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Work in progress for now, just sorted the correct spacing for the flattner & the stars need sorting with the correct data. AZEQ6 mount, AA 80mm EDT @ 480mm fl F6. Atik 314L+ Guided using the DMK""618 with AA 10x60 finder 225 fl F3.75 Ha - 1.5 hours OIII - 45 mins S2 - 45 mins Just need to find a tut on the best process for adding correct star colours now, meant to be better weather Sunday night as well.
I managed to have a short session in clearer skies than a couple of days ago, with a view to second attempts at some of the objects that were previously obscured by clouds. I started just before 10pm but twenty minutes of staring at the sky around NGC 7000 (the North American nebula) with and without filters produced nothing. Luckily, the Andromeda galaxy NGC 404 (the Ghost of Mirach) was visible. Not easy but with averted vision, a small circular extension to the haze of Beta Andromedae (Mirach) best seen in my 15mm eyepiece. Additionally, this is one of the easiest objects to find in the entire night sky. Even more difficult was NGC 891 (Caldwell 23), another galaxy further East in Andromeda. It is a side on galaxy but observations only revealed the feintest of small smudges with no shape discernable. I will revisit the two galaxies when they are higher in the sky, hopefully on a really transparent night. I may just be able to tease a little more out. I finished off with my most Northerly DSO find, NGC 188 (Caldwell 1) in Cepheus. Although quite easy to find, I found the open cluster a little underwhelming. I managed to count a handful of feint stars and got a hint of milky haze just to one side of a kite-shape asterism of brighter stars that surrounds the cluster. A clearer night and bigger telescope would go a long way with these three but I am happy I found them. __________________________________________________ ______ Observing Session: Thursday 13th September 2012, 21:55 hrs to 23:20hrs BST VLM at Zenith: 4.9 - 5.0 New - Revisited - Failed
NGC 7129 is a reflection nebula located 3,300 light years away in the constellation Cepheus. A young open cluster is responsible for illuminating the surrounding nebula. Telescope: GSO RC 10Camera: SBIG ST10 XMEMount: Astrophysics Mach 1 GTOFilters: Astrodon Gen II LRGBExposures: L bin1x2, RGB bin 2x2Total Exposure: 10hLocation: Mt. Parnon Greece