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Fainter than I had expected. I needed 11 x 10min exposure at f3.3 to produce this result. The nearby bright stars were excellent as guide stars for my HX516 camera via the 80mm guidescope
Just cruising around the heavens and I came across this interesting area. Exposure 10 x 10mins at f3.3 Processed in AA3 and finished in PS.
An Emission Nebula in Cassiopeia. Taken on 15/9/04. A bit of a problem with vignetting but worth the effort to get some sort of result. My usual 10 x 600Sec at f3.3. Processed in AA3 filtered in Neat Image and final tweaking in PS
In the constellation Cygnus at a distance of 4,700 light years.
Taken on 7th Sept at 10.30 UT. Exposure was 10 x 600sec at f3.3. This was much fainter than I had expected and I feel another 30 mins of exposure would have made a noticable difference
Taken on 13/6/04 at 00.30 UT. Exposure 9 x 600 sec at f3.3, taken through my LX200 and guided with a 80mm refractor piggybacked. Would have liked to have taken some more frames but morning twilight was approaching at 3am local time. There was some haze at this low altitude over the nearby town of Maynooth. Processed in AA3 and final tweaks with curves in Photoshop
Same image as below but with a Larson-Sekanina filter applied to bring out the faint details.
Taken on 26/5/04 at 00.14 U.T. 25 x 1 minute tracked on the comet using an HX516 camera on my 80mm guidescope. Some haze. A definite greenish tinge to the comet. Cropped in Photoshop
Some vignetting that I must correct. All the same, an improvement on my previous attempts at this object. Exposure 9x600s at f3.3 processed as before
I like this object - a classical spiral galaxy in Ursa Major. Exposure 9x600 sec at f3.3, processed in AA3 and finished in Photoshop
Taken on the same night as the one below, 17/2/04 at 22.00 U.T. My usual exposure as below, processed in AA3 and cropped in Photoshop
Back to the deep sky objects. M109 in Ursa Major taken on 17/2/04 at 20.05 U.T. I used my usual 9x600sec exposure at F3.3. The background isn't as flat as I would like it to be but I processed it in a rush. Still I'm fairly happy with the result.
I tend to find most star clusters less interesting than Nebulae and galaxies but I decided to try my hand at this one in Pegasus. 5 x 120 sec at f3.3. I feel these would be better at f6.3 or even f10
A nebula in Orion near M42. Exposure of 9 x 600 sc at f3.3 on 29/12/03. Not very sure about the colour intensity although it certainly is blue
The famous Orion Nebula taken on 27/12/03 at 21.50 UT with an exposure of 10 x 600sec at f3,3. Processed in AA3 and final tweaking with layers and curves in Photoshop
Near Alnitak in Orion, this image was taken at F3.3 through the 10" LX200, processed in AA3 and final adjustments in Photoshop. Exposure was 9 x 600 sec on 29/12/03 and began at 23.10 UT
A group of galaxies in Pegasus. Poor seeing but a set of 10 x 10 min images stacked etc in AA3 brings out the basics.
A more difficult object with relatively low surface brightness. A stack of 8 x 10 min at f3.3 on 29th Oct. As usual, processed in AA3 including stacking, deconvolution and star bloat removal.
A colour version of a previously taken object. Taken on 29/10/03 and was a stack of 8 x 10min at f3.3 processed in AA3 and cropped.
I took a total of 9 hours of 10 minute exposures (or rather the telescope and cameras did, while I was asleep), most of which were affected by clouds, satellites and even aircraft. The best 12 were processed in AA3 to produce this image.
Object was low in the North at the time but 8 x 10 mins, stacked and processed in AA3 produced this image. taken on 25th Oct '03
An object dimly visible in binoculars but needing a telescope to see any detail. Exposure of 6 x 10 min on 16/10/03 and processed in AA3
A surprisingly dim object needing my 6 x 10 min exposure to capture the spiral arms.
A delicate object and really would need more exposure to bring out the dim extremities of this object. Taken on 15/10/03 with an exposure of 6 x 10 mins
As usual, processed in AA3
An extended object needing the full capability of my f3.3 to capture most of its size.
Exposure was 18 x 10 min (3 hours!!), stacked and processed in AA3
NGC891 - an edge on galaxy in Andromeda.
Working at f3.3 with an exposure of 6 x 10 min on 16/10/03
Processed in AA3 and final adjustment in Photoshop
I am still trying to get the best out of my f3.3 focal reducer. The FR to camera distance is very sensitive to producing the correct FR number. I used a different set of spacer rings to produce an FR of 3.9 and I may settle for this.
M27 taken on 10/10/03 at 22.30 U.T. Total of 5 exposures, each of 600 sec, stacked and processed in AA3. A full moon was not far away. A definite improvement on my previous attempt
This is the core of M33 taken through my 10" LX200 at f5 on 2/9/03 at 01.10 U.T. Eight images each of 600 sec in High Res Progressive mode, stacked and processed in AA3. Guiding was via an 80mm refractor piggybacked on the LX200. I used Mike Smith's colour synthesis, and Spanishchris's artificial flat plug-ins.
Imaged on 5/9/03 at 22.06 U.T.
I don't think I'm going to get any better than these as the seeing and low altitude are against me. Stacked and processed in AstroArt 3
CM is 223
Individual exposure was 0.1 sec., binning was 2x2, stacked and processed using AA3.
CM is 289, Hellas and Syrtis Major visible
Stack of 40 images each of 0.11 sec exposure binned at 2x2 and processed in AA3
Taken with LX200 10" using a TeleVue PowerMate 5X giving a measured f70
Seeing very poor at an elevation of 20 deg
best 40 out of 50 exposures each of 0.2 Sec, stacked and processed with AA3
Taken with LX200 at f70
Stack of 30 images 2x2 binned and 0.01 sec
Processed in AA3
LX200 at f35
20x60s averaged and dark subtracted
22/7/03 at 02.00 UT
Seeing was poor and there was a lot of light pollution from nearby town
Exposure 6x200s stacked
Self guided using HRSG
Processed with AA3