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M 27

M27 Planetary Nebula in Vulpecula

This is a bicolor Ha/OIII image, with a synthetic green layer, which used an OIII/Ha blend. The final blend is Ha/0.8*(0.85*OIII+0.15*Ha)/0.85*OIII+0.15*Ha.

Optics/Mount: CPC1100 with f6.3 Celestron reducer on a Milburn Wedge. Dec antibacklash set to 27/27. PEC on.
Camera: SXVR-H694
Exposure: 13.7 hours total, 41x10 mins each channel, bin 1x1
Filters: Astrodon 5nm Ha, 3nm OIII
Date: 6 nights in July and August 2013

Imaging automation and capture: Sequence Generator Pro

Guiding Hardware: Flea3, Taurus Tracker III off axis guider. Guiding scale 0.72 arcsec/pixel. 1 second guide exposures.
Guiding Software: PHD. Aggressiveness 80, Hysteresis 0, Minimum Move 0.9, Max RA 1000, Max Dec 600. Dec set to auto/resist switching. Dithering set to Extreme with Settle < 1.2.
Guiding performance: HFR of subs about 1.2 arc seconds, RMS in PHD about 0.5 arcsecs.
Focusing: Rigel Systems GCUSB/nStep on stock C11 focuser
Light pollution: Bortle 8 (white zone, NELM about mag 4.5)
Image scale at capture: 0.6 arcsecs/pixel = f/5.7
Scale of presentation: 1.2 arcsecs/pixel (50% reduction)
Processing: Stacked and post-processed with PIxInsight, some minor adjustments in Photoshop CS2.

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