Got today’s EPOD with the North America & Pelican nebulae image that  you can see just a couple of posts below.

Cramming so many stars into such a small image size makes it look like the Milky Way stars aren’t resolved.  But if you zoom in on the image you can in fact clearly see right down to the smallest individual star.

Many thanks again to Jim at EPOD for continuing to publish my work.  That is EPOD number 84.

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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 to see if I can improve the image at all.  The first bit of real experimental imaging work I have carried out on the Sky 90 array since putting it all together.

I have a feeling I know what next month’s Image of the Month might turn out to be.

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From the end of October I managed to get a one and a half framer of the Sadr region using the 200mm lens array.

It should of course had been a 2-framer but I only shifted the frame by half a frame horizontally 🙁 

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A couple of nights ago I managed to grab 24 x 20-minute subs of the M52 region using the 2 x Canon 200mm prime lenses and 2 x Trius M26C 10-Megapixel OSC CCDs.  I had to shut down for an hour in the middle of the imaging run when a cloud bank came over, and I was not very precise in setting up the frame after the meridian flip which is why the image is a lot narrower than it should be.  Still – “claws” can be seen (just) and the Bubble and M52 came out reasonably well.

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And from a couple of nights ago – here is the Sadr region with the Canon 200mm lens array using 10 x 15-minute subs.

Should get some more time on this one and then try to grab the frame to the right as well.

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Got the 2 x Trius M26C cameras VERY flat and very well focused last night before starting a run on the North America nebula region.

Managed to get 17 x 20-minute subs before the Moon rose above the rooftops in the NE.  Result below.

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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 lower frame (captured last night) is 8-hours worth of 20-minute subs and the upper frame is 5-hours worth of 20-minute subs.  The frames were assembled in Registar and processing was carried out in Photoshop CS3 using Noel Carboni’s Photoshop Actions for Astronomy.

Although this could do with still more data I need to move onto something new for my next target.

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Got today’s Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD) with a Sky90 array shot of the Carbon star La Superba.

Thank you Jim at EPOD for continuing to publish my work.

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Peter Rusling has also used one of the Amazon supplied light panels for taking flats.  He says:

“I’ve bought one of these excellent panels and thought I’d share that the light USB L4S version will mount safely on a £15 articulated TV arm in an obsy using Velcro. This allows me to position it up against either of my scopes and has the added bonus of providing an observatory light (albeit white) when stowed against the wall.”

A picture of Peter’s setup is shown below.

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