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With the clocks moved forward it’s only a few weeks before Astronomical darkness is gone in Scotland until August. I haven’t managed many images in 2011 due to a cracked CCD as well as some other technical issues. Thankfully Atik agreed to replace the cracked 383L+ with a brand new camera, so all is back to normal. This was the last thing I had left to process, it was a pain to sort out the gradients in the image and has finally convinced me to get a Gerd Neumann panel to try and make my flat frames more consistent.

The 77ED front objective is now sold and hopefully next season will see the arrival of a new 101EDII objective, and a few refinements to the automation process including full auto-focus which is being developed at the moment. Part of this is also to build a cloud sensor which I have been testing and will be a really good way to measuring sky quality.

Camera: Atik 383L+ Mono with Baader 1.25″ RGB
Scope: Borg 77ED with 0.85x Reducer @ F5.5
Mount: EQ6 with EQMOD
Guiding: Orion ST80 with QHY5
Capture Software: CCD Commander, Maxim DL
Processing Software: Deep Sky Stacker, PixInsight
Exposures: 4 x 15mins (each colour) = 3 hours
Calibration: 100 Bias, 100 Flats (per colour), 100 Darks



  1. Beautiful shot. Permission to use it on my blog?

    • Hi Lyn,

      Thanks, feel free to use any of my pictures, I don’t mind.

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