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I would like to share my first picture ever posted and the first real picture captured with my Tecnosky 80/480 APO FPL53 Triplet OWL Series (not counting the test shots for "first light").
This is IC 1805, also known as the Heart Nebula, taken over 4 nights, under my Bortle 5 home sky.
Total integration time: 8h 52m 20s.
Here are the acquisition details:
Mount: Sky-Watcher NEQ6 Pro
Telescope: Tecnosky 80/480 APO FPL53 Triplet OWL Series
Camera: D5300 astromodified
Reducer/flattener: Tecnosky 4 elements, 0.8x
Guide-scope: Artesky UltraGuide 60mm f/4
Guide-camera: ZWO ASI 224MC
2020/10/07: Number of subs/Exposure time: 1@60s + 80@90s. Notes: No filter, Moon 70% illuminated
2020/10/13: Number of subs/Exposure time: 2@60s + 11@180s + 1@200s + 12@240s. Notes: L-Pro filter, no Moon
2020/10/27: Number of subs/Exposure time: 59@180s + 1@240s. Notes: L-Pro filter, Moon 88% illuminated
2020/10/28: Number of subs/Exposure time: 48@180s. Notes: L-Pro filter, Moon 93% illuminated
Total exposure time: 31940s = 8h 52m 20s.
Pre and post-processing: PixInsight 1.8.8-6.
Unfortunately, the best out of the 4 sessions (no Moon and L-Pro filter) was also the shortest one. But, after waiting for 5 months for my telescope, I couldn't pass up the few clear skies opportunities I got since it arrived, Moon or no Moon.
Here's a link to the full resolution image: Heart Nebula (IC 1805)
Thanks for looking and commenting!
So I am fairly new to the hobby, what I mean is I have a Celestron Astromaster 114 right now but its hard to use because of the non computerized equatorial mount as well as the red dot sight is bad. I am mainly interested in looking at DSO’s because they seem very interesting. My question is should i get a refractor or sct for observing dso’s and sometimes planets? I want a computerized one with tracking so I don’t have to take a long time finding nebulae and galaxies. Also, is there a certain type of filter to see color on nebula when not using eaa and just viewing with your eyes? I am looking to spend between $600-900
Had a great view of Mars last night at ~11.30pm. Best I've seen it so far this year I think. Sketch below.
I think the darker regions in the S are Mare Cimmerium, Mare Sirenum and Mare Chromium.
Could also clearly see the South Polar Cap and limb cloud at the following side of the planet.
Hi, I recently looked into telescope's & dso's again due to an interesting sight in the night sky 😉.
I wanted to get into telescope's etc... but my budget and other things got in the way.
This time there's no budget limit (that doesn't mean I'm bill Gates though).
My main concern is size since I will carry the telescope with my bare hands (bag).
I don't have a local astronomy club or telescope shop around so I don't know if an 8" Newtonian is too bulky/big.
Can someone post comparison pictures, if you have an 8" telescope (preferably newtonian, width and length)?
Secondly I want to see dso's in the future (firstly beginner objects etc...) so the 8" is more adequate than the 6", but if an 8" is too big then I am okay with a 6" as long as it's much more portable.