Imaging telescope or lens: Explore Scientific PN-208/812 Carbon Fiber OTA
Imaging camera: ZWO ASI 1600MM Cool
Mount: SkyWatcher AZ-EQ5
Guiding telescope or lens: Solomark F50 50mm guidescope
Guiding camera: ToupTek ToupCam GCMOS01200KPB
Accessory: Explore Scientific HR Coma Corrector
Integration: 10.5 hours
Avg. Moon age: 8.64 days
Avg. Moon phase: 59.42%
Astrometry.net job: 1732299
RA center: 119.466 degrees
DEC center: 53.415 degrees
Pixel scale: 1.864 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 68.583 degrees
Field radius: 0.545 degrees
This was a fun but challenging target. For the past two weeks, every clear night was a windy night, so I threw away most of my data from every session. This was also the first time I experimented with binning (as well as specifying coordinates in Stellarium instead of selecting a target).
Bi-color in HA and O3. Tried to create natural looking stars by taking the O3, moving the levels to destroy actual nebula data (but leaving the stars intact) and using that. It wasn't entirely successful.
Added another 58 minutes of O3 in longer exposures.
Added some red data and green data - nowhere near enough. I think it added more noise than signal.
Added some binned O3. False green channel.
Used the same O3 stack for green and blue. It's still noisier than I'd like, but I'm getting tired of working on this subject. I'll try to get more hydrogen tonight, but the forecast calls for wind. If it doesn't work, I'll publish as is.
Added a few hours of Ha.
Just cropped it a little tighter to center it in frame better.
I've been going through my older images and seeing if what I've learned over the past 6 months can help me improve on my images. I'm realizing now that I didn't capture enough data for this one - it's too noisy. I'm going to have to point my scope at it again this winter. I can't say why exactly, but I love this target.
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