orion nebula first attempt

first evening trying new camera

Orion Nebula M42

The 42nd object in the catalogue of Messier (M42) is called the Orion Nebula.  We’ve recently taken delivery of our better quality CCD camera, which is an Atik 383L+ and we tried it for the first time tonight.  We (Sunayana and I) got this image of the Orion Nebula, which is not bad for a start.  We also got one with a shorter exposure

1stneb

As you can see it’s sharper.  Perhaps we need to stack images and see if we can get the sharpness with the cloud details as well. But we didn’t get very far.  But the camera works!

We were going to go for something else but we run out of batteries… Our car battery is flat because we’ve been using the dew heater to stop dew from building up.  I guess we’ll try again when the weather is clear again.

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