December 8, 2008

M42 reprocess

Yes, I know its been less than a day since the M42 posted below, but I was sure I could get some extra detail out of it by taking my time. I think I was right, but unsure if its a better image or not. Sure, its sharper and more contrasty, but is it better than the smoother ethereal feeling of the original?

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December 7, 2008

M42/M43/NGC1977 RGB with the MakNewt… yes, another one!

After I night of near disasters, I managed to pull this one out of the hat 🙂 To say I am chuffed is an understatement….
I was set up by 4pm, two pass polealignmax by 5.10pm… yeah! all going well! Errr… then

My cable that supplies power to the QHY8 control box broke (the back of the centre pin came lose)
Bodged that with my NS8GPS power cable
Then the fuse on that cable blew (shattered actually!)
Found a replacement from an old project
Blew another fuse in a lighter socket extension cable
moved everything closer to the mount, turned off non-essential dew strips

imaged all night :)

OTA: Skywatcher 190mm F/5.3 Maksutov-Newtonian Astrograph
Guiding: Skywatcher ED80 + DSI-C + PHD
Imaging: QHY8 + Nebulosity, 42×300s, IDAS LPR
Stacked: DeepSkyStacker
Post Process: ImagesPlus + PSCS2 + Noel Carboni’s AstroTools

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