March 9, 2010

M81/M82, the 190 MakNewt finally gets some sky time!

After sitting in the garage for most of the winter whilst the Borg was getting used all the time, the Skywatcher 190 MakNewt got to point its one near-perfect eye at a dark sky again on Sunday night.

After grabbing the RGB data for the Rosette early in the evening wit the Borg, I quickly swapped over the imaging side of the ADM side-by-side bar to the MakNewt, rebalanced, realigned, focused, and fired up CCD Commander to center up M81/M82.

I have forgotten how nice the images are with the MakNewt 🙂

Mount: EQ6 via EQMOD
OTA: Skywatcher 190 MakNewt
Guiding: SW ED80 + SX Lodestar + MaximDL
Imaging: Starlight Xpress M25C + MaximDL, 30×300s, Hutech IDAS LPR (101 bias, 101 flats)
Orchestrated: CCD Commander
Stacked: DeepSkyStacker Post Process: PSCS2 + PixInsight

(Click on image for a MUCH larger version)

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