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Old 03-06-2021, 04:15 PM
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Full Moon and faint nebulae

Having just seen JA's nice image, I was clearly not the only one with this mad idea, to image the Scorpius nebulae next to the Moon! As far as I can see it was really quite a rare event, imaging nebulae next to the Moon: eclipses are rare enough in your location, then eclipses in proximity to nebulae are once or twice a decade globally. It's June 2029 for the next opportunity, and only if you're in South America...
Most of the Antares/Rho Ophiuchi nebulae show up, and there's even the brightest edge of the Blue Horsehead next to the Moon.

This was 45 x 15 & 20s shots, EOS6DII with 100mm lens at f/5, and a single 6s image for the unblurred Moon, all taken between 8:59 & 9:35pm. PixInsight and Photoshop for the stacking and processing. I'd have got more shots but I had intervalometer issues and my camera memory card filled up while I was distracted imaging with the main telescope. Not the most straightforward event with only 14 minutes of totality and a few more either side to play with.

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Old 03-06-2021, 04:40 PM

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Well done Andy .... You've got some nice colour in Rho Oph as well as some nebulosity AND some detail in the Moon

(Mine Rho Oph & Eclipse was closer to a monochrome yellow, with some blue and red (if you imagine) . Thanks for the heads up on the next one in 2029 . That should give enough time for setup.


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Old 03-06-2021, 06:35 PM
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This is a brilliant shot Andy. Congratulations!
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Old 04-06-2021, 04:09 PM
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That's uber cool! Amazing shot. That neb around Rho is super faint. Really well done.
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Old 04-06-2021, 09:52 PM
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Was looking forward to your capture, Andy, how good is that, , Job well done in my books. Good Stuff
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Nice one!
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