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Thursday, February 16th, 2012
 Finally got my first clear night in several weeks with an unbelievably warm temperature for February in Illinois. I setup the scope, took flats, got everything polar aligned and was able to get a few decent subs of the Orion Nebula before I got too cold to have fun anymore. Guiding was pretty good and the end results were satisfying.
 
This is the first time this winter I was able to setup and shoot with Orion in the clearing between the trees I have obstructing my southern view so it was nice to finally get an image I was able to process properly. This image is the second one where I have tried combining several shorter time subs with longer subs in Photoshop to enhance the central bright area.
 
Subs: 20x60sec ISO400, 10x5sec ISO100, 20 Darks each, 20 Flats ISO100, 10 Flats ISO400
Acquired with BackyardEOS and Canon XSi modified, SSAG and PHD guiding, Celestron EdgeHD 9.25 on CGEM, Hyperstar lens, stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, processed in Photoshop CS2
 
Here is the result:
 
 





Comments:
On 04/23/12 at 02:33pm Larry wrote:
Niel, thanks for the encouraging comments! I have been traveling out west a lot and didn't see this post until today. Really appreciate it and glad the progress is visible!

I had my CGEM hypertuned by Ed Thomas in March and just started using it for photography again last night. I got reasonable images of the Leo Triplet and Black Eye Galaxy. I may post them but the guiding wasn't quite so good. The mount responds so much better it's almost like I'm relearning it for photography.

Thanks again Neil,
Larry

On 03/11/12 at 11:37pm Neil Heacock wrote:
Larry, this is really nice. I haven't commented much (if at all.. sorry!) but I've been watching your posts here and your progress is excellent.

I was just showing your history of journal entries to a friend recently specifically watching your images improve over time.

Congratulations on a great shot and excellent development.

-Neil


On 03/11/12 at 07:01pm Glen C wrote:
Very Nice



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