Monday, October 17, 2016

IC 63 - Narrowband

This was my very first attempt at capturing an image in narrowband (taken a day before I went after the Pacman Nebula).  I chose IC 63 tonight because it emits very little light in the broadband range (the Red, Green and Blue base of colors).  It would be the perfect target to see what I could pick up in narrowband.  I used the Orion H-Alpha Extra-Narrowband Filter on it.  14 images were captured tonight - each one was a 5 minute exposure (70 minutes of total exposure time).  The image is in monochrome because I only used one filter.

IC 63 (one raw image, converted to .jpg for this post)

IC 63 (14 stacked images, converted to .jpg for this post)
IC 63 - Final Image

Here is more info on the equipment I used to capture the image:

OTA: Celestron NexStar 8SE
Mount: Celestron Advanced VX (AVX)
Guiding telescope: Orion ShortTube 80 (ST80)
Guiding camera:  LodeStar X2
Guiding software: PHD2
Imaging Camera:  ZWO ASI 1600MM-Cool Mono
Filters: Orion H-Alpha Extra-Narrowband Filter
Image capture software:  Nebulosity
Polar Alignment Camera:  QHYCCD PoleMaster
Post-processing:  PixInsight, Photoshop

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