IC342 Galaxy, IC410 Nebula
Posted: 30 December 2018
Saturday, 29 December 2018, dawned very cold (25.7°F). Had a very rare "ice spike" in one of our bird baths:
Open: Saturday, 29 December 2018, 1842 MST
Conditions: Clear, breezy
1847 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision ON.
Viewed IC342 (galaxy) and then IC410 (faint nebula), 102X.
I then set up to image both of these Deep Sky Objects (DSOs). Mounted the D850 DSLR at prime focus + Optec focal reducer, focused on the star Capella using an Astrozap Bahtinov Mask, locked the ScopeStuff 12" Primary Mirror Lock, and SYNCed the AutoStar on Capella.
1908 MST: StarLock ON.
Seeing conditions were erratic, which resulted in some autoguiding difficulties. I did manage to get images of IC342 and IC410, StarLock autoguided, 5 minutes, ISO 6400, White Balance 4000K:
1939 MST: StarLock OFF.
Removed the camera and viewed M42 (the Great Nebula in Orion), 102X.
1947 MST: High Precision OFF.
Several of our holiday party guests came out to the observatory and viewed M42 (the Great Nebula in Orion) through the 12" telescope at 102X. I also pointed out some sights that were visible in our dark sky, in particular the Winter Milky Way.
2019 MST: LX600 OFF.
Close: Saturday, 29 December 2018, 2025 MST
Session Length: 1h 43m|
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