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M57 - The ring nebula

M57 - The ring nebula
M57 - The ring nebula
Zoomglass
clock 2013-05-01 0 comment(s)

Quote The nights in Stockholm are quickly getting brighter and brighter, so we decided that we should go out and do some astronomy before it was too late. We went out on a day/night that is known as "Valborg" in Sweden, where people basically go out and drink :-)

As we understood this might be the last night for this season, we took out both the LX200 and the LX50. The LX50 was used to look at Saturn (as we failed to get the planet-camera to work), whilst we imaged deep-sky with the LX200. One nice detail about this image is that the spiral galaxy IC 1296 is visible as a tiny smudge, just to the above/right of the ring nebula. As always, we had some problems with the autoguiding, but we think the two images from this night turned out pretty well! It was a long night, and it was not bedtime until 04.00 AM. Quote

Date: 2013-05-01
Location: Ekerö, Sweden
Temperature: 5 °C
Telescope: Meade LX200GPS 12" SCT
Camera: Canon 600D
ISO: 1600
Mount: Meade fork-mount
Exposure time: 97X15 sec
Reducer/flattener: F/6.3 reducer
Other info: Autoguided with 50mm scope, Meade DSI Pro and GPUSB interface.
Processing: Aligned and stacked in DSS, processed in photoshop

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