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    Default North America Nebula & Eagle Nebula (M16)



    I had a conference call early this morning, so had a short and early imaging window last night. It was also partly cloudy, so I didn't think I'd be able to get much out of it, so decided to try something new (for me). Instead of the AT6RC, mounted my Celestron NexStar 8SE on the Sirius EQ-G. I have a piggyback adapter/mount on my NexStar OTA, so attached my 40D set at 200mm f/5.6, and went for the North America Nebula. Stayed with 30s subs max only since I had no guiding (the guidescope is on the AT6). The sky was barely dark and the nebula was barely above the horizon, so I had no idea if I'd get anything out of it at all.

    Here's what I got after processing the subs today (click image for larger version):


    I think I would have gotten better results if I'd been able to wait until it was higher in the sky + more subs.

    By the time I was done with North America, I was ready to shut down, but noticed that all the clouds had disappeared completely, and the sky was aglow with stars. Decided to swap sleep for another session. Quickly swapped out my NexStar OTA for the AT6 and went for the Eagle Nebula (M16). Because I was in a hurry, tracking and focus were both off slightly. Quickly set it up to shoot and went to bed.

    The result this morning (click image for larger version):


    The tracking got really bad towards the end so I had to throw away the last one hour of subs. The core stars are blown out, so I need to figure out reprocessing to balance them better. Even with layer masks, it's a bit tricky (for me at least) to get a natural blend.
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    Imaging: Astro-Tech AT6RC, Sirius EQ-G mount, Orion autoguider, Canon 40D
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    WOW im glad you decide to go out, these pics are amazing thanks for posting
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    nice pics,impressed.thanks for posting them

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    They are both very well captured images Fuzz.
    Lovely job. Great that you got clearer skies later..
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    Wow! Those are the kind of images I want to create!

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    Bill: You've ordered the gear. Your time will come : )

    Fuzz: Great stuff, man. I'm continually impressed by what you are capable of at this stage of the game.
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    Thanks for the compliments. It is very useful to be able to image from the backyard, especially now when it might be cloudy up till sunset, but then clear up within an hour after the sun goes down. If I had to drive somewhere for imaging, I'd probably do it maybe once a month.

    On the North America Nebula, I used a Tamron 18-280mm lens, not the best quality, which you can tell by the soft focus and barrel distortion around the edges. I'll have to try some widefields with my Canon 35mm f/1.4 L lens -- that is super sharp.

    Bill, I'm eagerly awaiting to see the first light from your AT8IN.
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    Man, you really take some great pictures!

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    Sweet pics,Fuzz,thanks for sharing! Looking forward for more!

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    Sweet pics! Thanks for the share...
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