A busy day and night of imaging

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A busy day and night of imaging
Posted by johnjohnson on Sunday, February 09, 2014 6:54 PM

On 2/02/2014 it was a very nice day here for a change. The outside air temp during the day was 15 F! A warm spell. I decided to set up my 6" F5 Orion reflector and take a look at the Sun. I used a full aperture Baader film white light filter. Through a 26mm Plossel EP there were several sun spots visible with group 1967 the largest. I decided to image it. I used my Canon 600D at Newtonian focus. I took several images and number 19 turned out the best due to atmopheric turbulance. This image was at ISO 100 duration 1/2500 sec.

I decided to leave the scope set up as the forcast for that night was clear but very cold (-5 F). I resumed imaging again about 9PM CST. It was very cold. The first object that came into veiw that I could image was M45. I targeted it and set up the SSAG guiding. I captured 15 subs of 2 minutes each. These were at ISO 800. Canon 600D at Newtonian focus. Final image was processed with Photo Shop Elements 8 and Canon Digital Photo Professional. I had to toss about half the subs due to freaking sattelites going through the images! Must be a main highway up there for sattelites! Anyway here is the image.

Now M42 had moved into view. I moved the scope over to M42 and took a few test shots and got it centered. The mount is an old EQ-5 clone and does not have GoTo. It just has dual axis drives with a modified HC for ST4 guiding. I shot M42 for about 45 minutes. Same settings as for M45.

I looked around the sky and Jupiter caught my eye. I removed the Canon and replaced it with a Televue 2.5X barlow and my Logitech 300 webcam. This brought the 6" F5 reflector up to 1875mm focal length. I took several AVI's and stacked them using Astro Stack. Still have more to process but here is the first run.

I wish Jupiter had turned out better but it was so cold I didn't spend much time with focusing. I may have also gone to long on my AVI's and planet rotation messed up the stacking. Jupiter spins fast and you can only go for a couple of minutes on the AVI's. Also atmospheric turbulance was pretty bad that night.

I also have some images of B33 that I haven't processed yet. Something to do on these cold and dreary days.

JJ

20" F5 Obsession, OMI mirror .987 Strehl. 10" F4.7 reflector. 6" F5 ST reflector. 120mm F7.5 EON. 80mm F11.3 guide scope. SkyWatcher EQ-6 Hyper Tuned.   Flicker Astro Site   More Astro Images

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Posted by pastorg on Sunday, February 09, 2014 9:48 PM

Some nice images John.  I especially like the one of the Orion Nebula!  Good job!

pastorg

Zhumell Z12 Dob, Celestron Omni XLT 102mm refractor on CG-4 Mount,  Meade AZ70 refractor, Celestron Ultima 2X Barlow 1.25, Telrad with 4 3/8 Riser, Zhumell Skyglow Filter, Zhumell OIII Filter, Baader UHC-S Filter, Meade ND96 Moon Filter, Baader Planetarium Hyperion 21mm, 13mm, 8mm and 5mm eyepieces, Meade 9mm and 25mm Plossls, Zhumell 9mm Plossl and 2 inch 30mm SWA,  6mm Orion Expanse and Pentax 10 x 50 PCF WP ll Binos

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Posted by RayM0506 on Monday, February 10, 2014 3:18 AM

LOL Quite the day and night for you!  VERY well done!

Celestron 8 SCT F/10 to 7.5 to 6.3-C-GEM Mount-Starizona Power Pack II+-Bahatinov Focus Mask-Canon 60Da-Nexguide Auto Guider-Orion Short Tube 80mm Guide Scope- Baader Planetarium UHC-S/L-Booster visual/photographic 2"-Capture Software Backyard EOS-Deep Sky Stacker-Adobe Photoshop/Registax 6 for post work

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Posted by leo731 on Friday, February 14, 2014 5:54 PM

Beautiful M42 and sunspots too.  Nice you got outside even if the temperatures would most likely freeze me in seconds. Embarrassed

Thanks for going out and getting these JJ,

L

A nebula in the eyepiece is worth two in the Atlas.

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  • From: Eastern SD.
Posted by johnjohnson on Friday, February 14, 2014 8:38 PM

Thank you all so very much. Your appreciation is appreciated. It makes it worth enduring the elements (-5F) not only for myself but for the other members of these forums also.

JJ

20" F5 Obsession, OMI mirror .987 Strehl. 10" F4.7 reflector. 6" F5 ST reflector. 120mm F7.5 EON. 80mm F11.3 guide scope. SkyWatcher EQ-6 Hyper Tuned.   Flicker Astro Site   More Astro Images

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