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Horsehead to the Sword, 


            Callum Hayton
Horsehead to the Sword
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Horsehead to the Sword, 


            Callum Hayton
Horsehead to the Sword
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Imaging Telescopes Or Lenses
Canon EF 200 f/2.8 L USM II
SkyWatcher NEQ6 pro Goto
DeepSky Stacker 3.3.3 Deep Sky Stacker 3.3.3 · Photoshop CS5

Acquisition details

Feb. 28, 2014
80x120" (2h 40')
2h 40'
Avg. Moon age:
28.57 days
Avg. Moon phase:

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 217518

RA center: 05h37m48s.2

DEC center: -03°5414

Pixel scale: 4.532 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 114.256 degrees

Field radius: 3.146 degrees

Resolution: 4590x1977


Never planned on making this a mosaic really, hence the different exposure settings for each pane. After a couple stretches in PS it became apparent that the difference in ISO, f ratio and over all exposure time were going to make it quite tough to process so i ended up being a bit careless and not putting as much effort in as i perhaps should of! But it will do until i can make a fresh start on a similar image, perhaps including M78 off to the left.

Exposure for left:

50* 180 seconds, f3.2, ISO 800, calibration frames, 200mm

Exposure for right:

29* 120 second exposures, f2.8, ISO 1600, calibration frames, 200mm

Individual images:

Horsehead - www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12840041974/

M42 - www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12726565755/


Sky plot

Sky plot


Horsehead to the Sword, 


            Callum Hayton