Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Canis Major (CMa)  ·  Contains:  NGC 2359
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Thor's Helmet (NGC 2359), 


            Chris Sullivan
Thor's Helmet (NGC 2359)
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Thor's Helmet (NGC 2359)

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Thor's Helmet (NGC 2359), 


            Chris Sullivan
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Thor's Helmet (NGC 2359)

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Explore Scientific PN-208/812 Carbon Fiber OTA

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI 1600MM Cool

Mounts: SkyWatcher AZ-EQ5

Guiding telescopes or lenses: ZWO Off Axis Guider  ·  Solomark F50 50mm guidescope

Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar Autoguider X2  ·  ToupTek ToupCam GCMOS01200KPB

Filters: Chroma OIII 3nm  ·  ZWO H-alpha 7nm  ·  Optolong H-alpha 7nm 1.25"  ·  Green  ·  Blue  ·  OIII  ·  Red

Accessory: Explore Scientific HR Coma Corrector

Dates:March 13, 2017March 20, 2017March 23, 2017March 24, 2017Jan. 21, 2020Jan. 22, 2020Jan. 26, 2020Jan. 30, 2020Feb. 15, 2020Feb. 20, 2020Feb. 22, 2020Feb. 23, 2020Feb. 24, 2020Feb. 29, 2020March 2, 2020March 8, 2020March 9, 2020March 16, 2020

Blue: 155x150" (6h 27' 30") (gain: 139.00)
Chroma OIII 3nm: 126x300" (10h 30') (gain: 139.00)
Green: 181x150" (7h 32' 30") (gain: 139.00)
OIII: 30x300" (2h 30') (gain: 150.00)
Optolong H-alpha 7nm 1.25": 164x300" (13h 40') (gain: 139.00)
Red: 73x150" (3h 2' 30") (gain: 139.00)
ZWO H-alpha 7nm: 39x300" (3h 15') (gain: 150.00)
ZWO H-alpha 7nm: 9x400" (1h) (gain: 150.00)

Integration: 47h 57' 30"

Avg. Moon age: 17.64 days

Avg. Moon phase: 34.69%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 7.50

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 4423757

RA center: 07h18m29s.10

DEC center: -13°1225

Pixel scale: 0.914 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 94.786 degrees

Field radius: 0.617 degrees

Resolution: 3889x2916

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!

Edit: Previous two efforts from 2017 and 2016 can be found here:

Bicolor narrowband: https://www.astrobin.com/287479/

OSC: https://www.astrobin.com/277070/