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IC 5070 – The Pelican Nebula

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IC 5070 - The Pelican Nebula Above: IC 5070, The Pelican Nebula Imaged Tues., Sept 4, 2013  17 subs 5 Minutes Each totaling 1 Hour, 25 Minutes PHOTO DETAILS Scope: Explore Scientific ED80 with WO Flat III 0.8x FR/FF Mount: Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro Synscan Guiding: Meade DSI Pro II and PHD Guiding Guide Scope: Orion Mini 50mm Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Stock) ISO: 1600 Exposure: 1 hour 25 minutes (17 x 300s) Processing Software: Calibration and Stacking in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels/Curves/Enhancements in Photoshop Support Files: 15 bias, 15 darks Thanks to my…

M20 added to Summer Mosaic Project

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My Summer Astrophotography Mosaic Project Above: M20 and M8: Imaged Friday, June 14, 2013 & July 13, 2013 M8: 11 subs 5 Minutes Each totaling 55 Minutes M20: 24 subs 6 Minutes Each totaling 2 Hours, 24 Minutes My summer mosaic project is coming along with the addition of the Trifid Nebula in Sagittarius. As usual, I have done a crummy job framing up my subject! I have now lost the Cat's Paw Nebula in order to fill the frame. The next chance I get, I will be shooting the Cat's Paw Nebula area to fill in the gaps, and create a much wider field image. I had q…

Back in the Game – My New Mount!

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My New Mount Sky-Watcher Astrophotography Mount Above: NGC 7000: Imaged Monday, June 3, 2013. 32 subs 5 Minutes Each totoaling 2 Hours 40 Minutes Note: The above image was taken using my old mount last Monday.  After fighting with it for over an hour (mount shutting off, restarting, re-aligning 3 times!) I finally got it to work for one more night! I am officially back in the saddle again! My Celestron CG-5 issues had me a tad depressed about missing imaging time through the absolute best time of year. After the CG-5 was fixed in April, it quickly began acting…