16 Jun IC1396 – The Elephant’s Trunk Nebula
Whilst the reception I had from friends and family for the Crescent Nebula image (see previous post) was really positive, I found the ZWO 183MC camera a struggle to deal with.
Luckily, I came across a guy called Alan on the Stargazers Lounge forum who was selling a used cooled camera – a 533MC Pro. Whilst this has a much smaller (and square!) sensor than the 183, I decided that I really HAD to upgrade to the flexibility of a cooled camera.
Around this time, I also picked up an Optolong Dual Narrowband filter, and switched my processing workflow away from mostly free applications to PixInsight
An expensive month for sure, but I think there’s a jump in the quality of the image – and the switch to PixInsigh would prove to pay dividends in the coming months.
- Scope: Skywatcher ED80 DS Pro
- Mount: Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro
- Camera: ZWO 533MC Pro
- Filter: Optolong L-Extreme
- Integration: 23×3 mins