Flatter fields and successful images

March 21, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Spent the night out in the observatory.  I seem to have about rectified my field flattener problems with using the new Orion FF, and a slightly larger spacer between the filter wheel and the FF.  What I did discover is that when checking field curvature and such with CCD Inspector, images got progressively worse as the evening went on, because refocusing was required.  Once I refocused, things looked much, much better.

Beautiful night.. mild, clear, still, and just the sound of the coyotes in the distance.

After taking some test images, I focused on M106, trying to accumulate some good LRGB+HA images.

While imaging I played around with CCD Autopilot.  It looks quite powerful and worth using, but I'll have to experiment more to see how well it will work for my purposes.


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