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M78 - an impressive target seen from the city of Sofia, 



    
        

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M78 - an impressive target seen from the city of Sofia
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M78 - an impressive target seen from the city of Sofia

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron 8” Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph (RASA 8)

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI 533 MC PRO

Mounts: Ioptron CEM70

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion Deluxe Mini 50mm Guide Scope with Helical Focuser

Guiding cameras: ZWO ASI 224MC

Software: PixInsight 1.8  ·  SharpCap

Filters: Celestron LPI Filter for the 8” RASA

Accessory: Celestron Focus Motor


Dates:Feb. 4, 2021Feb. 5, 2021Feb. 12, 2021Feb. 16, 2021

Frames:
Celestron LPI Filter for the 8” RASA: 289x120" (gain: 100.00) -10C bin 1x1
Celestron LPI Filter for the 8” RASA: 119x120" (gain: 100.00) -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 13.6 hours

Darks: ~20

Flats: ~30

Bias: ~30

Avg. Moon age: 12.50 days

Avg. Moon phase: 28.94%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 6.00


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 4228520

RA center: 5h 46' 37"

DEC center: +0° 3' 57"

Pixel scale: 1.940 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 83.978 degrees

Field radius: 1.116 degrees


Resolution: 2957x2902

Locations: Sofia - Capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, Bulgaria

Data source: Backyard

Description

I can only say one thing - WOW. This target is unreal! I imaged M78 last winter with my C6. I saw Casper the friendly ghost and was very pleased. This year I decided to try M78 with my bigger scope. I centered on Casper and started to acquire data. Then I stacked the first nigh and liked what I saw and decided to gather more light. However being already in February I felt that I am a bit late for this target. At my location it rises at dawn and sets below 30 degrees at about 11 pm. And considering that this winter the weather here is quite unstable - I began to be sorry for myself that I will have to wait till next winter to finish this project.
However I got lucky and managed to steal a total of 3 nights and a half. In Sofia M78 rises to about 47 degrees at the meridian and seeing is not so good there. Actually M78 is right at the celestial equator. This target turned out to be the perfect test for my new mount. The gathered experience showed that guiding is quite dependent on seeing. At some moment in time I got RMS error above 1.3" and at another - 0.47".
After the mere stack of my exposures there wasn't much detail. I got a lot of gradients and stuff. But when I removed them - well then the beauty of this object shined. I am impressed by the cloud formations and I am happy with the achieved result.

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