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Hi folks,


Just to ease myself into the new astro season, I thought I'd capture Pluto over a couple of nights.

Unfortunately, it's so low (transiting at barely 15 degree altitude) that I can't see it from my obs, so I captured these with my new mobile rig consisting of a spare NEQ6 and 200mm Newt. Not the sharpest images, but it's very low down in the murk and I'm a bit out of practice. Despite its distance, it moves at a discernable rate over just a few hours. The brightest star here is about 9th magnitude and Pluto is about mag 14.3.

Atik428ex, about 30 x 30 second exposures, plus 15 x 15secs each of RGB binned 2x. Field of view 34.2 x 25.8 arcmin

18th September 2019:

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19th September 2019:

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Images superimposed:

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Zoomed animation:

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Edited by lukebl
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Really cool!! Very impressive to capture Pluto at such a low angle.

Your comment 'A Spare EQ-6 and 200mm Newt' made me chuckle . . . . do you have a room full of mounts and scopes lol!! 😉

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1 hour ago, Nigeyboy said:

. . . . do you have a room full of mounts and scopes lol!! 😉

Ha ha! No, just a garage with the NEQ which I picked up relatively cheaply recently, plus an old SW 8" Newt.

No-one actually keeps cars in their garages do they? Except the rich!

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Spot on there - garages are for storing anything but cars nowadays!!

 

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