprocessed by stacking with frames taken from 20th January 2010 unfiltered. A total of 40 frames stacked. Far less noise and more detail. Had to crop much closer though because of rotation stacking issues.

An experiment to see how this would come out taken with an f/15 Mak-Cass. Certainly not what you’re meant to use for this type of object. It means you can still actually see the trapezium.

M42

26-12-2008
7″ f/15 Mak-Cass, Canon EOS 350D 6m19s of subs 5s – 30s unguided.
Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Processed in PhotoShop CS3

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