Had a go at the Veil with the 300mm lens on Monday night, using the Quadband filter and Star Adventurer. 2 minute subs was giving me trails so I reduced it to 90 seconds. The forecast said there was only 45 minutes before clouds rolled in, but they held off most of the evening and I ended up with 111 subs and used DSS to stack the best 70%. It’s needed a lot of processing for various reasons (I don’t think the filter and lens get on too well), and certainly doesn’t stand up to any pixel-peeping, but I’m still quite pleased with it.
Below is my photo of M81 and M82 in Ursa Major taken on 18/11/2019 with my QHY10/Sky Watcher Equinox 80mm/EQ6 Synscan, using visual light pollution filter and field flattener, from Lichfield, UK.
My photo of Heart Nebula from 18/11/2019 – got around to processing it yesterday.
In spite of flat frames, I can’t seem to get rid of the light pollution gradient.
60 x 60 secs sub-frames.
Sky Watcher Equinox Pro 80mm OTA
I didn’t quite get all the nebula!
Added RGB to my previous post on M27. Big crop to take out the rotation between images.
12 x 5 minute subs plus 30% of luminous added in photoshop. Seems OK but a bit grainy.
I have had 2 x QHY6 cameras attached to my CCDSPEC spectroscopy but as this camera uses an ASCOM driver only one camera can be seen by my laptop at a time which means that in order to use a camera as well in the eyepiece port for finding and guiding on faint object whilst spectrums are taken I need to use 2 x laptops at same time (one for spectra and one for guide camera). What a nuisance! Today u have changed the QHY6 camera in the guide port to a T7C camera (clone of ZWO ASI120MC – uses same drivers) and using a 1.25 inch extension tube focused on the spot and confirmed that both cameras can be used simultaneously in my Dell Windows 10 laptop.
- QHY6 camera for spectra – take photos with Nebulosity 4 and use ASCOM driver. Camera plugs onto USB 3.0 port on laptop.
- T7C camera in guide port on CCDSPEC. This uses ZWO driver and use SharpCap (currently I have version 3.1.5220 installed). This camera does NOT work when plugged onto USB 3.0 port so needs to be plugged onto USB 2.0 port on laptop.
I have also picked up another of Damian’s habits = which is labels over everything!
First glance at the GONG web-site this morning seemed to show very little, but closer inspection revealed the active region still there near the meridian on the southern hemisphere, and a rather faint prominence on the north-western limb.
The active region is still there plus an interesting prominence.
A new active region has developed, that from its magnetic polarity seems to be a member of the new sunspot cycle, cycle 25.