Contains: NGC 2023, Horsehead nebula, IC 434
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Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens: Celestron Edge HD 14

Imaging camera: Apogee U16M

Mount: CGE Pro

Guiding telescope or lens: Celestron Onyx 80EDF

Guiding camera: Lumenera SKYNYX 2-0

Software: photoshopMaxim DLBliss MetaGuideAndre Paquette Custom

Filter: Baader LRGB 2" square

Resolution: 3792x3792

Dates: Dec. 14, 2012

Frames: 12x600"

Integration: 2.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 1.33 days

Avg. Moon phase: 1.99% job: 87451

RA center: 85.314 degrees

DEC center: -2.406 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.480 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 176.726 degrees

Field radius: 0.357 degrees

Locations: Barred Owl Observatory, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


IC434 (Horsehead Nebula) and NGC 2023

Taken with Celestron Edge HD 14" and Apogee U16M at F/11.

This was only 40 minutes of exposure per channel so it needs more data (and less Alnitak) but it is a start. I don't have a good horizon where I image and this is fairly low in the sky so I don't have many hours per night where this can be imaged -- this was just one night.

The key feature of this image is that it was guided with a piggyback guidescope using MetaGuide software and my FlexRX software to reduce guidescope flexure. You can see an example 10 minute sub without FlexRX here:

And an example 10 minute sub with FlexRX is here:

This software certainly seems to open up new possibilities for piggyback guiding.




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