In late august the AstROmania 2017 amateur astronomy camp took place at, well, somewhere far from everything, in the Southern Carpatians, in the Cindrel National Park. About the camp: I find it curious bordering on bullshit to run a generator of kW capacity during the day and early night, only to charge the batteries to be used during the night, and having the stress of running low on power — as it did happen to more people because of the sub zero temperatures and unusual heating needs due to >90% humidity, with visible fog a few meters away, near the stream… I do see some failsafe foolproof logic there, but that again, among highly technical people, who probably know how to plug in electronic stuff, is an insult. Long live logic.
I gathered 16×5 min, ISO 1600 light of the Tulip Nebula, using my usual setup: N 150/750, Baader MPCC Mark III, Canon 1100D mod, HEQ5, autoguided. It was unusual how many heaters I had to put on to keep the optics dew and frost free. While processing, I also deployed my star healer.
And the bright star is η Cygni:
Although not particularly visible on the picture, the Cygnus X-1 object, a strong X-ray source and the first object to be accepted as a black hole, is somewhere overthere too.