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Sunday, April 7

North America Nebula

Rising early on Saturday morning to see the last of Comet Panstarrs and M31, I decided to shoot the North America Nebula (NGC7000) before the comet rose high enough to photograph.

It's a large nebula complex spanning approximately 2 degrees x 2 degrees.  Noting that the moon is approximately half degree in diameter it shows how large this nebula complex is.

The following photo was taken using my William Optics 80mm diameter apochromatic telescope with a 0.8x reducer, resulting in an effective focal length of 436mm at f/5.

WO 80mm with Canon EOS300D
12 x 5mins @ ISO800
Processing in ImagesPlus and Photoshop

I made fairly extensive use of multi-layer processing with the high-pass filter at various strengths, blended into the main image to help enhance certain features of the nebula and make it more 3-dimensional.


Thursday, April 4

Comet Panstarrs & M31

Dragging myself out of bed at 3am to photograph the comet was well worth the effort.

The mornings have been so still and clear and the comet has been steadily inching closer to the M31 galaxy in Andromeda.  I found the best time to observe was between 3.30 and 5am.

The weather looks like it's taken a turn for the worse from this weekend, so your last chance to get a good view of the pair may well be on Friday night / Saturday morning.