Imaging telescope or lens: Vixen ED80SF
Imaging camera: Canon 550D
Mount: CELESTRON CG5-GT
Guiding telescope or lens: Vixen Finderscope 9x50
Guiding camera: Orion StarShoot AutoGuider
Focal reducer: Orion Field Flattener for Short Refractors
Messier 27, the Dumbbell Nebula, in Vulpecula
(cropped for closer detail)
This is my first real attempt at using PixInsight to process decent data, not going back! M27 was an afterthought the night this was captured (2013-06-07), and I'm glad I grabbed 5 quick frames. This very bright planetary nebula is visible in binoculars even in semi light-polluted skies.
20 minutes integration time
5x4min ISO800 stacked exposures
25 dark frames, 25 flats, 25 flat-darks for calibration
Vixen ED80sf 80mm APO refractor
Celestron CG-5 ASGT mount
Orion SSAG + 50mm finder guide scope
Canon T2i 550D DSLR (IR mod)
Orion Field Flattener
Image acquisition with BackyardEOS
Guiding with PHD
Stacked in DSS
Post-processed with PixInsight in Linux
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