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Pacman Nebula in Cassiopeia – Bruce Braunstein


This week's StellarShot comes to us from Bruce Braunstein. To "Own the Night," Bruce used his new Stellarvue SVX152T. He's now seeking some targets he previously had on his to-do list until getting his 152mm Premier APO from Stellarvue earlier this year. We're thankful and proud to show what Bruce has captured here, and hope you'll appreciate his work as well. Bruce also shared this with us:
"This image of the Pacman Nebula in Cassiopeia was captured at Pinnacles National Park with my SVX152T. I've been wanting to image the Pacman Nebula for a very long time and my SVX152 was the perfect tool for the job."

Imaging telescope: Stellarvue SVX152T Focal reduced to 944mm Focal Length
Imaging camera: ZWO ASI1600MM Pro mono
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX+
Guiding telescope or lens: Stellarvue SVX152T
Guiding camera: QHYCCD QHY 174m Cooled
Focal reducer: Astro Physics 27TVPH
Software: TheSkyX Pro, Pixinsight 1.8, Sequence Generator Pro
Filters: Astrodon OIII 3nm 36mm, Astrodon Ha 3nm 36mm, Astrodon SII 3nm 36mm
Accessories: Innovations Foresight ONAG SC, ZWO 7 Pos. Filter Wheel, Alnitak Astro Flip flat
Resolution: 3632x2477
Date: July 31, 2019
Astrodon Ha 3nm 36mm: 5x600" (gain: 200.00) -15C bin 1x1
Astrodon OIII 3nm 36mm: 6x600" (gain: 200.00) -15C bin 1x1
Astrodon SII 3nm 36mm: 3x600" (gain: 200.00) -15C bin 1x1
Integration: 2.3 hours
Darks: ~25
Flats: ~20
Bias: ~200
Avg. Moon age: 28.81 days
Avg. Moon phase: 0.58%
Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 3.00
Mean SQM: 21.65
Temperature: 15.0c

Pacman Nebula in Cassiopeia image 2019 copyright Bruce Braunstein

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