Saturday night, I went to a public start party with very nice bortle 4 skies. I brought my EAA setup and showed people many summer nebula in color. We all had a great time.
I was using a Meade Mini lightbridge 114mm F4 Newt with RisingCam IMX224 on a Vixen super Polaris with OnStep.
I got there early but I had some mechanical mount problems that delayed my start. I took fresh dark frames and a fresh flat frame using an EL panel. The flat frames have significantly improved my images due to the undersized secondary of the 114.
All pictures have been resized or cropped
M27 Gain3000 8s x 61frames 488s (Cropped)
The dumbbell is a great crowd pleaser with the color cam
East Veil Gain3000 8s x 74frames = 592s
People were very excited to see the aftermath of a super nova, the colors are an added bonus.
M8 Gain3000 8s x 41frames = 328s
teh lagoon was fantactic, it looks so deep, with all the swirls of glowing gas, and globs of dark dust. It was great for explaining the life cycle of star clusters.
M20 Gain3000 8s x 66frames = 528s
The Triffid is my favorite color nebula, such a sweet color juxtaposition of emission vs reflection nebula. Another great talking point.
Ngc7331 Gain3000 8s x 62frames = 496s (Cropped)
NGC7331 was a great object to discus distance. it is 47Mly away, buth the galaxies in the background are 310-420Mly away. Thats from the Devonian to the Carboniferous period, Pangaea was just coming together.
M15 Gain3000 4s x64frames = 256s (Cropped)
Wanted to round out the tour with some clusters
Pelican HH Gain3000 8s x 185frames = 1480s
After the "official" end of the star party I wanted to try hunting down my white whale. I'm dead set on seeing the Herbig-Haro object at the tip of the long dust wisp in the Pelican nebula. I didn't get it this time , but I'll try again with my filtered mono cam at finer "/px.
I had a blast, can't wait to get out there again.
Edited by cmooney91, 26 August 2019 - 12:02 PM.