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Old 01-09-2016, 08:41 PM
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Hi guy's and girls,
Last night was one of the clearest nights in a long time so I
decided to tackle my latest challenge, and that was to image, or
hopefully try to image the faint nebula IC 349 situated near the
star Merope in the Pleiades.
Although the night was superb, the seeing was below par, but I carried
on anyway.
Enclosed see the image taken through a 16" scope using the GStarEx2.
A mask was employed from the GStar4 software to hide the overexposed
image of Merope itself, as well as shielding much of the scattered light due
to the atmospheric turbulence.
The nebula stands out really well, just to the left of the top diffraction spike.
Cheers
George
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Nice work George!

After looking at Merope in Stellarium, I can see why the mask is
required. Looks like it's sitting right in the middle of massive light
from the surrounding stars.
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 Nice work George!

After looking at Merope in Stellarium, I can see why the mask is
required. Looks like it's sitting right in the middle of massive light
from the surrounding stars.
makes one wonder how much cool stuff is hidden from our perspective.
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Old 01-11-2016, 12:02 PM
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Hi Mike,
Thanks for the compliment.
I'm sure that if the seeing hadn't been so
bad there would have been less diffraction
effects from Merope's light, which would have
enhanced the nebula just that little bit more.
Cheers.
George.
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