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#1 Madratter

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 09:28 PM

Anybody else out imaging tonight?

 

My wife came back from the store and let me know that the constellations were out. That rather surprised me since it was raining much of the day, but I checked, and she was right.

 

So, I'm making another attempt at using my equipment. Last time around I was happy to get an image and that the equipment basically worked. Given the length of time since I had used it last, that was quite a win.

 

Tonight, I made a new T-Point model for my mount. I also updated to the latest version of SG Pro v2. whatever. I also actually used the framing and mosaic wizard and the platesolving within SG Pro.

 

I decided to go after the heart of the Heart Nebula.

 

Here is my first 10m frame in Ha.

 

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 09:59 PM

I'm all set up. Waiting for the clouds to clear. cloudy.gif All the forecasts say it should be clear by now....



#3 PeteM

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 10:11 PM

Clear here in Michigan and imaging M76 currently. Removed the ONAG and switched to my TOAG for the first time in years. Amazed how many more guide stars there are when including the visible spectrum!

 

300s Lum:

 

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 10:17 PM

Had a board failure in my Eagle last night.  I don't blame Primaluce, or even Intel!  

 

I picked up a new iOptron GEM45 yesterday, and the skies were clear, and are again tonight.

 

Murphy is an A$$.


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#5 Madratter

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 10:18 PM

I'm all set up. Waiting for the clouds to clear. cloudy.gif All the forecasts say it should be clear by now....

 

Wishing you the best. When I first checked my skies there were lingering clouds, but the forecast said they would clear and they did. Hopefully the will for you too.

 

Clear here in Michigan and imaging M76 currently. Removed the ONAG and switched to my TOAG for the first time in years. Amazed how many more guide stars there are when including the visible spectrum!

 

300s Lum:

 

attachicon.gif M76 22Nov2019.JPG

 

Nice. Your image just reminded me I haven't imaged M76 yet. I need to do so.



#6 Madratter

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 10:19 PM

Had a board failure in my Eagle last night.  I don't blame Primaluce, or even Intel!  

 

I picked up a new iOptron GEM45 yesterday, and the skies were clear, and are again tonight.

 

Murphy is an A$$.

Ouch. :(



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Posted 22 November 2019 - 10:37 PM

Imaging m42 right now, windy so I kept the tripod legs collapsed, so the center of mass is low and it has a lower chance of tipping over even if there is a risk of it. Hoping to get 1 hour on it. 


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Posted 22 November 2019 - 10:57 PM

The temperature  is 33, the dew point is 31, the humidity is 91%, and I don't have any anti dew equipment.  It is usually not needed here in Arizona.  I think maybe I should put things away.



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Posted 22 November 2019 - 10:58 PM

Imaging a close-up of ic1848 in HSO.

 

Joe

 

Here's an integration of the first hour (12x300s) of HA.

 

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 11:18 PM

Not tonight. Maybe tomorrow.

 

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 11:25 PM

My scope is out finishing my project on the Pacman nebula. Tonight will get me to 24 or 26 hours on that object so I'm super excited to process it.
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Posted 22 November 2019 - 11:41 PM

And.. some high thin clouds are moving in. Hopefully just temporary. Still guiding but the quality of the subs is dropping off. I didn't really want to test SGP recovery tonight! wink.gif

 

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 12:28 AM

Storm just rolled through the last few days and dropped a little snow, but tonight has been nice and clear until we get a couple more feet of snow next week (not all of Arizona is hot!). I've decided to shoot one of the busy parts of NGC 7822 tonight, I just love how much is going on in the nebula. This is about 3 hours of h-alpha so far from this evening, I figure I'll let it ride until my neighbors trees eat it up.

 

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 01:24 AM

Just went outside a bit ago to check.  The clouds and Moon are finally gone, and the neighbor's porch light is off (yay!!).  But the humidity is 93% so the sky looks like I'm gazing through an ocean of water (which I guess I am), and Vega is twinkling like it's a Christmas tree bulb that had too much coffee.  The Challenge target is a small dim galaxy, so that's not going to be productive.

 

Decided to curl up on the couch with some eggnog and the TV remote...



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Posted 23 November 2019 - 02:53 AM

It's clear. It's cold. But it's also windy just north of NYC.

 

Well, two out of three and all that...

 

With the moon out of the way, I'm taking advantage of the clear sky to get color data. Three hours of RGB on NGC1499 and three hours for NGC2264 so far.

 

Now moving on to M81 for a few hours. 

 

Guess I will be sleeping in this morning.


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Posted 23 November 2019 - 08:16 AM

Now the Pink Floyd song is stuck in my head....  "Is there anybody out there..."  At least it a good song. 


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#17 Madratter

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 10:47 AM

The temperature  is 33, the dew point is 31, the humidity is 91%, and I don't have any anti dew equipment.  It is usually not needed here in Arizona.  I think maybe I should put things away.

Doh!



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Posted 23 November 2019 - 10:48 AM

Imaging a close-up of ic1848 in HSO.

 

Joe

 

Here's an integration of the first hour (12x300s) of HA.

 

attachicon.gif ic1848_HA_2019-11-22_4_web.jpg

 

Very nice. I really like that target. :)



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Posted 23 November 2019 - 10:50 AM

Storm just rolled through the last few days and dropped a little snow, but tonight has been nice and clear until we get a couple more feet of snow next week (not all of Arizona is hot!). I've decided to shoot one of the busy parts of NGC 7822 tonight, I just love how much is going on in the nebula. This is about 3 hours of h-alpha so far from this evening, I figure I'll let it ride until my neighbors trees eat it up.

I strongly considered moving to Flagstaff when I was going to retire. Nice area. Pretty picture you got going on there too. :)



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Posted 23 November 2019 - 10:52 AM

Now the Pink Floyd song is stuck in my head....  "Is there anybody out there..."  At least it a good song. 

That was the song I was thinking of when I wrote the title. And yes it is. :)



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Posted 23 November 2019 - 10:56 AM

It's clear. It's cold. But it's also windy just north of NYC.

 

Well, two out of three and all that...

 

With the moon out of the way, I'm taking advantage of the clear sky to get color data. Three hours of RGB on NGC1499 and three hours for NGC2264 so far.

 

Now moving on to M81 for a few hours. 

 

Guess I will be sleeping in this morning.

 

I learned early on that if I looked for excuses to not image, I would never image. If I looked for excuses to image, I would. Doing to color data is a good example of making the best of what you have. :)



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Posted 23 November 2019 - 02:07 PM

I ended up getting a 100 minutes of Ha, 70 minutes of OIII, and 50 minutes of SII. I did some preliminary processing of the OIII and SII and they simply need much more time to be very useful.

 

The 100 minutes of Ha is looking fairly promising as a start. I do have some R, G, and B data hanging around from a previous effort, so I could combine that in if the clouds don't cooperate. The forecast for tonight is a no-go.

 

Heart Nebula IC 1805 and Melotte 15 1024x769.jpg


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Posted 23 November 2019 - 02:31 PM

I went out last night and plan to tonight as well.

 

I have been using a DSLR and lenses. Last night was the first night with the astro-cam - ASI183MM-Pro. Since my telescope is on back-order, I'm still using a lens, though.  That caused a bit of a problem with focusing, but it was expected. Using Backyard EOS with the DSLR makes focusing easy.  Not so much with NINA and the 183.  But, this is a temporary thing.  Last night was about getting the processes right and possibly getting decent data.

 

The focus isn't great, but the first sub from the camera:

 

M45 - 1st sub from SI183MM-Pro Lum filter
 
Lots of little problems.  The biggest is the wind came up in the last hour and my guiding went from 1 arc-sec to 2 arc-sec.
 
I still managed to get 3 1/2 hours of data, though.  Going out tonight for more data and working new processes.
 
Dennis

 


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Posted 23 November 2019 - 03:22 PM

Rare clear + moonless + weekend night in SE Michigan last night.  Didn't come in from the driveway until 4:00 playing with new filter set pointed at Alnitak.


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Posted 23 November 2019 - 07:02 PM

Tonight looks a lot better. Western Veil tonight.

 

Chris

 

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