July 26, 2009

IC1396 (Borg First Light)

Usually it takes weeks and weeks to get a clear sky after new kit arrives, but it was threatening to clear last night so I set up.

The clouds didnt really want to play ball as they were supposed to, so I only really managed to get about an hour of really clear skies, but I was just glad to be outside. Nice to see the Milkyway stretching down to the southern horizon again, and the return of astrodark again.

As much as I would like to have had a full night imaging, I was happy wth getting the Borg out and imaging. Call this a dry run of things to come 🙂

Almost zero flex in the system (0.28 pixels per hour or thereabouts). I was also imaging with the WO66 but that was more to find the correct back focus distance for the reducer, so I wasnt expecting much out of that one.

Mount: EQ6 via EQMOD
OTA: Borg 77EDII @ f/4.3
Guiding: SW ED80 + SX Lodestar + PHD
Imaging: M25C + MaximDL, 5×600s, Astronomik 13nm Ha (51 bias, 51 flats)
Stacked: DeepSkyStacker
Post Process: ImagesPlus + PSCS2

(Click on image for larger but slightly noisy version)

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