Thursday, February 10, 2011

first SLOOH shots (Mount Teide)

While waiting for my Saturn mission, I snapped a few of various objects. All from Canary Islands, Telescope 2.

Running Man Nebula aka NGC 1977 in Orion with 42 and 45 Orionis stars in the middle. 11 Feb 11 - 00:34:13 UTC. We're seeing down to mag 15.2 and 15.4 stars. The field is about 1° wide. It is interesting to note the view is not rotated or inverted...

[Wikipedia link: NGC 1977.]

Caldwell 7 close-up aka NGC 2403 in Camelopardalis. 11 Feb 11 - 00:36:55 UTC. We're seeing mag 16 and 17 stars. Wow. Even down to 18. Do you see NGC 2404 inside the spiral?! The blob to the left of the core. That's kinda cool.

[Wikipedia link: NGC 2403.]

Caldwell 7 wide-field. 11 Feb 11 - 00:37:08 UTC.

Then on my 02:00 UTC Saturn job, I waited for the imaging bar to reach 100% and I clicked.

Not a bad shot. Equatorial region stands out. Interesting colour. Exposure is too low for any moons. I don't see anything going on in the northern region...

[Wikipedia link: Saturn.]


Mt Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. Altitude: 2,359m. Dome 2 houses a 0.35 meter f/11 Schmidt-Cassegrain (in other words, a C14). It has a field of view of 13.1 × 8.8 arc-minutes. The camera resolution is 2,184 × 1,472 pixels.

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