The second New Forest Observatory “Deep-Sky Image of the Week” has been created by astrophotographer Annie Morris – another PAIG imaging lady (come on guys, where are your images? You’re being totally creamed by the girls!!!). I had absolutely no problem or hesitation in choosing this remarkable narrowband panorama of the North America nebula/Pelican nebula region from Annie as the “Deep-Sky Image of the Week” for this week 🙂 Here are the imaging details provided by Annie:
This image has a total integration time of 72 hours and took 3 months to complete using an Orion EON80ED and Atik 314L+.
Image type: Full narrowband (SII, Ha, OIII) mosaic
Camera: Atik 314L+
Guide camera: Starlight XPress Lodestar
Scope: Orion EON 80ED
Filters: Astronomik Ha, SII, & OIII
Total Integration Time: 72 hours
Integration time/channel: Ha-58 hrs 40 min, OIII-6 hrs 20 min, SII-7 hrs
Mapping: Modified HST (SII, Ha, OIII), Luminance (Ha)
I think you have pipped me on total imaging time with this one Annie – my maximum is somewhere between 60 and 70 hours (pretty sure not more than 70) for M31 and for the whole of the Veil nebula which was a 2-framer taken in RGB, H-alpha and OIII. So I can fully appreciate the mammoth effort that you have put into creating this amazing skyscape 🙂 You have also given me a huge incentive to get the mini-WASP array focus trained for H-alpha, H-beta, OIII and SII filters so that I can start adding a bit of narrowband to the one-shot colour data as well.
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