March 5, 2008

I can see M101 clearly now the snow has gone…

Got caught in a mini-blizzard while driving home last night, but the satellite images showed it was due to clear up afterwards… and it did! Not a great night, a bit milky up there, but no moon and no storm force wind blowing everything around the garden.

M101 and M51 have both started to clear the house at a decent time of the evening (well, actually thats a lie, this was started at 1am after 4 hours of IC405/IC410 which I cant seem to do anything with because my flats are messed up)

OTA: NS8GPS @ f/7-ish
Guiding: William Optics ZenithStar 66 SD + DSI-C + PHD
RGB Imaging: QHY8 + MaximDL, 20 x 900s, IDAS Filter
Stacked: DeepSkyStacker
Post Process: ImagesPlus + PSCS2 + Noel Carboni’s AstroTools

(Click on image for larger version)

I`d forgotten quite how slow f/7+ was to image with… think I`ll stick to the Hyperstar for the moment, although I do hear M51 calling my name as a “this years version versus last years”.

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