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Location of Photo:

Upper Tantallon NS

Date/Time of photo:

May 30, 2020


Esprit 100, ASI2600MC Pro, ASIAIR Pro


Dark nebulae certainly don't draw the same level of attention as some of the brighter, more colorful objects in the sky. With Galaxy season in full swing I looked for an obscure target in telescopius that would occupy my wide field refractor and give me a challenge to image and process. I found this area in the northern sky in the Constellation Cepheus, and it includes Dark Nebulae LDN 1259, 1261, and 1262 plus Bright Nebule LBN 573 and 575. Big thanks to Ron Brecher for his feedback and tips on how to improve my image. If you need help in Pixinsight, Ron is a great resource. Exposure: 14 hrs of 240s exposures at f/5.5 Gain 100 Telescope: Skywatcher Esprit 100 ED APO Imaging Camera: ZWO ASI 2600MC Pro Guiding: Skywatcher EVOGuide Scope with ASI120MM camera Filter: None Mount: Skywatcher EQ6R-Pro Calibration: 30 flats and flat darks @5s Hardware Control: ASIAIR Pro, Pegasus Power Box and ZWO EAF Processing: The selected images were pre-processed and processed using Pixinsight with a 1x CFA Drizzle