Observing Report 5th-6th July 2010 (A breakdown on the M15)

Posted by @ 1:37 am on Wednesday 7th July, 2010.

I got out to my obsy again last night, hoping to get some decent views during the prolonged gaps between regular bands of cloud. Surprisingly, the seeing was quite good considering the day had been hot and the night was still warm. I managed to get some dSLR pics of some Messier objects before the link between my focuser and its motor broke. The breakage meant that I didn't get any dark or flat frames as I was too busy trying (in vain) to cobble together a quick and temporary fix. Nevertheless, I've managed to process out most of the usual spoilers and end up with a reasonable image of M15 (aka NGC 7078), a globular cluster in the constellation Pegasus:

M15 (aka NGC 7078), a globular cluster in the constellation Pegasus.
Subs: 30 light @ 60s, no darks, no flats, ISO200.
D50 and MPCC on the C8N, guided with PHD.

 As previous but with added spikes

The rest of the pics weren't any use so I've chucked them. Besides, I've no time to faff with them anyway - tomorrow I have a focuser to fix.

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