With the moon approaching full, I don’t want to start another full imaging project. I’ve learned my lesson with trying that. Instead, I took a nice clear night and did a little Electronically Assisted Astronomy. From the comfort of my desk, I was able to look at over 10 objects in real time. I also streamed the experience on Twitch.
I use Sharpcap to live stack images of targets as they come in. I usually use 20-30 second exposures. I also still use PHD2 for guiding. This gives good results quickly. Each image below is around 10 minutes of exposure time. The images are still mighty noisy, but you can see a surprising amount of detail from my light polluted skies.
First up is the Pegasus cluster.
The Deerlick group and Stephan’s Quintet fit nicely in frame. Though I have imaged them before, I always like to take a look.
Having just finished the Western Veil nebula on my widefield rig (though I goobered the hell out of all those stars), I wanted to see what the eastern side looked like in a close-up. I might have to do a project of this one next year.
Nearby, I always have to take a gander at Andromeda.
Wakka wakka, here comes the Pacman!
I also recently did the North America nebula with my widefield, and a prominent part of it is the Cygnus Wall. I wanted to see what it looked like close up. I think this will make the list for next year.
Everyone’s favorite white dwarf remnant, the Ring, just fit in before the trees.
I have imaged the Tulip before, but why not while it’s out?
We barely fit the Double Cluster.
And finally, we have the Fishhead!