Category Archives: Sky 90 and SXVF-M26C

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

Procyon region from 22/03/2017

No Moon and some clear sky between 8:15 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Set up the 2 x 200mm lenses on the Procyon region for the first of 2 frames containing Procyon and Gomeisa.  Got the Procyon frame and cropped it … Continue reading

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M45 – Noel Carboni process

And here’s what can be done with my data when Noel Carboni (Florida, U.S.A.) gets his hands on it. Sure hasn’t lost his touch!!

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Composited M45

I composited last night’s deeeep M45 data with some older shallower data with good colour and ended up with this result:

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Deeeeeep M45

Yet another beautiful clear Moonless night last night – and best positioned for some deeeeep imaging was M45, the Pleiades. Managed to grab 18 x 40-minute (yes that IS 40-minute!!) subs and very quickly processed (leaving in the plane trails) … Continue reading

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Hind’s Variable nebula

Hind’s Variable nebula, Struve’s Lost nebula, Burnham’s nebula, NGC1555 – they’re all the same thing and it is the orange thing in the centre of this image. A beautiful clear night last night allowed me to grab 41 x 20-minutes … Continue reading

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Composite of the IC2087 region

Got 6 x 20-minute subs with the Canon 200mm lens which I added to some earlier Sky 90 data.

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17 hours on the NGC6914 region in Cygnus

I managed to get a further 10 hours to add to the initial 7 hours taken using the Sky 90/M26C array – 20-minute sub-exposures. I don’t think that the additional 10-hours added much in the way of depth to this … Continue reading

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The NGC6914 region in Cygnus

Last night I got 7 hours of 20-minute subs on the NGC6914 region using the Sky 90 array.  The result is shown here.  As it is clear (and now Moonless) I am going for a bunch more 20-minute subs tonight … Continue reading

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Image of the Month

Here is the New Forest Observatory Image of the Month – last bit of data acquired only last night. This is a 2-framer of the Heart nebula region taken using the Sky 90 array and the M26C OSC CCDs.  The … Continue reading

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Two Carbon stars near Cygni 32

Last night I managed to get 10 x 10-minute subs using the Sky 90 array on the Cygni 32 region.  Pretty amazed that I could see some nebulosity with so few (shallow) subs.  Anyway – main point of the exercise … Continue reading

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