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Shapley 1

This is another test image of the 16" RCOS at Swan Reach Imaging. This time it is of the planetary nebula called Shapley 1.

The image has nearly 21 hours of data with the majority coming from narrow band data. Some of the outer halo can be seen in the image.

I think overall the resolution looks quite good when compared to other images taken at near sea level. It even looks quite good against the Chart 32 image of the same target.

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Old 22-06-2024, 05:29 PM
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That is a pretty amazing image.
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That's a lovely shot of this intriguing beauty Paul, colour is great too, very nice job

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Hi Paul,
yes - an excellent image and it does compare well with CHART32.

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A great image Paul. You're off to a flying start with that scope.

I wouldn't bother with a reducer as it's really a long focal length instrument best suited to galaxies and close ups of nebulas.

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Fantastic Paul. Colours and resolution perfect for this object. I agree with Greg as well in that you have a great narrow field setup there ideal for PNs, small galaxies and the like. An infinite array of objects to keep you busy for eons
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Very shapley IMO
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Lovely work Paul, I wasn't expecting the stunning clarity when I clicked the link to the larger image.

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This is a great image!, and TBH, it's breaking my brain a little bit.
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Lovely stuff, Paul! Beautiful coloring, almost looks like flower petals around the edge.
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Thank you everyone for the compliments and comments.

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A great image Paul. You're off to a flying start with that scope.

I wouldn't bother with a reducer as it's really a long focal length instrument best suited to galaxies and close ups of nebulas.

Greg.
I never really considered buying a reducer for this scope. I am sure there will be many years of exploration with this scope.

I do doubt I'll get to use it much though . As of the 1st of July it is being rented and I have a fairly long list of people interested in imaging with it for three months at a time or longer. I think it will be very popular for imaging all those really hard to get at targets.
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Stunning image Paul. Wow...
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Wow. It's amazing.
That's why I came here to take the knowledge to the same images. Great job

How many years have you been doing this?
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Thanks guys.


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Wow. It's amazing.
That's why I came here to take the knowledge to the same images. Great job

How many years have you been doing this?
Hmm let's see. Photography of the night sky started in the early to mid 80's. I made the transition to digital in 2002 and have been imaging ever since then. It's a life long learning experience, I seem to always be learning some new tricks or even software. It just gets into your blood after a while.
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