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NGC34565 - Yes it was full moon, but it was the only clear nights in a month!

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#1 cfosterstars

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 07:35 AM

March has been cloudy and I mean cloudy. I have only had two clear nights all month and they were at almost full moon. I was just desperate to get anything and beggers cant be choosers. Also Orion sets behind a big tree after only about two hours of dark with my position in my backyard so I tried something new. This is NGC4565 - the needle galaxy. 

 

Camera - Canon 6D modified - Gary Honis

OTA - Meade LX200ACF 10" prime focus F/10 - 2540mm F/L

FIlter - Astronomik full frame clip-in lumanence (55 frames)

Filter - Baader Planetarium UVIR 2" (53 frames)

Guider - Orion 70mm - 278mm F/L with SLX Lodestar camera

Focuser - JMI EV-CM with smart focus

Software - BYEOS, PHD2, Cartes du Ceil

Processing - Calibration and stacking - Images Plus 6.0

Processing - Photoshop CC

 

55 frames - 300s @ ISO800 - Astronomiks filter

53 frames - 240s @ ISO1600 - Baader filer

 

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The color is redder than I expected. Comments and questions welcome.

 

Cfosterstars


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#2 Craig H

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 04:15 PM

You  know it's been a rough winter when even the Texan are complaining about lack of clear skies! smile.gif

 

Nice image, and congrats on 'getting out there' when the chance came...

 

Craig.



#3 Bloated Star

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 10:49 PM

I hear you. Up here near OKC, when it's not the clouds it's a 25 mph wind. This has been a rough winter for imaging.  But once the full moon is up, I'll have dead calm nights with a crystal clear sky.



#4 evan9162

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 09:00 AM

Same here.  I was so desperate, I collected color data on M1 during a near full moon.  That was over a week ago.   My last imaging opportunity was a month before that...



#5 cfosterstars

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 10:03 AM

Good news for Austin is that Friday and Saturday nights this week are foretasted to be clear and its the new moon. I plan a full night both nights.



#6 Maxtrixbass

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 03:54 PM

Nice job on the image. The Needle is on my list for this season and i am glad to see it possible even with the moon.

 

If its bad in Texas, imagine here in the Northwest. I think there have been 4 clear nights so far in 2017.




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