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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! 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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This post talks about upgrading from a Celestron CG-5 astrophotography mount to the Sky-Watcher HEQ5. I have been using the Sky-Watcher mount ever since with over 5 years of successful deep sky imaging under its belt! My New Mount Sky-Watcher Astrophotography Mount NGC 7000: Imaged Monday, June 3, 2013. 32 subs 5 Minutes Each totoaling 2 Hours 40 Minutes 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 sa…

Disaster! – Problems with Celestron CG-5 Mount

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Problems with Celestron CG-5 Mount Up until this point, my Celestron CG-5 mount has been very good to me. Despite what I have heard, it has been a quality mount, capable of 5+ minute exposures, no problem (with autoguiding).  Recently though, the power has been cutting in and out.  Last friday night, under clear, dark, moonless skies at the CCCA, I was forced to head home. Devastating!  The frustrating part, is not knowing whether the issue is the power switch, the jack, or the entire power board itself.  The only thing I know for sure is that it is not the ac adapter, as I have t…