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Contains:  NGC 5128, NGC 5091, NGC 5090
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Centaurus A (Morocco - Atlas Mountains), 


            Paul Muskee
Centaurus A (Morocco - Atlas Mountains)

Centaurus A (Morocco - Atlas Mountains)

Technical card

Resolution: 3037x3061

Dates:July 1, 2019

Frames:Baader UV-IR-CUT Filter: 35x300" (gain: 1.00) -14C bin 1x1

Integration: 2.9 hours

Avg. Moon age: 28.10 days

Avg. Moon phase: 2.29%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 2.00

Mean SQM: 21.60 job: 2793162

RA center: 13h 25' 32"

DEC center: -43° 1' 48"

Pixel scale: 2.029 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 178.932 degrees

Field radius: 1.215

Locations: Atlas Mountains, Tagherat Anekrim, Agadir-Ida-Ou Tanane Province, Morocco

Data source: Traveller


Centaurus A taken from the Atlas Mountains.

This was more or less a test and a time gap filler, how low can I go while still taking a relatively good image? I started on this object a few evenings while it was not fully dark yet.

This object did not came higher then 15 degrees and most of the time it was around 10 degrees or even lower.

Well, the result is pretty good I think especially considering the low amount of data and the fact it was not perfectly dark either around the time I captured this object.
Pretty interesting.

The blue stars are starting to annoy me though, every image I processed from last time in Morocco seems to have issues with the blue stars. It could be atmospheric dispersion since the objects were not very high but I am not sure yet.
Have to find a fix and the root cause, that will take some time :-).

With many thanks to Hans Hoogkamer and his wife Janina for providing me with his excellent telescope, food, a stay and much more!



Paul Muskee
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Centaurus A (Morocco - Atlas Mountains), 


            Paul Muskee