Archive for the “Sky 90 and SXVF-M26C” Category

Images taken with the 10-Megapixel Starlight Xpress M26C one-shot colour CCD and the Sky 90 refractor.

And here’s that recent Kappa Cassiopeia data expertly processed by Noel Carboni.

 

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Whilst working on the mini-WASP array last night I took a quick image of a reasonably bright star with the one good scope and camera.  The central star is Kappa Cassiopeia and the two open clusters above it are NGC 146 (on the left) and NGC 133 (on the right).  This is just 4 x 15-minute subs.

 

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While I have been trying to tune up scope 1 and camera 1 on the mini-WASP array, I have not wasted good imaging time :)   During the tuning periods I was imaging the same region with the well-tuned scope 2 and camera 2, a Sky 90 and an M26C one-shot colour camera.  So I have added around 3 and a half hours to the earlier 1 and a half hours worth of data taken in the same area.  Looks quite nice with a Milky Way backdrop and a ton of faint emission nebulosity coming through.

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To see if the polar alignment was up to it I took 3 x half hour subs of the Deneb region with mini-WASP camera 2 – looks like the polar alignment is good enough (but I need to tweak it more I know).  As these were only test shots amounting to one and a half hours total exposure I wasn’t expecting much from the data.  But Noel Carboni pulled out all the stops on this one and produced what is a pretty decent image given the lack of data.  Now if only I taken 8-hours worth of data :)

 

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Now that the mini-WASP array is beginning to turn out some images (even if it is only one scope/camera at a time) I have created a new section under CCD images – namely Sky 90 and M26C.  Hopefully, before too long, there will also be another category – Hyperstar III and M26C – once the amazing 10-Megapixel one-shot colour CCD is delivered by Starlight Xpress :)

 

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