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Wide field: Antares and the Scorpion's claws

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#1 fmeschia

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 09:48 PM

Over the last weekend I collected a little over one hour's worth of data with my DSLR and a Nikkor 50/1.8D prime lens. The target was Antares and the surrounding area. The lens was stopped at f/4 and I shot 24 subs, each exposed for 2 minutes at ISO 400. After integrating all the subs and a fair amount of processing with PixInsight, this is my final result. Comments and criticisms are very welcome.

 

Francesco

 

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Edited by fmeschia, 10 July 2018 - 09:49 PM.

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 10:03 PM

Francesco,

 

This is a truly stunning photo. Where did you shot these shots? I lived in Mountain View for a couple of years and I can't imagine you were anywhere near the Silicon Valley. I've been trying to shoot this same target for the past couple of trips to my local darker site, but the clouds have not cooperated.

 

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 10:36 PM

Hi Ray,

 

I took my subs from the parking lot of the Monte Bello OSP up on Page Mill Road. For being just half an hour from home, it has decent skies especially on the Southern horizon. My SQM measured the background sky at 20.1 mag/arcsec2.

 

Francesco


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 08:43 AM

Nicely done. I recently imaged this same area and had 6 hours of data to work with which brought out a bit more detail of the Blue Horsehead Nebula. Keep adding more time on this and you will really be happy with it.




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