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Work in progress blog on one of my summer targets: The Western Veil Nebula

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Western Veil Nebula WIP

So the last week was kind and I managed another couple of sessions under the stars. The lack of dark nights has made this a labor of love indeed.   I have gathered 5 hours for each Ha pane so I have managed one of my bonus goals.   Total integration time so far is 17 Hours:   I may not add any more data to this until the darker skies return :sad:   Project status Stage 1 - Complete Stage 2 - Complete Stage 3 - Skipped Stage 4 - 0% Complete Stage 5 - Complete

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Western Veil Nebula WIP

So I think I may be dreaming but there has been lots of clear nights here recently (and an almost whole week of clear skies forecast to come!) This has meant that I have been able to gather lots of data.   I have completed gathering the HA and OIII data for stage one and two. Total time so far is 12 Hours 30 minutes total integration time.   I have done a quick process of the data in a HOO palette   I am quite happy so far. One side seems lighter than the other so I'll have to work on how I pro

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Western Veil Nebula WIP - Nearing the end of stage one

I managed 1 Hour 45 Minutes of subs on the second pane of the Ha layer last night. It was a beautiful clear night for a while but then the clouds rolled on in around 1:30am so I packed up.   I have done a quick stretch and stitch so I now know that my framing is as I wanted it. I haven't taken any flats for this pane yet. I was hoping to do them today when I got home from work but it is raining rather heavily right now :sad:     Seems like there may be another couple of breaks in the cloud this

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Western Veil Nebula WIP - framing and first pane

So I used a CCD field of view calculator to work out the framing of the nebula.   I left a little overlap between the two panes. The image of the nebula in the framing isn't my own, but the default image provided by the calculator:   The target is very low on the horizon at the moment and within the most light polluted portion of my available sky. It also isn't very dark at the moment during the nights but I couldn't pass up on a clear skies.   I managed 2 hours and 30 minutes after throwaway s

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Western Veil Nebula WIP - Goals

I'm starting this blog with the intention of imaging the Western Veil Nebula this summer   My main goal is to complete a two pane narrowband mosaic with each pane consisting of 2 Hours 30 minutes of data from HA, OIII and SII (Total of 15 hours integration time).   My bonus goal is to complete a two pane narrowband mosaic with each pane consisting of 5 Hours of data from HA, OIII and SII (Total of 30 hours integration time).   The equipment I shall be using to gather the images are:   Mount: HEQ

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