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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Panorama mosaic, Cederblad 214, Sharpless 170 and supernova remnant CTB1

I published the Cosmic Question Mark, Cederblad 214 and Sharpless 170 at February 9,
his morning I published the photo of supernova remnant CTB1 (Abell 85). Photos are overlapping, so I was able to build a mosaic image out of them. image spans about ten degrees of sky vertically, that's as large as twenty full Moons side by side.! (The CTB1 at lower center has a same angular diameter as our Moon.)  Photo is taken with the Tokina AT-x 300mm f2.8 camera lens, Apogee Alta U16 astro camera and Astrodon narrowband filters. Info about my current setup here,

A two frame mosaic panorama from constellation Cassiopeia
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mage is in mapped colours, from the emission of ionized elements, R=Sulphur, G=Hydrogen and B=Oxygen.

Upper part of the mosaic image
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Image details here,

Lower part of the mosaic image Click for a large image

Image details here,

Technical details
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Processing workflow
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
Tokina AT-x f2.8 camera lens

10-micron 1000

Cameras and filters
Imaging camera Apogee Alta U16 and Apogee seven slot filter wheel
Guider camera, Lodestar x 2 and an old spotting scope of Meade LX200
Astrodon filters,
5nm H-alpha 3nm S-II and 3nm O-III

Total exposure time for both panels
H-alpha, 21 x 1200 s, binned 1x1 = 7 h
O-III, 2x 1200 s, binned 2x2 = 40 min.
S-II, 2 x 1200 s. binned 2x2 = 40 min.

An older longer focal length image of CTB1 from 2016
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More info about this photo here,

An older longer focal length image of Cederblad 214 from 2016
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A detail shot from the bright central region of the image at the top.  This photo was taken with my new setup, Celestron Edge HD 1100 f7, Apogee Alta U16 astro camera and the Astrodon narrowband filters, Spring 2014. The original blog post from 2012, with technical details, can be seen HERE

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