IC 1396 in Cepheus (the top half) 22 August 2012

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Guess who got an ED80 for his birthday then? :)

This is my first half successful attempt at using the thing with my new go-faster budget guiding kit :) Guiding was fine, but I ran out of vis towards the end, and as the Reading Fest had just kicked off, I had to contend with searchlights passing through the frame every 20 seconds or so! So on that basis, this ain't too bad - even though it needed a little encouragement during the processing :) Horrendously noisy, hence the small image :)

SW ED80/EQ5
Nikon D70 modded, iso 1250, Baader Neodymium filter
15 x 6 mins for a total of 1 hour 30 minutes
Guiding: Quickcam Pro4000/9x50 finderscope, PHD
Stacked in DSS and processed in CS5

FrankGuido, Erik N Larsen, grahamxx, and 16 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. carlini.sonia 20 months ago | reply

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  2. kaz under the sky 20 months ago | reply

    superior detail !

  3. Parishes of the Buzzard 20 months ago | reply

    Excellent space image. Well done.

  4. Astrocatou 20 months ago | reply

    Need to change your Flickr name now...

  5. BudgetAstro 20 months ago | reply

    Ha! Yeah - I thought that. But I didn't have to pay for it, so it's still budget! :)
    Thanks chaps! :)

  6. write_adam 20 months ago | reply

    Great shot Doug.

  7. BudgetAstro 20 months ago | reply

    Thanks Adam :) Good luck on your upcoming happy event! :)

  8. floppypaws 20 months ago | reply

    Very nice Doug, and happy birthday!

  9. BudgetAstro 20 months ago | reply

    Cheers Pete :)

  10. astrometry.net 20 months ago | reply

    Hello, this is the blind astrometry solver. Your results are:
    (RA, Dec) center:(324.462111655, 57.4907302433) degrees
    (RA, Dec) center (H:M:S, D:M:S):(21:37:50.907, +57:29:26.629)
    Orientation:94.19 deg E of N

    Pixel scale:7.66 arcsec/pixel

    Parity:Reverse ("Left-handed")
    Field size :2.20 x 1.43 degrees

    Your field contains:
    IC 1396

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  11. kappacygni 20 months ago | reply

    Congrats on the ED80 and very nice work. No searchlights in sight. Sorry about the rather slow response, my hotel in Cornwall just replaced their router so I have been without connection for some time !

  12. Terry Hancock www.downunderobservatory.com 20 months ago | reply

    Doug, Congrats on first light, the new scope and happy birthday......what a triple treat :)
    I apologize as well, just after you posted this our internet went down for 3 days (I think I told you earlier) anyhow great shot mate......expecting some big things from you now! :)

  13. BudgetAstro 20 months ago | reply

    Cheers guys. I'll let you both off this time, but don't let it happen again ;)

  14. che2525 20 months ago | reply

    Search lights? I thought the London Blitz ended a long time ago? That's a great photo Doug! I'm confident it will be one of series of fantastic images. Happy Birthday,

  15. BudgetAstro 20 months ago | reply

    Cheers Cliff :) Noticed last night that the bloody searchlights are still there, coming from both east and west and crossing just about over my house! Maybe some company advertising of something. They are faint, but bright enough to make a difference. Now, where did I put that club hammer....:)

  16. Marq05 (Denis) 19 months ago | reply

    Very nice shot Doug !!!

  17. Martin P Campbell 19 months ago | reply

    Impressive image and processing.

  18. BudgetAstro 19 months ago | reply

    Thanks guys :)

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