Scope ED 80, camera modded canon 300D, mount CG5 autoguided-300 second subs at ISO 200-various total exposures for each of the objects..around one hour usually as total exposure
I am still struggling with the field curvature issue -I can't put off purchasing a field flattener/focal reducer for long but in the interim I have to do the best I can with what I have, so I am well aware of the ugly coma at the corners. But in the meantime...
Firstly a couple of objects that are on the Caldwell list but rarely imaged
-NGC 3766- a delightful open cluster-came upon it by chance when I was looking for the (ho hum) lambda centaurus nebula. If it were located anywhere else in the sky surely this object would be better known, but guess with the Jewel Box and Eta Carina and so on round the corner so so to speak it doesnt get much of a chance. (Caldwell 108 for anyone who is familiar with the Caldwell list)
-Secondly NGC 4372. Here I was really after the Dark Doodad-the extremely well defined dark cloud just south of this fairly faint globular cluster.
I actually imaged this last weekend so there was moon about which interfered
with my image , and my camera didn't have a field of view large enough to capture the entire extant of the dark doodad.
The next two images are your usual run of the mill objects
Eta Carina and the Horsehead
all shot from my backyard a light pollluted Sydney Suburb
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The dark doodad and NGC 4372
comments, suggestions welcome thanks for looking