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April, 2010:

NGC4565 From San Juan Capistrano

Image Location and Date: San Juan Capistrano on April 06, 2010
Object: NGC4565 Edge On Spiral Galaxy
Mount: CG5GT
Imaging scope: Omni XLT 150 Newtonian
Imaging FL: 750mm
Imaging focal ratio: f5
Imaging camera: unmodified Nikon D60
Lights: 30 x 60 sec ISO 3200 (30min)
Calibration: Darks, No flats.
Guide scope: Antares 8×50mm finder with Orion StarShoot Auto Guider
Other details: guided with PHD, stacked in DSS processed in Photoshop

Yeah, there are a lot of crappy gradients in this photo. I had light leaking in from somewhere, I suspect my focuser was the culprit. I need to re-do the insulation around it. Light pollution was also pretty bad in that direction which didn’t help matters much either.

M3 from San Juan Capistrano

Image Location and Date: San Juan Capistrano on April 04, 2010
Object: M3 Globular Cluster in Canes Venatici
Mount: CG5GT
Imaging scope: Omni XLT 150 Newtonian
Imaging FL: 750mm
Imaging focal ratio: f5
Imaging camera: unmodified Nikon D60
Lights: 54 x 60 sec ISO 3200 (54min)
Calibration: Darks and Flats
Guide scope: Antares 8×50mm finder with Orion StarShoot Auto Guider
Other details: guided with PHD, stacked in DSS processed in Photoshop