M31 tri-band test

2021-09-09T10:37:49+00:009 September 2021|Galaxy, M31-60, Narrowband, News|

Test to see if imaging M31 in tri-band is worth it. Yes! Detail in there that I haven’t seen in other images I’ve taken. Planning a 6 pane mosaic of the galaxy.

Object IDM31 Andromeda Galaxy
Details2021-09-07
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
Tri-band filter
CameraQHY168C @-15°C
Exposure(s)10x300s
darks, flats, dark-flats
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP, Photoshop

Sh2-155, C9 Cave Nebula

2021-09-03T13:14:24+00:003 September 2021|Narrowband, Nebula, News, NGC Summer|

Horizontal banding sorted. Camera into USB 2 not 3, and not through a USB hub.
Not very happy with the processing.

Object IDSh2-155 / C9  Cave Nebula
Details2021-09-02
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
Tri-band filter
CameraQHY168C @-15°C
Exposure(s)20x300s
darks, flats, dark-flats
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP, Photoshop

IC 1396 Elephant Trunk Nebula

2021-08-15T17:23:10+00:0015 August 2021|Narrowband, Nebula, News, NGC Summer|

One I often observe for HOYS but purely for imaging this time. Some horizontal banding noise from somewhere – to be resolved.

Object IDIC 1396, Elephant Trunk Nebula
Details2021-08-14
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
Tri-band filter
CameraQHY168C @-15°C
Exposure(s)15x300s
darks, flats, bias
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP, Photoshop

Jupiter 2021-07-18 Ganymede shadow transit

2021-07-19T14:12:29+00:0019 July 2021|Jupiter, News|

First planetary observations of the season. Still low altitude but about 20 degrees now. Ganymede shadow transit

Object IDJupiter
Details2021-07-18 01:19:35 UT
TelescopeSkymax 180
180mm f15
CameraZWO ASI290MC
UV/IR block filter
Exposure(s)120s .ser video, 70fps
48% frames
1.5x Drizzle
CaptureFireCapture
ProcessingAS3, Registax 6, Photoshop

Discovered I had 4 frames I could do an animation of the Ganymede shadow transit with.

Yet more lunar features for the ASE Lunar-100

2021-06-01T20:11:19+00:001 June 2021|Moon, News|

Added to the ASE Lunar 100 Project

Object IDPosidonius, Gruithuisen, Hortensius Domes
Fra Mauro formation, Prinz Rilles
Details2021-05-22
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
CameraZWO ASI290MC
Exposure(s)60s .ser videos
CaptureFireCapture
ProcessingAutostakkert 3, Registax, Photoshop

Even more lunar features for the ASE Lunar-100

2021-06-01T20:08:24+00:001 June 2021|Moon, News|

Added to the ASE Lunar 100 Project

Object IDTheophilus, Cyrillus, Catharina
Taruntius, Cauchy Region, Rheita Valley
Details2021-05-17
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
CameraZWO ASI290MC
Exposure(s)60s .ser videos
CaptureFireCapture
ProcessingAutostakkert 3, Registax, Photoshop

More lunar features for the ASE Lunar-100

2021-06-01T20:02:53+00:001 June 2021|Moon, News|

Added to the ASE Lunar 100 Project

Object IDAristarchus, Schroter’s Valley, Babbage, J. Herschel,
Gassendi, Mare Humorum, Schickard, Sinus Iridum, Grimaldi (2021-04-25)
Details2021-04-24
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
CameraZWO ASI290MC
Exposure(s)60s .ser videos
CaptureFireCapture
ProcessingAutostakkert 3, Registax, Photoshop

C5 The Hidden Galaxy

2021-04-14T13:59:46+00:0014 April 2021|Caldwell, Galaxy, News|

Another  go a this for the ASE Caldwell Project. A really tricky one this. Hidden in the dust from our own galaxy, this would actually be naked eye brightness if not obscured. From two sets of data but still challenging.

Object IDC4 NGC7023 Iris Nebula
DetailsMag. 9.1
Size 21.4′ x 20.9′
2021-04-11
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian, MPCC
CameraQHY168C @-15°C
IDAS P2
Exposure(s)25 x 240s, 14x180s
darks, flats, bias
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP, Photoshop, Topaz Denoise AI

C4 NGC7023 Iris Nebula

2021-04-14T13:56:40+00:0014 April 2021|Caldwell, Nebula, News|

Another  for the ASE Caldwell Project. Horrible gradient to deal with but background is messed around with to bring out all the dust around it. Makes the rest of the background messy though.

Object IDC4 NGC7023 Iris Nebula
DetailsMag. 6.8
Size 18′ x 18′
2021-04-09
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian, MPCC
CameraQHY168C @-15°C
IDAS P2
Exposure(s)25 x 240s
darks, flats, bias
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP, Photoshop, Topaz Denoise AI