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Tuesday, June 24th, 2008
A relatively clear night tonight. We've had nice days, but high thin cirrus clouds forming towards the evening. I shot some images into Portland (a mistake I think) and somewhat through the clouds.
 
Here are the few images from tonight.
 
M5 
Sitting on the edge of the skyglow from Portland I only took 12 minutes before choosing to move objects.

Scope: William Optics MegRez 90mm @ f/5.5 w/WO-FLAT-III 0.8x Focal ReducerMount: Orion Sirius EQ-G with GoTo Guiding:  Meade DSI Pro and PHD Guiding
Camera: Canon EOS 350 Digital Rebel XT (unmodified)
Special Settings: None
ISO: 1600
Exposure: 12 minutes - 4 @ 180 seconds
Processing Software: Acquired in Nebulosity, Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels and Curves in Photoshop
See Gallery below for image


M10
Even deeper into the glow of Portland I can barely see this object so I thought I'd try and shoot it for a half hour while I visually observed other things. With all things considered I'm prett pleased with the shot. Particularly since it looks 10 times better then in the eyepiece - which it was nearly invisible against Portland's light pollution.

Scope: William Optics MegRez 90mm @ f/5.5 w/WO-FLAT-III 0.8x Focal Reducer
Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G with GoTo
Guiding:  Meade DSI Pro and PHD Guiding
Camera: Canon EOS 350 Digital Rebel XT (unmodified)
Special Settings: None
ISO: 1600
Exposure: 30 minutes - 10 @ 180 seconds
Processing Software: Acquired in Nebulosity, Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels and Curves in Photoshop
See Gallery below for image


Perseus Double Cluster NGC 869/NGC 884
This was one of the last shots I did with my achromat and I wanted to compare the results. The last one is posted in this session. The results were a little weaker because of a combination of the evening and the position in the sky. 2 months ago it was sinking in the Northwest, not it's rising in the Northeast which for me is closer to Battleground and I need to process out more gradient which produces an image with a sly a bit too black and losing some of the fainter starts.

Scope: William Optics MegRez 90mm @ f/5.5 w/WO-FLAT-III 0.8x Focal Reducer
Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G with GoTo
Guiding:  Meade DSI Pro and PHD Guiding
Camera: Canon EOS 350 Digital Rebel XT (unmodified)
Special Settings: None
ISO: 1600
Exposure: 20 minutes - 10 @ 120 seconds
Processing Software: Acquired in Nebulosity, Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels and Curves in Photoshop
See Gallery below for image

 
Comments About the William Optics MegRez 90
I continue to thoroughly love the optics of this scope. The stars are tighter, rounder then my previous imaging refractor, and they have virtually no chromatic aberration. I'm still waiting for a new moon night that is also clear. I've been shooting in moon saturated evenings which is obviously not desirable, but these are desperate times.


Image Gallery For This Session
Double Cluster 20m M10 30m
M5 12m
   

Double_Cluster-20m.jpg
Click picture above for larger version
If the picture seems too bright or too dark, try adjusting the brightness below.
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Comments:
On 06/26/08 at 08:17am Gene 'The BigWingBoy' wrote:
Nice sharp images Neil. We're enjoying your new 'scope too. Thank you for sharing!

G



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