Jan 7

Fly- and Spider Nebula

Yesterday I took the chance to shot the Fly- and Spider Nebula and some cluster neighbors, but had to stop after 1.5 hours due to clouds (in contrary to the weather forecast). Additional I had a forced 15 minutes break: my GEM28 had again a crash/freeze. I had to reset everything: back to zero position […]

Jan 1

M 81, M 82 & NGC 3077

Happy New Year!!! Finally clear sky after almost months of bad weather… Anyway, after midnight it got foggy, so only 1h45′ integration time for M 81 Bode’s Galaxy, M 82 Cigar Galaxy and NGC 3077. Hope for more clear nights for 2022! Details

Nov 8

NGC 1499 California Nebula

Finally a fog-free night… After tighten the DEC axis stiction a little bit (I loosened it too much), my GEM28 shows again very well performance, constantly. So, for the moment I’ll keep the belt tension as it is. And no crash or freeze during the whole session ๐Ÿ™‚ But I’m almost sure it will crash […]

Oct 12

NGC 891 Silver Sliver Galaxy

This kind of object makes me wish for more focal length ๐Ÿ˜‰I hope soonโ€ฆ After my Tests Part V I started to capture this fascinating galaxy. Unfortunately the “almost-crash” took around 20 minutes of valuable time… whatever, I like the result ๐Ÿ™‚ Total integration time: 2h 46′ Details

Oct 11

M 45 Pleiades

After around 90 minutes shooting M 34, the Pleiades came in sight (M 34 slowly disappeared behind the roof anyway). So I decided to switch to the Pleiades at the same settings. This way I can use the same flats and darks for both targets. Lesson learned: take flats directly after every target! Dust or […]

Oct 10

M 34 Spiral Cluster

Finally clear sky after a week of bad weather. I tested again a new gear mesh adjustment. After the tests I slewed to M 34 spiral cluster. Details

Oct 1

IC 1805 Heart Nebula

New equipment and clear sky! What more do you want? ๐Ÿ˜‰ After a few MGEN recordings I targeted IC1805 Heart Nebula to start a session. This time I could use every sub exposure. No DEC trails anymore. I’m so happy. During the whole session I used the 22Ah power tank to power the GEM28 again, […]

Sep 25

NGC 225 Sailboat Cluster

Even if it’s still almost full moon, I used the last clear night (at least for a week) to test new settings (GEM28 and MGEN). When I was done with the tests, I did a little star cluster session ๐Ÿ™‚ I got better results than before with only 2 different settings than before: I tightened […]

Sep 18

Persei Cluster, again…

Yesterday I started only MGEN recordings to test the new parallel setup but ended up on the Persei Cluster ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love this double clusterโ€ฆ Unfortunately 44 of 125 subs were unusable due to the persistent DEC problems on my GEM28โ€ฆ on some other were clouds, so in the end I could integrate only 67 […]

Sep 5

Sh2-132 Lion Nebula

The Lion Nebula is much more faint than I thought. So I spent the last 2 nights for it. It’s a very star rich region. More than 4 hours integration. Each session is calibrated for it’s own, then registered and integrated all at once. Details Shooting impression: