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I have done some nebula hopping (Western Veil, Cave, Flying Horse / Wizard and Crescent) during the recent clear nights 3 - 5 October. Now clouds are back and I post what I have got. All with the ES 127 ED apo and Canon 60Da on the EQ8 mount. About 3 - 4 hours of data except for the Cave that only got an hour. Should collect some Ha for them.

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Amazing what you can collect in just 4 nights. I was out those nights as well, but only one target, and poor seeing spoiled most of my images. Good to see that you fared better.

Tack, och välkommen tillbaka efter sommaruppehåll.

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2 hours ago, Mr Spock said:

A very nice set of images.

 

1 hour ago, wimvb said:

Amazing what you can collect in just 4 nights. I was out those nights as well, but only one target, and poor seeing spoiled most of my images. Good to see that you fared better.

Tack, och välkommen tillbaka efter sommaruppehåll.

Thanks Mr Spock & Wim!

Yes, I hope for more nights like that. The Sky Quality Meter varied between 20.9 and 21.2 and I think there was a slight haze now and then. At least the darkness of the background sometimes varied from shot to shot.

I also got the guiding sorted out during those nights and came down below +/- 1". I have been using a finderguider with a ZWO ASI120MC colour camera but this summer I invested in a SW 80/400 achromat to get more focal length for the guiding and a QHY5L-II mono camera for more sensitivity. But I could not get the QHY to communicate with the mount and contemplated sending it back. However, after some googling I figured out that I could not use the ZWO ST4 cable (which I liked because it was longer than the one supplied by QHY) with the QHY since the connectors are not wired the same way. I naively thought there was an ST4 standard, but apparently not. So the advice is to use the cable supplied with the camera. I wish I knew that.

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Good to hear that you sorted that out. I'll PM you about your thoughts on guiding setup. It's kind of off topic here.

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4 hours ago, wimvb said:

Amazing what you can collect in just 4 nights. I was out those nights as well, but only one target, and poor seeing spoiled most of my images. Good to see that you fared better.

Tack, och välkommen tillbaka efter sommaruppehåll.

Wim,

Being the first nights for me this season, with severe astrophotography abstinence and with such a great sky, I may have gone into overdrive and was not getting much sleep. I actually collected 8 nebulas - I already posted the first four, but here they are again. They are not masterpieces and I should of course revisit them to collect more data.

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