Astrophotography Supernova

Astrophoto: Crab Nebula – Messier 1 – 01/24

In the year 1054, visible even during the day as a supernova, the remnant known as the Crab Nebula is now expanding visibly.

My main object during a small series of clear nights was the Crab Nebula, Messier 1. On each of the three evenings, I was able to capture a star cluster preceding the Crab Nebula.

In the meantime, I had to (successfully) adjust the VC200L, eliminate backlash on the mount (successfully), fine-tune the Off Axis Guider (successfully), and 3D print a new adapter (successfully). Unfortunately, the existing adapter was too loose in the frigid temperatures, dropping as low as -6°C.

Full resolution on Flickr:

Crab Nebula, Messier 1

Technical overview

TelescopeVixen VISAC VC200L
Focal Length1800mm
Erecting Lense
CameraCANON EOS M100(a)
Guiding EquipmentPegasus Astro Indigo OAG
Guiding CameraQHY 5-III-462C
MountSkywatcher HEQ5 Pro, Belt and Hypertuned
Photography Date01/09/2024
Exposure-Time Lights130x180s
Correction framesFLATS, BIASES
SensitivityISO 1600
Processing Date01/13/2024
Software StackINDI, PixInsight, Affinity Photo
Capture PlaceKoblenz, Germany

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