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A Months worth of Imaging and Processing

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NGC 7023 - The Iris NebulaI have always admired the astro-imagers who had 5,6+ hours soaked into one object.  I could never do that because I would get so excited with an hours worth of data, process it, then move on to the next object.  But not this time.  When I saw what I could pull out of the Iris nebula after about 45 minutes, I knew I wanted more.  More Dust!  This is my first astrophoto that clearly shows dark dust blocking the bright stars behind it.  I took these shots over the course of July and August, and ended up with almost 4 hours of "usable" frames…

The Iris Nebula

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NGC 7023 - The Iris NebulaThe Iris Nebula (NGC 7023) is a prime example of how beautiful reflection nebulae can be.  I was only able to capture a little over an hour of exposures on this one, and you can just start to see the dark clouds showing up.  Hopefully I will get some more time on this object this Friday, if the weather clears up.

Monster Galaxy

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M31 - The Andromeda GalaxyOn Friday July 21st, I spent another lonely night at the CCCA Observatory in Wellandport Ontario. I started a bit late, and it was complete darkness as I made the 40 minute drive from my house.  I was delighted to see the milky way appearing as I looked out my sunroof on that cool July night.  When I got to the observatory, I instantly noticed how clear and stable the air was.  I took a few 30 second exposures on my tripod while I set up. Milky Way at the CCCAAfter setting up all of my equipment, I set my sights on Andromeda.  After a little bit of…