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  1. I was out a couple of nights ago, mainly to test out my in-door setup for taking pictures, after acquiring cables for powering the DSLR, data transfer from DSLR to PC, and telescope control. It works out great, only nickle I have with it is the focusing aspect, as I have to run in and out to check it. Need to figure that out. But oh well, I figured that I'd try shooting one of my favorite galaxies, the "Black Eye Galaxy". It's been one of my favorite ever since I saw the hubble photo of it, making it literally look like a "corrupt" galaxy. I had several issues, both with focusing, proper balancing of the mount, dew on the secondary mirror and accidentally deleting my alignment, so out of the over 100 pictures that I took, I only ended up using 30 of them for this picture (Seriously how many satellites pass through that area of the sky?!). But I was pleasantly surprised to see, that I could pull as much out of it as I could! I need to figure out, how I can train my mount for PEC with my DSLR too, before I have to throw more money into gear, letting me guide. 30 Subs 1 Minute Exposure 6400 Iso 25 Dark Frames Baader 2.25x Barlow (Focus Reasons) Nikon D5200 Celestron Nexstar 130 SLT OTA Celestron AVX Mount Photoshop CS2 (Both Stacked and processed. I find that I can often get better results there, rather than stacking in DSS)
  2. Messier 64 - The Black Eye Galaxy Taken over 2 nights on the 23rd and 25th May. First discovered in 1779 by Edward Pigott it has a dark band of dust which gives rise to its nickname. The galaxy lies around 24Mly away in the constellation of Coma Berenices and is approximately 70,000 ly across. Imaging telescope or lens: Meade LX90 8" f/10 Imaging camera: Atik 383L+ Guiding telescope: Orion ShortTube 80mm f/5.0 Guiding camera: QHYCCD QHY5L-II mono Focal reducer: Celestron f/6.3 Focal Reducer/Corrector Software: Nebulosity 4, Pleiades Astrophoto Pisinsight 1.8, MetaGuide Collimation and Guiding Filters: Xagyl LRGB Filter Set Accessories: XAGYL Ultra Thin Motorized Filter Wheel - 8 x 1.25" Filters, QHYCCD PoleMaster Polar Scope Dates: May 23, 2017, May 25, 2017 Luminosity: 80x30" -15C bin 2x2 Red: 40x30" -15C bin 2x2 Green: 40x30" -15C bin 2x2 Blue: 40x30" -15C bin 2x2 Integration: 1.7 hours
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