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First Light with WO Z73 of M42

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#1 Kosy

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Posted 26 January 2022 - 06:02 PM

After using a Celestron 70AZ and getting way too addicted to astronomy and astrophotography, I decided to upgrade to a WO Z73 and an iOptron SmartEQ Pro+ mount. Even though I have a lot of stuff to sort out, I am super happy with the results of just 1h of imaging

 

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#2 David Boulanger

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Posted 26 January 2022 - 06:15 PM

Welcome to the "hobby"



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Posted 26 January 2022 - 06:43 PM

Congratulations, nice equipment and image!



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Posted 27 January 2022 - 12:04 AM

Nice image, especially for only 1 hour! (Orion is forgiving in this way though, so be prepared to have to spend longer on targets that aren't so bright). I have a Z73 as well; the focuser is a bit fiddly on mine but the optics are superb for a $700 scope. Once I go mono I may decide to upgrade it to a triplet, but if the results are good with the Z73, I may just upgrade the focuser on it. I don't do a lot of widefield work, so I may have a hard time plunking down for a triplet knowing it won't get a ton of use.



#5 Tim J Fowler

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Posted 27 January 2022 - 07:47 AM

It is addictive isn't it? Welcome to the hobby!  You can bring out a lot more nebulosity by stretching your image further. 



#6 fewayne

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Posted 27 January 2022 - 01:05 PM

It sure is a kick, isn't it? Coincidentally I just ran across my first-light images from my SV70t -- and it was M42 as well.

 

Ah, thim was the days, as Brother Charlie likes to say.


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#7 thegilgamesh

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Posted 27 January 2022 - 10:59 PM

How do you “stretch” an image?


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