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    Default Images from Nebraska Star Party 2019



    Haven't posted here in a while due to weather never cooperating. Was able to attend the NSP this year and got one night of excellent skies on 07-28-2019. I was able to do First light on a scope I bought about 8 months ago. The new William Optics 73mm ED and the WO73 field flattener, combined with a new 70mm Agena Astro guide scope. The combination worked excellently together. My guiding that night according to the PHD graph was well under +/- 2 seconds of arch. Being excited about finally get some scope time, and wanting to shoot everything in the sky that night, I did not spend a lot of time on any given object. I shot some familiar objects for comparison to images I shot in the past so these are nothing spectacular, or off the beaten path.

    Utilizing the WO73's wide field, I shot NGC7000 from about 10:30pm CST till I hit zenith. This only gave me 11 images of 4 minutes each for this object. Not much time at all for this dim sprawling nebula. The Cygnus wall was just beginning to become detailed. Much more time on target is required for this one. I did however allow me to check the scope for Pinched optics, and flattener spacing. All looked good, very happy.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...5f3e8bb8_b.jpg


    Past midnight and didn't want to image past Zenith I slewed the scope to M32 and began imaging. I am only using a Canon T3i unmodified DSLR for all these images. All shots were at ISO 800. I have an Old Sky Watcher EQ-6 GT, vintage 2005 that just keeps chugging on to this day, that I am taking these images with. For Andromeda I got 20 images of 4 minutes each.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...fc8afc1e_b.jpg

    After M32 I dropped the scope down to M33 and shot 41 images of 4 minutes each also. Shot to almost sunrise that morning. Had a quite wonderful night under the stars. While imaging there is not much to do but look up at the amazing view above. I was also rewarded with many spectacular meteors. By sunrise my neck and back were strained from bending over backwards to view the Milky way from this pristine dark site. This is a DSS 2X Drizzle of M33.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...2a230218_b.jpg

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    Default Re: Images from Nebraska Star Party 2019

    Very nice!

    I bring binoculars and a second mount and scope to observe while imaging.
    Only made it 215 miles out of 840. We broke down with SUV transmission problems and never made it this year. Just got the SUV fixed and Travel Trailer home this past Wednesday evening.
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    Default Re: Images from Nebraska Star Party 2019

    Hi Johnny. A very nice pair of images (NGC7000 and M32) from you at the Nebraska Star Party this year. Thanks for taking the time to put these captures up on here for us to enjoy Johhny, and the best of regards.
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    Default Re: Images from Nebraska Star Party 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny J. View Post
    Haven't posted here in a while due to weather never cooperating. Was able to attend the NSP this year and got one night of excellent skies on 07-28-2019. I was able to do First light on a scope I bought about 8 months ago. The new William Optics 73mm ED and the WO73 field flattener, combined with a new 70mm Agena Astro guide scope. The combination worked excellently together. My guiding that night according to the PHD graph was well under +/- 2 seconds of arch. Being excited about finally get some scope time, and wanting to shoot everything in the sky that night, I did not spend a lot of time on any given object. I shot some familiar objects for comparison to images I shot in the past so these are nothing spectacular, or off the beaten path.

    Utilizing the WO73's wide field, I shot NGC7000 from about 10:30pm CST till I hit zenith. This only gave me 11 images of 4 minutes each for this object. Not much time at all for this dim sprawling nebula. The Cygnus wall was just beginning to become detailed. Much more time on target is required for this one. I did however allow me to check the scope for Pinched optics, and flattener spacing. All looked good, very happy.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...5f3e8bb8_b.jpg


    Past midnight and didn't want to image past Zenith I slewed the scope to M32 and began imaging. I am only using a Canon T3i unmodified DSLR for all these images. All shots were at ISO 800. I have an Old Sky Watcher EQ-6 GT, vintage 2005 that just keeps chugging on to this day, that I am taking these images with. For Andromeda I got 20 images of 4 minutes each.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...fc8afc1e_b.jpg

    After M32 I dropped the scope down to M33 and shot 41 images of 4 minutes each also. Shot to almost sunrise that morning. Had a quite wonderful night under the stars. While imaging there is not much to do but look up at the amazing view above. I was also rewarded with many spectacular meteors. By sunrise my neck and back were strained from bending over backwards to view the Milky way from this pristine dark site. This is a DSS 2X Drizzle of M33.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...2a230218_b.jpg

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    Default Re: Images from Nebraska Star Party 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Pauls72 View Post
    Very nice!

    I bring binoculars and a second mount and scope to observe while imaging.
    Only made it 215 miles out of 840. We broke down with SUV transmission problems and never made it this year. Just got the SUV fixed and Travel Trailer home this past Wednesday evening.
    Didn't the M33 come through. I couldn't get back in to edit the link due to this site time constraints on editing.

    M33 Link.

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