Saturday, July 14, 2007

Sh2-171 Calf Head Nebula In Cepheus

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©2007 Richard Murray

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Techno Stuff: 7/13/07 ATK-16hr, Megrez 80mm APO at F/6, mounted on LX90 8" SCT, Ha 6nm 40 minutes total with 20 min subs, binning 1x1, Autoguided with CCD Labs Q-Guide and PHDGuide from LX90, Darks Applied, CCDStack, Photoshop CS2, PixInsight

Notes: My original plan was to just try out my new Q-Guide autoguider (cmos webcam) and PHDGuide expecting a night of frustration while I worked the bugs out. Even if it was the unlucky mornning of Friday the 13th, after a few hiccups the darn thing started to work, so I went over to the constellation Cepheus and got this image. Notice the large Calf Head in the upper center (Keep looking, you'll see it. Hint - It's turned sideways with the nose pointing right).

This is part of a much larger nebula, much too large for my setup, but I managed to also image another portion near the bottom of the complex which I'll post next after the processing is done.


Anonymous said...

Hi Rick!

You are so lucky to have a hobby that just gets better with time. And I can see the little cow too. Funny but if you were to draw a line straight down from the tip of his/her nose it looks like there is a little bunny (facing left) nestled in the great cosmos...

What a great time of year to be out star gazing too.


Rick said...

Thanks Nancy. I really do enjoy my hobby.

And yes I do see that bunny only mine is facing towards me and looks like a cartoon bunny. No kidding! I guess it's like searching for objects in a cloud. Everybody sees something different.