Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Crater (Crt)  ·  Contains:  NGC 3981

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Imaging telescopes or lenses: ASA 1000 CHILESCOPE

Imaging cameras: FLI PL-16803

Guiding telescopes or lenses: ASA 1000 CHILESCOPE

Software: PixInsight

Filters: Astrodon Red G2E  ·  Astrodon Green G2E  ·  Astrodon Blue G2E  ·  Astrodon Lum G2E


Dates:Feb. 29, 2020

Frames:
Astrodon Blue G2E: 25x1200" (8h 20') bin 2x2
Astrodon Green G2E: 21x1200" (7h) bin 2x2
Astrodon Lum G2E: 32x1200" (10h 40') bin 1x1
Astrodon Red G2E: 12x1200" (4h) bin 2x2

Integration: 30h

Avg. Moon age: 5.24 days

Avg. Moon phase: 27.99%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 1.00


RA center: 11h56m04s.335

DEC center: -19°5431.44

Pixel scale: 0.274 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 84.731 degrees

Field radius: 0.127 degrees

More info:Open 


Resolution: 2588x2124

Data source: Amateur hosting facility

Remote source: ChileScope

Description

ngc 3891

ASA 1000

FLI PL 16803

El Sauce Observatory

Río Hurtado, Coquimbo Region, Chile

Elevation: 1525 m

32x1200s Astrodon G2E L, bin 1x1

12x1200s Astrodon G2E R, bin 2x2

21x1200s Astrodon G2E G, bin 2x2

25x1200s Astrodon G2E B, bin 2x2

i joined telescope.live to check it out. i guess these guys are aggregating a bunch of remotely hosted telescopes, but they might have one or two that are their own. i can't tell easily.

as part of their subscription plans they have a number of datasets available to download. this one had the most integration time, so i downloaded it.

the data is precalibrated. either the darks applied were wrong (there is some evidence for this since a subset of the images have terrible "salt-and-pepper" noise where it looks like the dark was shifted over some number of pixels), or the sensor on this telescope has seen better days. there are multiple dead and weak columns right thru the center of the galaxy, necessitating a few trips thru LinearDefectDetection and LinearPatternSubtraction in PI. that mostly took care of the problem but some pixelmath was necessary on the luminance master to clean up residuals.

many of the frames had some top/bottom shadowing which did not flatten out. also i guess there were some thin clouds here and there; a few subframes needed ABE and both LocalNormalization and AdaptiveNormalization were used to try to combat these gradients, as well as DBE after integration with AN/LN.

this telescope is a real beast - 1m RC. this particular one must be mounted on an alt/az mount as the diffraction spikes rotate with each subframe. not only that but i guess because of the extra mirror to bring the light out the side, the data is "backwards", which is something you normally only see with hyperstar as there is only one mirror in that situation. i've un-mirrored the data.

finally the position angle was sort of weird and bringing the galaxy back to "north-is-up" required a lot of cropping. IDK if "north up" is an appropriate orientation for a southern hemisphere object, but there you go.

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