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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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Double Cluster in Perseus NGC 869 and 884

By | 2018-09-09T20:14:14+00:00 10 December 2017|Categories: Caldwell, Deep Sky, News, NGC Winter, Open Cluster|

First image using the C80ED for a long time.

Object ID Caldwell 14, NGC 869 and 884
Details Open Clusters, Perseus
Date/Time 2017-12-10 19:41 – 20:01 UT
Telescope C80ED @ f7.5
IDAS P2 LPR filter
Camera Canon 600D
Exposure(s) 30x30s lights, 10x30s darks
ISO 1600
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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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 2237 Rosette Nebula (NGC 2244 / C49)

By | 2015-12-11T15:52:55+00:00 23 January 2012|Categories: Caldwell, Finest NGC, Nebula, News, NGC Winter, Open Cluster|

C49 Emission Nebula, Monoceros
Mag 9.0 Size 1.3°
NGC 2244, C50 Open Cluster inside nebula
Mag 4.8 Size 24′
2012-01-23
200mm f5 Newtonian MPCC Guided
Canon EOS 350D modded, Astronomik CLS
10x120s, 4x180s darks, flats, ISO 800
Captured in APT, Processed in Nebulosity, PS CS5 and Adobe Lightroom
Lost some subs due to clouds. Need more subs.

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NGC 1977 Running Man Nebula

By | 2013-10-11T08:42:21+00:00 23 January 2012|Categories: Finest NGC, Nebula, News, NGC Winter|

Running Man Nebula, Reflection Nebula, Orion
Mag 7.0 Size 40’x25′
2012-01-23
200mm f5 Newtonian MPCC Guided
Canon EOS 350D modded, Astronomik CLS
9x120s, 10x180s, darks, flats, ISO 800
Captured in APT, Processed in Nebulosity and PS CS5

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Horsehead and Flame Nebulae

By | 2013-11-03T17:00:50+00:00 30 August 2009|Categories: Nebula, NGC Winter|

Horsehead (IC 434) and Flame (NGC 2024) Nebulae in Orion

2012-01-27
200mm f5 Newtonian MPCC Guided
Canon EOS 350D modded, Astronomik CLS
12x120s, darks, flats, ISO 800
Captured in APT, Processed in Nebulosity and PS CS5
Later subs started to blur Zeta Orionis due to sky fog so had to stop. Not enough subs and could not go any longer.

2009-01-28 C80ED f7.5 Canon EOS 350D
Guided with ETX-90 Mak-Cass at F7 and SPC800NC unmodded using PHD
2x5m, 5x4m  5x3m 1x2m subs ISO 800 Lumicon Deep Sky filter
Calibrated in DSS, manually stacked in PhotoShop CS3, processed with Noel’s Actions
I find DSS is not giving me good results but manual stacking in PS CS3 is much better for me. I do the calibration and darks in DSS as PS is not good for that.

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