December: Test shots with new scopes/mounts
Dec 21: TMB 80/480 Arrives!
Dec 3: AP1200 Arrives!
Nov 30: TMB 152/1200 Arrives!
This is a test shot of B33, aka, the “Horsehead Nebula”, a dark nebula in the constellation of Orion. This is Second Light for my new TMB 152/1200 APO Refractor and my new Astro-Physics (AP) 1200GTO German Equatorial Mount. I spent all night trying to get PoleAlignMax to work (note to self: make sure cropping is disabled in CCDSoft!), and then managed to get an hour or so of imaging in before I froze. The stars are elongated slightly in this image, and I think that's mostly due to the compression-ring-based extensions and adapters I was using which caused the camera to sag. I recently ordered some all-threaded extensions and adapters to eliminate this problem. This is Hα displayed as a grayscale image. Somewhat of a test shot, but neat enough to post. A higher resolution image is also available. North is left.