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My Outing with Sigma ART 135mm and Orion in H-Alpha

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#1 Daniel Dance

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 08:40 AM

As usual, the weather has been horrendous in the East US and so far have only gotten out two nights the entire winter so far.

 

One week ago we did have an pretty fantastic night, albeit with a 1st quarter Moon.

 

Transparency and seeing were both great, much higher than usual for winter in the East Us.

A few of us ventured out on the very cold night to image.  Temperatures dropped into the single digits that night!

 

Arrived around 4:00pm and quickly shoveled off an area to set my equipment up.  There was about 4 inches of snow on the ground from the previous night.

 

46701781742_ccc1c23bfb_c.jpgAtsion Ranger Station, NJ by Daniel McCauley, on Flickr

 

Quickly set-up so I can enjoy my Wawa hoagie dinner before it started to get dark.

To keep warm, I had my trusty propane heater and about 8 layers of clothing.  The white plastic box inside my wood laptop box is an industrial 1W wireless router which I also use to remote into my mount laptop from a 2nd laptop that is in my vehicle.

 

45889571865_f9b25020c2_c.jpgAtsion Ranger Station, NJ - January 11th, 2019 by Daniel McCauley, on Flickr

 

As you can see, it got very cold.  It was nearly 5 degrees F by the time we left around 1:00am.  The conditions were still fantastic, but there isn't much to shoot with a 135mm when galaxy season constellations come up.  Wish I had brought my Takahashi 5" refractor with me.  Leo was nice and high around 1:00am.

 

Ice crystals everywhere.  Very cool.  They were almost 1/2" high in some places.

 

45889569915_83d0ac2a37_c.jpgAtsion Ranger Station, NJ - January 11th, 2019 by Daniel McCauley, on Flickr

 

That is one frozen mount. 

 

45889569555_9246f2331a_c.jpgAtsion Ranger Station, NJ - January 11th, 2019 by Daniel McCauley, on Flickr

 

Finally, here is the trophy of the night.  About 9 hours of cold and boredom to get this.

 

46816052101_8071a0acb7_b.jpgOrion in Hydrogen Alpha by Daniel McCauley, on Flickr

 

Image Specs:

 

Sigma ART 135mm Lens @ f4.0

ASI1600MM Cool CMOS camera

Astrodon 31mm 3nm Ha Filter

60 x 5 minute exposures, Gain 78

Extreme dithering

 

Enjoy!

 


 


Edited by Daniel Dance, 23 January 2019 - 08:42 AM.

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#2 APshooter

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 09:11 AM

I'd say the results were well worth, it great shot!

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 12:17 PM

Nice results, at least for the photo, not sure about the equipment.waytogo.gif waytogo.gif waytogo.gif



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Posted 26 January 2019 - 10:00 PM

That's pretty awesome.




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