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Orion 60mm Guide Scope – First Light

First light with the Orion 60mm guide scope, NGC 1502 in the background. Got good results with the first light images using my Meade 12” LX90 and Antares f/6.3 focal reducer. The Orion 60mm has a focal length of 240mm and a focal ratio of f/4. As you can see from the 2-second guide images, it does a good job of displaying what you are imaging. Received a few messages from PHD2 about the “initial calibration too far from the equator”, thoughts? That’s a new one for me – any thoughts? I did get good results last night despite the warning message.

PHD2 Guiding Graph

Clear skies!

…Tom

Northern Hemisphere Morning Stars – September 19, 2017

A quick shot of the morning stars this morning, September 19, 2017 peaking out of the morning fog. The brighter stars have been highlighted.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM, single 25 second exposure, ISO 4000, f/4, 17mm, tripod mounted. Location: Hickory Run State Park, Pennsylvania.

…Tom

NGC 2022 – Planetary Nebula in the Constellation Orion

NGC 2022 is a small planetary nebula found in the shoulder of the constellation Orion, it is roughly 6000 light-years away and is roughly ½ light-year across. The magnitude is listed as 12.0.  I did manage to capture some details inside this PN.

Tech Specs: This image is composed of 104 x 15 second images at ISO 5,000 with 5 x 15 second darks and 5 x 1/4000 second bias frames using a Meade LX90 12” telescope and Canon 6D camera mounted on a Celestron CGEM-DX mount. Imaging was done on December 27, 2016 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

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…Tom

Orion Through Light Cloud Cover

I’ve been trying to experiment on wide field views, at lower ISO, and longer exposures, but the weather has not been cooperating. This is a single 4-minute exposure of Orion, obscured by light cloud cover, I think it was still a nice effect.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D with Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens mounted on an iOptron ZEQ25GT mount. Single 4-minute exposure, ISO 400, 70mm, f/2.8. Imaging was done on December 25, 2016 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

…Tom

Central Trapezium of the Orion Nebula

I captured this view of the central region of the Orion Nebula, called the Trapezium Cluster, on the night of December 27, 2016. It is also known as Theta-1 Orionis and is about 1,600 light-years away.

The four brightest stars have been designated A, B, C, and D (see picture). I also managed to see E and F in the grouping.

The Trapezium Cluster is what provides the light for the Orion Nebula (M42) in the constellation Orion. For this image, I was focusing on the central stars only.

Tech Specs: This image is composed of a single two second exposure at ISO 5,000 using a Meade LX90 12” telescope and Canon 6D camera mounted on a Celestron CGEM-DX mount. Imaging was done on December 27, 2016 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

…Tom

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