I chose the Rosette nebula again as my target of choice when I wanted to test if I can improve on the image quality when using the 0,7x reducer.
The Rosette nebula is a large and relatively bright emission nebula in the constellation Monoceros. Various parts of the nebula have separate NGC numbers and the embedded star cluster itself is NGC2244
This wider view was taken with the Takahashi FS-60CB and shows the surrounding area of the sky.
Later I discovered that the reducer only provides a 10% reduction in focal length, while introducing quite a bit of vignetting.
After a very long summer-break in Astrophotography, I found myself with time on hand on a clear evening. After I did a series of 4 300s images for the Plejades (see below) I set the scope up to capture a few light frames on M42, the Great Orion nebula. But while I was sitting in the living room trying to get warm again, watching the Soccer Champions League, the D200’s battery ran empty, and I ended up with only one long exposure. I used the single 300s exposure with a much shorter exposure to get some detail in the very bright center of the nebula to get this picture.
The Rosette nebula (NGC2237-9) surrounds the open cluster NGC2244 in Monoceros. According to Burnham´s Celestial Handbook it is located at a distance of about 2600 lightyears and has a diameter of about 55 lightyears. Read More →