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Faint Galaxies, Monkey Head Nebula

Posted: 5 January 2019

Open: Friday, 4 January 2019, 1818 MST
Temperature: 60°F
Session: 1322
Conditions: Clear, breezy

Equipment Used:
12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece


1824 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF.

Mounted the D850 DSLR at prime focus of the 12" telescope, focused on the star Fomalhaut, and locked the primary mirror.

1843 MST: StarLock ON.

Seeing was better this night but still not great. The StarLock had some difficulties with autoguiding. Fortunately, I was able to get three galaxies imaged for my Extragalactic Supernova Project. All these images were StarLock autoguided, 5 minutes, ISO 6400, White Balance 5000K.




I then added the focal reducer, focused on the star Betelgeuse, SYNCed the AutoStar on Betelgeuse, and locked the mirror.

This is NGC2174 (Monkey Head Nebula), StarLock autoguided, 5 minutes, ISO 6400, White Balance 4000K:


2018 MST: StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

2027 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Friday, 4 January 2019, 2034 MST
Temperature: 50°F
Session Length: 2h 16m
Conditions: Clear, breezy

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