Cygnus Loop, HOO, 2019

Cygnus

The Cygnus loop (radio source W78 or Sharpless 103) is a large expanding cloud of hot dust and gas born of the death explosion of a massive star in the constellation of Cygnus. The nebula is 1,500 light-years away and the supernova that created it occurred 5,000 to 8,000 years ago and would have been bright enough to be seen with the naked eye from Earth.

Tech Card

Date / Location

August - September 2019, Bedworth, GMT+0, United Kingdom, Bortle Class 5 ~SGM: 19.57 mag./arc sec2

Equipment

Camera: ZWO ASI 1600MM-PRO USB 3.0 Mono (Type CMOS)

Sensor Cooling Temperature: -15C

Filters: 1.25" 5nm Astrodon Ha, 1.25" 3nm Astrodon OIII

Imaging Telescope: Takahashi FS-60CB

Correcting Lens: Takahashi Reducer 0.72x (composite focal length at 264mm and focal ratio at f/4.9)

Mount: iOptron CEM25EC

Image Quality

12Bit ADC (FITS)

Exposure time per image / number of composities and sensitivity

32 x 180" Ha subs (Gain 139, Offset 21, Binning 1x1)

28 x 300" Ha subs (Gain 139, Offset 21, Binning 1x1)

13 x 600" Ha subs (Gain 139, Offset 21, Binning 1x1)

24 x 180" OIII subs (Gain 139, Offset 21, Binning 1x1)

28 x 300" OIII subs (Gain 139, Offset 21, Binning 1x1)

12 x 600" OIII subs (Gain 139, Offset 21, Binning 1x1)

Total Integration Time

11hrs 38mins

Calibration Frames

20 Darks, 20/20 Flats for Ha/OIII

Software

PixInsight 1.8 Core

Photoshop

SharpCap

DEEP SKY

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STARSCAPE

Starscape photographs

SOLAR SYSTEM

Solar system photographs