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A work in progress
Written by Richie Jarvis   
Friday, 07 January 2011 19:25


You know that feeling that you are just not happy with something?  Well, I've got that at the moment.  I wanted to put M42 to bed once and for all.  Its a lovely target in our Winter skies, but how many images of M42 does a man need?

This year, I have an excuse though.  The H18 and the Televue Genesis give me a 2" field of view.  That alone is a good excuse to re-visit the area in my book, so I did.  So far this year, I've captured 8 and a half hours worth of data, and thats not including the data I threw away!  My official standpoint is 'its getting there' - Ha and Oiii have been the focus so far.  I have enough data in those bands now, giving a nice and smooth result.  But I don't like the way the Running Man Nebula (to the left of the image) is not showing his true colours.  There should be more blue evident in the image that the Oiii filter just is not picking up.

The plan?  I want to see if I can capture some Blue filter data before the end of the Winter.  With any luck, that will combine well with the Ha and Oiii filter data and finally put this one to bed.  And as for the rest of the Winter skies?  Once this is done, the Vixen will be going back on the EQ6, and its back to capture this years Messier 1 data to see if I can pickup any changes since last year.  I've left it a bit late in the season, but beggars can't be choosers!

Happy New Year and Clear Skies Everyone!



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