First light ASI2600MC

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M51 14x300s SQM20 27MEI2020 ASI2600MC ESPRIT120 F7 Gain0 -10C 100% V2

Really need to learn how to use this camera and process the images, very different again from B/W and DSLR. The gain was set to “0” (“Maximum dynamic range”). Using the 120mm Esprit @ F7 native focal length of 883mm. As a first impression also the camera takes a lot longer to cool down compared to the ASI183MM and the files are pretty large at 50 Mb.

Venus & Mercury before sunset

With the crescent Moon as a reference, this was the moment to find Venus and Mercury back, in plain daylight, just before they would both hide behind the roofs & trees. Actually this is my first ever Mercury picture (widefield excluding). Both pictures with the Esprit 120 & ASI290MM.

Thin crescent of Venus.