foto: Fane Pop-Cot

I think, the best observation night I’ve ever had in Europe, was the night of 2017-10-20, at the Curmături Cabin, in Alba County. There was some airglow, but not a cloud, steady seeing, 21.4m-21.8m sky (the lamp posts were turned off for us, and the few neighbors were kind enough to limit their outward shine), no wind, electricity from the power grid, negligible to no humidity (no dew heaters needed). Although only one night was usable for astrophotography.

I used my usual gear, the N 150/750, Baader MPCC Mark III, Canon 1100D mod, HEQ5, autoguider.

I imaged a few objects, here’s the first glance:

M 1, NGC 1952 [nebula in Tau] Crab Nebula, Rák-köd, Nebuloasa Crabului 8.4m ø6′ [wiki] [simbad] 1200mm, 1500mm

M 35, NGC 2168 [open cluster in Gem] 5.1m ø28′ [wiki] [simbad] 750mm

NGC 2158 [open cluster in Gem] 8.6m ø5′ [wiki] [simbad] [photo-planner]

See also, the Baby Eagle Nebula.

evening

evening

Crab nebula raw

Crab nebula raw

M1 Crab Nebula, 23×4 min, ISO 1600

M1 Crab Nebula, 23×4 min, ISO 1600

m35 raw

m35 raw

M35, NGC 2158, 27×2 min, ISO 1600

M35, NGC 2158, 27×2 min, ISO 1600

M35, NGC 2158, 27×2 min, ISO 1600, reprocessed on 2017-11-05

M35, NGC 2158, 27×2 min, ISO 1600, reprocessed on 2017-11-05

 

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