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

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    Image of the day 02/19/2021

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      ngc 3981

      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

      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


      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.


      Sky plot

      Sky plot


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