(1) Rosette nebula core
This image comprises recent Ha data from e-Eye from the TEC140/QSI690 Steve and I operate and SII, Ha and OIII data from my home observatory in Totnes acquired in 2018 using my WO 132FLT/QSI683 at 1.47"/px, here. Steve and I have been imaging the Rosette core at 0.75"/px early evening as the moon has been rising before switching to other targets mid-evening. We will not be able to collect the SII and OIII this season so I processed the 28 x 1200s of Ha and re-aligned my older image to provide the 'colour' for the higher resolution Ha data: it is effectively like imaging bin 1 for the Ha and bin 2 for the SII and OIII. After a crop to take care of the mis-aligmnent and some additional NR due to the resampling, a few enhancements, et voila! The 'Carnival of Animals' reference is of course the resemblance of the dark dust to a troop of fantastical animals and Saint-Saens humorous musical suite. . . which animals, well your guess is as good as mine.
TEC140; 10 Micron GM2000HPS II UP; QSI690wsg-8; Astrodon filters; 3nm Ha 28 x 1200s; WO 132FLT; 10 Micron GM1000HPS; 5nm Ha 12 x 1200s; SII 12 x 1200s; OIII 12 x 1200s; 21.3 hrs total integration. E-Eye Extremadura, Spain & Totnes, UK. January to February 2019& January 2018.
Data acquisition: Barry Wilson & Steve Milne. Processing: Barry Wilson
I have been fascinated with astronomy since childhood ever since I read Patrick Moore's "The Observer's Book of Astronomy" and became a devotee of BBC's "The Sky at Night". This website aims to display what can be achieved by an amateur astrophotographer in their backgarden - Totnes, Devon, UK, in my case - equiped with dedication, patience and perseverance, especially from my family! I also share a remote observatory in Spain with Steve Milne, equiped with our own equipment, setup by ourselves and jointly operated and controlled.
© Barry Wilson 2019.
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