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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2010

    Default Using ACP and ACPS 140 HOURS of Open Camera time Rosette Nebula!!

    I took this picture of the Rosette Nebula over FOURTEEN months. Zillions of viewing sessions due to unstable weather. Each subframe was 30 minutes of autoguided open camera time. The picture is about 149 by 149 arc minutes per side. Without ACP and Scheduler a project like this is impossible ....well....unless you NEVER sleep its impossible!! Now, keep in mind, I also was imaging dozens of other objects at the same time!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Scheduler chased this for me until the Rosette fell below an acceptable elevation, then this fall picked it up again...WITHOUT... being reminded!!!! I have a 74 MB version of this. Oh, the original raw frames? Yep, 10 GIGABYTES of data that is correct, you read it right GIGABYTES of data. By the way this is a Mosaic that TSXPro and ACP Planner working together laid out for me...piece of cake to originally set up.
    Cool Stuff. Wonder what I'm working on now? Stand by!
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Virgil, NY


    Peter, this is phenomenal!
    Pier-mounted Meade 12-inch SCT "classic"
    Optec TCF-S focuser
    SBIG CFW-8A and ST7-XMEv
    H-alpha, BVRI, RGB & Clear filters
    FOV ~15’ x 10’

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Mesa, AZ


    Thank you Peter!!! I saw a post on this in another forum and asked Peter to pass it along here. It is TOO GOOD NOT TO SEE!!! Those of you who are regulars in the ACP and Scheduler sections know that Peter's observatory is in North Carolina where the weather is quite variable. The data was gathered by Scheduler waking up sometimes several times during a single night and geting data then standing by while the weather is down, then back up etc. Impractical to do manually.
    -- Bob



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