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Imaging telescope or lens:Explore Scientific PN-208/812 Carbon Fiber OTA
Imaging camera:ZWO ASI 1600MM Cool
Accessory:Explore Scientific HR Coma Corrector
Dates:March 13, 2017 , March 20, 2017 , March 23, 2017 , March 24, 2017 , Jan. 21, 2020 , Jan. 22, 2020 , Jan. 26, 2020 , Jan. 30, 2020 , Feb. 15, 2020 , Feb. 20, 2020 , Feb. 22, 2020 , Feb. 23, 2020 , Feb. 24, 2020 , Feb. 29, 2020 , March 2, 2020 , March 8, 2020 , March 9, 2020 , March 16, 2020
Blue: 155x150" (gain: 139.00)
Green: 181x150" (gain: 139.00)
Optolong H-alpha 7nm 1.25": 164x300" (gain: 139.00)
ZWO H-alpha 7nm: 39x300" (gain: 150.00)
ZWO H-alpha 7nm: 9x400" (gain: 150.00)
Chroma OIII 3nm: 126x300" (gain: 139.00)
OIII: 30x300" (gain: 150.00)
Red: 73x150" (gain: 139.00)
Integration: 48.0 hours
Avg. Moon age: 17.64 days
Avg. Moon phase: 34.69%
Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 7.50
Astrometry.net job: 3346339
RA center: 7h 18' 30"
DEC center: -13° 12' 25"
Pixel scale: 0.888 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 94.777 degrees
Field radius: 0.617 degrees
Data source: Backyard
Thor's Helmet has always been one of my favorite deep sky objects (I mean, obviously - I studied Scandinavian Studies!). I had a lot of difficulty doing this one though.
First off, it's just kind of low on the southern horizon - this is where I have the most light pollution and concrete, which makes for very poor seeing. My stars, in particular, came out a bit blurrier than I was hoping for.
Secondly, I just couldn't get a decent hydrogen signal - my OIII came out significantly better than my Ha. I had to tone map the Ha and still didn't get the depth I was hoping for. I think a Chroma 5 nm Ha filter is definitely in my future.
Lastly and most importantly: This is the first image I've done with my replacement Newtonian and I have been having a bear of a time collimating it (even with a Glatter). I usually only have to collimate it when the weather changes since I don't really move it around, but I've taken it down 7 times since mid-January already to recollimate it, and I still can't get it right. It arrived with nearly every single screw loose, the focuser not completely attached and the secondary not even facing the focuser (one of the few screws that was tightened down). I was planning on taking it to Skies Unlimited and have their optician look at it, but I wasn't able to make the trip before the quarantine. I'm going to replace the screws for the focuser soon and give the mirror clips a more thorough look. This is actually the third version of this scope I've owned, and I've never had anywhere near this much trouble collimating it before, which makes me think that there's something fundamental wrong that I keep overlooking. I'll keep you posted!
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