Hello again, my friends! It’s Stephen (@stephen13ennett) here for my final post of the day. This image of the Horsehead and Flame nebula is the beginning of a new chapter on my astrophotography journey. My wife bought me a cooled monochrome camera for my birthday (how amazing is she😍) and if I wasn’t already lucky enough it was a clear night too. I wasn’t really ready, not having the right filters or even a power cable for the camera’s cooler, but nature waits for no-one and here in the UK a clear night is far too rare and precious a thing to waste! My long term goal has been to use narrowband filters to isolate the different elements that make up a nebula, capturing them separately as monochrome images, then assigning each of those elements to a colour channel to create beautiful full colour images. For now this image is black and white, but it makes me excited to think of the future possibilities.
My Astronomik UHC filter worked quite well with my ASI178MC as that camera has a built in IR cut filter, but the lack of IR blocking on the UHC filter is more problematic for this super sensitive monochrome camera. Despite that, I’m pleased with the results for now and I can’t wait to take things to the next level!
Finally, I just want to say a huge thank you to Fraser @universetoday for giving me and many others the opportunity to share our images here, you are a star :)
The technical stuff:
ZWO ASI183MM Pro (but uncooled in this case) with Astronomik UHC filter on a WO Zenithstar 73
ZWO ASI120MM Mini on a WO 50mm Guidescope
All controlled via ASI AIR
44x240s for 176min total integration
Processed with Astro Pixel Processor and Photoshop
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