IC 434 Horsehead Nebula and Flame Nebula

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IC 434 Horsehead Nebula and Flame Nebula

Unread post by menardre » Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:06 am

After our meeting last night I tried to find Comet Atlas. I was a bit disappointed. I was able to find it, but it was fainter than I expected.

While I was in the area I tried to image the Horsehead Nebula. Tom Hannigan's really nice image of that region prompted me to give it a try. I used the platesolve and auto-rotate functions of SGP to frame the Horsehead as shown. With the SVX130 refractor I just barely got all of the Horsehead and Flame nebulas along with the red nebulous regions surrounding them. I had to be very careful with platesolve to accurately center the objects and get the right angle. I took 66 images of 4 minutes using my ZWO ASI071. SGP handled the process nicely, performing an automated meridian flip and then re-platesolving accurately. Nice to be able to set things up and then go to bed.

I used only the Images Plus tools that I demonstrated last night...nothing fancy.

Roger
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Re: IC 434 Horsehead Nebula and Flame Nebula

Unread post by DonB » Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:22 am

Wow, superb image. Just about as good as it gets. Very nicely done. 8) 8) 8)
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Unread post by NGC7000 » Sun Nov 15, 2020 12:09 pm

Superb image, Roger. Just beautiful!

Sorry you had the sudden imagius interruptus with Zoom! :lol:

I did get a few tips I hadn't known, so a very valuable presentation for me.

Thank you,

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Unread post by Chuck » Sun Nov 15, 2020 12:16 pm

Great image Roger, you really have the automation process running smoothly. As always, thanks for sharing.
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Unread post by AstroGeek » Sun Nov 15, 2020 2:35 pm

Nice shot, Roger. Last night was quite transparent and dark, but the stars sure did twinkle.
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Unread post by Bruce D » Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:47 am

Nice work Roger, always great to see another of your images but I think this one is especially pleasing!
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Unread post by bluemax » Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:24 pm

Roger, nice trick you pulled on us! This is obviously a cut/paste conglomeration of various NASA Hubble images put together to fool us. Sorry Roger, but nobody can image this well. :D :D

I think I will sell my imaging stuff and try writing a novel or something.

Really nice work Roger!
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Unread post by menardre » Wed Nov 25, 2020 7:07 pm

Thanks for everyone's kind words.

I have been making steady progress with my imaging, but I continue to learn more each time.

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