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Friday, July 11th, 2008
Another night of imaging - and follow up the following day of an H-Alpha solar shot. Since I setup from scratch each time I come out to observe or image I don't have the exact same accuracy of polar alignment or focusing. Tonight wasn't quite as dialed in as the other night, but the images are still pretty good and the stas pretty crisp.

M51
Both the cropped wider field shot as well as the 3x Drizzled version. There is more color in this then the other M51 shots I've taken as well as signal probably. Though the shot is not spectacular, I'm very pleased with it.

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: 1 hour 15 minutes - 23 @ 180 seconds
Processing Software: Acquired in Nebulosity, Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels and Curves in Photoshop
See Gallery below for image


M13
Probably my most imaged object as well as a favorite to visually observe. I think I have a better shot through the 12" Dob last year, but this one is pretty good.

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: 32 minutes - 5 @ 180 seconds, 28 @ 15 seconds
Processing Software: Acquired in Nebulosity, Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels and Curves in Photoshop
See Gallery below for image


NGC 7023 - Iris Nebula
Been wanting to shoot this for some time. I've heard it's difficult and faint and needs lots of exposure to really get it good. I took an hour tonight just to see what that would get me. I have it on my list of objects to shoot in the desert.

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: 1 hour - 20 @ 180 seconds
Processing Software: Acquired in Nebulosity, Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels and Curves in Photoshop
See Gallery below for image


NGC 457 - Owl Cluster
This open cluster is one of my favorites as well. I love the distinct shape and variation in the stars.

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: 9 minutes - 3 @ 180 seconds
Processing Software: Acquired in Nebulosity, Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels and Curves in Photoshop
See Gallery below for image


Sun in H-Alpha
The next day I shot the sun through my Coronado PST. This is probably the best solar shot I've taken. Between superior focus and capture (this is the first solar shot I've tken via Nebulosity) I think I processed it better as well. Too bad the sun wasn't even more active.

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: B&W with Sepia Tone on
ISO: 1600
Exposure: .5 seconds - 2 @ 250 milliseconds
Processing Software: Acquired in Nebulosity, Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels and Curves in Photoshop
See Gallery below for image


Image Gallery For This Session
M13 32m 2x Drizz M51 1h 15m 3x Drizz
M51 1h 9m Full Frame NGC7023 1h
Owl Cluster 9m Sun
   

M13-32m-2x_Drizz.jpg
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Comments:
On 07/15/08 at 01:44am Barry wrote:
Some more great images, Neil. You are "the man".



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