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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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Rosette Nebula C49 and NGC 2244

By | 2018-02-14T15:45:16+00:00 14 February 2018|Categories: Caldwell, Nebula, News, NGC Winter|

Had to discard the L channel as underexposed.

Object ID C49 Rosette Nebula and NGC 2244
Details Nebula and Open Cluster, Monoceros
Mag. 9 Size 1.3 degrees
Telescope C80ED @ f5.6 (x0.75 reducer)
Camera Atik 460EX (-15C) and SX filter wheel
IDAS P2 LPR filter
Exposure(s) 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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Horsehead, Flame and Alnitak

By | 2018-02-12T11:58:58+00:00 12 February 2018|Categories: Nebula, News, NGC Winter|

First for a while. Far too few subs and poor focusing. Big reflection of Alnitak too.

Processed (very harshly to get anything out of it) in Nebulosity 3, Photoshop and Lightroom. Noise reduction very heavily used!

Object ID NGC 2024 Flame nebula, Barnard 22 Horsehead nebula
Details Nebula and Dark Nebula, Orion
Mag. 2 Size 30′, 8’x6′
Telescope C80ED @ f5.6 (x0.75 reducer)
Camera Atik 460EX (-15C) and SX filter wheel
IDAS P2 LPR filter
Exposure(s) L 2x60s 1×1, RGB 2x60s each 2×2
darks, no flats or bias
Capture APT unguided
Processing Stacked in Nebulosity, processed in Photoshop and Lightroom
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Cone Nebula and Christmas Tree Cluster

By | 2017-02-01T09:35:27+00:00 30 January 2017|Categories: Nebula, News, NGC Winter, Open Cluster|

NGC 2264
Star forming nebula and Open cluster, Monoceros
Mag 3.9, size 20′
2017-01-29
200mm f8 RC at f6 (Revelation x0.75 reducer)
Piggyback guiding with 70mm f/7 refractor
L 5×240s 2×2, RGB 5×120s 4×4 Darks Bias Flats
Atik 460EX (-25C), LRGB filters, IDAS P2 LPR filter
Captured in APT, Processed in Nebulosity3, PS CC, LightRoom

Bad planning in that the object went behind the observatory roof after only 5 sets of exposures. Not great but better than expected though.

Good quality flats make such a huge difference. Much easier to process, especially when using the reducer.

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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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NGC1977 Running Man Nebula

By | 2017-01-31T10:52:42+00:00 26 November 2016|Categories: Nebula, News, NGC Winter|

Another attempt at this with the CCD this time. Images get progressively worse through the night as equipment mists up despite attempts to stop it. Flats were useless and made it all worse so a little vignetting.

2016-11-25
200mm f5 Newtonian, piggyback guiding C80ED
L 9×180 1×1, RGB 9×120 2×2
BPM
Atik 460EX (-25C), LRGB filters, IDAS P2 LPR filter
Captured in APT, Processed in Nebulosity3, PS CC, LightRoom

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NGC 281 (Pacman nebula)

By | 2015-10-05T10:20:09+00:00 4 October 2015|Categories: Nebula, News, NGC Autumn|

Nebula, Star Cluster, Open Cluster, HII Region, Cassiopeia
Mag. 7, Size 48′
2015-10-02
200mm f8 RC, piggyback guiding C80ED
L 10×300 2×2, RGB 10×240 3×3
BPM, flats
Atik 460EX (-10C), LRGB filters, IDAS P2 LPR filter
Captured in APT, Processed in Nebulosity3, PS CC, LightRoom

Very bad focus and some field rotation.

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IC 5146 Cocoon Nebula (C19) #2

By | 2015-10-05T12:50:33+00:00 11 September 2015|Categories: Caldwell, Nebula, News, NGC Summer|

Reflection/emission nebula, Cygnus
Caldwell 19, Finest NGC 99b, SAC110 45
Mag. 10, Size 12’x12′
2015-09-10 / 2015-10-01
200mm f8 RC, piggyback guiding C80ED
L 10×300 2×2, RGB 8×240 3×3
BPM no flats
Atik 460EX (-10C), LRGB filters, IDAS P2 LPR filter
Captured in APT, Processed in Nebulosity3, PS CC, LightRoom

Second attempt at this with the 460EX. 2 nights of data. Meridian flip reduced time.
This is the first time I’ve tried final processing and touch up in Adobe LightRoom.

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NGC 7635 Bubble Nebula (C11) with 460EX

By | 2017-01-31T10:52:42+00:00 12 October 2014|Categories: Caldwell, Nebula, News, NGC Autumn|

First real LRGB image with the new 460EX. Still need to improve processing. I have some Ha from previous night to add in too but not sure how to do it.

Emission nebula, Cassiopeia
Mag. 10 Size 15’x8′
2014-10-12
200mm f5 newtonian, piggyback guiding C80ED
L: 5×180 (1×1) RGB 5×120 (2×2) each
Atik 460EX (-15C), LRGB filters, MPCC, Lumicon DS filter
Captured in APT, Processed in Nebulosity, PS CC

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Cocoon from multiple dates and telescopes

By | 2017-01-31T10:52:42+00:00 6 September 2014|Categories: Caldwell, Nebula, News, NGC Summer|

First successful attempt at using different focal ratios. Not bad!
Using subs from 200mm f/5 newtonian and 2 different sessions with the RC8.

200mm f/5 newtonian 10x180s 4x240s, darks, flats,  ISO 800 2008-08-19
200mm f/8 RC 2×240, darks, flats ISO 1600 2012-09-16
200mm f/8 RC 10×180, 20×240, darks, ISO 1600 2014-08-26

And this is what the stack looked like:

overlap

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