Imaging telescope or lens: Explore Scientific 152 mm Carbon Fiber
Imaging camera: ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool
Mount: Celestron CGX on Pier
Guiding telescope or lens: Orion 80mm Short Tube
Guiding camera: Starlight Xpress Lodestar x2
Astrnomik CLS-CCD: 971x30" -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon Blue Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 120x60" -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon Green Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 120x60" -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon Lum Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 451x30" -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon Red Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 90x60" -20C bin 1x1
Integration: 17.4 hours
Avg. Moon age: 11.01 days
Avg. Moon phase: 8.42%
Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 6.00
Astrometry.net job: 1739787
RA center: 56.706 degrees
DEC center: 68.094 degrees
Pixel scale: 0.648 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 308.736 degrees
Field radius: 0.490 degrees
Locations: Backyard Red Zone Observatory, Taylor, MI, Michigan, United States
IC 342 is a challenging cosmic target, especially in my red zone. Although it is bright, the galaxy sits near the equator of the Milky Way’s galactic disc, where the sky is thick with glowing cosmic gas, bright stars, and dark, obscuring dust. In order for astronomers to see the intricate spiral structure of IC 342, they must gaze through a large amount of material contained within our own galaxy — no mean feat! As a result IC 342 is relatively difficult to spot and image, giving rise to its intriguing nickname: the “Hidden Galaxy”.
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