Melotte 15
Center of Heart Nebula in Cassiopeia

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Location & Date Backyard, Abbott Observatory - Sept 12,21,24, 2008
Temperature - mid 60's F
Telescope TMB 130SS Refractor, F/7 on a Losmandy G11, Prime Focus, Image scale 1.68 arcsec/pixel
Camera SBIG ST-2000XM w/CFW8, AO8
Astrodon Tru Balance Filters
CCD temp -15C
Exposure Times (Ha) 31 x 10, (L) 19 x 10, (R) 8 x 10, (G) 6 x 10,(B) 6 x 10 Minutes, Bin 1x1
Other Information Image acquisition/focus/guiding/dither - CCD Autopilot w/CCDSoft
Focus - Moonlite Motorfocus w/FocusMax

Image Processing * Images Plus 3.5 - Calibration, Normalize, Grading, Alignment, Sigma Average Combine, mild DDP
* Adobe CS - RGB blend into Lum, Ha blend into R and L, Levels, Curves, Sharpening, Cropping, NR, JPEG conversion

© 2008 Michael A. Siniscalchi