NGC 6992 - The Veil Nebula

Submitted by jimwcoleman

After inadvertently seriously disabling my Meade 8" LX200R last night out (necessitating these repairs), I set out tonight to prove that my repair work is solid.

Having been disassembled, the scope was completely out of collimation and out of alignment. After some star collimation and alignment work, I slewed to the Veil Nebula and started shooting.

This was the final result, and is good enough to certify the repair. It's great to be back in business!

Here are the specifics:

Canon 60D at prime focus on an 8" Meade LX200R
ISO 1600
85 x 67 second subs
11 darks
Guided by PHD (Orion ST80, Orion Starshoot guider)
Processed in Maxim DL.

Enjoy! To see the full version, click on the headline of this article and then on the picture when the full article loads. :)

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Submitted by swingin on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 11:59

That's a fantastic picture! Is your Canon the moded version? Crystal clear. For pictures like this do you have to have an auto guider? I've never used one myself, astronomy isn't a cheap hobby :) Nice job!!


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Submitted by jimwcoleman on Fri, 09/23/2016 - 09:41

Thanks! This was my unmodded camera, the Canon 60D. The Canon T3i is my modded camera. Yes, I did autoguide with PHD and an Orion ST80 mounted atop the OTA. I, too, was surprised by the clarity. The original RAW subs show very little, so I was plenty surprised when I stacked it in MaximDL. Didn't even require much post-processing. :)


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Submitted by swingin on Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:47

Do you use filters? Narrowband, nebula, OIII? It's a beautiful shot I must say.


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