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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

First light for the Autumn season 2018, Filaments of the Western Cygnus

After a long mandatory Summer pause, due to high latitude, I managed to have my first light for this season! My first target locates in Western part of the Cygnus nebula complex. This area is not commonly imaged due to close proximity of more famous and brighter target in Cygnus.

As usually, this single image is a start of the longer imaging projet. My purpose is to make a four panel mosaic out of this area.

Filaments of the Western Cygnus
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Image is in mapped colours, from the emission of ionized elements, R=Sulphur, G=Hydrogen and B=Oxygen. The photo width is about one degree of sky. (The full Moon covers about 0,5 degrees of sky.)

Photo in visual palette
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Image is in Natural color palette from the emission of ionized elements, R=Hydrogen + Sulphur, G=Oxygen and B=Oxygen + 10% Hydrogen to compensate the missing H-beta emission.

Orientation in Cygnus

The area of interest is marked as a white rectangle 

Technical details

Processing work flow

Image acquisition, MaxiDL v5.07.
Stacked and calibrated in CCDStack2.
Deconvolution with a CCDStack2 Positive Constraint, 33 iterations, added at 50% weight
Color combine in PS CS3
Levels and curves in PS CS3.

Imaging optics
Celestron Edge HD 1100 @ f10 with 0,7 focal reducer for Edge HD 1100 telescope

10-micron 1000

Cameras and filters
Imaging camera Apogee Alta U16 and Apogee seven slot filter wheel
Guider camera, Lodestar x 2 and SXV-AOL

Astrodon filters,
5nm H-alpha 3nm S-II and 3nm O-III

Exposure times

H-alpha, 12 x 1200 s, binned 2x2 = 4 h
O-III, 9 x 1200 s, binned 4x4 = 3 h.
S-II, 9 x 1200 s. binned 4x4 = 3 h
Total 10 h.

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