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IC 1848 – The Soul Nebula

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My Attempt at the Soul Nebula IC 1848, The Soul Nebula Imaged Weds., Oct 2, 2013  32 subs 4 Minutes Each totaling 2 Hours, 8 Minutes PHOTO DETAILS Updated Version: The Soul Nebula Scope: Explore Scientific ED80 with WO Flat III 0.8x FR/FFMount: Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro SynscanGuiding: Meade DSI Pro II and PHD GuidingGuide Scope: Orion Mini 50mmCamera: Canon EOS 450D (Stock)ISO: 1600Exposure: 2 hours 8 minutes (32 x 240s)Processing Software: Calibration and Stacking in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels/Curves/Enhancements in PhotoshopSupport Files: 15 bias, 30 darks Okay, I realize that the im…

IC 5070 – The Pelican Nebula

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To view my latest image of the Pelican Nebula, have a look at the version captured using a dedicated astronomy camera (ZWO ASI294MC Pro). Narrowband filters can make capturing faint emission nebulae like the Pelican Nebula easier from the city, as it separates the light wavelengths associated with the target from a washed out sky. 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 Guidi…

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! 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 quite the difficult time aligning these images up, as I did…

M78 Project – Done!

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M78 - Reflection Nebula in Orion I am finally done my "winter project" of M78 in the constellation Orion. The winter weather in the Niagara Region doesn't bode to well for astrophotographers as the clear nights are slim to none. Last night, however, I was able to squeeze in another 1.5 hours of shooting on this beautiful subject. I am satisfied with my results, and look forward to moving on to my next project, The Orion Nebula:) Thanks for looking! 72 frames 4 and 4.5 minute exposures 5 hours 30 minutes total exposure Stacked with darks ES ED80 Triplet Apo ASCG-5 GT Orion M…

M78 – Reflection Nebula

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M78 - A Reflection Nebula in Orion The 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.