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What interesting non Ha targets have you imaged?

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#1 Boven



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Posted 18 May 2021 - 05:40 AM


I'm tired of seeing the Orion, Heart and Soul and other nebulae. What are your favourite and interesting targets that don't emit Ha. (for example the Pleiades, Dark Shark nebula, R CrA Nebula)

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Posted 18 May 2021 - 05:54 AM

Im a sucker for dark and dusty targets.  There is a lot of dust in the polar region stretching out into Cepheus and Cassiopeia.  Also plenty of "brighter" dusty targets along the Milky Way.  Really depends on what focal length you are imaging with. Wide refractor, Newt, SCT?  You could image for a lifetime and not cover everything especially as these fainter targets take many hours of collection to bring them out. To see what I've done you can scroll through my Abin page.

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Posted 18 May 2021 - 07:21 AM

Lots of Arp catalog galaxies are strange looking, as you might expect from a catalog of peculiar galaxies. As many are small, you need some decent image scale to see details, so these would favour longer focal length scopes.

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Posted 18 May 2021 - 07:27 AM

I'm working on LDN 673 right now, not sure how well it will come out with my skies but fingers crossed.   HA targets are great, though I do feel that I image the same regions every year.   

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Posted 18 May 2021 - 10:40 AM


This current galaxy season ive imaged ngc 3628, m82, m101 and ngc2903 with my 8" Edge. With my sv70t i got wide field shots of m81/m82, m106, and m99/m100.

Galaxy season is almost over, ill be getting back to emission targets soon.

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Posted 18 May 2021 - 12:19 PM

I like shooting galaxies. This season I got NGC 5033, M106, NGC 2903, NGC 4151, NGC 3718 as well as the Hickson 44 galaxy group. Those targets favour image scales < 1"/px. I added data to M81, M82, M94 and NGC 4565. The Squid Nebula is a challenge, it only emits O3. Dust and reflection nebulae around the cave  look spectacular, I got a nice LRGB from there. Comets come to mind, too. Last year I got some LDN around LDN 1147 in Cepheus. 

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Posted 19 May 2021 - 05:40 AM

Go Quasar hunting and see how far /faint you can image
with your equipment
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