Celestial hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Vulpecula (Vul)  ·  Contains:  Dumbbell Nebula  ·  M 27  ·  NGC 6853
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Dumbell Nebula, Kyle Goodwin
Dumbell Nebula
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Dumbell Nebula

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Dumbell Nebula, Kyle Goodwin
Dumbell Nebula
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Dumbell Nebula

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This is a center crop of the Dumbell Nebula from my portable OSC setup in my back yard.  This was the first target of the night on a multi-target sequence using NINA.  It was the first time I've had a multi-target sequence go completely according to plan with no interruptions from equipment issues, software issues, or weather.  I've decided to stick with NINA over Voyager based on my experience the past couple weeks.  It was close, especially since the auto-focusing in Voyager is really good (just as accurate and faster than NINA using a single star v-curve instead of full field focus since the FSQ-85 is extremely flat over the size of the ASI533), but in the end the superior control of the meridian flip timing (pause when close, wait until clear, flip, continue) won me over as well as my default being to choose open source when it's close since I'm a developer with experience building astronomy software and I can contribute/fix anything that bothers me, etc.  The new advanced sequencer in NINA is excellent and brings 99% of the power of Voyager's Drag Script in a more consumable format.  It also retains history, so if I'm working on getting everything just right I can stop the sequence edit it a bit to clean it up, and then restart it, with precise control over what to do again and what to skip.

I've processed this image currently without regard to the stars, focusing only on the nebula itself.  It's a narrowband image with the dual narrowband OSC filter, so it's quite a bit different than Dumbell's I've captured before.  I would like to add some RGB data to the narrowband data so I can take the whole frame, have good looking stars, and reprocess it with the narrowband data highlighting the nebula.  I probably will not do that this year since it's late in the season for the Dumbell and I have another project planned for the new moon this month which would really be my last shot at getting RGB data this year on the Dumbell.

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Dumbell Nebula, Kyle Goodwin

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