Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Orion (Ori)  ·  Contains:  Extremely wide field
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Barnard's Loop, 


Barnard's Loop
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Barnard's Loop

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Canon 24-70mm F/2.8 Lii

Imaging cameras: QSI 683wsg QSI683wsg  ·  Canon DSLR Canon 60Da

Mounts: Celestron Advanced VX Celestron AVX GEM

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion 50mm guidescope

Guiding cameras: Orion SSAG

Software: Photoshop CC  ·  PixInsight PixInsinght

Filters: Astrodon Blue Tru-Balance E-series

Dates:Jan. 8, 2016

Frames: 52x180"

Integration: 2.6 hours

Avg. Moon age: 27.93 days

Avg. Moon phase: 2.88%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 929177

RA center: 5h 41' 33"

DEC center: +2° 16' 4"

Pixel scale: 70.560 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -89.782 degrees

Field radius: 24.538 degrees

Resolution: 620x467

Locations: Sutherland dark Skies, Sutherland, Northern Cape, South Africa


As I enter my 4th year of being an astrophotographer, I can finally tick this target off my list.
I've imaged Barnard's before but wasn't satisfied with the result....

And so, it became the 1st target of #EveryNewMoon, an imaging project Cory and I started for 2016.

I'll write more about the project in the next few weeks.

RGB - Canon 60Da
52 x 180 seconds
30 Darks
100 Bias
Integration time: 156 Min. 2h 36m

HA: 12 x 600 Seconds.
No darks or bias
Integration time: 120 min. 2h

Calibrated and Integrated in PixInsight
Total Integration time: 4h 36m

It was very difficult to work with such a rich star field. Shooting at 24mm meant millions of little pin-point stars. 2 Iterations of star reduction, and I'm scared that now the sky appears noisy. But in fact, it's just the ridiculous amount of stars in the image!

Celestron Advance VX
Imaging Cameras:
Canon 60Da
Shot at 24mm, ISO800
QSI 683
Imaging Lens:
Canon 24-70 Lii F/2.8

PixInsight Processing and final finishing off in PhotoShop


Sky plot

Sky plot


Barnard's Loop,