Full moon and all, I was out last night. Suckered by the first clear night in a week or so!
- Atlas EQ-G mount
- Celestron Omni XLT 150 f/5 Newt (new favorite EAA scope?)
- ZWO ASI224MC camera, no filters (pixel scale 1.0 arcsec per px)
- SharpCap 3.2 (images captured "with adjustments" as viewed)
- EQMOD mount control
- Cartes du Ciel planetarium software
- AstroTortilla plate solve
- Photoshop (convert PNG to JPG, no crop, no adjustments)
I love the nice round stars I'm getting from this OTA. With the small frame of the 224 sensor, I do not need a coma corrector. I can see only a tiny amount of coma creeping into the very corners of the images, certainly not enough to warrant putting a CC on the scope with this camera.
SN 2018ivc in M77. Stacked 186 frames @ 8s each = almost 25 minutes total. Dark calibration included. I was pleased at how clearly I was able to see the supernova at around 11 o'clock, just off the bright core. North is up in the image.
Comet 46P. Stacked 15 frames @ 4s each = 1 minute total. No dark calibration.
Thanks for looking.