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The Witch Head Nebula (IC 2118) image

The Witch Head Nebula (IC 2118)

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Contains: Deep sky object
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On 11/23 and on 11/25 I made attempts to image this DSO. Unfortunately, clouds were in the way on the first night and I only got a few frames at ISO 800 at 300 seconds with my Canon Ra camera and a small 71mm refractor. But the evening of 11/25/22 was good and I shot the nebula with an ISO of 1600 and for 300 seconds. I took 30 light frames that night. Also, I took darks and flats to combine in Deep Sky Stacker. I used a few frames from the previous night to combine in DSS. I guided with a W.O. 50mm guide scope, and I used PHD2 and APT as the guiding software. I dithered between each light frame. The lights, darks, flats and bias frames were stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and the resulting combined image was processed in Photoshop. I did add a star spike to Rigel for effect. I did use a light pollution filter and the image session was performed from my back patio in Illinois.