Imaging telescope or lens: Skywatcher Esprit 120ED APO Triplet
Mount: AstroPhysics Mach1 GTO
Guiding camera: Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2
Filters: Baader Ha 7nm 1.25" Baader Ha, Baader Red Filter 1.25" Baader Red Filter, Baader Blue Filter 1.25" Baader Blue, Baader Green Filter 1.25" Baader Green, Baader luminance 1.25" Baader Luminance
Dates: March 3, 2017
Integration: 18.7 hours
Avg. Moon age: 5.24 days
Avg. Moon phase: 27.98%
Astrometry.net job: 1709786
RA center: 149.642 degrees
DEC center: 69.307 degrees
Pixel scale: 1.756 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 269.788 degrees
Field radius: 0.928 degrees
Locations: Backyard pier, Celina, Texas, United States
Another reference image with the SW120 Esprit.. I really need to go back to PSD to mix in Ha with galaxies. My attempt to do so in PI is lacking. This was again at the native F/7.2 from a pretty bright suburban location. Almost can get into the faint clouds.. Thinking that next year the 6120 camera will make that a bit easier. Of course heading to a good dark location make sense too. Hard to leave the comforts of home.
Just trying to learn some new tools! This version had the RGBL masters built using LocalNormalization tools in PI. Also, rather than adjust color using spiral directly as white reference I used PhotometricColorCalibration tools. No Ha in this one at all.. 81x300L; 26x300B; 27x300G; 32x300R.. Black point a bit high to show all the dust in the region - somewhat poorly..
Another pass with PCC color calibration. Better noise reduction and a bit darker. Also got a little more saturation in the galaxies. No Ha data.. This was 81x300L; ~30x300RGB. SW120 F/5.2 with Riccardi 0.75 reducer. Gotta gt to a darker location to best show the dust.
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