The trials, tribulations and small triumphs of an Indiana astronomer.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
My best M42: Mallincam DS 2.3+, Mallincam 8 inch newt F/4
Mounted on the ZEQ 25, my new 8 inch f/4 Newtonian astrograph is a spectacular performer when paired with the DS 2.3+. Here is an image of M42 with this combination; this is a 25 second exposure at gain 35, 8 images stacked in Nebulosity. An amazing result for this modest platform!
An adjustment to the curves produces an image that really brings out more subtle detail in the gas clouds. This is the real beauty of digital astronomy!