M13 – Isle of Wight – 29/09/2014

M13 - 29/09/2013

M13 – 29/09/2013

This is the first of my images from the Disciples of the Dark Arts star party in the Isle of Wight at the end of September.  This was my first start party, and although the clear spells were not to last, when they were there, it was incredible!

This is M13, the great cluster in Hercules.  It consists of about 30 minutes of 2 minute subs, with darks, flats and bias frames, stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, and finished off in Photoshop and Lightroom.   It was taken with the Starwave 102ED refractor, with the astro-modified Canon EOS 1100D, guided by a finder guider using PHD guiding, on my HEQ5 pro mount.  An astronomic CLS clip filter was used to cut out what small amount of light pollution there was on the IOW.

Wonderful object, both visually and for imaging.  I want to be able to cover this in more detail in a future session.  It actually consists of up to 300,000 stars, which is mind-blowing!  It’s one of those objects that gets better and better as you get a bigger and bigger scope on it.

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