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North of Orion's Belt NASA APOD 11/4/2020, 


            Terry Hancock
North of Orion's Belt NASA APOD 11/4/2020
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North of Orion's Belt NASA APOD 11/4/2020

Acquisition type: Electronically-Assisted Astronomy (EAA, e.g. based on a live video feed)

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi Epsilon E180

Imaging cameras: QHYCCD QHY410C

Mounts: Software Bisque Paramount GT1100S

Guiding cameras: QHYCCD QHY5ii

Software: PixInsight 1.8  ·  Adobe Photoshopc CC

Accessory: qhyccd mini guidescope 30mm qhy mini guidescope 30mm

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 3978969

RA center: 5h 50' 53"

DEC center: +1° 3' 18"

Pixel scale: 2.431 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 11.129 degrees

Field radius: 2.463 degrees

Resolution: 6072x4044

Data source: Own remote observatory

Remote source: Grand Mesa Observatory


Captured on September 27th at Grand Mesa Observatory using QHYCCD’s latest offering the QHY410C Back Illuminated Full Frame one shot color CMOS camera that we have the honor of testing.
This is work in progress as the conditions on the night of capture were quite poor with smoke from California wild fires that have plagued us for the past 3 months.
A stream of red emission dominates this close up shot of part of Barnards Loop otherwise known as Sh2-276 , a large emission Nebula and part of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. The image also nicely captures areas of dark nebulosity LDN 1622 which lies at a distance of 500 light years as well as the blue reflection nebula of M78 located some 1,600 light years away, M78 hosts 17 Herbig-Haro objects (patches of nebulosity created by young stars whose jets collide with nearby dust and gas).

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Technical Info:
Total Integration time 1.83 hours
Location: GrandMesaObservatory.com Purdy Mesa, Colorado
Date of capture: September 27th 2020
Color RGGB 110 min, 55 x 120 sec
Camera: QHY410C Back Illuminated Full Frame Color CMOS
Gain 0, Offset 76
Read Mode: High Gain Mode
Calibrated with Dark, Bias and Flat Frames
Optics: Takahashi E-180 Astrograph
Image Acquisition software Maxim DL6
Pre Processed in Pixinsight
Post Processed in Photoshop



Terry Hancock
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North of Orion's Belt NASA APOD 11/4/2020, 


            Terry Hancock