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Saturday, July 18th, 2015
Under a Bortle 2 sky with friends. 3 nights, but one was a bust with haze or likely smoke from a local fire. I wanted to be at the other location we frequent, but unfortunately it was closed due to large fires in the area. So, the fact that I got 2 decent nights was far better then getting nothing at all.
 
SkyView Acres is a good spot because it's closer in (only 2.5 hour drive) and nice paved roads all the way to the location. The downside is that there are many distant lights from neighbors and some other buildings and such, so really deep dark adaption is impossible for visual observing making this spot much better for imaging the visual observing.
 
This time there were quite a few bees around. And it seemed like I set up camp close to a hive because I had loads of bees around the whole time. They were never really a problem with the exception of 1 sting on the toe (I really should not have worn sandals!) but for sure it was less relaxing during the day when there are bees buzzing all over the place.
 
I wanted to improve on 2 images this weekend. LDN673 and LBN468. I'm not finished processing things yet, but hopefully they will be improvements.
 
Unfortunately, there was 100% loss of frames on the first night. Second night was better and third night was good as well, but some lingering haze in areas of the sky.
 
One thing that I learned about using the system (after being gone for so long and coming back to things) is that dark nebulae like these need 10 minute subs instead of the 5 minute subs I normally take. I need to increase my dark library in regards to 10 minute subs for both the stock and modded cameras.
 
Overall, it was a good time with friends, the images are good (although probably not the level of improvement I was hoping for) and the views of brighter deep space objects was wonderful.
 
Here is the gallery from this outing
 
LDN 673
Scope: Vixen ED103S with WO Flat 4 0.8x FR/FF
Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G with GoTo
Guiding: Meade DSI Pro and PHD Guiding
Guide Scope: William Optics ZenithStar 66
Camera: Canon EOS 1000D
Special Settings: None
ISO: 800
Exposure: 13 hours (78 x 600s)
Processing Software: Acquired in Nebulosity with High Dither, Calibration and Stacking in PixInsight,
Levels/Curves/Enhancements in PixInsight & Photoshop
Support Files: 20 flats, 20 bias, 20 darks
 
 
LBN 468
Scope: AstroTech AT65EDQ
Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G with GoTo
Guiding: Meade DSI Pro and PHD Guiding
Guide Scope: ATM 60mm f/4.1 Achromat
Camera: Canon EOS 1000D (Modified)
Special Settings: None
ISO: 800
Exposure: 13 hours (78 x 600 seconds)
Processing Software: Acquired in Nebulosity, Calibration and Stacking in PixInsight, Levels/Curves/Enhancements in PixInsight & Photoshop CS5
Support Files: 20 darks, 20 flats, 20 bias
 
 


Image Gallery For This Session
LBN468 13H LDN673 13h
   

LBN468-13H.jpg
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