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22-MAY-2011 Press F11 for full screen mode

The Fighting Dagons of Ara - Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011

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NGC 6188 and 6164

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HIGHLY COMMENDED - David Malin Awards 2011
HIGHLY COMMENDED (Top 5) - Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011
From Quarks to Quasars - Astronomy Picture of the Day 27 Jan 2014

A wopping 2.6deg diagonal field of view!

Orion Optics AG12 12" F3.8 Astrograph
FLI ProLine 16803 CCD & CFW-5-7 + Atlas Focuser
SII Ha OIII (RGB) = 95 120 120min (10 10 10min) bin 1X1 Astronomik filters
-30C chip temp, darks and flats (Astronomik Aurora Light Panel used for flats)
Focal length 1180mm
FOV = 1.8deg X 1.8deg (2.6deg diagonal)
Image scale 1.57"/pix
Guide Camera: Starlightxpress SXVH9

Average seeing

Equipment setup:

Some links to equipment used to take this image:

Orion Optics UK

Finger Lakes Instrumentation CCD cameras:

Astro-Elecronic FS2 scope GOTO controller:

Gerd Neumann and Astronomik filters:

MSB Software & Astroart 4

Catseye Collimation

STAR Atlas:PRO planetarium software:

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Duczmal20-Dec-2012 10:21
Wonderful image!
Guest 08-Sep-2011 04:38
This is an absolutely amazing image. Gail Morgan
Guest 30-Jun-2011 00:47
Sensational image!