The Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635), from last night. 13 x 10min H-alpha, and 5 x 3min RGB (binned 2×2). Taken with the Atik One and GT-102.
I’ve always known that it’s a bad idea to go visiting astronomy shops, but sometimes you just can’t help yourself. Last Monday I went to visit the Widescreen Centre’s new place near Ely and came out with a William Optics GT-102… So here are some first images from last night, taken with an Atik 460ex OSC. There’s comet C/2017 O1 ASASSN which is lurking near Polaris, and getting quite faint now, by the looks of it. And then there’s the Double Cluster, M37 in Auriga, and the Crab Nebula… I still need to optimise the spacing of the camera from the field flattener, but I’m hoping for some nice images from this scope
It was good to get outside last night!! Here’s a quick image of M33 through the Equinox 80. 6 x 5min of luminance, and 5 x 3min each of R, G and B, all binned 2×2. No flats, darks or biases used, although I could have stretched it further if I’d done some flats… I used the new ArcsinhStretch function in PixInsight during processing – it certainly keeps the colour in the stars!
I travelled to the US to see last week’s total eclipse from just north of Madras, Oregon. From our position, we had 1m 30s of totality – nowhere near enough! below is a sequence of frames taken during the eclipse. What I did find interesting – although they don’t show up on the overexposed totality images – was that some solar prominences were clearly visible through the camera viewfinder. The totality images do however show the extent of the solar corona, and the presence of a number of sunspots helps to make the iamges from the partial phase more interesting.
Here are a couple of images from recent nights, taken with the Atik One on an Equinox 80. Both are HaRGB images.
The first is the well-known Jellyfish Nebula, IC443 in Gemini. 30 x 5min Ha frames, and 15 x 3min each for R, G and B. The second is the lesser-known Lower’s Nebula, Sh2-261, in Orion: 20 x 5min Ha frames, and 9 x 3min each of R, G and B, all binned 2×2. I hadn’t come across this one before, and was pleasantly surprised how big and bright it was!