Flintstone Stargazing

January 12, 2008

The Horsehead Nebula on 1/12/08

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Observation Journal — Tags: , , — Ed @ 11:09 pm


The Horsehead Nebula on 1/12/08

I had tried to view the Horsehead Nebula (Barnard 33) on a couple of occasions before (my telescope’s Autostar controller allows me to just request that it point toward it). Unfortunately, I didn’t know if I was really looking at it because I couldn’t see anything but stars. It turns out it knew what it was doing. I attached the camera and took a bunch of 30 second exposures and after stacking them and working with levels, the horse head just popped right out. I may try to re-image this with the IR filter off to see if it pulls in more of the red. Anyway, I’m pretty pleased with this.

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2 Comments »

  1. Wow,good job!!.That is by far,better than anything I have ever gotten from a image.I of course,was imaging with my DSLR and shooting next to a street light.IF we ever see clear skies again,I will give this a try with the DSI and H-alpha filter.I would be pleased to get a image with half of the detail you have.

    Comment by Andrew — January 14, 2008 @ 9:30 am

  2. Thanks – it was really something I had to sort of image on faith. I think if I could get 1 minute or longer subs I’d be able to see it a bit more in the camera, but as it is, i can’t see it when I’m imaging. It’s only after stacking and working with curves that I was able to see it. I’d like to get a H-beta filter to try it sometime, but it’s sort of tough to justify the expense for just a couple targets. I may keep a watch on eBay and see if I can snag one cheap.

    Comment by Ed — January 14, 2008 @ 11:43 am


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