Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Andromeda (And)
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NGC 206: Up Close, 



    
        

            David Redwine
NGC 206: Up Close
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NGC 206: Up Close

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NGC 206: Up Close, 



    
        

            David Redwine
NGC 206: Up Close
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NGC 206: Up Close

Imaging telescopes or lenses: CELESTRON EdgeHD 800

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI1600MC

Mounts: Celestron CGX-L

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Celestron RACI

Guiding cameras: ZWO ASI 120MM

Focal reducers: Celestron Edge HD 800 f/0.7

Software: Topaz Labs DeNoise AI  ·  Celestron CPWI  ·  PHD2 Guiding  ·  Adobe Photoshop Version: 21.1.3  ·  PixInsight  ·  APT

Filters: Baader Moon & Skyglow Filter 1.25"

Accessory: Skyshed POD  ·  Zwo Filter Wheel 1.25", 5 slot, Electric


Dates:Oct. 10, 2020

Frames: 40x300" (3h 20')

Integration: 3h 20'

Avg. Moon age: 22.62 days

Avg. Moon phase: 44.99%


Astrometry.net job: 3923093

RA center: 0h 40' 40"

DEC center: +40° 42' 57"

Pixel scale: 0.266 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 326.991 degrees

Field radius: 0.352 degrees


Resolution: 7355x6054

Locations: Bluff Creek Observatory, Coleman, MI, United States

Data source: Backyard

Description

While killing time waiting for my target to rise above the trees I decided to add some points to the CPWI pointing model for my mount. After adding about 10 new points and weeding out some bad points I noticed that my model was now accurate to about 1 arc-minute. This gave me the idea to shoot a close-up on NGC-206.

The challenge is targeting with a 1400 mm fl scope inside a galaxy. Plate solving inside the Andromeda galaxy is difficult, but with my current pointing model I decided to try a simple point and shoot. It worked!

The OB association NGC 206 is the most conspicuous star cloud in the Andromeda Galaxy. Here it is up close. I have increased the contrast of this area to accent the dust lanes and the NGC 206 "cluster".

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