Old 10-06-2019, 01:01 AM
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Ngc 6744

Inspired by Tim Anderson's shot of this galaxy a few days back, I decided to have a go at it on Friday night. The forecast for Friday was that was to be the pick of the bunch over the long weekend.

I drove out to my regularly visited dark sky site 1 hr drive north of where I live and it wasn't long after I had set up that I realised it was not going to be as good as predicted. Average to poor seeing and a breeze that strengthened as the night progressed confirmed that.

Oh well, never mind, just get it over and done with and head back home This object is rather dim so I used my modded Canon 550d at 1600iso which introduced noise. I took 60 x 1min subs through the 8 inch f5 Newt, unguided on a Heq5pro mount using a CC and UV/IR cut filter.

To finish the night I did a quick 5 x 1min exposure of Ngc 5139 and a video grab of Saturn ( which is where the bad seeing was most noticeable). Despite the disappointing conditions, I was reasonably happy with my image of Ngc 6744. I'll definitely have another got at this one.
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Old 10-06-2019, 06:55 AM
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They all look pretty good to me and I would be very pleased with such a fine result.
I think part of the game is doing the best with what you have in conditions less than ideal.
Its a long time since I have had everything just right..never actually☺
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Old 11-06-2019, 06:51 AM
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Very nice!
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Old 11-06-2019, 08:39 AM
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Thanks Alex and Tim. I guess you're right Alex, I don't think I can remember an occasion where excellent conditions ticked all the boxes!
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