Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Lepus (Lep)  ·  Contains:  M 79  ·  NGC 1904
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M79 in Lepus, 



    
        

            RonAdams
M79 in Lepus
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M79 in Lepus

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M79 in Lepus, 



    
        

            RonAdams
M79 in Lepus
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M79 in Lepus

Equipment

Imaging Telescopes Or Lenses
Orion 8 Inch Newtonian Astrograph f/3.9
Imaging Cameras
Nikon D5300 DSLR Nikon
Mounts
Orion SkyView Pro Equatorial
Software
Digicam, Deep Sky Stacker, Gimp, Photoscape

Acquisition details

Dates:
March 20, 2017
Frames:
30x90" (45') ISO800
Integration:
45'
Darks:
20
Bias:
20
Avg. Moon age:
21.99 days
Avg. Moon phase:
51.65%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 1553174

RA center: 05h24m25s.2

DEC center: -24°3549

Pixel scale: 1.007 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -129.214 degrees

Field radius: 1.012 degrees

Resolution: 1824x1218

Description

I decided to image this object because I've not imaged it before and I needed an image Of M79 to

add to my on going project of imaging all of the Messier objects. M79 is a difficult object to image

for me at least. In fact I consider all globular clusters a challenge. However M79 is a relatively

dim object with a listed 7.8 visual magnitude. To compare, M13 the great globular cluster in

Hercules has a listed 5.7 magnitude. Through a small scope M79 looks like a fuzzy patch of light.

In a small scope not many stars can be resolved in the outer regions of the cluster. Whereas with

M13 hundreds of stars can be resolved in the outer regions as you add magnification. I processed my image of M79 five or six times and I was not pleased with any of the images.

I was stretching the data in Deep Sky Stacker and also with different curves in the post processing trying to bring out more detail/stars. However this was only making the cluster

look un-natural and funky. It finally dawned on me that it would be better to just accept the

image as it came out of the camera with this object and data. I just did a little processing to clean up

the light gradients and to improve the background. I also did a little processing just to

brighten the stars slightly. Obviously it's not a spectacular image but it does look like M79.

Please enjoy.

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M79 in Lepus, 



    
        

            RonAdams