Two more ongoing projects on the TMB that I hope may get finished before the observatory extension that will put me out of action for a while.
The Pacman nebula (NGC281) is a target that I have always considered to be very boring, with a very flat central area. In most cases (including my previous attempts) it's been very solid looking. I decided to give this another go and see if I could make something better of it than I had previously........ This is 30 hours worth of data, taken with the TMB152/1200, Mesu 200 and QSI690 with 3nm Chroma Ha, OIII and SII filters.
The Fish head nebula (IC1795) is part of the Heart nebula complex. This is 50 hours of total integration with the new QSI690 and Chroma 3nm narrowband filters.
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Today I received my 2018 Stargazing guide and I'm thrilled to see three of my images in the book (2 are duplicated)
Here's my M51 inside the front cover....... There's also the Cone nebula and the Veil nebula in the book .... and M51 and the Cone are used twice
The dual rig is here to stay and will soon be standing on its own two feet alongside the TMB scope........ data from 3 scopes each night!!!
Here's the start of the dual rig...... a Berlebach Planet tripod. This thing is rock solid.
I have wanted to image this for years....... I love it!!! Here's how it's looking so far! This is only 38x600s of exposures time in the luminance channel...... I need A LOT more before I consider there's enough data. But I'm happy with it already...... you can see the faint dust and I hope I can do this justice.
NGC896 has always eluded me in it's singular form and last night the demons struck again...... I was 3/4's of the way through this at over 25 hours of data and my camera cooler died.... so the other camera went on (A QSI690) but the field of view is so much smaller that I had to make a 2 pane mosaic to get the entire nebula in the frame.
This is a mosaic of only a single 30 minute exposure in each pane and absolutely no calibration frames and an 'auto' button click in APP software.
This is part of the Heart nebula, but I've always wanted to image it on it's own. Let's hope the gremlins have gone and the bad luck too and I can scratch this itch once and for all.
The new Eagle2 from PrimaLuceLab has landed!! Today I've connected the mounting system up and included the Eagle2 in the build. This will be the system I'll be running when the dual rig is working.
This is my latest image - 50 hours worth of data on the Iris nebula. I've imaged this now at three different focal lengths......I think this has been my favourite!
Sara Wager is an astrophotographer with published articles and images to her name