Posts tagged M66

First Light with sBIG ST-8300C Camera

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So I took the plunge and bought a new camera. Still trying to get to grips with it and enjoy the images which is produces. The camera is a sBig ST-8300C, somehow i think that i should have gone for the monochrome camera but everything i had read indicated that i would spend just as long imaging through the filters as i would with imaging through the colour camera.

The first image i took in a dark site was of m66 and m65 just to get a feel for the camera and is ability. I shot this object the other week with the Canon DSLR so it should be a good comparison. The image below is the result.

The images show that there is a lot of potential with the camera but there is going to be a need for a lot more processing in the images. I am really surprised that the sensitivity of the camera is not great and from the initial impressions it looks no more sensitive than the Cannon.

M65 and M66 in Leo

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These are probably one of my most favourite objects in the sky. they are easy to see in a 80mm refractor and even better in a larger scope. in an 80mm scope it is possible to make out structure of the objects but in reality a larger scope is better for this visually. Photographically they are very nice to see with the whole Leo triplet being seen normally (see previous post)

these 2 images and slightly differently processed to allow the subtle differences in the galaxy structure to be discerned

First Night of Imaging 2011

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After a long break its finally happened. A night of imaging …. After a quick setup and also a night of frustration, getting the correct time helps I managed to get M65 and the other components of the leo triplet in the camera lens the result is below.

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