Luna through the little Sharpstar

This little scope really lives up to it’s name. A pretty sharp single shot (not stacked with a CMOS camera) through the Nikon D750. Click the picture for a larger version.

And this is the mandatory picture of Venus and the Plejades! The fierce planet will cross through the asterism this weekend.

And at last a single shot 30 seconds of the Orion Nebula. Unguided with an HEQ5, ISO 200. Pretty cool!

NGC3628 and it’s “tidal tail”

It very rarely happens that we ‘ve got 9 nights in a row (around new Moon!) here in Belgium. Next to the main setup I have put the little SharpStar to use to capture- every night 10-minute frames of this area. Even with the Optolong LPS the large field gave a clear gradiënt of light pollution.

Seeing the tail appear after 145 frames made me smile 🙂
So yes it’s possible to capture this feature in SQM 20 type skies, you only need a lot of patience I guess (or a faster scope).