M27 - The Dumbell Nebula

    Exposure Details
    Lens Sky-Watcher Esprit 150
    Focal Length 1050mm
    Focal Ratio F7
    Mount Paramount MX+
    Guiding Lodestar X2 Off Axis Guiding
    Camera Starlight Xpress Trius SX694 using Baader RGB filters
    Exposure 12 lights each RGB at 300 seconds - 3 hours total
    Calibration 30 darks, no flats, 100 bias
    Date September 5th of the year 2016
    Temperature -20 C Below Ambient
    SQM Reading A very dark and clear Bortle 2
    Seeing Great
    Location Three Rivers Foundation - Crowell, TX
    Software Used Sequence Generator Pro, PixInsight, PHD Guiding, Photoshop, TheSky X Pro
    Notes This was a first light image for the camera setup and I must say, I'm pleasantly pleased. The sky had cleared up very nicely before I started capturing the data for this image. I remember viewing this object through a telescope as a kid. It was one of the first objects I learned to find by star hopping. I will later capture a nice set of Ha and OIII to combine with it. This is actually some of the cleanest color data I've ever seen.


© 2017 Astrophotography by Jerry Gardner