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Sharpless 134 + Sharpless 135: Some summer imaging
« on: 14:05:38, 15 July, 2018 »
I confess, I got so fed up with the weather, I stopped. Autumn 2017 was hopeless. A small blip of activity in December, and then I gave up until the summer. Once you get out of the habit, it is hard to start up again. Sat in a (rather warm) campsite at Silverstone last weekend gave me a chance to stop and think. So here we go again!

Coming back to it somewhat reinvigorated, I've managed to squeeze out an image during the short nights. This is the region around  zeta Cephei (bottom middle) with Sharpless 134+135 and a few dark nebula to boot.

Still using the 150mm medium format lens with the Atik 490 on the homemade telescope mount. About 3 hours of 20 minute subs with the 3nm Astrodon Ha filter. Very little done (well nothing) to it beyond stacking and stretching.

Surprisingly little went wrong. Well, no gremlins in the kit, plenty of gremlins in the brain.  ;) To  be fair, I'd given the kit every possible chance by having a jolly good clear up and service session during the day.

http://astro.neutral.org/imagehtml/20180715-sh134-sh135.html


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Re: Sharpless 134 + Sharpless 135: Some summer imaging
« Reply #1 on: 14:29:33, 15 July, 2018 »
Very nice Tom. Must say I really cant be bothered at this time of year.

I did this area with the little Samyang 135 in Oct 2017 https://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisjbaileyuk/37472779570/in/datetaken/ Nice area of the sky.

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Re: Sharpless 134 + Sharpless 135: Some summer imaging
« Reply #2 on: 14:52:06, 15 July, 2018 »
Hilariously your link says "Adult content - you must be signed in to see this"
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Re: Sharpless 134 + Sharpless 135: Some summer imaging
« Reply #3 on: 15:38:02, 15 July, 2018 »
Hilariously your link says "Adult content - you must be signed in to see this"

:-). Should be fine now. Flikr sets a default safety level. We wouldn't want small children seeing SH2 134 and 135, might educate them.
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Re: Sharpless 134 + Sharpless 135: Some summer imaging
« Reply #4 on: 16:27:20, 15 July, 2018 »
Impressionable astronomers going out and blowing their savings on kit more like!

You have got a lot more contrast than me - expected given the darker nights in October.
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Re: Sharpless 134 + Sharpless 135: Some summer imaging
« Reply #5 on: 06:33:44, 16 July, 2018 »
Nice work Tom and welcome back,

I know how you must feel with the way our weather is. But stick at it. There are worse things you can be doing.

Saturday was clear, and I was able to get out and finally get my enthusiasm back.
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