Posted By Enrico Africa
I decided to gather the RGB data first, realizing as I was starting at almost 3AM that with the depth of exposures I wanted to get, there was no way I was going to get all the data before daybreak. At the same time, I have yet to gather color data for this object, so I thought it was time.
One first for me was the use of the Color Sequence command/tab in CCDSoft to gather all the data for me while I took a nap. It was refreshing to start an imaging run, then go and take a nap. The only downside to this was that I would not be able to dither my images.
Anyway, I started my run and turned in for a nap. Two hours later, I got up (it was 5AM) and came out to ... clouds.
Bummed, I went to my scope to stop its imaging run, but found out that the guide star was still visible! There were two images left in the run, and I was tempted to shut down, but I thought let it finish, just in case.
The run ended, and as it was getting light I thought I'd try my hand at acquiring sky/twilight flats (this was at a friend's dark sky site, and I had forgotten my light box).
Today, I set about processing the image, and I am pleasantly surprised!
CFW-8a with Astrodon LRGB filters
Takahashi Mewlon 210 OTA at f/11.5
Takahashi EM200 mount
RGB: 8 x 5 minutes each, binned 2x2
RGB combined in AIP4WIN. Artificial luminance composed of the RGB frames used to enhance features. Maybe some day I'll be able to gather some unbinned luminance of this object for details.
Thanks for looking,