M42 – 13 March 2015

With a Lucky couple of Clear Nights, I decided to continue imaging With my old unmodded Canon 400D, for the fun of it and see how far I can go with the inevitable light polution and Limited data.

Esprit 120 with Canon 400D.  6 x 120s ISO800. Stacked in DSS and processed in Photoshop.



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M35 – 11 March 2015

I have done some white light solar imaging so far. Have the Quark Chromosphere on the way for Ha sun. Did a trial on the moon.

So what is left? Last night I decided to try my first long exposure imaging with the Esprit 120. Putting the scope’s optics to the test, using my old (unmodded) Canon 400D camera, without light polution filter. The Scope came with the necessary adapters, but no flattener.

Guiding with QHY5L-II camera in PHD2. Taking 6 x 120s exposures at ISO800 in APT. Stacking done in DSS, with some quick processing in Photoshop.

Without any light polution filter and the old unmodded Canon 400D (without live view), I am quite pleased with this early result.


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The Moon – 22 February 2015

Tonight I tried to image the moon for the first time with my setup. Seeing conditions were average, but still pleased with the captured result.

I recorded 1000 frames with the QHY5L-IIc, stacked it in Registax 6, then Photoshop.


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Solar White Light – 8 June 2014

Today seeing conditions were a bit better, around average.

First is a capture of the Sunspot Group AR 2077, 2079, 2080, 2082 and 2085:

Sunspot Group - 8 June 2014

Then I did two Close ups. First Sunspot AR 2082:

AR 2082 - 8 June 2014

And then Sunspots AR2080 and 2085:

AR 2080, 2085 - 8 June 2014

I am especially satisfied with the close up of AR 2082, which managed to reveal some better detail due to a fleeting moment of better seeing.


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First Light with the SkyWatcher Esprit 120 and Baader Herschel Wedge.

First light with my new setup. SkyWatcher Esprit 120ED Pro and Baader Herschel Wedge.

Seeing conditions were bad to moderate.

First is Sunspot AR2077, when seeing conditions were pretty bad:

AR2077 - 2 June 2014

Then seeing conditions improved a little. Sunspot AR2079:

AR2079 - 2 June 2014

So I am pleased with the first results. Cannot wait for better seeing conditions and see what this setup can do at maximum performance.

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