Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Contains:  IC 1340  ·  NGC 6960  ·  NGC 6979  ·  NGC 6992  ·  NGC 6995  ·  The star 52Cyg  ·  Veil Nebula
Getting plate-solving status, please wait...
East meets West "first light image using QHY600 on TAK130", 


            Terry Hancock
East meets West "first light image using QHY600 on TAK130"
Powered byPixInsight

East meets West "first light image using QHY600 on TAK130"

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

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi FSQ-130

Imaging cameras: QHYCCD QHY600m

Mounts: software bisque Paramount ME

Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 Lodestar Autoguider X2

Software: PixInsight 1.8  ·  Adobe Photoshopc CC


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 3772783

RA center: 20h 51' 35"

DEC center: +31° 3' 36"

Pixel scale: 1.196 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 1.272 degrees

Field radius: 1.871 degrees

Resolution: 9414x6174

Data source: Own remote observatory

Remote source: Grand Mesa Observatory


This is our first light image using the new QHY600 60 Megapixel Full Frame Monochrome CMOS camera mounted on the Takahashi 130 FSQ, I want to thank QHYCCD for the honor to be testing this amazing new camera. The image was captured in RGB, Ha and OIII. (H-Alpha is mapped to Red channel @70% opacity, OIII is mapped to the blue channel @70% opacity and OIII is mapped to the green channel @50% opacity) Coming soon will be a Hubble Palette version of this capture. The Optolong OIII filter produces halos on the bright stars in this image such as 52 Cygni which is a bit disappointing however I'll be using Chroma Narrowband Filters on this setup from the end of this month.

Pictured here to the left of the image covering an area over 3 x 2 degrees of sky of are the Eastern Veil Nebula NGC6992 to the Western Veil Nebula NGC6960 (Witch’s Broom) far right with “Pickering’s Triangle” in between at the top of the image as well as “The Funnel” just below and the many knot’s and strands visible here and within this beautiful Supernova remnant known as the Cygnus Loop.

This new setup is available immediately for people wanting to subscribe to Grand Mesa Observatory's system 1.

Captured over 5 nights in July and August for a total acquisition time of 8.5 hours.

Technical Details
Captured and processed by: Terry Hancock
Location: GrandMesaObservatory.com Purdy Mesa, Colorado
Dates of Capture July 30, August 6th, 8th, 11th and 13th 2020
HA 210 min 21 x 600 sec
OIII 140 min 14 x 600 sec
RGB 165 min 11 x 300 sec (per channel)
Narrowband Filters by Optolong
Camera: QHY600 Monochrome CMOS Photographic version
Camera Details and Specs https://www.qhyccd.com/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=94&id=55
Gain 60, Offset 76 in Read Mode Photographic 16 bit
Calibrated with dark, Bias and Flat Frames
Optics: Walter Holloway's Takahashi FSQ 130 APO Refractor @ F5
Image Scale: 1.19 arcsec/pix
Field of View: 3d 7' 41.0" x 2d 3' 5.3 (127.3 x 190.1 arcmin)
EQ Mount: Paramount ME
Image Acquisition software Maxim DL6 Pre Processing in Pixinsight Post Processed in Photoshop CC



Terry Hancock
License: None (All rights reserved)

Sky plot

Sky plot


East meets West "first light image using QHY600 on TAK130", 


            Terry Hancock