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About this observation
Observer
John Hughes
Time of observation
23/02/2019 - 23:04
Object
M45
Observing location
North Essex, UK
Equipment
William Optics Z61 with flattener
Celestron AVX mount
Canon T3i DSLR
Orion 50mm guide scope
ZWO ASI120mm-s guide camera
Exposure
ISO 800, 25 x 100 second exposures plus flats, bias and darks

Always enjoy looking at M45 through binoculars and so decided to see if I could capture this with my WO Z61. The image called for 100 second exposures so this required me to guide, something I have never done before. There were a few teething problems at the start but eventually I got down to capturing some images but it became clear that some proper planning would have been beneficial. 

As we approach Spring, M45 isn't ideally placed and it was made worse as throughout the session it sat above street lights! In the end 25 light frames was all I could capture as I am embarrassed to say that my house then conspired against me and got in the way!

All part of a steep learning curve.

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