At the end of October 2014, I was shooting images of some brighter NGC galaxies, but the TV-85 scope I was using just didn’t have enough image scale to do them justice, so I never posted them. Well, my old C8 is still kickin’ and it has over 2.5 times the focal length of the smaller refractor. But, I needed a way to guide it and the 50mm guiding scope arrangement I used once for it was just not good enough.
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Here’s a center crop of M33 that I took recently. It didn’t come too bad, all things considered. Notice that there is an asteroid to the right of the nucleus of M33, before that bright star. That is 1503 Kuopio (1938 XD,) a mag 14.3 asteroid that just happened to be in the shot. So, I got two for the price of one for this gig.
Here’s one that’s in progress. I shot this area over two nights. I have very little of the Horse Head region from these sessions, but another 40 subs of the belt stars upper frame area. I should be able to put something together with other data from older sessions and get a somewhat complete mosaic image. (Update: Yes, I was able to add some old data and smooth it out.)
I had time to kill while waiting for Orion to get into position, so I shot 40 x 2 minute sub-images of the Pleiades at ISO 3200. I did not spend much time in post processing this, but it came out half-decent regardless.
A bright moon precluded shooting any dim deep sky objects (DSO’s.) Star cluster are still viable targets, though. I had time to kill so I picked the most photogenic star cluster(s) to shoot – the Double Cluster.
A bright moon dominated the night sky on the evening of Nov 2nd, 2014. I used it as a focusing target before starting to shoot DSO’s. The image came out good enough to post here.
I just had to visit my old friend, NGC 253, just to see how it was doing. A bright moon and only a short window of possible imaging time did not let me get much data, but at least I got to see it again.