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M78 – Reflection Nebula

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M78 - A Reflection Nebula in OrionThe above image is a stack of 180, 210 and 270 Second Subs combined over three nights spanning 3 months.  The total time is just under 3 hours with 49 light frames total.  About 1.5 hours of this combined image was captured under dark skies at the CCCA.  Once I get some more time in there (hopefully this Friday;)  I will ditch the light polluted data from the backyard.

Unmodded DSLR Test – California Nebula

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NGC 1499 - The California Nebula ES ED80 Canon Xsi unmodded (54) 3 Min Frames @ iso 1600 Stacked with Darks in DSS, Processed in PS CS5   When I shot the North American Nebula, my astro-buddies said things like "Wow your unmodded Xsi picks up a lot of red" and I thought, hey, maybe I can hold off on an expensive and intrusive mod to my precious Canon.  All of those thoughts disappeared as I began to process my photo of NGC 1499 yesterday. This nebula doesn't even EXIST with an unmodded dslr!  I suppose the photo above shows a pleasant mix of coloured stars and faint…

Fall Imaging Begins!

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NGC 7000 - The North American Nebula Stack of about 50 180" frames, stacked with darks, stretched in PS CS5.  Using Canon Xsi (unmodded), Explore Scientific ED80, Celestron CG-5, Meade Dsi II and Orion Mini 50mm for autoguiding.I just realized that I hadn't uploaded this image yet!  The weather has been horrible for astronomy over the last 2 weeks, so I haven't had anything new to process for a while.  This is a combination of data from my backyard and a close friends backyard in Jordan, Ontario.  The skies were much darker in Jordan, as seen in the photo below:Milky W…