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Cats Paw in NB - NGC 6334, 


            Andy 01

Cats Paw in NB - NGC 6334


Imaging Telescopes Or Lenses
William Optics FLT 110 TBM with focal reducer Flt110 w Reducer
Imaging Cameras
QSI 683WSG-8 OAG QSI 683
Skywatcher NEQ6
astrodon 5nm NB filters NarrowBand Filters
Kendrick Standard Dual Channel Controller · WILLIAM OPTICS P-FLAT 4 P-Flat 4
Sky Safari Pro · Noel Carboni's Astro Tools for PhotoShop Noel Carboni Actions · PHD GUIDING · Photoshop CS5 · StarTools 1.3.5RC Startools 1.3.5 · Nebulosity 3.2 · Nik Software, Inc. Nik Filters
Guiding Cameras
Starlight Xpress Lodestar Off Axis Guider

Acquisition details

April 21, 2015
60x900" (15h)
Avg. Moon age:
2.99 days
Avg. Moon phase:

Basic astrometry details job: 809340

Resolution: 620x619

Locations: Burwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Waaaay back in early April I started this project, and in my eagerness I was overly ambitious and tried shooting while the moon was up. The moon was so close to the object it was crazy - as were the resulting gradients from hell! Then I had my camera problem, so too late to reshoot after the QSI came back from the USA.

Seriously a nightmare to process, along with some minor tracking issues that meant I also had to repair the stars in Startools - anyway, this is no Malin Award winning image, but inspired by Slawomir's version I thought I might as well process it anyway using my newly learned Startools techniques.

Approx 15hrs data. 5hrs ea of HA, O3 & S2 in 15min subs.

Lesson learned, don't shoot DSO's next to the moon, esp with O3 filter!

Thanks for looking, comments welcome



Cats Paw in NB - NGC 6334, 


            Andy 01