Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Cepheus (Cep)  ·  Contains:  77 Dra  ·  LBN 550  ·  LBN 552  ·  LBN 555  ·  LDN 1228
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The Borderlands Between Draco and Cepheus (LDN1228 LBN550 LBN552 LBN555)

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The Borderlands Between Draco and Cepheus (LDN1228 LBN550 LBN552 LBN555), 



    
        

            Chris White
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The Borderlands Between Draco and Cepheus (LDN1228 LBN550 LBN552 LBN555)

Acquisition details

Dates:
May 9, 2022
Frames:
Chroma Blue 50mm: 49×180(2h 27′)
Chroma Green 50mm: 48×180(2h 24′)
Chroma Luminance 50mm: 246×180(12h 18′)
Chroma Red 50mm: 53×180(2h 39′)
Integration:
19h 48′
Avg. Moon age:
7.84 days
Avg. Moon phase:
54.82%

RA center: 20h54m05s.80

DEC center: +78°2707.1

Pixel scale: 2.638 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 90.591 degrees

Field radius: 1.615 degrees

WCS transformation: thin plate spline

More info:Open 

Resolution: 3665x2446

File size: 65.8 MB

Data source: Backyard

Description

This image is the first after months of tinkering and learning how to deal with tilt... while having nothing but a couple of hours here and there in between clouds.  I really love imaging the dust in and around Cepheus.  It's my favorite region of the sky and I decided to setup both of my scopes with reducers and dual image. 

QHY600+130GTX+QTCC
QHY268+Stowaway+TC

Cropped to the field of view of the Stowaway.

I captured luminance with the GTX and RGB with the stowaway.   The conditions were not that great.  Half the data was taken with some high altitude clouds which really didn't help.  Stars are a little bit bloated with light scatter so it took some careful management with stretching to avoid halos.   I'm also struggling with deciding whether I want to keep the reducers with these scopes to enjoy some extra capture speed at the expense of star quality or if I should just capture data natively and have perfect stars to the corners.... decisions decisions...

In any event, I'm pleased with my first image after about six months without clear nights.  C&C Welcome.

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The Borderlands Between Draco and Cepheus (LDN1228 LBN550 LBN552 LBN555), 



    
        

            Chris White

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