Category Archives: Nebulae

M45, The Pleiades on Jan 14, 2021

M45 – 32×180 sec @ Gain 11, Offset 100, QHY183c at -20C, Baader UHC-S filter, Televue TV-85 at F/5.6.

Not too bad for a session from the metro LP zone!  Only 96 minutes, but it was enough with these settings to show quite a bit of nebulousity.  I used the unity gain setting (11) and that made a big difference in hot pixels and noise.   My other shots at a gain of 20 were plagued by hot pixels that SharpCap 3.2 doesn’t seem to be able to deal with very well.  I like this much better and there is just as much data buried in there as in the higher gain shots.

Thor’s Helmet – Now at 4.6 Hrs of Integration

Thor’s Helmet. 3 sessions with the last being 25 x 3 minutes of integration.

Over 4.6 hours of integration with a variety of exposures including 3 min, 2 min and 30 sec sub-images. All were taken with a QHY183c camera at -20C or -15C cooling, an Optolong L-eNhance filter and a Televue TV-85 at F/5.6.

thors-helmet-25×180-g20-o100-lnh-qhy183c_-20C-85f5_6-crop plus thors-helmet-30×120-g20-284×30-g37-o200-lnh-qhy183c_-15C-85f5_6-v2a

Last Imaging Session of 2020

Ghost Nebula Combined Data. 60×180 sec, Gain 20, Offset 100, QHY183c at -20C, L-eNhance filter, Televue TV-85 at F/5.6.

The December 26/27 weekend of 2020 was the last imaging session of the year.   I managed to bag good data for all the objects on this page.   The Heart and Soul Nebulae are still works in progress, though.

Soul Nebula 2-Panel Mosaic. 40×180 sec top panel and 42×180 sec for bottom panel. Gain 20, offset 100, QHY183c at -20C, L-eNhance filter, Televue TV-85 at F/5.6.
Cone Nebula Combined Data. 29×240 sec at Gain 11, Offset 100, and 183×30, gain 42, offset 42, QHY183c at -20C, L-eNhance filter, Televue TV-85 at F/5.6.
Tease for Heart Nebula Mosaic work in progress.