With the good weather last weekend a couple of us from the group decided to spontaneously meet up for some astronomy.
I always find that phd2 guiding performance is a direct indicator of conditions and on this occasion guiding was below 0.5″ all evening showing that we had exceptionally good seeing.
I started off with 35 images of M3 which will follow, and then when it was higher in the sky i switched over to M13. Using Rob’s 14″ dobsonian we had some amazing visuals of M51 with the spiral arms just visible. Nick turned up later and whilst Rob was setting up his imaging scope we had a go at star hopping to M3 which we couldn’t find. It just shows that myself and Nick are far to reliant on technology! Rob took over and quickly found our target which was amazing! Later in the night we also had some fantastic views of the ring nebula, different shades of grey clearly showing where the various colours would be with an image.
On this occasion i didn’t take any darks or flats thinking that M13 would be an easy target given its brightness. That was clearly a bad decision but its also a learning experience.
This was taken with the Baby Q and canon 6d with an Idas d1 filter.
NGC 6207 is also clear in the image as well as several other NGC, PGC and IC objects.