Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Hercules (Her)  ·  Contains:  Great Cluster in Hercules  ·  M 13  ·  NGC 6205
M13 Light with Military Drone, 



    
        

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M13 Light with Military Drone
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M13 Light with Military Drone

M13 Light with Military Drone, 



    
        

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M13 Light with Military Drone
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M13 Light with Military Drone

Equipment

Imaging Telescopes Or Lenses
Celestron Nexstar 8se
Imaging Cameras
Nikon D5300
Mounts
Celestron AdvancedVX
Accessories
ZWO Off Axis Guider · MyFocuserPro2 · Antares f/6.3 focal reductor/corrector
Software
Seqence Generator Pro
Guiding Telescopes Or Lenses
Celestron Nexstar 8se
Guiding Cameras
ZWO ASI224MC

Acquisition details

Frames:
1x120" (2')
Integration:
2'

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 2828920

RA center: 16h41m46s.3

DEC center: +36°2555

Pixel scale: 0.698 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 161.677 degrees

Field radius: 0.699 degrees

Resolution: 6000x4000

Data source: Backyard

Description

While my setup was running a few weeks ago I came out and saw that one of my sub frames had this incredible pattern in it. I looked into the sky to think about it and it was still there flying around!

I was baffled but thought it could have been an airplane in a holding pattern. This answer wasn't fully satisfactory though because usually airplane trails aren't this prominent and it seemed unlikely.

I thought it could be a drone, but it was 2AM which is an odd time to be flying a drone.

Found out a day or two later that law enforcement had been using a drone on this very day in order to locate an escaped criminal. Mystery solved! A fascinating picture still remains though.

Here's the fully processed version with the data of which this sub frame was a part.

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M13 Light with Military Drone, 



    
        

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