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Analogue Astro: Le Gentil 3 and Friends!


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Perhaps my finest example of color analog astrophotography of this region. This has been a joy to produce and to share here on SGL.

I'm impressed on how well the faint tendrils fanning out from Le Gentil 3 came through. I was not expecting this frame to go so deep, especially since it was on a night of average transparency. The two 50 minute frames were taken between 10:40 and 12:35 local time. This is not a stack, but a mosaic of those two frames. SQM readings were 21.25 mags/sq-arc-sec average.

Equipment was a piggyback mounted Pentax 67 camera with 165mm f/2.8 portrait lens stopped down to f/4.8. Superia 100 was employed to capture the images.

I am so happy to be able to share this image and hope that it is well received. If you look carefully you will see a host of smaller deep sky objects not usually seen in a wide-field image, such as the Iris Nebula (NGC-7023), Fireworks Galaxy NGC-9646, and its neighbor NGC-6939.

Thank you in advance for looking.

Jim

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Nice one Jim- I'm always impessed with your work and now I have also learned about a new DSO- Le Gentil 3.

I had unintentionally captured it on this 5 minute widefield. But now I might might make an intentional effort to get more detail.

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Thank you. There it is. Lots of faint detail throughout. I am no expert on digital capture workflow, but my philosophy with film is "long and slow". I would imagine that this might work in your capture? Its prime time for capture this time of year. Go for it!

Its a wonderful area to be sure.

Jim

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I'd like to see a higher res version of that - there's more detail to see I'm sure :) It's often nice to zoom into certatin areas to see greater detail.

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Truly stunning, the sort of images many digital imagers would be jealous of! Waiting 50m for an exposure must be tedious... if it were me, I'd have probably left the Bahtinov attached.

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