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August, 2011:

Random picture from Julian Starfest

Comet C/2009 P1 Garradd + M71

Image Location and Date: Julian Starfest on August 27th, 2011
Object: Comet C/2009 P1 Garradd + M71 in Sagitta
Mount: CG5GT
Imaging scope: 300mm Tair-3c lens
Imaging FL: 300mm
Imaging focal ratio: f5.6
Imaging camera: Modified Canon 350D
Lights: 7 x 300sec @ ISO 800 (35 Minutes)
Calibration: Darks
Guide scope: Antares 8×50mm finder with Orion StarShoot Auto Guider
Other details: guiding with PHD, captured with APT, stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and processed in Fits Liberator + Photoshop.

Double Cluster from Julian Starfest

Image Location and Date: Julian Starfest on August 27th, 2011
Object: Double Cluster NGC884 + NGC869
Mount: CG5GT
Imaging scope: 300mm Tair-3c lens
Imaging FL: 300mm
Imaging focal ratio: f5.6
Imaging camera: Modified Canon 350D
Lights: 27 x 300sec @ ISO 800 (2 Hours 15 Minutes)
Calibration: Darks
Guide scope: Antares 8×50mm finder with Orion StarShoot Auto Guider
Other details: guiding with PHD, captured with APT, stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and processed in Fits Liberator + Photoshop.

NGC7000 with a 300mm

Image Location and Date: Julian Starfest on August 28th, 2011
Object: NGC7000 North America Nebula
Mount: CG5GT
Imaging scope: 300mm Tair-3c lens
Imaging FL: 300mm
Imaging focal ratio: f5.6
Imaging camera: Modified Canon 350D
Lights: 7 x 300sec @ ISO 800 (35 Minutes)
Calibration: Darks
Guide scope: Antares 8×50mm finder with Orion StarShoot Auto Guider
Other details: guiding with PHD, captured with APT, stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and processed in Fits Liberator + Photoshop.

Widefield Milky Way with Fisheye Lens

I recently rented an 8mm fisheye lens from Borrowlenses.com for a week to mess around. It’s pretty neat but you can only do so much with them. I think when I’m finally going to buy a nice wide lens it will be in the 21mm prime range.

Image Location and Date: Tierra Del Sol (SDAA Dark Site) on August 30th, 2011
Object: Milky Way
Mount: CG5GT
Imaging scope: Peleng 8mm Fisheye
Imaging FL: 8mm
Imaging focal ratio: f8
Imaging camera: Modified Canon 350D
Lights: 3 x 300sec @ ISO 800 (15 Minutes)
Calibration: Darks
Guide scope: Antares 8×50mm finder with Orion StarShoot Auto Guider
Other details: guiding with PHD, captured with APT, stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and processed in Fits Liberator + Photoshop.

Image Location and Date: Julian Starfest on August 27th, 2011
Object: Milky Way
Mount: CG5GT
Imaging scope: Peleng 8mm Fisheye
Imaging FL: 8mm
Imaging focal ratio: f8
Imaging camera: Modified Canon 350D
Lights: 4 x 300sec @ ISO 800 (20 Minutes)
Calibration: Darks
Guide scope: Antares 8×50mm finder with Orion StarShoot Auto Guider
Other details: guiding with PHD, captured with APT, stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and processed in Fits Liberator + Photoshop.

M31 – Andromeda Galaxy

Image Location and Date: Tierra Del Sol (SDAA Dark Site) on August 30th, 2011
Object: M31 Andromeda Galaxy
Mount: CG5GT
Imaging scope: 300mm Tair-3c lens
Imaging FL: 300mm
Imaging focal ratio: f5.6
Imaging camera: Modified Canon 350D
Lights: 55 x 300sec @ ISO 800 (4 Hour 35 Minutes)
Calibration: Darks
Guide scope: Antares 8×50mm finder with Orion StarShoot Auto Guider
Other details: guiding with PHD, captured with APT, stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and processed in Fits Liberator + Photoshop.