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Tuesday, July 10th, 2007
Tonight was a good night for imaging. Clear, mild and no wind. Very friendly for being out all night.
 
My brother came by and it's always nice to have his company. We set up the gear and started acquiring frames.
 
The thing that stands out to me the most is that I seriously need to learn how to focus better. Nebulosity, has a focusing tool, but I'm not exactly sure how to use it to it's fullest potential yet. My focus was pretty weak tonight and as a result, none of the images are very good, but I'm still plugging away at it.
 
Also, I think I have the green problem worked out. Though they still basically capture with too much green, I can tweak the setting in Deep Sky Stacker and get a much more natural color out of it - well, as natural as I am able to get at this point.
 
Here are the images from this evening:
 
M5
Scope: Hardin 12" (300mm) Deep Space Hunter @ f/5 Camera: Canon EOS 350 Digital Rebel XT (unmodified)
Special Settings: None
ISO: 1600
Exposure: 4 minutes, 10 seconds - 25 @ 10 seconds
Processing Software: Acquired in Nebulosity, Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels and Curves in Photoshop
Resolution: 30% (and cropped)
 
M15
The focus on this image was slightly better (because I tweaked it a little).
Scope: Hardin 12" (300mm) Deep Space Hunter @ f/5
Camera: Canon EOS 350 Digital Rebel XT (unmodified)
Special Settings: None
ISO: 1600
Exposure: 2 minutes, 40 seconds - 16 @ 10 seconds
Processing Software: Acquired in Nebulosity, Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels and Curves in Photoshop
Resolution: 50% (and cropped) 
 
M52
Not very spectacular, but it was easy to image and I was able to capture some of the color in the stars. 
Scope: Hardin 12" (300mm) Deep Space Hunter @ f/5
Camera: Canon EOS 350 Digital Rebel XT (unmodified)
Special Settings: None
ISO: 1600
Exposure: 2 minutes, 20 seconds - 14 @ 10 seconds
Processing Software: Acquired in Nebulosity, Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels and Curves in Photoshop
Resolution: 50% (and cropped) 
 
M94
Okay, this one was a slip up. I meant to image M63, the Sunflower Galaxy (which I'll do on my next imaging session), but this one turned out decent anyway.
Scope: Hardin 12" (300mm) Deep Space Hunter @ f/5
Camera: Canon EOS 350 Digital Rebel XT (unmodified)
Special Settings: None
ISO: 1600
Exposure: 6 minutes - 36 @ 10 seconds
Processing Software: Acquired in Nebulosity, Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels and Curves in Photoshop
Resolution: 50% (and cropped) 
 
NGC7635 - Bubble Nebula
Clearly I need *much* more data on this one. I was pleased to see that I could capture anything at all with such little acquisition time as well as such fast subs. So overall I'm happy with the image. I've never seen the outline of the bubble itself before so even though it's faint in the image, that alone is a real plus.
Scope: Hardin 12" (300mm) Deep Space Hunter @ f/5
Camera: Canon EOS 350 Digital Rebel XT (unmodified)
Special Settings: None
ISO: 1600
Exposure: 10 minutes, 45 seconds - 43 @ 15 seconds
Processing Software: Acquired in Nebulosity, Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels and Curves in Photoshop
Resolution: 50% (and cropped) 
 
 
 
 


Image Gallery For This Session
M15 2min 40 sec M5 4min 10sec
M52 2min 20sec M94 6min
NGC7635 10min 45sec ReplaceTempInCR2zip
   

M15-2min-40_sec.jpg
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