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M81 LRGB

By | 2018-11-06T15:50:08+00:00 6 November 2018|Categories: Galaxy, M61-90, News|

Lots of gradients and stray light from somewhere coming in. Hard to process and as a result have lost the fainter outer arms.

Object ID M81 Bode’s galaxy
Mag. 6.94, Size 26.9′ x 14.1′
Ursa Major
Details 2018-11-1 21:59 – 22:47 UT
Telescope 250mm f4.8 Newtonian, MPCC
IDAS P2 LPR filter
Guided
Camera Atik 460EX, Baader LRGB  filters
Exposure(s) L 20x120s 1×1, RGB 10x60s 2×2 each
darks, flats were no good
Capture APT
Processing Nebulosity 4, Photoshop

M31 first test of old 10 inch Newt

By | 2018-11-06T15:51:38+00:00 12 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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NGC 281 (Pacman nebula) in RGB

By | 2018-11-06T15:50:53+00:00 11 October 2018|Categories: Nebula, News, NGC Autumn|

Few things wrong. Poor seeing, bloated stars, gusty wind,…

Object ID NGC 281 Pacman nebula (IC11)
Mag. 10, Size 35′
H II region emission nebula
Contains open cluster NGC 1590
Cassiopeia
Details 2018-10-10
Poor seeing and transparency
Telescope 200mm f5 Newtonian, MPCC
IDAS P2 LPR filter
Guided
Camera Atik 460EX, Baader RGB  filters
Exposure(s) 15 x 120s each colour
darks, flats
Capture APT
Processing Nebulosity 4, Photoshop
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NGC 281 (Pacman nebula) in Ha

By | 2018-10-11T15:16:22+00:00 8 October 2018|Categories: Nebula, News, NGC Autumn|

Best night for ages.

Object ID NGC 281 Pacman nebula (IC11)
Mag. 10, Size 35′
H II region emission nebula
Contains open cluster NGC 1590
Cassiopeia
Details 2018-10-06 22:03-23:41 UT
No moonlight and good transparency
Telescope 200mm f5 Newtonian, MPCC
IDAS P2 LPR filter
Guided
Camera Atik 460EX, Baader 7nm Ha filter
Exposure(s) 19 x 300s
darks, flats
Capture APT
Processing Nebulosity 4, Photoshop

NGC 281, IC 11 or Sh2-184 is a bright emission nebula and part of an H II region in the northern constellation of Cassiopeia and is part of the Milky Way’s Perseus Spiral Arm. This 20×30 arcmin sized nebulosity is also associated with open cluster IC 1590, several Bok globules and the multiple star, B 1. It collectively forms Sh2-184,[3] spanning over a larger area of 40 arcmin.[4] A recent distance from radio parallaxes of water masers at 22 GHz made during 2014 is estimated it lies 2.82±0.20 kpc. (9200 ly.) from us.[5] Colloquially, NGC 281 is also known as the Pacman Nebula for its resemblance to the video game character.

E. E. Barnard discovered this nebula in August 1883, who described it as “a large faint nebula, very diffuse.” Multiple star ‘B 1’ or β 1 was later discovered by S. W. Burnham, whose bright component is identified as the highly luminous O6 spectral class star, HD 5005 or HIP 4121. It consists of an 8th-magnitude primary with four companions at distances between 1.4 and 15.7 arcsec. There has been no appreciable change in this quintuple system since the first measures were made in 1875.
Wikipedia

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Bubble nebula project 2 (NGC 7635)

By | 2018-10-09T13:00:28+00:00 24 September 2018|Categories: Caldwell, Nebula, News, NGC Autumn|

Added 18 frames of Ha. Much more detail and less noise.

Object ID NGC 7635 Bubble nebula (C11)
Mag. 10, Size 15’x8′
H II region emission nebula
Cassiopeia
Details 2018-09-23 21:15-23:07 UT
Bright moonlight
Telescope 200mm f5 Newtonian, MPCC
IDAS P2 LPR filter
Guided
Camera Atik 460EX, Baader 7nm Ha filter
Exposure(s) 18 x 300s
darks, flats
Capture APT
Processing Nebulosity 4, Photoshop

I did take some RGB colour but as you can see below there is a huge dust mark in it. Normally not a problem as flats will remove it. But when I went to create flats, the dust had disappeared so very difficult to remove. Unless it’s not dust but an out of focus reflection of the bright star? If it is I’ve never seen anything like it in my images before.

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Bubble nebula project (NGC 7635)

By | 2018-09-23T16:38:33+00:00 23 September 2018|Categories: Caldwell, Nebula, News, NGC Autumn|

One of my favourite objects. Trying to do this over a series of nights. Ha first of all then add colour channels. Only 2x300s exposures in Ha so far.

Object ID NGC 7635 Bubble nebula (C11)
Mag. 10, Size 15’x8′
H II region emission nebula
Cassiopeia
Details 2018-09-22 21:40-21:45 UT
Bright moonlight
Telescope 200mm f5 Newtonian, MPCC
IDAS P2 LPR filter
Guided
Camera Atik 460EX, Baader 7nm Ha filter
Exposure(s) 2 x 300s
darks, flats
Capture APT
Processing Nebulosity 4, Photoshop
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NGC 752

By | 2018-09-22T12:27:08+00:00 22 September 2018|Categories: News, NGC Autumn, Open Cluster|

Heavy processing to remove moonlight background. First entry in the SAA 100 catalog.

Object ID NGC 752
Open Cluster, Andromeda
Mag. 5.7, size 50′
Details 2018-09-21
Bright 90% Moon
Telescope 200mm f5 Newtonian, MPCC
IDAS P2 LPR filter
Guided
Camera Canon 600D
Exposure(s) 10x40s, ISO 800, darks, flats
Capture APT
Processing Nebulosity, Photoshop
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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
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M103 (NGC 581)

By | 2018-09-05T12:20:05+00:00 5 September 2018|Categories: M91+, News, Open Cluster|

Tighter open cluster, quite remote at 8,000 light years away.

Object ID M103 (NGC 581)
Open cluster Cassiopeia
Mag. 7.4, Size 6′
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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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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