Contains: M 27, Dumbbell nebula, NGC 6853
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8 inch f/4 First Light

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens: Teleskop-Service ONTC 8" f4

Imaging camera: ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool

Mount: Astro-Physics Mach1GTO

Software: PixInsightMaxim DL

Filter: Baader H-alpha 7nm

Accessory: Skywatcher Coma corrector

Resolution: 1552x1174

Dates: Oct. 4, 2016

Frames: 100x15"

Integration: 0.4 hours

Avg. Moon age: 3.15 days

Avg. Moon phase: 10.83%

Astrometry.net job: 1267502

RA center: 299.900 degrees

DEC center: 22.723 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.982 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -91.071 degrees

Field radius: 0.265 degrees

Description

I received my 8 inch f/4 ONTC telescope from Telescope Service in Germany this week - it is a beautiful scope!

This is a first light using an ASI1600MM-Cool camera and a Baader 7nm H-alpha filter. I wasn't guiding so I used 15 second exposures and gain=225.

The first revision is a stack of 100 x 15s frames using the full frame.

The second revision is a stack of 300 x 15s frames using a ROI around M27 to reduce the disk space and computing time needed to process the frames. The calibration frames worked perfected on the ROI so this is a technique I'll use for smaller objects in the future.

Overall for a first engineering test of this scope I'm very pleased.

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