|vega in lyra|
700d + nt150L 1x30s @ ISO12800
My annual visit to Pegasus was blessed this year by crystal clear seeing helped by warm conditions which didn't drop below the dew-point, so obviating the need for the atmosphere to support its usual burden of air saturated with water vapour; IOW haze.
Here's last year's try with the Celestron refractor dating back to my Alcarria days of the '90s. This year, the -longer- exposures are spread over 2 nights with the no nonsense Bresser reflector managing to retain some good colour data. With distances from 40-300 million light years...
|celestron 6" f8 refractor|
|bresser 6" f8 reflector|
|galaxiy clusters ngc7331 deer lick and (top right) stephan's quintet in pegasus|
700d + nt150L 36x360s @ ISO800
Low to the south with only Fomalhaut for company, this is faint but -for a planetary nebula- large. Only 700 ly distant, it is formed by the central star at the end of it's life shedding outer layers of gas. Poor guiding and dew forming on the tube around 11:30, I almost gave up but glad I didn't. I may collect more snaps to see if I can tease out more detail.
|planetary nebula ngc7293 the helix in aquarius|
700d + pn208 31x150s @ ISO 800
Looking for something to image with a big gibbous moon? How about this neglected old cluster? Old, because usually orange stars have been around longer than their white and blue counterparts. No one seems to care about it. I suppose not that surprising with everything else going on in that bit of the sky. So, here's a redress of balance bringing you this neat little number, 700 ly distant.
|open cluster ngc6819 in cygnus|
700d + pn208 33x120s @ ISO800
First diagnosis turned out correct; the filter screwed onto the end of the cc.
Replace with the clip CLS and...
Not as well defined -maybe the seeing was not as good- but at least no tail. Managed 7 snaps of...
nebula ngc7635 bubble and cluster m52 in cepheus
700d CLS + pn208 7 x 300s @ ISO 800