Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Auriga (Aur)  ·  Contains:  Flaming Star nebula  ·  IC 405  ·  IC 410  ·  NGC 1893  ·  The star 16Aur  ·  The star 19Aur
IC410 and IC 405, 


            Phil Wright
IC410 and IC 405
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IC410 and IC 405

IC410 and IC 405, 


            Phil Wright
IC410 and IC 405
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IC410 and IC 405

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: William Optics Megrez 72 FD-DGG

Imaging cameras: QSI 583 wgs

Mounts: SkyWatcher EQ6 PRO

Guiding telescopes or lenses: William Optics Megrez 72 FD-DGG

Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Loadestar X2


Software: Sequence Generator Pro  ·  stellarium  ·  EQASCOM  ·  PHD Guiding 2 PHD2 (OpenPHD)

Filters: Astrodon 3nm Ha

Accessory: SharpSky Auto Focuser

Dates:Oct. 31, 2014

Frames: 7x1800" (3h 30')

Integration: 3h 30'

Avg. Moon age: 7.79 days

Avg. Moon phase: 54.32%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 402836

RA center: 05h19m36s

DEC center: +33°5349

Pixel scale: 3.213 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 13.159 degrees

Field radius: 1.836 degrees

Resolution: 3292x2468


It was kinda clear last night, but I had no real intentions of taking any images. My main goal was to acquire a fairly accurate polar alignment doing a drift align and see if I could figure out my auto focusing and plate solving issues. Well that didn't take as long as I expected! Polar Alignment still needs a small tweak, but it's close enough for a semi permanent setup in my back garden.

I have managed to calculate my critical focus zone and how many steps the motor needs to move to move the focuser 1 micron etc so now auto focus works pretty well.

Plate solving works at last so that was sorted and I managed to do a nice automated imaging run test and it was only 11pm so I thought I may as well set it off imaging to see how it goes.

So this is IC410 and IC405 taken with a WO Megrez 72, on an EQ6, QSI583wsg, auto guided with PHD2 an a lodestar X2, narrowband Ha Astrodon 3nm filter.

Integration time is only 3.5hours in 7 x 1800s exposures. Really happy with the guiding for 30min subs!

All captured in Sequence Generator Pro. Post prod in PI.

It's lost some of the softer nebulosity during upload to the web and hopefully I haven't pushed it too far but as always I'm very happy for feed back!

It's nice to be imaging again!!


Sky plot

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IC410 and IC 405, 


            Phil Wright