M42 from Comber


Mark Stronge
  Comber, County Down, Northern Ireland
Photo Title
  M42 from Comber
Time and Date taken
  30th January 2003 2240UT
Equipment used
  Meade 8" LX90, MaxView 40mm eyepiece coupled afocally to camera
Capturing device used
  Minolta Dimage 7 5Mp
Technical details
  ISO400, 12x 10second exposures stacked in K3CCDTools

This is our first attempt at deep sky. We purchased a MaxView40mm lens from Scopetronix which is specifically designed for larger aperture digital cameras like our Minolta Dimage 7. Tracking was not good as we are just learning how to get accurate polar alignment and the focusing wasn't good either. After using the MaxView40 during the day, we found out that we were not achieving optimum focus or minimum vignetting.

Below is an image combined with Jan Timmermans M42 image of 3rd February 2003 which reveals the extension in the arms of the nebula.



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