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Thursday, March 26th, 2009
Tonight was damp but the sky was clear so I thought I'd take out the gear again and do some close-up / wide field parallel imaging. First of all, it worked! So that's awesome. The bummer thing is that after only 24 minutes my wide field lens completely fogged over. Well, like I said, it was damp!

Even still, I was able to shoot NGC 4565 while also shooting the Coma Bernices cluster wide field. I still need to perfect this method of taking pictures, but it's working our very well so far.

Below are the pictures from tonight.

If you look carefully at the bottom of the screen shot, there is a second instance of Nebulosity in the background exposing at 46% image 1 of 20. That one is controlling the DSUSB2 and the Canon 350D while the foreground instance of Nebulosity is controlling the DSUSB and 20D.

And if you wonder what's going on in the lower left of the widefield coma cluster image, that's a tree being obscured by the tracking with the glow of Portland around it. Bummers.

NGC4565 Image
Scope: Vixen R200SS 200mm @ f/4 w/Baader MPCC
Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G with GoTo
Guiding:  Meade DSI Pro and PHD Guiding
Guide Scope: William Optics ZenithStar 66 SD
Camera: Canon EOS 20D (unmodified)
Special Settings: None
ISO: 1600
Exposure: 60 minutes - (20 x 180s)
Processing Software: Acquired in Nebulosity, Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels and Curves in Photoshop
See Gallery below for image

Coma Bernices Wide Field Image
Scope: None
Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G with GoTo
Guiding:  Meade DSI Pro and PHD Guiding
Guide Scope: William Optics ZenithStar 66 SD
Camera: Canon EOS 350D (unmodified) with Stock 18-55 Lens @ 35mm f/4.0
Special Settings: None
ISO: 1600
Exposure: 60 minutes - (20 x 180s)
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
1 NGC4565 1h 2 Coma Cluster 24m
3 Screenshot 4 IMG 0985
   

1-NGC4565-1h.jpg
Click picture above for larger version
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Comments:
On 03/29/09 at 09:14pm Andy wrote:
Nice Shot !! I gotta start making the meetings.

On 03/26/09 at 05:12pm Jeff Gerritsen wrote:
Neil,
Nice, very nice shot. If I'm not mistaken, I count at least four other galaxies around NGC4565 and some of the "faint fuzzies - stars" may also be galaxies. Now I'm getting the bug again - just got to finish the sail boat fix.

Jeff

On 03/26/09 at 11:55am Scott Legg wrote:
Cool, I'm glad you had me point to it last night. I did not see the faint galaxy below though.



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