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Thursday, July 30th, 2009
A terrible night.  I thought I had things in hand, but last night went from bad to worse.   It seems that nothing worked well.
 
The sky was terrible......haze on top of light polution on top of more haze.   Seeing was horrible.   The moon was boiling at low power.
 
My mount suddenly seemed to forget how to track.   I was getting drift like I couldn't believe.  I thought I was well polar aligned too.   Something wasn't right.
 
Terrible gradient in the images.
 
I took about 45 minutes of M109, but had to throw out 1/3 of the frames due to drift.  What was left was still very poor with gradient and fuzzy.   Into the recycle bin with that data.
 
I attempted IC 1396, but apparently I didn't get it in the FOV.   I got no nebulosity, even with a stretched histogram.   It could have been the poor transparency, but not sure.  
 
My only halfway useable data came from * NGC 6951, and it is weak.   I shot about 50 minutes, but it looks like it could have used twice that amount of time.
 
Orion 130mm ST f/5 Newtonian, Celestron CG-5 GT goto mount, Orion StarShoot II color, unguided.
 
NGC 6951:  79 subs @ 40 seconds per sub  (52 minutes).  Processed in Paint Shop Pro Photo & Photo Shop Elements.
 
* The galaxy is approximately 110 million light years distant in the constellation Cepheus.  11.1 magnitude, apparent size 3.4 arc min.    Very small.........compare to M31 @ 178x63 arc min.   This image barely shows any of the spiral arm structure.   I guess this is a dark sky object...at least with my setup.
 


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