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Hi All, After a 8 month break due to moving I finally had a chance to do some simple Deep Space imaging. This image is of the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Megallenic Cloud (NCG2070). This is imaged using my modded Canon 40D at F10 2032mm using a Nexstar 8SE on a CGEM mount. The image consists of 12 x 5 min subs, 5 x 10 min subs and 10 x 1 min subs, all in RGB through a IR Cut filter. Currently I'm working on using the PEC feature on the CGEM, and after I've spent a few hours before trying to work out how it works... when it got to past midnight, I was ready to call it a night but decided to frame up on the Tarantula and give it a go... I thought it's not to shabby for a quickie, so I'm sharing it. As far as PEC goes, next time I get to do some astro, I should have NexRemote, PECTools and PHD to give me a average PEC training from 10 cycles... hopefully it'll improve the guiding accuracy and hence detail in my 2000mm imaging close up images. Thank for looking, Mariusz
The Tarantula Nebula is part of the Large Magellanic Cloud (160,000 light years away). It is the most active star nursery in our galactic neighborhood. And it is massive. If the tarantula nebula was as close as the Orion nebula, it would take up 30° in the sky. So far I considered eta Carina as my favorite DSO... I'm not sure anymore.
Took this Tarantula Nebula photo during my trip to Namibia. Photo Details: Ha - 60Min RGB - 15Min Each channel Total Exposure: 1:45 Hours. Telescope: ASA 12'' F3.6 Astrograph Mount: ASA DDM85 Camera: FLI 8300 Mono Hope you enjoy it Haim Huli