Images

The Moon and M13

The Moon on Jun 17, 2021.
M13 Globular Cluster. 20×180 sec, Gain 11, Offset 10, QHY183c at -10C, L-eNhance filter, AT60ED at F/4.8. Full field.
M13 Globular Cluster. 20×180 sec, Gain 11, Offset 10, QHY183c at -10C, L-eNhance filter, AT60ED at F/4.8.  Close-crop.

A quick outing before the weather got bad as a tropical storm hits from the Gulf.   I wanted to test the new T-adapter fittings I got for the AT60ED to attach the camera instead of using the 1.25″ eyepiece adapter, like I had to do for the first light images.

First Light – AT60ED

The Eagle Nebula – M16. 41×180 sec, QHY183C at Gain 20, Offset 0, -15C cooling, UHC filter, Astro-Tech AT60 ED at F/4.8.
The Trifid Nebula. 9×180 sec, QHY183C at Gain 20, Offset 0, -15C cooling, UHC filter, Astro-Tech AT60 ED at F/4.8.

First Light Images for a new Astro-Tech AT60ED telescope. Nice 360mm F/6 doublet with FPL-53 synthetic fluorite and Lanthanum lenses. I bought the 0.8x Reducer/Flattener that goes with it, too. It gives you a 288mm F.L. at F/4.8 with that combo. Resolution is still good at 1.72 arc sec/pixel with my camera.

These objects are the Eagle Nebula, Trifid and North America Nebulae.  All were taken with a QHY183C camera at gain 20, -15C cooling and a cheap no-name UHC filter from a metro area, Bortle 7-8 zone.

NGC 4244 Edge-On Galaxy in Canes Venatici

NGC 4244 on Jan 17, 2021. 61 x 180 sec, QHY183c at -20C, Gain 11 (Unity,) Offset 100, Baader UHC-S filter, Televue TV-85 at F/5.6.

3hrs of exposure for this nice edge-on galaxy.  It got cloudy towards the end of the run and there was a serious guiding error on the full 61×180 sec stack.  But, I managed to salvage the stack by copying the background and galaxy and pasting that in as a lightened blend on top of a 47×180 sec saved stack for the stars that did not have a guiding error.   Lucky I saved it before it got ruined.

Here is a closer crop with a saturation boost:

NGC 4244 on Jan 17, 2021. 61 x 180 sec, QHY183c at -20C, Gain 11 (Unity,) Offset 100, Baader UHC-S filter, Televue TV-85 at F/5.6. Close crop.

Black Eye Galaxy M64

M64 Galaxy – 25×180 sec @ Gain 11, Offset 100, QHY183c at -20C, Baader UHC-S filter, Televue TV-85 at F/5.6.

Another Black Eye galaxy shot to add to my collection.  Not quite the guiding I was getting earlier in the evening, but it is not too bad, either.  Minimal processing done to this one.

M35 Open Cluster on Jan 14, 2021

M35 Open Cluster – 26×180 sec @ gain 11, offset 100, QHY183c at -20C, Baader UHC-S filter, Televue TV-85 at F/5.6.

I was having a good night of steady seeing and really good guiding (<1.13 arc sec error) for this object and the Pleiades on this night.  I went until it was time to flip and the guiding was starting to degrade.   78 minutes worth of subs was good enough to show this object well.