NGC7000 - The North American Nebula

    Exposure Details
    Lens Astro Tech AT65EDQ w/80mm 2" extension tube for focus
    Focal Length 420mm
    Focal Ratio F6.5
     
    Mount Takahashi EM200 Temma2M
    Guiding Orion Magnificient Mini Autoguider
     
    Camera Canon 1000D Rebel XS w/ Full Spectrum Modification
    Exposure 79 lights at 300 seconds each - 6.58 total hours
    Calibration 30 darks, no flats, no bias
     
    Date October 2nd, 3rd and 4th of the year 2013
    Temperature It was very cold!
    SQM Reading Bortle 1
    Seeing Great
    Location Kenton, OK
     
    Software Used Backyard EOS, Deep Sky Stacker, PixInsight, PHD Guiding
    Notes This image was taken from the dark skies of Kenton, OK during the 2013 Okie-Tex star party. I had a great time on this trip and this was actually a redo. I wanted something to shoot while I waited on Orion to rise at 2am! I didn't realize how much exposure I had on this one. Must have been one of those nights I crashed in the chair on accident =) Data for this image was collected over a consecutive 3 days. A very strange airplane flew over three times while I was taking this picture. The first pass, it had 2 fighter escorts. On it's third flyby later, it burned one of my subs. I described the lighting structure (which was very unique) to a retired USAF pilot and he thinks it was a B2 Stealth Bomber. Had I actually been able to pick up structure, that would have had APOD written all over it.


© 2015 Astrophotography by Jerry Gardner