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Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Contains:  Extremely wide field
Getting plate-solving status, please wait...
Farewell to old friends... till next year!, 


            Rudy Pohl
Farewell to old friends... till next year!
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Farewell to old friends... till next year!

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Sigma 24-35/f2 Art

Imaging cameras: Nikon D5500 unmodified

Mounts: Sky-watcher Star Adventurer

Software: Deep Sky Stacker  ·  Pixinsight 1.8 Pleiades Astrophoto

Accessory: Red Dot Finder RDF

Dates:Aug. 4, 2019

Frames: 120x30"

Integration: 1.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 3.89 days

Avg. Moon phase: 16.20%

Basic astrometry details job: 2858284

RA center: 17h 24' 24"

DEC center: -26° 44' 27"

Pixel scale: 84.278 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 356.869 degrees

Field radius: 28.049 degrees

Resolution: 2026x1280

Locations: Beckwith Township, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Data source: Traveller


Last night I waved good-bye to the beautiful Rho Ophiuchus star and nebulae complex at the lower right of the Milky Way in this frame. After this week, Rho will move down to a place too low in the sky to be photographed until next March. This is one of my favourite celestial objects in the night sky.

Some personal news...

After giving up astrophotography last February because it was so hard on my physical health and selling the main pieces of my astro equipment, I have spent the last 6 months realizing just how much I miss this hobby, and how much I miss being out there with my two astro-buddies Doug and Wade chasing the stars.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to buy back from a friend the little Star Adventurer tracking mount that I sold last year to help finance my bigger mount... so I bought it! Although I won't be doing astrophography at nearly the level or intensity I once did, I will at least be able to dabble a little like I did last night! Easy peasy and lots of fun!

Technical info:
Nikon D5500 unmodified
Sigma 24-35/f2 Art lens @ f2.8
Sky Watcher Star Adventurer tracker
120 images at 30 secs each, 1 hour total exposure time
Stacked with Deep Sky Stacker
Processed in Pixinsight 1.8, Photoshop CS5



Rudy Pohl
License: None (All rights reserved)


  • Farewell to old friends... till next year!, 


            Rudy Pohl
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    Farewell to old friends... till next year!, 


            Rudy Pohl

Sky plot

Sky plot


Farewell to old friends... till next year!, 


            Rudy Pohl