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27-02-2012, 05:19 PM
Weather has finally started to improve and I can now use the last week of my holidays to take as many pictures as possible. Here's the first one up Centaurus A a nice easy one.

Object NGC 5128 (Centauris A)
Date Taken: 26/02/2012
Telescope: Northgroup ED127 APO
Aperture: 127 mm
Telescope Mount Model: Skywatcher EQ6PRO
Camera Model: QHY10
Frames: 10 x 10 min, No Darks or Flats
Integration Time: 1 hr 40 min
Guiding Method: SSAG (Maxim DL)
Bortle Scale Zone: 4

Larger Pic http://www.pbase.com/image/141762089

All comments / advice are appreciated.
Thanks for looking

Paul :thumbsup:

27-02-2012, 05:32 PM
Hi Paul,

You really brought out the halo of 5218!
Don't think Iv'e seen it to that extent before.

Thanks for that one.



27-02-2012, 05:45 PM
That looks great Paul. Nice to have some cooler nights here in Perth finally. Definitely will give this a crack for my next target.

27-02-2012, 05:54 PM
Paul, I would say the scope was a bit out'a focus mate :question: how are you focusing?

Three rules of imaging: Focus, Focus and Focus (then Beer :drink:)


27-02-2012, 06:24 PM
Thanks Justin, yes it does glow !

I've been on 3 weeks of holiday and two have gone in a cloud of smoke and bad weather :(

Hi Mike, I've been using a Bahtnov but I noticed when i went to process this that it was a bit soft, I'm a bit dubious about the focuser and I think it slipped slightly with the high angle I was taking this picture at.... I was thinking of replacing the standard focuser with a 2.5" moonlight, motorised like the one I have on my RC10. then I can use autofocus in Maxim to get a better result.

All the best


Ross G
01-03-2012, 06:50 PM
Great photo Paul.

Nice detail and colour.