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Dwarf Planet Haumea with 50mm scope

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#1 RedLionNJ

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Posted 29 May 2024 - 09:52 AM

I was trying a few experiments last night. Here's one of the successful ones, indicating dwarf planet Haumea and captured with the ZWO SeeStar S50.  64 minutes integration time under not-terribly-dark summer skies in rural New Jersey.  Haumea is about magnitude 17.5 right now and is in the same SeeStar field as IC 4449.

 

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Limiting magnitude for a solid detection in this field is about 18.0.  I'm pretty sure with darker skies and a cooler night we could get down to around 19.0 with the tiny SeeStar.

 

Thanks for looking.

 

 

 


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Posted 29 May 2024 - 10:19 AM

Wow, that’s really cool



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Posted 29 May 2024 - 12:13 PM

Looks like you captured a fair amount of other faint fuzzy galaxies, nice image!

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Posted 29 May 2024 - 02:11 PM

You are having way too much with that SeeStar, Grant. I know for a fact you weren't in the target audience. lol.gif 

 

Nice work though. I would not have thought of this application at all, but it seems well suited for it. 

 

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Posted 29 May 2024 - 06:53 PM

Well done Grant..! waytogo.gif



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Posted 29 May 2024 - 09:28 PM

Nice image of Haumea. cool.gif bow.gif

 

Amazing you can go deep with the Seestar S50. It uses IMX462 sensor, which is more sensitive in the red and near infrared spectrum. cool.gif



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Posted 30 May 2024 - 10:09 AM

Have you thought of trying to image Haumea again in several days to do a blink comparison? I did that several years ago with really cool results. Also, you may want to try Makemake which is conveniently located nearby. It's amazing what that little Seestar can do. Nice work!

 

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Posted 05 June 2024 - 05:01 PM

Nice one, Grant.
I've been playing around with a seestar the past few clear nights, focusing on some tried and tested targets. It's an antidote to troubleshooting my usual DSO rig which seems to require constant attention, which can be a bummer.


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