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Charlie HeinAdministrator

Reged: 11/02/03

Loc: 26.06.08N, +80.23.08W
Aug 13 Wide Field winner - SergeC!
      #6064495 - 09/05/13 01:47 PM

Who has brought us the best the Pelican Nebula - IC 5070 and IC 5067

Vote for your favorite from the choices below:


I'll start. Between the weather and the moon I won't have any more opportunities to image in August, so here's my one entry for this month's challenges: IC 5070 and IC 5067

Date: 08/9-10/2013
Imaging OTA: AstroTech AT8IN
Camera: QHY8 OSC
Mount: CGEM
Guiding: Mag-Mini/SSAG/PHD
Accessories: Orion SkyGlow Imaging filter; Baader MPCC-III
Subs: 20 X 360s, 10 darks (as bad pixel map), 15 flats, 15 flat darks, 80 bias
Software: Nebulosity 3 (capture, pre-process, stacking), StarTools, PS CS6

The image here is highly resampled to fit, please take a look at the full resolution tif, which you can download here.

Thanks for looking, and clear skies!


Here is my attempt at the Pelican. Taken the night of 7/13 of this year at the Tacoma Astro Society star party near Goldendale, WA.

Imaging scope - AT65EDQ refractor.
Imaging camera - Canon XSi Modified
Mount - CGEM (self hypertuned)
Guiding - ST80 and SSAG
Capture - BYEOS
Stacked in DSS, processed in PS-CS3

Image consists of 15 frames at 600sec each for total of 2hrs, 30 min
Darks, flats and Bias subtracted.

A higher resolution image is here.


my last minute try. 8/29/13

canon T1i Self Modded
orion SSAG

15 300sec subs, darks and bias, no flats

full size


Here is my entry, done on August 3 2013 in my suburban backyard in Menlo Park, CA, USA.

Stack of just two frames before the marine layer stole the sky, it required quite a bit of work after calibration to get a good picture out of it.

Stellarvue SV4 with SSF6 flattener, IDAS LPS P2 filter
Modified and Cooled Pentax K10D camera
Calibrated with 10 darks, 10 flats, and 260 bias using Maxim.
Stacked in DSS
Processed in PixInsight using TGVDenoise after stretching.

Large on Flickr | Fullsize on Astrobin

Which Image is Our Winner?
Users may choose only one (22 total votes)
11 50%
8 36%
1 04%
2 09%

Edited by Charlie Hein (09/10/13 12:13 PM)

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Charlie HeinAdministrator

Reged: 11/02/03

Loc: 26.06.08N, +80.23.08W
Re: Aug 13 Wide Field winner - SergeC! new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #6073119 - 09/10/13 12:14 PM

Congrats to SergeC! Please let us know what the target will be for October!


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scholastic sledgehammer

Reged: 03/23/12

Loc: Gainesville, FL
Re: Aug 13 Wide Field winner - SergeC! new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #6073407 - 09/10/13 03:18 PM

Cool, thanks all! Tough competition, everyone posted great images.

For October let's see the best wide angle of IC 1396, including The Garnet Star (mu Cepheus) in the frame.

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