The Bode and Cigar are a galactic duo fairly high in the north sky these evenings. Wish I could stay up all night sometimes but I do like my sleep too! My setup is not automated to the point of trusting things to run themselves, so I still have to call it and shut down at some point. At least I can monitor things from the couch with one eye open while imaging.
From January 15th.
My first attempt taking “flat frames” with a lighted panel over the telescope front. The scope is pointed straight up with the light just resting there. These frames are used to correct for “dust bunnies” and other artifacts in the imaging train that can detract from a clean image. Now to see if it all works.
The all to often go to nebula is actually very challenging to do well because of the extreme contrast in the field of view. From December 23rd 2017
Sometimes it’s just about the stars. The Spiral Cluster is an “open cluster” said to be just over 1600 light years away. Can’t say for sure because I have not been there myself, but I hear it’s a decent neighborhood.
Bubble Nebula from Tuesday night. Fun target but pushing my current gear. Fun to think of working with a better setup, but it would also involve more work. For now simple is satisfying.