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CCD Images - Session 601 (2017-01-23)

Objects Session Notes
Bullet M37 - Open Cluster
   
Bullet Photometric Monitoring - Variables
  None
   
Bullet Astrometric Monitoring - Nearby Stars
  None
- Evening session (6 hrs duration).
Initially fairly clear skies but transparency reducing through session. Poor seeing.  Wind 2 - 5 mph. 
- Second session using for new TS Photoline 80mm f/6 APO refractor + ZWO ASI178MC (OSC) camera
- Session operated mainly from the indoors using remote connection apart from initial setup.
- Initial problems with telescope loosing connection and then failing to get GPS fix upon restart (see notes)
- Main aim of session was to test software and workflow for autoguiding 12" LX200R main scope + ST-10XME using TS 80mm APO + ASI178MC (see notes).   In the event this also included the setup and use of POTH ASCOM hub and Telescope API in TheSky (see notes)
- Secondary aim was to acquire some further images using either or both cameras (ST-10XE or ASI178MC). In the event the conditions were very poor and only one target (M37) was imaged.
- Ambient Temperature:  -1.5degC (minimum)
- CCD operation (ST10):  -25degC (at % average cooling),  
- CMOS operation (ASI178): 10-15 degC (non-cooled)
- Notes from 2017-01-23 >>
    

M37 - Open Cluster

M37 (Auriga)
Stars are distorted due to effect of wind
acting on the LX200 Mount
     
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Other Formats:
CMOS Colour Image (16% size)
P38 Live Stacking, Best 36 frames from 94

6 min (36 x 10s)
Binning 1x1, Gain 400, Raw16, ROI 3096x2080 
#00_32_58Z

2017-01-24 00:32h UT

TS 80mm f/6 APO + ASI178MC (OSC)
Mounted on 12" LX200R

Frames acquired using SharpCap (Stack FIT)
Processed using DeepSkyStacker

'Filter using FWHM' used during Live Stacking

Larger Image (32% size)
       
M37 - Follow Up Picture 
Stars still show distortion but is a better image than above
     
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Other Formats:
CMOS Colour Image (16% size)
P5 Stacking, Best 6 frames from 94

1 min (6 x 10s)
Binning 1x1, Gain 400, Raw16, ROI 3096x2080 
#00_32_58Z

2017-01-24 00:32h UT

TS 80mm f/6 APO + ASI178MC (OSC)
Mounted on 12" LX200R

Frames acquired using SharpCap (Stack FIT)
Processed using DeepSkyStacker

Stacked using DeepSkyStacker

Larger Image (32% size)
       

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