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M97 The Owl Nebula 24.03.2017


M97 The Owl Nebula in Ursa Major 24.03.2017
Celestron 8SE and Atik 314L monochrome CCD camera
20 x 300 seconds stacked in DSS and processed in PhotoShop CS2


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Wow, what a great shot.   I have only 'discovered' this object recently as my previous equipment would not have resolved anything other than a fuzzy blob.

I have now got a Meade 8" SCT so look forward to giving this a go since it is now at high elevation.   What mount do you run your Celestron on ?    How easy does you Atik image the Nebula ? ( ie.  what length of exposure will show the nebula on the laptop before commiting to the 300 sec.)   I find it  difficult to get the DSO lined up in the first place without loads of trials, tweaks and adjustments which just eat up precious time.




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Hi Sean, thank you for your kind comments. It was the first time I had tried imaging M97 and I found it very difficult. I'm really pleased with my image, I just wish I'd spent a few more minutes checking the sensor screen for dust! As the object is very faint visually (and I live in a highly light polluted area) it took me around 1 hour to locate it in my EP and then get it on the chip. I don't usually image with the SCT, but knowing this is a very faint and small target I thought I'd get all the light and magnification on it I could. Once I was sure it was on or near the chip, I found that 5 second exposures binned at 8x8 showed it on the screen. I eventually got it framed albeit over to the left hand side but I was frightened of losing it altogether so left it where it was. I use either my NEQ6 or HEQ5 for imaging. In this case it was the HEQ5 which manages the 8SE well enough for a quick back yard session.


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