Further on M27

Maybe this is not a very good object to practise Ha imaging? I’m not sure what the main consistentency is of this object…. the outer halo does not show very well, and also all blue parts are not visible. I guess this is a work in progress.

Anyhow this is a test object just to get my SGP and automated focusser / filter wheel working. That doesn’t go vbery smooth. I lost a few hours last evening under a clear sky, tampering with the PegasusAstro focuscube, trying to get it working with SGP’s autofocus. In short: it’s not working yet! The picture below is M27 with 178 minutes of H-Alfa.

NGC4565 in Coma Berenices

And what a beautiful edge-on sprial galaxy this is! I made almost 3 hrs of 120-second frames with the ASI183mm Pro and the Esprit. Then I combined the resulting monochrome (Black/White) image with the older C11/Nikon D750 color frames I had from last year. This process included debayering of the color frames into a Red, Green and Blue version. And again recombining an LRGB with the monochrome and RGB frames. Finishing in APP (Background neutralisation, removing Lightpollution ) and in Photoshop.

This is the monochrome ASI image. It is wortwhile exploring it a full resolution in Astrobin, detecting the many little galaxies in the background.

Since the Field of View of the Esprit/ASI is much larger then the C11/Nikon, this image was cropped to fit the color frames.

M106 added more data

I could add 116 shots of 120 seconds, in an attempt to bring out the outer spiral arms more clear. The total integration time is now over 8 hours and this is the LRGB combination below (all shot from Meldert, Belgium). Click on the picture to go to Astrobin.

These 4 nights were more or less used, there was some high-altitude clouds passing by which not always affect the photometer (click for a larger image)