My piece on M42

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My piece on M42

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Wed Jan 27, 2016 10:03 pm

I have finished polishing my latest article in Phil's Scribblings: M42: ... r_M42.html
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Re: My piece on M42

Postby Aratus » Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:57 pm

Very good article Philip. M42 was the first deepsky object I took with my then new Meade DSI camera back in 2005. I had a 6" Newtonian then. I've taken better since, but it seemed incredible back then that it was possible for me to take it at all! 8-) With modern equipment it is such a relatively easy target; nice and bright with a wealth of detail and colour. It doesn't require a long exposure time, or a special mount to get a pleasing photo. Different exposure lengths bring out different levels of detail too, so there are always new things to see.

There is a bit of a debate over whether it is possible to see any colour through a telescope with the eye. Normally it just looks greenish-grey to me, but I recorded in my log on 6th December 2005 that I saw a faint maroon colour with my 8" SCT with a .63 focal reducer and 25mm eyepiece. The seeing was incredibly still and transparent that evening. I've never seen it again though.
I use an 11" reflector (Celestron CPC 1100) and a 3" refractor, (Sky-Watcher ST80) mounted on an equatorial wedge, housed in a 2.2m Pulsar observatory. I use a ZWO ASI 120MM, ZWO ASI1600MC and Canon 1300D for imaging.
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