A bit more exposure would have helped, but I was quite pleased by how much detail I was able to tease out of it, nevertheless. Guiding worked flawlessly, possibly helped by the fact that I’d spent a bit of time improving my polar alignment.
First up is the Dumbbell nebula, M27. This used the 105mm lens, and is a stack of 30 x 30 sec exposures at ISO 800.
Next time, I’ll try and get the parallel port connection working so I can collect a few more photons.
Nevertheless, if you look closely enough it’s possible to identify 18 galaxies, including eight Messier objects, for sure. I’m going to have to spend a lot more time in this region over the next few weeks!
Canon EOS400D with 200m f/2.8L lens, ISO800, mounted directly on EQ6.
The picture below is a composite of 50 separate 30 second images taken at ISO400 using a Canon EOS 400D with a 200mm lens at f/2.8. The moon was so bright that I couldn’t do 30 seconds at ISO800 – the images was just completely washed out. It’s only a shame that I didn’t remember to take the frames in RAW mode – so I ended up with a load of jpgs 🙁
Flats and darks were applied, and subsequent processing performed using Images Plus. Images were stacked on the comet, producing the trails of the stars as the comet moved past.