Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Canis Major (CMa)  ·  Contains:  IC468  ·  NGC 2359  ·  NGC2359  ·  Sh2-298
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30 minutes fighting Thor, 



    
        

            Caspian Ray
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            Caspian Ray
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30 minutes fighting Thor

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Explore Scientific ED 102 CF Triplet ED APO Refractor Apo

Imaging cameras: Atik Horizon color pwr

Mounts: Losmandy GM811G

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion 60mm Guide Scope

Guiding cameras: Orion Starshoot autoguider

Focal reducers: Stellarvue 0.8 FF&R Reducer

Software: PixInsight PixInshight Core 1.8 Ripley  ·  Atik Artemis  ·  PHD2  ·  DeepSky Stacker Stack'em

Filters: Optolong L-eNhance 2", Optolong


Frames: 60x30" (30')

Integration: 30'


Astrometry.net job: 4212927

RA center: 7h 18' 31"

DEC center: -13° 13' 23"

Pixel scale: 1.387 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 148.564 degrees

Field radius: 0.740 degrees


Resolution: 3056x2328

Locations: Front Porch, Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States

Data source: Backyard

Description

The only clear night we have had in over a month was a week or two ago, and I wasnt even going to process this data.

Issue one, I forgot to cool the dang sensor meaning no blacks, and no calibration frames at all, because I processed it on my laptop, and until about a month ago I was taking all my images with some box checked that reads the sensor all at once instead of line by line, and I guess this has been part of my problem with calibration frames in general. I never could get my flats to look that good. A couple times it would work and I wouldn't know why, but now I know I had "accidently" unchecked the box. Now it stays unchecked. But all my darks are useless.

Issue two: It is only 30 minutes because of the dreaded oak trees. Tall and mighty and easily 50 years old these pin oaks keep almost everything but that which is directly west and directly north shielded for an extended period of the night. I am going to cut the fuc'kers down, but even cutting trees down is expensive these days (and all but one is too close to the house for my dumb ass), my neighbors will hate me more than they already do, all my hippy libtard friends will think I have turned to the dark side, all my redneck friends will want to have a bonfire, and I just want to be able to see further South than Sirius. Of course to please my redneck friends we will have a huge bonfire, and to appease my long hair buddies we will turn it all into biochar for the garden.

Issue three, I try not to spend time on things that disappoint me.

But after some 1 am restless telescope tinkering with a new super sturdy metal USB connector screwed to the dovetail, a big made in usa plastic hard core camera case for organization, and for leaving the screws in the Pegasus flat master so at 4 in the morning I dont have to hate myself every time, and new ADM risers on the dovetail, and the Prism software, and the new filter, and all the dumb losmandy upgrades like tripod screws, and better clutch knobs, and another weight, and the meridian flip things, and an ethernet to usb-c connector (this weather has caused me type my credit card number into too many websites) I decided, what the hell lets stack those 60 photos at 30 seconds a piece.

And wow! It is really nice to get a B on a test you didnt study for, and that is what this feels like. The filter is amazing and unmatched. The L-enhance will hopefully allow me to hold out for Atik or SX or SBIG to come through, but the weather is still cloudy, and I just ordered the filter slider form Starizona, and the 3d printed cases, and the 36mm filter adapters for future 3nm filters, and the canon lens slider, and now I just need one more damn dovetail before I can do a mini side by side on top of my ES 102 with the 15-30mm tamron and the guide scope chilling up top. And all I really need is that IMX 571 sensor, two autofocusers, and probably that Borg 55fl and the Stellarvue 130mm and probably the Oficina Stellare 200 super awesome, oh but then I will need the APX60 and 2 inch at 3nm, and man, this better get my kid a scholarship because I wont be able to afford college.

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            Caspian Ray

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