August 30, 2020
A humid night with some cloud and lots of moonlight. Seeing was below average, but I tried a short session.
I decided to try to go after NGC6888 using some tweaks with autoguiding, and an automated meridian
flip!! I am slowly learning my way through the software used with the ASIair, and am getting familiar with its capabilities. I imaged this while planted on the beach near the astro cabin, August 30.
Skysafari: "About 4,700 light years away, NGC
6888 is formed by a fast stellar wind from the Wolf-Rayet star HD 192163, also known as WR 136. The star is shedding its outer envelope, ejecting the equivalent of the Sun's mass every 10,000 years. This stellar wind is colliding with, and energizing, a slower-moving wind ejected by the star when it became a red giant around 400,000 years ago. "
Frames: 20x300" ISO800 bin 1x1
Dithered in RA
Integration: 1.7 hours -
I'm going to need another couple of hours to pull out more reds in this one... difficult target.
Avg. Moon age: 12.19 days
Avg. Moon phase: 92.67%
Dark-Sky Scale: 3.00
Thanks for looking.
Stellarvue 70T f6 - triplet
"Mark Mk. II" -60 mm Tasco guider
C80 frac with 2" focuser, f11.4 - long doublet
"Frosty m. II" - the 14.5" strut dob f4.5 with a ZOC optic, US digital encoders, Nexus II wifi + Moonlite focuser
- Ioptron Skyguider pro, SW NEQ6 pro
- ASI2600mc pro (on order), ASI290mm mini, Canon 60D modded for UV/IR cut (09/2020)- Rokinon 10mm 2.8, Rokinon 135mm f2
- Photoshop and Lightroom 2020, GIMP, Skysafari 6 Pro, Astro Pixel Processor - using Mac tablet and ASIair pro to run the AP rig.
"Mothers! It is there!" - Rafael Gonzales-Acuna, 2018.