Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Messier 93 (a.k.a. M93 or NGC 2447) is an open cluster 3,600 light-years from Earth in the constellation Puppis (source: wikipedia).  I was not originally planning on capturing this particular Messier object anytime soon as is is not visible from my shed (the Happy Frog Observatory), however, it was a clear night and we were doing some work on the Boothe Memorial Astronomical Society 16-in reflector telescope so I took advantage of the open sky.



Wide Field

Location: Boothe Memorial Park Observatory, Stratford, CT
Date: 2-26-17
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i(a), Backyard EOS
Telescope: Orion ED80 80mm
f/7.5 Apochromatic Refractor Telescope
Barlow: None
Focal Length: 600mm
Focal Reducer: Orion 0.8x Focal Reducer for Refractor Telescopes
Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G GoTo Telescope Mount
Filter: Astrodon UV/IR
Autoguiding: QHY-5L-II-M attached to an Agena 50mm Guide Scope with Helical Focuser
Exposure: 18 x 60s (18 min)
ISO: 1600
Temp: 0 C
Post Processing: Deep Sky Stacker, Photoshop, Lightroom, Gradient Exterminator, Astronomy Tools

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