© paulsastrophotography 2018

Finding Heart Nebula

The Heart Nebula lies to the left hand side and slightly south of the big “W” that is the constellation of Cassiopeia. Imaging *UPDATE* Now that I have a reducer/flattener I decided to have another go at the Heart Nebula due to its size. What the reducer/flattener does is to 1) reduce the focal length, which in turn gives me a larger field of view, 2) It makes the telescope “faster”, this means that I can shorten my exposure times and or amount of exposures taken and 3) It flattens the image. This means that I do not get elongated stars around the edge of the image. As you can see by comparing the image above to the one below with the reducer/flattener, the entire Nebula is in the image as opposed to only a little bit of it in the image below, also the stars are round to the edges. Also, this image was taken during a 99% Moon and it looked like daylight but with some heavy editing I am happy with the result. *Original Post* Once again I didn’t realise quite how big this Nebula is and low & behold, it was too large to fit the whole nebula in to the field of view. Either way, I am happy with how this image has come out. I will be spending some time on this Nebula and i will image the whole thing and “stitch” them together to show the complete Nebula. Watch This Space.
(Image from SkySafari 5 Pro)

Image Specification

Date Taken: 26/09/2018 Dark Site?: No - 99% Moon Telescope: Altair StarWave 70ED Diameter: 70mm Focal Length: 420mm Reducer/flattener: x0.8 Mount: SkyWatcher Star Adventurer Guided?: Yes Guideing Software: PHD2 Filter: UHC Camera: Canon EOS 1000D ISO: 400 Video: N/A Light Frames: 10 x 180 Seconds Light Frames: 03 x 120 Seconds Dark Frames: Bias Frames: Flat Frames: Capture Program: BackYardEOS Stacking program: DeepSkyStacker Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3

Heart Nebula

Description: Emission Nebula Common Name: Heart Nebula Messier Catalogue: N/A NGC: N/A Constellation: Cassiopeia Size: 60.0 x 60.0 Arc Minutes Visual Magnitude: +6.50 Distance: 6.2 Kilo Light Years
Circumpolar, Never Sets

Specification

Date Taken: 01/09/2018 Dark Site?: Semi Dark Telescope: Altair StarWave 70ED Diameter: 70mm Focal Length: 420mm Mount: SkyWatcher Star Adventurer Guided?: Yes Guideing Software: PHD2 Filter: UHC Camera: Canon EOS 1000D ISO: 1600 Video: N/A Light Frames: 18 x 180 Seconds Dark Frames: Bias Frames: Flat Frames: Capture Program: BackYardEOS Stacking program: DeepSkyStacker Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3

Image Specification

Date Taken: 02/10/2019 Dark Site?: Yes Telescope: Altair StarWave 70ED Diameter: 70mm Focal Length: 420mm Reducer/Flattener?: Flattener Barlow: N/A Mount: iEXOS 100 PMC-Eight Guided?: Yes Guiding Software: PHD2 Filter: Semi-APO Camera: Canon EOS 450D ISO: 800 Video: N/A Light Frames: 10 x 240 Seconds Total Exposure: 40 minutes Dark Frames: Bias Frames: Flat Frames: Capture Program: BackYardEOS Stacking program: DeepSkyStacker Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3

Finding Heart

Nebula

The Heart Nebula lies to the left hand side and slightly south of the big “W” that is the constellation of Cassiopeia.
© paulsastrophotography 2018

Image Specification

Date Taken: 26/09/2018 Dark Site?: No - 99% Moon Telescope: Altair StarWave 70ED Diameter: 70mm Focal Length: 420mm Reducer/flattener: x0.8 Mount: SkyWatcher Star Adventurer Guided?: Yes Guideing Software: PHD2 Filter: UHC Camera: Canon EOS 1000D ISO: 400 Video: N/A Light Frames: 10 x 180 Seconds Light Frames: 03 x 120 Seconds Dark Frames: Bias Frames: Flat Frames: Capture Program: BackYardEOS Stacking program: DeepSkyStacker Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3

Heart Nebula

Description: Emission Nebula Common Name: Heart Nebula Messier Catalogue: N/A NGC: N/A Constellation: Cassiopeia Size: 60.0 x 60.0 Arc Minutes Visual Magnitude: +6.50 Distance: 6.2 Kilo Light Years
Circumpolar, Never Sets

Specification

Date Taken: 01/09/2018 Dark Site?: Semi Dark Telescope: Altair StarWave 70ED Diameter: 70mm Focal Length: 420mm Mount: SkyWatcher Star Adventurer Guided?: Yes Guideing Software: PHD2 Filter: UHC Camera: Canon EOS 1000D ISO: 1600 Video: N/A Light Frames: 18 x 180 Seconds Dark Frames: Bias Frames: Flat Frames: Capture Program: BackYardEOS Stacking program: DeepSkyStacker Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3
Imaging *UPDATE* Now that I have a reducer/flattener I decided to have another go at the Heart Nebula due to its size. What the reducer/flattener does is to 1) reduce the focal length, which in turn gives me a larger field of view, 2) It makes the telescope “faster”, this means that I can shorten my exposure times and or amount of exposures taken and 3) It flattens the image. This means that I do not get elongated stars around the edge of the image. As you can see by comparing the image above to the one below with the reducer/flattener, the entire Nebula is in the image as opposed to only a little bit of it in the image below, also the stars are round to the edges. Also, this image was taken during a 99% Moon and it looked like daylight but with some heavy editing I am happy with the result. *Original Post* Once again I didn’t realise quite how big this Nebula is and low & behold, it was too large to fit the whole nebula in to the field of view. Either way, I am happy with how this image has come out. I will be spending some time on this Nebula and i will image the whole thing and “stitch” them together to show the complete Nebula. Watch This Space.

Image Specification

Date Taken: 02/10/2019 Dark Site?: Yes Telescope: Altair StarWave 70ED Diameter: 70mm Focal Length: 420mm Reducer/Flattener?: Flattener Barlow: N/A Mount: iEXOS 100 PMC-Eight Guided?: Yes Guiding Software: PHD2 Filter: Semi-APO Camera: Canon EOS 450D ISO: 800 Video: N/A Light Frames: 10 x 240 Seconds Total Exposure: 40 minutes Dark Frames: Bias Frames: Flat Frames: Capture Program: BackYardEOS Stacking program: DeepSkyStacker Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3