Contains: M 81, M 63, M 3, M 92, M 97, M 82, M 104, M 13, M 51, M 5, M 108, M 53, M 67, Double Cluster, Beehive Cluster, Leo Galaxy Trio
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The Night Sky Tour

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens: Orion ED80T CF

Imaging camera: Atik 314L+

Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G

Guiding camera: Orion SSAG

Focal reducer: Antares f/6.3

Software: photoshopDeepSkyStackerNebulosity

Filter: Astrodon E-series LRGB

Accessory: Orion Nautilus 7 x 1.25" Filter Wheel

Resolution: 3000x2284

Dates: March 10, 2012

Frames: 280x10"

Integration: 0.8 hours

Avg. Moon age: 17.12 days

Avg. Moon phase: 93.83% job: 151733

Locations: Home observatory, Mason, Ohio, United States


On the evening of March 10, 2012, I had just finished capturing HA and OIII on IC443. It was a beautiful evening and I didn't feel like packing it up but I also didn't feel like starting a new long exposure series. So I went to the Guided Tour on my Atlas and just started slewing to different objects. So I ended up visiting 14 objects and taking 20 ten second subs of each just to see what I could get. Amazingly, you can pretty much tell what each object is! I'd recommend this to anyone to try sometime, it's a different way to "view" the night sky!





The Night Sky Tour, rigel123