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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…

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…

Problems with my Celestron CG-5 Mount Power Port

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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,…

Frustrations with PHD Guiding

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M81 and M82 Update: I've learned a great deal about autoguiding with PHDGuiding (Now PHD2 Guiding) since this post was first published. For an updated perspective, please read: Autoguiding a Telescope for Deep-Sky Imaging (PHD2 Guiding) I had a heck of a night this Friday at my Astronomy Clubs observatory.  The skies were clear for the first time in weeks, and I was excited to shoot Orion before it gets too low in the sky until next year.  Everything seemed to be going great until it was time to calibrate PHD guiding.  Even though my mount was polar aligned perfectly (I did it seve…