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Needle Galaxy - First light teaser with QHY247C

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#1 mistateo

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 11:20 AM

After several weeks, I finally had my first opportunity to get my new (to me) QHY247C out under the stars.  The conditions weren't the best, average transparency and seeing was 3/5, with 10 mph winds most of the night.  But since we have had terrible weather in Southern California lately I was just happy to get out there.  Since my primary target was the Leo Triplet (gathered 3 hours on that to do a shootout comparison with the ASI 071MC-Pro), I only gathered an hour of usable subs on the Needle Galaxy.  I must say, I am very impressed with this little camera, as I primarily shoot with an ASI1600MM-Cool and astrodon filters.  With ONE measly hour of 3 minute subs in my bortle 5 back yard, with the quarter moon looming over me, I was able to get this result.  It won't win any prizes and it is a bit noisy, but I am pretty sure the result is better than I would get with 20 min on each color (no lum) with my Asi1600MM-Cool.  Comments and critique welcomed as always.

 

Higher Res version here:
https://flic.kr/p/2fcci72

 

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Edited by mistateo, 15 March 2019 - 11:22 AM.

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#2 astroPaulG

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 01:21 PM

Never underestimate OSC ;). I like the result and regarding the short integration time, Bortle 5 and quarter moon, it is really impressive.

God I wished there would be just a single clear hour ... Waiting since month :(
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#3 elmiko

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 04:59 PM

Nice image Mistateo. Really turned out nice. Especially for only one hour!

Keep up the great work Mike


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