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Brian Straight
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Crab--full frame
Like the Horsehead Nebula posted the other day, this pic gives a good idea of the FOV of the f/3.9 Newtonian astrograph. The image shows a wide swath of sky with no visible vignetting. The pearly glow at the edges is likely a combination of amp glow and glo...

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The Elusive Horsehead Nebula--At Last!
I have never been able to image the Horsehead Nebula, but I finally succeeded last night with the DS 2.3+ and 8 inch Newt combo. This is an uncropped image, showing the wide field captured by this combination. Amp glow is fairly strong as I had to stretch t...

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Flame and Running Man 2-27-16
Here are images of the Flame and Running Man nebulas. I have never been able to image the Running Man, but this time I managed to capture some of the faint nebulosity that makes up this nebula. The Flame looks very good with this scope/imager combination (M...

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Feeling Crabby!
I imaged a number of objects with the DS 2.3+/8 inch Newt combo.  Here is a heavily cropped image of the Crab Nebula. Even though this is just a tiny part of the full frame, I'm very pleased with the level of detail in the nebula. This is a stack of 6-25-se...

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My best M42: Mallincam DS 2.3+, Mallincam 8 inch newt F/4
Mounted on the ZEQ 25, my new 8 inch f/4 Newtonian astrograph is a spectacular performer when paired with the DS 2.3+.  Here is an image of M42 with this combination; this is a 25 second exposure at gain 35, 8 images stacked in Nebulosity.  An amazing resul...

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Comparison of stacked images of the Orion Nebula using Deep Sky Stacker and Nebulosity
I took the same set of images and stacked them in DSS and in Nebulosity. There were some star registration problems due to mount alignment, but the clear winner in terms of alignment is Nebulosity. Here are the images: The first image was stacked in Nebulos...

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Mallicam DS2.3 Orion Nebula image stacked
Here is a stacked image of 6 frames (using Astortoaster/DS Stacker) from the Orion images captured yesterday (see the last blog post). I think it really shows what this camera can do!  The star registration is a little off, but the image is overall pretty d...

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Orion Nebula with the new Mallincam DS 2.3+
I just received my new Mallincam DS 2.3+. Unlike other Mallicams, this camera uses a 1/2" 1920 x 1280 progressive scan CMOS chip. While the chip has less sensitivity than many of the other Mallincams, it offers a combination of good sensitivity and high res...

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M42 Processed to Show Dark Lanes
Another image of M42 taken on 2.6.16. I processed this image to emphasize the complex nature of the dark lanes of gas and dust in the nebula.

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Messier 78
M78 is a reflection nebula in the Orion Molecular Cloud (OMC). The two stars in the center of the nebula in this image are 10th magnitude and it is the reflection of these stars in gas and dust that makes M78 visible. M78 is a stellar nursery, like much of ...
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