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M31 (Andromeda Galaxy)

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Image Details:

Camera: Mofidied Canon Rebel XT (350D): Hutech Type I Filter Replacement
Mount: Celestron AS-GT
Scope: Orion ED80 (80mm f/7.5 APO Refractor)
Configuration: Focal Reduced
Additional Optics: Celestron F/6.3 Reducer/Corrector (0.63x)
Filter: None
Effective Focal Length: 420mm
Effective Focal Ratio: f/5.2
Exposure: 25 x 8min @ ISO 400
Total Exposure: 3hrs, 20min
Date: 10/11/2005 12:42:47 AM PDT (start)
Location: Saratoga, CA, USA
Acquisition: DSLRfocus
Focus: DSLRFocus
Dithering: None
Guiding: GuideDog via Philips ToUcam Pro II (840k) through Orion ST80 w/ Celestron 2x "Kit" Barlow

Processing:

  • IRIS: Dark subtraction, registration, gradient removal
  • JimP: Flat field, Kappa-Sigma Stacking, White balance, ASINH stretching
  • Neat Image: Noise removal
  • Photoshop: Levels, cropping, JPG conversion

Image Description:

This is my second attempt at M31, this time with a focal-reduced ED80 and the Modified 350D. This was a test to see if I could run the equipment overnight while I slept. Seems to have worked pretty well, but without dithering (which I still do manually), there was a large amount of residual pattern noise after calibration, registration, and stacking. While Neat Image did a decent job of removing that pattern noise, I really need to look into something like GADfly (see the Files section of Digital_Astro) to automate inter-exposure dithering. This is the full frame, shrunk for display on the web. A higher-resolution version of this image is also available, as is my previous attempt from last year with an unmodified camera. North is right.

 
NGC 6992 (Network Nebula)
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NGC 6992 (Network Nebula)

[Hα+R G B]

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Image Details:

Camera: Mofidied Canon Rebel XT (350D): Hutech Type I Filter Replacement
Mount: Celestron AS-GT
Scope: Celestron C8-N (8" f/5 Newtonian)
Configuration: Prime Focus
Additional Optics: Celestron/Baader Multi Purpose Coma Corrector (MPCC)
Filter: Hutech Hα Front Filter (HA-FF)
Effective Focal Length: 1000mm
Effective Focal Ratio: f/5
Exposure: 32 x 8min @ ISO 400 (RGB), 32 x 8min @ ISO 1600 (Hα)
Total Exposure: 8hrs, 32min
Date: 9/21/2006 (RGB); 9/22/2006 (Hα)
Location: Saratoga, CA, USA
Acquisition: DSLRfocus
Focus: DSLRFocus
Dithering: GADFly 1.0.5
Guiding: GuideDog via Philips ToUcam Pro II (840k) through Orion ST80 w/ Celestron 2x "Kit" Barlow

Processing:

  • IRIS: Dark subtraction, registration, gradient removal
  • JimP: Flat field, Kappa-Sigma Stacking, White balance, HαRGB combination, ASINH stretching
  • Photoshop: Levels, cropping, sharpening, JPG conversion
  • Neat Image: Noise reduction

Image Description:

This is NGC 6992, aka the Network Nebula and the Eastern portion of the Veil Nebula, a supernova remnant in the constellation of Cygnus. This image consists of 4+ hrs of RGB exposure and 4+ hrs of Hα exposure over two nights. See my recent NGC 6960 image for more details on processing. Also, for grins, check out my previous attempt. A higher-resolution image is also available. North is left.

 
IC 4592 (Reflection Nebula)
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IC 4592 (Reflection Nebula)

[Hα+R G B]

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Image Details:

Camera: Mofidied Canon Digital Rebel (300D): Hutech (no filter)
Mount: Celestron AS-GT
Scope: Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens
Configuration: Prime Focus
Additional Optics: n/a (Prime)
Filter: None
Effective Focal Length: 200mm
Effective Focal Ratio: f/2.8
Exposure: 30 x 4min @ ISO 400
Total Exposure: 2hrs, 0min
Date: 6/29/2005 10:00:38 PM PDT
Location: Saratoga, CA, USA
Acquisition: DSLRfocus
Focus: DSLRFocus
Dithering: Manual
Guiding: GuideDog via Philips ToUcam Pro II (840k) through Orion ST80 w/ Celestron 2x "Kit" Barlow

Processing:

  • IRIS: Dark subtraction, registration, gradient removal
  • JimP: Flat field, Kappa-Sigma Stacking, White balance, ASINH stretching
  • Photoshop: Levels, image scale, cropping, JPG conversion

Image Description:

This is a Team Saratoga™ image <grin>, using Rich's Modified 300D and my 200mm lens. The large reflection nebula in the middle-right portion of the image is IC 4592 in the constellation of Scorpius, which surrounds the bright star ν Scorpii. Mouse-over the above image to see further annotations. This is the full frame shrunk for display on the web. A higher-resolution image is also available. North is right.