Saturday, November 06, 2010

Double Cluster

Here is a 50% reduced size shot of the Double Cluster taken earlier this evening. This is really just a test of the focusing on the D7000 but I'm very pleased with the result. The stars are perfectly round here, and the colors of the stars are decent, too.

Be sure to click on the image for a nice view.

Image Details:

  • Imaging Scope: Astrotelescopes 80mm ED Refractor
  • Imaging Camera: Nikon D7000
  • Guiding Scope: William Optics 66mm Petzval Refractor
  • Guiding Camera: Meade DSI-C
  • Mount: Celestron CGEM
  • Exposures: 12 * 2 minute lights, 6 * 2 minute darks
  • ISO 800
  • Aligned and Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker
  • Post-Processing in GIMP (contrast, saturation and unsharp mask)


Polaris B said...

Also excellent, Phil! Very nice star color contrast; we can see those red giants in amongst the young blue stars! Congrats again!

RoryG said...

I agree with Val. That looks like it has the potential for a great image. I hope you took more subs!

Phil said...

Cheers, all! I should have taken more frames but didn't. Next time...