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Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel - 14° Altitude

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#1 RandallK

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 05:16 PM

Having not been to a dark site in a few years, I decided to take my stuff out to the front driveway last night. Despite having 3 sodium vapour streetlights shining in my eyes and cars with blazing headlight going to and fro...I didn't do to bad. I knew I'd be hampered by the fir trees on the hill above me but I persevered. I wanted to go somewhere into the constellation of Saggitarius  which is loaded with astronomical gems. 

 

My target was M8 and I was very surprised. I got about 1.5 hours of imaging time between the fir trees and light pollution. I used my new ASI1600MC-s and WO Zenithstar 103.

I managed to keep 13 - 5 minute frames for processing, which I have not yet done. But here is just ONE sub-frame with the Bayer matrix quickly removed by a Gaussian blur in CS6.

 

I will be doing all my calibrations in PI as soon as I get a chance. But despite the light pollution, I hope this gives others a hope that you can still get some decent images regardless of 

your lighting surroundings.  Comments most welcomed. Thanks for looking, I will post the colour image shortly.

 

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#2 StephenW

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 06:01 PM

Well done Randal!  I fully agree: Don't let you surroundings, light pollution or even a meager 14 degree altitude put you off!  smile.gif

 

I do most of my imaging from a white zone (San Jose, CA).  I pretty much only shoot narrow-band, mostly Ha. 

I'm never going to win an APOD, but it doesn't mean I can't have some fun! smile.gif

 

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