July 2, 2009

NGC6960 in Ha… finally!

I missed this one totally last year due to poor weather (either cloudy, or too windy to use the 190MN), so the chance to shoot it this year was too good to miss.

I have to say that shotting narrowband Hydrogen Alpha during what is effectivly twilight still gets fairly decent images. You have to be careful with the noise when post-processing, but its certainly not a waste of time to get out there and image.

The dew last night was getting a bit crazy… as soon as it started to cool, the amount of water that dropped out of the air (and onto all the electrics!) was terrifying.

So, anyway, here we go:

Mount: EQ6 via EQMOD, plus CCD Commander
OTA: Skywatcher 190 MakNewt
Guiding: ED80 + SX Lodestar + PHD
Imaging: M25C + MaximDL, 17×600s, Astronomik 13nm Ha (100 bias, 100 flats)
Stacked: DeepSkyStacker
Post Process: ImagesPlus + PSCS2

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