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November, 2011:

M33 Triangulum Galaxy


Image Location and Date: SDAA dark sky site at Tierra Del Sol on November 28th, 2011
Object: M33 Galaxy
Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G
Imaging scope: Omni XLT 150mm Newtonian
Imaging FL: 750mm
Imaging focal ratio: f5
Imaging camera: Modified Canon 350D
Lights: 15 x 600sec @ ISO 800 (2.5 hours)
Calibration: Darks, Flats
Guide scope: Tair-3 300mm f4.5 camera lens with Orion StarShoot Auto Guider
Other details: guiding with PHD, captured with APT, stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, processed in PixInsight. DBE>BN>ColorCal>HT>HDRWavelets>DSE>SCNR>MT>Saturation>Curve stretch.

M31 Andromeda Galaxy Mosaic

This one was very very tough. I had some very bad gradients from light pollution, upper atmosphere clouds and a red LED that somehow leaked light into the scope causing some nasty images in the core frame. I’m not sure if I’m happy with the colors or not so I may come back to this one shortly.

Image Location and Date: SDAA dark sky site at Tierra Del Sol on October 22nd and 29th, 2011
Object: M31 Great Andromeda Galaxy in Andromeda
Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G
Imaging scope: Omni XLT 150mm Newtonian
Imaging FL: 750mm
Imaging focal ratio: f5
Imaging camera: Modified Canon 350D
Lights: 14 x 600sec @ ISO 800 per frame (7 hours total)
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, merged in Photoshop, processed in PixInsight and back to Photoshop for final color adjustment.

IC405 Flaming Star Nebula from Tierra Del Sol


Image Location and Date: SDAA dark sky site at Tierra Del Sol on October 29th, 2011
Object: IC405 Flaming Star Nebula in Auriga
Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G
Imaging scope: Omni XLT 150mm Newtonian
Imaging FL: 750mm
Imaging focal ratio: f5
Imaging camera: Modified Canon 350D
Lights: 30 x 600sec @ ISO 800 (5 Hours)
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 PixInsight + Photoshop for final color adjustment.