Image of the day 10/27/2013

Getting plate-solving status, please wait...
    Melotte 15, 



    
        

            Mike Oates

    Melotte 15

    Image of the day 10/27/2013

    Getting plate-solving status, please wait...
      Melotte 15, 



    
        

            Mike Oates

      Melotte 15

      Technical card

      Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi FSQ-106 ED

      Imaging cameras: Starlight Xpress SX-814 Trius Monochrome CCD

      Mounts: Sky-Watcher EZ-EQ6 GT

      Guiding telescopes or lenses: Opticstar AR80S (f5) Gold Guidescope

      Guiding cameras: Starlight-XPress Lodestar Autoguider

      Software: Pleiades Astrophoto PixInsight 1.8 RC7  ·  Maxim DL

      Filters: Astrodon 3nm OIII  ·  Astrodon 3nm SII  ·  Ha 5nm

      Accessory: Lakeside Astro Motor Focus System  ·  Starlight Instruments FTF3545B-A Focuser  ·  Starlight-XPress Filter Wheel


      Dates:Oct. 15, 2013

      Frames: 32x888" (7h 53' 36")

      Integration: 7h 53' 36"

      Avg. Moon age: 11.17 days

      Avg. Moon phase: 86.08%


      Basic astrometry details

      Astrometry.net job: 83639


      Resolution: 3309x2636

      Data source: Backyard

      Description

      This image is a first for me in many ways:

      This is my first image taken with a CCD camera (Trius SX-814) before I was using a Canon 500D DSLR.

      It's the first time I have used all three Narrowband filters H-a, OIII & SII, before I just used H-a.

      It's the first time I have managed to take some 30min subs (was 10min), and also used FocusMax with Pinpoint for focus and plate solving, making returning to the same field of view much easier.

      This is also the first image I have processed completely in PixInsight (v1.8 RC7). Before I was just using the pre-processing and DBE and finishing in Lightroom/Photoshop.

      H-a 150min (12 exposures 600s and 1200s)
      OIII 140min (9 exposures 600s and 1200s)
      SII 181min (11 various exposures from 180 to 1800s)
      Total integration 7.9hrs over 5 nights from 2013/09/22 to 2013/10/15.

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      Melotte 15, 



    
        

            Mike Oates