December 2016

Dew was fast becoming a problem.

Realizing Dew was fast becoming a problem, I dashed out to the local Decathlon (sports shop) to buy an exercise mat which was soon transformed into a light weight dew shield. With the assistance of some double sided Velcro tape the problem was solved! This is a single sub of the well known Soul Nebula from last night. Ha x1200sec bin x2,

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Melotte 15 in the Heart

“The heart of the matter” Melotte-15
Melotte-15 is the star cluster located at the heart of the Heart Nebula. Stellar winds and radiation from massive hot stars.
Imaging telescope: AG14 astrograph
Imaging camera: 9.2mp Sony SX814
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX
Integration 28 hours

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Maiden voyage with the AG14 astrograph

First of all, Merry Christmas to all astro folks and friends out there. This post is about my maiden voyage with the AG14 astrograph (Recently acquired Orion Optics large Newt) After quite some time spent on a learning to colimate the the beast using the Catseye system and other miscellaneous odds and ends required for basic setup, such as, the need for an additional counterweight. The clouds finally cleared last night and I was able to run some test shots with the new Astrograph. This image is made of a stack 18 un-calibrated 1800 sec bin x 2 subs in Ha and OIII. Imaging telescope: AG14 astrograph 1330mm F3.8 Imaging camera: 9.2mp Sony SX814 Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX Focus was manually set up once with a mask and the system ran uninterrupted for the night. I am waiting for a Baader steel drive to arrive which will allow full focus automaton. Located about 5000 light years from Earth, the center image shows the Rosette star formation region.

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Heaven’s Gate SH2-124

SH2-124 is a faint emission nebula located in the constellation of Cygnus.
Imaging telescope: Vixen VSD 100 f/3
Imaging camera: 9.2mp Sony SX814
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX
Guiding telescope or lens: Vixen VSD 100 f/3
Filters: Chroma OIII 3nm, Chroma Ha 3nm and Chroma SII 3nm
Dates: Nov..Dec…2016
Frames: 46×1800″ at F3
Integration: 45.0 hours
Locations: Home observatory, Valencia, Spain

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