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Old 25-10-2020, 10:19 AM
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A bundle of images from a dark sky trip

Finally managed to get under a dark sky without clouds or rain! That said, there was not that much time without clouds! Hence the data is a bit sparse so please forgive the ropey images.

I was running two scopes - my usual RC8 (on a Mach1 with a ZWO 1600MM-C) plus an ED80 (on a NEQ6 with a QHY8) borrowed from a friend. A bit hectic trying to juggle both :-)

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Grus triplet
NGC 1097


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Old 25-10-2020, 03:31 PM
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Not ropey at all a fantastic collection of excellent images. NGC1097 stands out to me. Very sharp and detailed.

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Old 25-10-2020, 03:43 PM
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Wow, productive trip Paul, how many nights were you running all that gear to grab that lot? All look pretty good for quickies, a real astroimaging expedition that, nice work. Where do you go to image? Really like M33, feels similar to NGC 300 in many ways, would love to hit it with the FSQ-16803 but it only gets to a max of 24deg above the northern horizon from here... but I guess that would be about the same for you there?

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Old 25-10-2020, 04:04 PM
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Not ropey at all a fantastic collection of excellent images. NGC1097 stands out to me. Very sharp and detailed.

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Thanks Greg. NGC1097 certainly had by far the most imaging time. I had some data from a previous trip I added to it - so about 18 hours in total.

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Wow, productive trip Paul, how many nights were you running all that gear to grab that lot? All look pretty good for quickies, a real astroimaging expedition that, nice work. Where do you go to image? Really like M33, feels similar to NGC 300 in many ways, would love to hit it with the FSQ-16803 but it only gets to a max of 24deg above the northern horizon from here... but I guess that would be about the same for you there?

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Thanks Mike. Was there (southern Flinders ranges - a farm near Orroroo) for 5 nights - but only 2.5 nights clear. I had some NGC 1097 data from a trip there last month already though (about 6 hours worth), and a bit of Grus data. So had a head start :-)

Yeah, M33 was kind of low. I lost two subs because I was imaging basically over my shoulder and had my head torch on while beavering away on the laptop .... until I realised it was shining straight down the scope! Doh :-)
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Super productive trip! They're all so nice to my eye
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had my head torch on while beavering away on the laptop .... until I realised it was shining straight down the scope! Doh :-)
...not funny

OK sounds like a perfect spot, a Bortle class 1 area, nice Skies like that are a revelation to most, especially the first time you are under them

Do you do any visual observing while you image?

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Do you do any visual observing while you image?
Actually I did ponder taking my dob as well, but with the two imaging rigs in, I don't think it all would've fitted in the car..... unless I left the beer behind!!!
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Actually I did ponder taking my dob as well, but with the two imaging rigs in, I don't think it all would've fitted in the car..... unless I left the beer behind!!!
Ok, shame, under that sort of sky it is always worth a look....but makes perfect sense,

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Nice work Mister Duck, some great stuff there!
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Nice work Mister Duck, some great stuff there!
Thank you, Master Simpson.
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Brilliant stuff Paul, hope to find those dark skies myself one day.
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Brilliant stuff Paul, hope to find those dark skies myself one day.
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A nice collection and time well spent - that 1097 is a cracker!
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A nice collection and time well spent - that 1097 is a cracker!
Thanks Andy. Most effort went into NGC 1097, so glad it paid off :-)
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You certainly bagged out there Paul!
Each a winner taken from my favourite spot in Oz.

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You certainly bagged out there Paul!
Each a winner taken from my favourite spot in Oz.

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They are all excellent images, and in our view each deserves its own post and its own discussion.


The NGC 1097 in particular is something to be very proud of.
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