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First light on FRA-400, 



    
        

            Julien Ellie
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First light on FRA-400

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First light on FRA-400, 



    
        

            Julien Ellie
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First light on FRA-400

Acquisition details

Dates:
Aug. 23, 2022
Frames:
Antlia V-Pro Blue 50 mm: 2×150(5′) -5°C bin 2×2
Antlia V-Pro Green 50 mm: 2×150(5′) -5°C bin 2×2
Antlia V-Pro Luminance 50 mm: 2×150(5′) -5°C bin 2×2
Antlia V-Pro Red 50 mm: 2×150(5′) -5°C bin 2×2
Integration:
20′
Avg. Moon age:
26.01 days
Avg. Moon phase:
13.36%

RA center: 00h42m43s.19

DEC center: +41°1534.7

Pixel scale: 3.859 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 175.242 degrees

Field radius: 2.016 degrees

WCS transformation: thin plate spline

More info:Open 

Resolution: 2088x3126

File size: 2.8 MB

Locations: Fall City Backyard, Fall City, WA, United States

Data source: Backyard

Description

First a little back story.  

Way way back in the early days, when CCD was just starting to be a thing and old school photography was still a thing, I used to spend a lot of time at my local astronomy club. I was a tour host at our historical observatory for the general public who would come on Fridays or Saturdays. We did visual observation and a bit of astrophotography but it was rough...  

I mostly left the hobby when I moved from Europe to the US. I wasn't giving up completely and had a few false start trying to get back into it: many years ago I had bought a Meade LX200 10" f/6.3 with the hope of using it for astrophotography (foolish...), then I got a second hand Mountain Instrument MI-250 mount with a Gemini 1 system (not foolish). It never worked out and I had kids, got a new job... nothing happened for many years.  Now my daughter is curious about astronomy and that has finally kicked my butt into doing something about it.

I upgraded my MI-250 mount with a Gemini 2. Yesterday I received an ASKAR FRA-400 and a William Optics ZenithStar 61 that I used as a guide scope (not the smartest move I know and overkill for a guidescope) but after buying more stuff (QHY268m, ASI290mm mini, Pegasus Astro focuser, UPBv2, a NUC, many cables), spent hours trying to figure out how to mount everything in a way that was balanced and stable, I was finally ready today to make things happen. Spent a good 45 minutes polar aligning with SharpCap, configured NINA, swore a few times... then first light! 2x150s for L, R, G, and B  As a total noob in PixInsight, I was in for some pain.

I did not do the raw image justice for sure, but I mostly wanted to see a color image. No flat, bias, dark and haphazard processing.

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First light on FRA-400, 



    
        

            Julien Ellie