Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Cygnus (Cyg)  ·  Contains:  Blinking Planetary  ·  NGC 6826  ·  PK083+12.1
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The Blinking Planetary (Caldwell 15)

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The Blinking Planetary (Caldwell 15)

Imaging Telescopes Or Lenses
Planewave CDK24
Imaging Cameras
ZWO ASI6200MM Pro
Mounts
Planewave L600
Filters
Astrodon 50 mm 5 nm Ha · Astrodon 50mm B · Astrodon 50mm R · Astrodon 50 mm 5 nm OIII · Astrodon 50 mm G
Accessories
FLI CFW-5-7 · Planewave EFA · Hedrick Focuser · Planewave Delta-T
Software
Adobe Photoshop · Photoshop CS3 · Planewave PWI3 · PixInsight 1.8 · Planewave PWI4 · Sequence Generator Pro · Maxim DL6
Guiding Cameras
Starlight Xpress Ultrastar

Acquisition details

Dates:
July 11, 2021 ·  July 12, 2021
Frames:
Astrodon 50 mm 5 nm Ha: 12x300" (1h) (gain: 0.00) -5°C bin 2x2
Astrodon 50 mm 5 nm OIII: 12x300" (1h) (gain: 0.00) -5°C bin 2x2
Astrodon 50 mm G: 6x300" (30') (gain: 0.00) -5°C bin 2x2
Astrodon 50mm B: 11x300" (55') (gain: 0.00) -5°C bin 2x2
Astrodon 50mm R: 12x300" (1h) (gain: 0.00) -5°C bin 2x2
Integration:
4h 25'
Darks:
20
Flats:
100
Flat darks:
100
Bias:
20
Avg. Moon age:
1.87 days
Avg. Moon phase:
4.14%
Mean SQM:
12.40
Mean FWHM:
2.00

RA center: 19h44m25s.656

DEC center: +50°3154.57

Pixel scale: 0.391 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -0.312 degrees

Field radius: 0.185 degrees

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Resolution: 2738x2009

Locations: KG Observatory, Julian, CA, United States

Data source: Backyard

Description

1st of 3 objects for the July dark cycle.

This object got my attention from a 58 hour multiple-exposure capture by Mark Stiles using a Skywatcher MN190...

58 hours using MN190

I was curious if I could get similar results in just a few hours using only 5-minute exposures in Ha, OIII, R, G and B.

The 16803 CCD could not do it. It would require many hours of both 15 minute and 5 minute exposures to capture both the faint outer halo without over exposing the core.

This is where the ASI6200MM Pro CMOS really shines. After lots of experimentation, I found this amazing CMOS camera allowed me to get nearly the same SNR using 1 hour of 5-minute exposures as the 16803 using 5 hours of 15 minute exposures. And then I'd need to take another set of 5-minute exposures with the 16803 for a well-exposed core. With the 6200, I could do it all with just 5-minute exposures in under 5 hours. The 16803 would have needed closer to 15 hours for the same results with much more processing to blend the 5 and 15 minute exposures.

"When observers look directly at Caldwell 15 through a small telescope, they typically see only the nebula’s sparkling-white central star. However, by averting one’s gaze, glancing away from the central star, the nebula's bulbous dust clouds come into view. This optical trickery earned this planetary nebula the name the "Blinking Planetary.”

The Blinking Planetary’s bright, white remnant star — known as a white dwarf — is surrounded by a greenish orb of gas and dust, the outer layers of the burned-out star that jettisoned into space. This cloud is flanked on both sides by bursts of red gas called FLIERS, or fast low-ionization emission regions. In these relatively young features, electrically charged atoms shoot off into space at supersonic speeds.

Also known as NGC 6826, Caldwell 15 is about 2,200 light-years away from Earth. Young and small, the planetary nebula is only about a thousand years old and less than half a light-year across."

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B

Description: Color balanced space a little better.

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C

Description: Overlayed RGB as a lighten layer over starless NB to eliminate the center star hotspots. Also slightly increased contrast in the core area.

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