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Messier 57 is is just coming into a position for a decent look around 11 30 pm. IT is a colourful object and I thought it would give me a good target with which to practice my colour developing in PS/Lightroom. I have read so much about how to produce a LRGB image from the four stacked/calibrated luminance, red, blue and green images, a lot seems contradicatory and some, when followed, gave me colour yes, but not as we know it. I am sure a fair chunk must be put down to me. Anyway, I now have a work flow which gives me colour, sometimes resembling what other people have obtained. Progess of sorts.
This images is based on 114s subs at gain 139, offset 21.
L 39, R 20, G 20, B 19
Calibrated and stacked in DSS (flats, dark flats and darks)
Messier 57 Ring Nebula in Lyra
NASA: M57, or the Ring Nebula, is a planetary nebula, the glowing remains of a sun-like star. The tiny white dot in the centre of the nebula is the star’s hot core, called a white dwarf. M57 is about 2,000 light-years away in the constellation Lyra, and is best observed during August. Discovered by the French astronomer Antoine Darquier de Pellepoix in 1779, the Ring Nebula has an apparent magnitude of 8.8 and can be spotted with moderately sized telescopes.
Equipment: Celestron 9.25 XLT at F10, Skywatcher EQ6 Pro GEM, ZWO 1600MM Pro, ZWO EFW with ZWO LRGB filters, QHY5IIC guide camera on Skywatcher 9 x 50 finderscope, Celestron Focus Motor
Software: Ascom 6, Eqmod, Cartes du Ciel, AstroPhotography Tool, PHD2
Here are my SN targets for next week (weather permitting)...
1.NGC 3643, SN2020hvf, Mag 12.4 (observed on 27th April & 8th May)
2.M61, SN2020jfo, Mag 14.5 (observed on 8th May)
3.NGC 6118, SN2020hvp, Mag 14.6
4.UGC 10561, SN2020hvq, Mag 15.9
5.PGC 056685, SN2020fhs, Mag 16.1
(Remember to rotate the finder charts 180 degrees to match the view to a dob)
With clear nights forecast next week and the moon getting later to rise 😀, I have done some SN research this morning to id some targets for next week...
Here are some scans of my research notes and star charts for use next week...
I will be targeting the following new SN:
AT2020ftl, NGC4277, Mag 14.9 SN2020dko, NGC5258, Mag 16.6 AT2020enm, IC1222, Mag 16.7 SN2020fqv, NGC4568 (Siamese Twins), Mag 15.3 SN2020fcw, NGC5635, Mag 16.1 SN2020ees, NGC5157, Mag 16.5
So, although I had some issues with my auto guiding (which I found out afterwards) I did manage to get 9x180s exposures and 5 darks of Andromeda and give both stacking (using DSS) and processing (using GIMP).
My first attempted DSO....
I am pretty sure that people could get far more information out of the TIFF file from the stack.
Hopefully I will get another clear night soon. I am in a heavily light polluted area so I do have a clip in filter on my DSLR which I think took a lot away.
More practise needed!