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DSLR Herschel 400 Catalog astrophotography

Posted: 27 October 2022

On my way to the observatory I saw this thin crescent Moon in the southwestern sky.


Open: Wednesday, 26 October 2022, 1815 MST
Temperature: 71°F
Session: 1794
Conditions: Clear

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 9mm 100° eyepiece
2" 30mm eyepiece

iPhone 13 Pro Max

SYNCed the observatory clock to WWV.

1826 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed Saturn, 102X and 271X.

Attached the LiDAR Cover on the iPhone 13 Pro Max and mounted the iPhone on the 9mm eyepiece using the Levenhuk adapter. Took this afocal 271X image of Saturn using NightCap Camera (ISO 2000, 1/100sec, 1X lens).


Viewed M17 (Swan Nebula), 81X.

Mounted the iPhone with LiDAR Cover on the 30mm eyepiece using the Levenhuk adapter. Took this StarLock autoguided afocal 81X image of M17 using NightCap Camera (Long Exposure, Light Boost, ISO 32000, 1sec, 1 minute, 1X lens).


Mounted the D850 DSLR at prime focus, focused on the star Altair, locked the 12" mirror, and SYNCed on Altair. Began imaging some Herschel 400 Catalog objects for my Herschel 400 Catalog album. StarLock autoguided; 1 minute, ISO 800 (star clusters); 1 minute, ISO 1600 (nebula); and 5 minutes, ISO 1600 (galaxy).

NGC6866 (open cluster)

NGC6882 & NGC6885 (open cluster)

NGC6905 (planetary nebula)

NGC6910 (open cluster)

NGC6934 (globular cluster)

NGC6939 (open cluster)

NGC6940 (open cluster)

NGC6946 (galaxy)

2026 MST: StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed Jupiter, 102X and 271X.

2038 MST: LX600 OFF.

2049 MST: Took a Sky Quality reading and reported the result to Globe at Night.

Close: Wednesday, 26 October 2022, 2052 MST
Temperature: 54°F
Session Length: 2h 37m
Conditions: Clear, SQM 20.91

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