Date: 12 August 2017
Object: Western Veil Nebula
Camera: Nikon D5300
Telescope: Vixen na140ssf
Accessories: Astronomik CLS filter
Mount: Losmandy Gemini II
Guide scope: Celestron 102mm
Guide camera: QHY5
Subframes: 32x420s (3h44m), ISO-1600 (combined with Western Veil #1, intersection mode)
I set up my D3100 to face low Perseus to catch some of the Perseids, and a caught a couple, but only very dim ones. We saw several pretty good ones, but they didn't brighten until they were much more southward.
You can see a reaaaallllll dim one in the top third of the frame, near the center.
Nikon D3100, 18mm @ f/3.5, 13s, ISO-3200
We had some new folks out that night as well, and some people figuring out how to use their telescopes too. Also, my minion Miqaela borrowed my Borg 76ED to put atop her Celestron AVX. We had some issues getting guiding to go - I'd put her camera in 2x2 bin to get better signal, but them we realized the lack of signal was because she'd left the lenscap on, but then PHD kept losing the guide star. So I put it back to 1x1, and it seemed content with that, and guiding cleaned up significantly. She was attempting to image the Snake Nebula, a dark nebula below Antares just west of the Milky Way. Unfortunately, we have a lot of light pollution that direction, and she doesn't have a light pollution filter, so we'll have to see how her image comes out.
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