Shakedown for first light with new rig. Limited window of sky at my location meant short time on each target. Spent less than one hour exposure each on bright nebulae, a cluster and a galaxy. Minimal processing but I'm excited for the potential. First target was the North America Nebula. Rig: William Optics Redcat 71 (338mm f/5), ZWO ASI294MM Pro (monochrome), ZWO 8-filter wheel (used 7: LRGBSHO). 160mm Orion guide scope with ZWO ASI290MM Mini. All on a ZWO AM5 (no need for a counterweight!) mount.
The North America and Pelican Nebulae.
I experimented with a new set up last night and captured three targets. The first is the region surrounded the North American Nebula and Pelican Nebula. The camera I used is a Sony Alpha 6300 mirrorless (unmodified) along with a Samyang 135mm manual focus f/2 lens. No telescope!
The stars over moonlit trees next to the North Fork of the Skykomish River in Index, WA.
A Milky Way shot from Index, WA.
A widefield shot showing the full nebula using 5-minute exposures.
Last year's data for NGC7000 the North America Nebula reprocessed to bring out more color.
Another pass at processing the data for the North America Nebula.
Another pass at the elusive pelican.
This 336mm focal length shot captures such how expansive, bright, and beautiful the North America Nebula is.
This part of the sky is bursting with clusters and nebulae as the Milky Way dominates the background behind part of the Cygnus constellation.
The North America nebula is vast and my telescope can only capture a small frame. I created this mosaic to appreciate the breadth and depth of its beauty.