rosette nebula The Rosette Nebula and Star Cluster ( NGC 2237 and 2244 ) in Monoceros ( updated )
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Brand new to the forum but I've been amateur stargazing for a while. For the last 10 or so years I've been using a 4.5" aperture Dobsonian and it's been great but I think it's time for a large upgrade. There are so many options out there I wasn't sure where to start as I'm mostly just familiar with my own telescope and how it works. I'm looking for a step up and don't know whether I should stick with a Dobsonian and just get a larger aperture or try something else like a reflector (and if so, where to start). I love looking at planets and deep sky objects. I don't mind the size as long as it is generally portable. Preferably under 800USD but flexible.
Thanks so much for the advice!
I know it may be a bit of a long shot but I'm looking to buy a HEQ5 Pro mount or an NEQ6 Pro or something similar. Preferably belt driven but not necessary as can happily modify it. Please let me know if you have anything! Thanks.
Taken on the night of 12 September.
NGC6826 - The Blinking Nebula.
This on Wiki:
NGC6826 is a planetary nebula located in the constellation Cygnus. It is commonly referred to as the "blinking planetary", although many other nebulae exhibit such "blinking". When viewed through a small telescope, the brightness of the central star overwhelms the eye when viewed directly, obscuring the surrounding nebula. However, it can be viewed well using averted vision, which causes it to "blink" in and out of view as the observer's eye wanders. A distinctive feature of this nebula are the two bright patches on either side, which are known as Fast Low-Ionization Emission Regions, or FLIERS. They appear to be relatively young, moving outwards at supersonic speeds.
Right ascension: 19 h 44 m 48.2 s
Declination: +50° 31′ 30.3″
Distance: ~2000 ly
Apparent magnitude (V): 8.8
Apparent dimensions (V): 27″ × 24″
Radius: 0.22 x 0.20 ly
Designations: HD 186924, SAO 31951, Caldwell 15
Imaging: C9.25; CGEM (diy hypertuned); ASI385MC; Baader neodymium filter; Astro Photography Tool
Guiding: Travelscope 70; SSAG; PHD2
Processing: DSS; Photoshop CS4 Extended
99 x 20" lights, of which 63 were stacked; 50 x darks; 50x bias; 50 x flats
Looks like I'm going to have to have another go at my collimation. Very happy with this even so, as it's the first serious imaging I've done for sooo long! A lot more data is required to bring out the detail in the nebula.