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QHY268M - first light - NGC1499 Ha, 


            Nico Carver
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QHY268M - first light - NGC1499 Ha

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Stellarvue SVQ86

Imaging cameras: QHYCCD QHY268M

Mounts: Skywatcher EQ6-R Pro

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Astromania 60mm Guide Scope

Guiding cameras: ZWO ASI290MM Mini

Software: PHD2 Guiding  ·  Main Sequence Software Sequence Generator Pro  ·  Pixinsight 1.8  ·  DC-3 Dreams Pinpoint  ·  Cartes du Ciel

Filters: Antlia 3nm Ha Pro - 2" Mounted

Accessory: QHYCCD Polemaster  ·  Shoestring Astronomy EQDIR

Dates:Jan. 30, 2021

Frames:Antlia 3nm Ha Pro - 2" Mounted: 19x600" (gain: 56.00) -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 3.2 hours

Darks: ~20

Flats: ~30

Bias: ~50

Avg. Moon age: 16.52 days

Avg. Moon phase: 96.55%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 9.00

Temperature: -10.00

Astrometry.net job: 4194162

RA center: 4h 0' 57"

DEC center: +36° 22' 31"

Pixel scale: 1.687 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 1.890 degrees

Field radius: 1.746 degrees

Resolution: 6207x4122

Locations: Backyard, Somerville, MA, United States

Data source: Backyard


First light with my QHY268M, the new 16-bit, APS-C mono CMOS sensor. Having to re-work my imaging train and start the process of re-buying filters (I'm going 2" to future proof this time); so far I only have the Antlia Ha, but plan to get the Antlia LRGB set soon. The noise on this camera is very even and pleasing to my eye.


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QHY268M - first light - NGC1499 Ha, 


            Nico Carver