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November, 2013:

Death Valley 2013

Got a week off of work in early November and decided to take the time to get out to Death Valley. I had initially planned on going up to the Sierra Nevadas earlier in the year but wasn’t able to get any time off, by the time I could it was far too cold. But you know what? I’m glad I got to see Death Valley, what an amazing place.



The Cave Nebula, Sh2-155 in HaRGB

This one too me awhile to get done. Two nights of shooting HA plus one night of RGB and another two nights of shooting nothing because it was monsoon season in the desert and I decided to make the three hour drive anyway. Still wish I got more data but you gotta call it quits at some point. Anyways:

Image Location and Date: Pine Mountain Club, Tierra del Sol and Anza, California over the course of August and early September.
Object: Cave Nebula
Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G
Imaging scope: Orion 8″ Astrograph
Imaging FL: 800mm
Imaging focal ratio: f3.9
Imaging camera: Canon 1100D (Rebel T3) Modded
Lights: RGB 31x300sec @ ISO 1600 @ 12c
HA: 58x600sec @ ISO 1600 @ 12c

Calibration: Darks, flats, Bias
Guide scope: 50mm finder with Orion StarShoot Auto Guider
Other details: guiding with PHD, captured with APT, processed in PixInsight