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My first M42 (:

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Been really busy with university applications lately, but after watching Star Gazing Live last night I felt inspired to brush the dust off the scope and get imaging. Didn't get nearly as much exposure as I'd hoped due to mechanical problems, but was very happy with my polar alignment. Almost getting the hang of this stuff!

Anyway here it is, my first go at M42, in JPEG form, with some very quick and basic post processing in DSS. Not happy with the clarity of the image, it appears hazy to me? And the core appears kinda burnt out. All feedback appreciated(: 

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Scope: Skywatcher 200P

Camera: Sony Alpha A-57

25 lights at ISO 1600 and 30s each. 12mins 30secs exposure time.

28 darks

No flats or bias

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I'd say that was pretty damn good for a first stab at this object.  The variation in brightness is always a challenge and there seems to be a gradient throughout the image, did you use flats?

Otherwise a great first M42.

Carole 

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