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Old 09-04-2024, 12:59 PM
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Hi all - this is my second image with the (still not fully tuned in) Esprit 80.

The wide-field of this scope allows the whole of this large object to be imaged and I was able able to include both the planetary nebula PK 294-00 1 and the nearby star cluster NGC 3766.
IC 2944 imaged here in HOO (Antlia ALPT filter) with RGB stars (Optolong L-Pro filter) from Bortle 7 skies. I would've liked more data on this but the weather has other ideas so it'll have to do for now.

Higher Res version available here: Astrobin IC2944

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A nice result Pete, loving PK 294-00.1, it really stands out

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Great stuff! So glad you managed to fit both the PN and cluster in they really add to the scene!
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I like that image a lot.

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Thatís a good set up there Pete and itís nice to be able to grab the whole object in the one field. A great result
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Excellent result Peter
Nicely framed and processed
For only 2 hours the image resolution is really clean under B7 skies ( with no moon around helps too I suppose )
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A nice result Pete, loving PK 294-00.1, it really stands out

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Thanks Mike - even some hints of detail in it despite it's diminutive size (68" across) & the scope's short focal length.

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Great stuff! So glad you managed to fit both the PN and cluster in they really add to the scene!
Thanks Dave! I decided not to suppress the stars too much as the star field in this region is pretty impressive.

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I like that image a lot.

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Thanks Greg - much appreciated.

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Thatís a good set up there Pete and itís nice to be able to grab the whole object in the one field. A great result
Thanks Rodney!
I thought long and hard about what focal length I wanted for a wide-field imaging scope and decided 400mm was just right (for an APSC sensor at least). Still a bit of fine-tuning to be done with this setup but it's not too far away.

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Excellent result Peter
Nicely framed and processed
For only 2 hours the image resolution is really clean under B7 skies ( with no moon around helps too I suppose )
Well done !!

Martin
Thanks Martin! Yep - further integration would surely help firm up some of the finer details but I'm happy with it for just over 2 hours. It's nice to be imaging at f5 (vs f6.5 of the scope it's effectively replacing). I've still got some fine-tuning to do in terms of backfocus & tilt so the setup is still a work in progress.
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Very nice, mate! Great wide field.
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Very nice, mate! Great wide field.
Thanks Gray!
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Really nice! Including the open cluster in the frame was a great decision! really nice!
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Really nice! Including the open cluster in the frame was a great decision! really nice!
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