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Summer Nebulae - The Lagoon and The Trifid

xeniaxenia Posts: 1,019 Officer
Had perfect conditions here at home Friday night with clear skies, low humidity, and very steady seeing.  I was going to shoot the Ring Nebula through the scope but then decided to shoot the Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8) and Trifid Nebula (Messier 20) in Sagittarius with my camera piggyback on the scope instead.  Set it to shoot 180 frames of 20 seconds each, but after it finished I noticed that the scope stopped tracking after frame 117.  It was tracking again so I had to frame the object in the field of view again and set it to shoot another 70 frames.  Camera: Nikon D7200 unmodified, ISO 800; lens: Nikkor 80-400 shooting at 300mm, F5.6.  After I got done photographing, Jupiter and Saturn were high enough to look at and they were spectacular.  I was able to go to 432X on Jupiter and still see excellent detail, including the Great Red Spot.  Will target them in about a month if I get a good night.

Camera and lens piggyback on my scope for wide angle shots.  That's Connor at lower right who keeps me company every time I'm out doing astronomy.  And they say dogs are loyal.
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