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 IC 405, aka the Flaming Star Nebula, in the constellation of Auriga. This was shot on a night of absolutely horrible transparency. To see how bad it was, check out this animation, which shows each of the 38 exposure played back-to-back as a movie. Notice how many of the shots were wiped out by clouds. Surprisingly, stacking all 38 of the images produced a better result than selecting the best images and stacking only them. Perhaps the Kappa-Sigma operation is automatically rejecting "bad" data. A higher-resolution image is also available. North is up.