Archive for the “mini-WASP Array” Category

The creation and use of the New Forest Observatory mini-WASP array

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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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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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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) just to see what I caught.

This shows more of the faint stuff in the region than I have managed to grab before with this kit.

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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 to go with the 24 x 20-minute subs taken in 2014.

Sky 90 array with the M26C OSC CCDs.

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And here is a 2-frame mosaic combining the IC2087 and SAO76573 frames taken with the Canon 200mm prime lenses and M26C OSC CCDs.

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Taken a couple of nights back, this is 10-hour’s worth of 20-minute subs centred on SAO67573 one frame to the right of IC2087 also taken with the Canon 200mm lenses and M26C OSC CCDs.  

At the top/centre there is a very interesting nebula Vdb 27.  The whole region of course is full of dust and dark nebulosity all part of the Taurus giant molecular cloud.

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A rather “quick and dirty” image of the region.  I need to get a lot more, deeper, subs of this region if I can this winter.

 

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Unbelievably last night was the 3rd clear night in a row – Moonless too!!

So – making best use of this gift I managed to grab the final left hand frame on the North America 3-pane mosaic.

This is a 29-hour total exposure time marathon using 20-minute sub-exposures.

2 x Canon 200mm prime lenses with 2 x Trius M26C OSC CCDs.

The first 3-framer with the Canon kit.

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

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