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M42 Astrotrac


melsky
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Hi again

We had the promise of clear skies last night so I set the rig up to have a go at M42, it's the same set up as my Andromeda Galaxy Astrotrac image - Canon 300mm F4 L lens on a modded 600D mounted on the astrotrac and 32 frames of 3 minutes each through an astronomik CLS clip filter. Unfortunately high cloud moving in curtailing the imaging run so I had to push the processing more than I would like to eek out the faint stuff.

Mel

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This was taken at the Chipping Norton amateur astronomy groups observing site the Rollright Stones in Oxfordshire, LP not bad there, hopefully Astrosurf will be posting the images she captured at the same time.

Mel

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those stars with the 8 spikes are gorgeous. Truly astonishing image when you sit back and realise this is taken by some dude in Oxfordshire with off the shelf bits and bobs!

I dont want that to come across negative - precisely the opposite - this picture is what you expect to see from multi billion $ efforts from nasa! Not what you expect an average joe with a few quid invested in some readily available over the counter gear.

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That's great Mel - fantastic FOV.

Excellent colours (especially the teal hues around the outer shell of M42) and lovely rusty red/brown dusty regions extending out to the frame....

I even like the unintentional star 'bling' :smiley: - makes it different from the crowd!

Damian

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