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The Heart and Soul Nebula Mosaic with the ASI071MC-Pro

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#1 thedarksideobservatory

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Posted 14 December 2019 - 07:49 AM

The Heart and Soul Nebula (IC 1805 and IC 1848) two panel mosaic. This two panel mosaic shows a wide field view of the Heart and Soul Nebula (previously imaged separately). Each panel was a combined 60-minute exposure, the final mosaic stitched together using Microsoft Image Composite Editor (ICE).

 

The Heart Nebula is masking two deep sky objects that I was surprised to pick up in a wide field view, I'll share these in the next image.

 

Tech Specs: Williams Optics Redcat 51 APO, Celestron CGEM-DX mount (pier mounted), ZWO ASI071MC-Pro, Optolong L-eNhance 2” filter, each panel was 60 x 60 second exposures at a GAIN of 200, one hour total exposure with dark/bias frames, guided using a ZWO ASI290MC and Orion 60mm guide scope. Captured using Sequence Generator Pro (SGP) v3.03. Image date: November 25, 2019. Location: The Dark Side Observatory, Weatherly, PA, USA.

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Posted 15 December 2019 - 12:57 AM

To emphasize: this beautiful set of images was taken with a 51mm (2”) telescope that a casual passerby would assume can’t “see anything”.


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Posted 15 December 2019 - 01:50 PM

Tom :Very nice image especially for just one hour's worth of intergration. Looks like your Redcat 51 Petzval APO is great for widefield images like this.

 

I also imaged the same area with my old 200mm f4 Nikon lens using an Ha modded Nikon D5300 camera and a similar dual band filter from Omega Optical. I got a similar image as seen here, but with 3.5 hours of integration time. Mine is not a mosaic, so a little less resolution vs that of the OP image which was shot at 250mm focal length. Anyway, I love these widefields ..... Anil 


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Posted 16 December 2019 - 02:49 PM

To emphasize: this beautiful set of images was taken with a 51mm (2”) telescope that a casual passerby would assume can’t “see anything”.

What was also amazing to me was capturing Maffei I and Maffei II in the same image, granted, small and fuzzy, but both galaxies are there. Having a lot of fun with this little scope.

 

...Tom




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