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Electronically-assisted Astronomy (EAA) opens up new vistas for those who would never be able to make time to travel to view the heavenlies through a scope like our RASA 11-inch with a ZWO ASI2600MC Pro astro-camera and an Octopi-Astro camera interface. Operating on an iOptron CEM70G mount from a Pier-Tech Tele-Station 2 observatory on a Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height pier for precision "Go-To" targeting, in this video, we feature, our efforts to pursue the Hidden Treasures List deep-sky objects. This is the first video in the series.  We observe from the outskirts of Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

Thanks for joining us!

We'll hope to play some background music for the first time in this session. We plan to use music from Stellardrone:
https://stellardrone.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/stellardrone
https://soundcloud.com/stellardrone

We're grateful for their great sound. All of their music is used here under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution Unported License and is being used without having changed the tracks. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ The track list we hope to use:

Tracklist:
1. 00:00 - “Eternity”
2. 06:20 - “Outrospace”
3. 13:14 - “The Divine Cosmos”
4. 22:08 - “Mars”
5. 24:45 - “The Belt of Orion”
6. 31:19 - “Solar Eclipse”
7. 34:46 - “Fermi Paradox”
8. 42:06 - “Ascent“
9. 45:45 - “Tranquility“
10. 51:47 -  “Ultra Deep Field”
11. 57:31 - “Twilight” 
12. 01:01:47 - “Blinking Star”
13. 01:07:07 - “Dust of the Stars”
14. 01:14:29 - “Stardome”
15. 01:19:48 - “Comet Halley”
16. 01:23:31 - “Crystal Spheres”
17. 01:27:40 - “Lights in the Sky”
18. 01:35:25 - “Maia Nebula”
19. 01:48:03 - “On a Beam of Light”
20. 01:55:29 - “Eclipse on the Moon“
21. 02:00:07 - “Penumbra“
22. 02:07:00 -  “Cepheid”
23. 02:11:33 - “Billions and Billions” 
24. 02:16:47 - “Approaching the Heliopause”
25. 02:22:19 - “Journey to the Sun“
26. 02:33:51 - “Limbo“
27. 02:37:05 -  “Gravitation”

Some might be interested in the equipment and software that we use. For whatever it's worth, we're relying on the following:

Optical Tube Assembly: 11-inch Celestron Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph telescope
Mount: iOptron CEM70G
Primary Imaging Camera: ZWO ASI2600MC Pro
Camera interface: Octopi-Astro RASA 11 Camera Adaptor
Observatory: Pier-Tech Tele-station 2
Pier: Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height Pier
Dew Shield: Celestron 11 RASA Aluminum Dew Shield
Filter: Celestron Light-Pollution Imaging Filter
Focus Motor: Celestron Focus Motor
Equipment Plate on top the scope by Losmandy
Power supply mounted on that equipment plate: Pegasus Astro Pocket Powerbox Micro
USB hub mounted on that equipment plate: Pegasus Astro USB Control Hub
All-Sky Camera mounted on that equipment plate: ZWO ASI178MM
Focusing Software: NINA with Hocus Focus plug-in by George Hilios (jokogeo)
Streaming software: OSB with Stream Deck
Planetarium software: Starry Night Pro Plus by Simulation Curriculum
Imaging (EAA) software: Sharpcap 4.0 by Robin Glover
Remote operating solution: iCron USB Raven 3124 USB 3-2-1 Extender operating indoors, approximately 200 feet from the observatory, with data being transported via fiber-optic cable
12V Power distributed by a power distribution by RIGrunner 4005i by West Mountain Radio
12V Power supply was built using a MEAN WELL LRS-350-12 348W 12V 29 Amp Single Output Switchable Power Supply
110V Power distributed by a Tripp Lite 14 Outlet Network-Grade Rackmount PDU
Rack at base of scope: Gator Cases Pro Series Rotationally Molded 4U Rack Case  (G-PRO-4U-13)

Electronically-assisted Astronomy (EAA) opens up new vistas for those who would never be able to make time to travel to view the heavenlies through a scope like our RASA 11-inch with a ZWO ASI2600MC Pro astro-camera and an Octopi-Astro camera interface. Operating on an iOptron CEM70G mount from a Pier-Tech Tele-Station 2 observatory on a Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height pier for precision "Go-To" targeting, in this video, we feature, our efforts to pursue the Hidden Treasures List deep-sky objects. This is the first video in the series. We observe from the outskirts of Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

Thanks for joining us!

We'll hope to play some background music for the first time in this session. We plan to use music from Stellardrone:
https://stellardrone.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/stellardrone
https://soundcloud.com/stellardrone

We're grateful for their great sound. All of their music is used here under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution Unported License and is being used without having changed the tracks. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ The track list we hope to use:

Tracklist:
1. 00:00 - “Eternity”
2. 06:20 - “Outrospace”
3. 13:14 - “The Divine Cosmos”
4. 22:08 - “Mars”
5. 24:45 - “The Belt of Orion”
6. 31:19 - “Solar Eclipse”
7. 34:46 - “Fermi Paradox”
8. 42:06 - “Ascent“
9. 45:45 - “Tranquility“
10. 51:47 - “Ultra Deep Field”
11. 57:31 - “Twilight”
12. 01:01:47 - “Blinking Star”
13. 01:07:07 - “Dust of the Stars”
14. 01:14:29 - “Stardome”
15. 01:19:48 - “Comet Halley”
16. 01:23:31 - “Crystal Spheres”
17. 01:27:40 - “Lights in the Sky”
18. 01:35:25 - “Maia Nebula”
19. 01:48:03 - “On a Beam of Light”
20. 01:55:29 - “Eclipse on the Moon“
21. 02:00:07 - “Penumbra“
22. 02:07:00 - “Cepheid”
23. 02:11:33 - “Billions and Billions”
24. 02:16:47 - “Approaching the Heliopause”
25. 02:22:19 - “Journey to the Sun“
26. 02:33:51 - “Limbo“
27. 02:37:05 - “Gravitation”

Some might be interested in the equipment and software that we use. For whatever it's worth, we're relying on the following:

Optical Tube Assembly: 11-inch Celestron Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph telescope
Mount: iOptron CEM70G
Primary Imaging Camera: ZWO ASI2600MC Pro
Camera interface: Octopi-Astro RASA 11 Camera Adaptor
Observatory: Pier-Tech Tele-station 2
Pier: Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height Pier
Dew Shield: Celestron 11 RASA Aluminum Dew Shield
Filter: Celestron Light-Pollution Imaging Filter
Focus Motor: Celestron Focus Motor
Equipment Plate on top the scope by Losmandy
Power supply mounted on that equipment plate: Pegasus Astro Pocket Powerbox Micro
USB hub mounted on that equipment plate: Pegasus Astro USB Control Hub
All-Sky Camera mounted on that equipment plate: ZWO ASI178MM
Focusing Software: NINA with Hocus Focus plug-in by George Hilios (jokogeo)
Streaming software: OSB with Stream Deck
Planetarium software: Starry Night Pro Plus by Simulation Curriculum
Imaging (EAA) software: Sharpcap 4.0 by Robin Glover
Remote operating solution: iCron USB Raven 3124 USB 3-2-1 Extender operating indoors, approximately 200 feet from the observatory, with data being transported via fiber-optic cable
12V Power distributed by a power distribution by RIGrunner 4005i by West Mountain Radio
12V Power supply was built using a MEAN WELL LRS-350-12 348W 12V 29 Amp Single Output Switchable Power Supply
110V Power distributed by a Tripp Lite 14 Outlet Network-Grade Rackmount PDU
Rack at base of scope: Gator Cases Pro Series Rotationally Molded 4U Rack Case (G-PRO-4U-13)

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Real-time Telescope Views of the "Hidden Treasures" Catalog by Steve O'Meara (using a RASA 11-inch)

187 views September 26, 2022 12:56 pm

[Note: This video was originally identified as the 10th in our Caldwell series. But upon further research, we determined it was actually the NINTH in that series.]

Electronically-assisted Astronomy (EAA) opens up new vistas for those who would never be able to make time to travel to view the heavenlies through a scope like our RASA 11-inch with a ZWO ASI2600MC Pro astro-camera and an Octopi-Astro camera interface. Operating on an iOptron CEM70G mount from a Pier-Tech Tele-Station 2 observatory on a Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height pier for precision "Go-To" targeting, in this video, we feature, our continuing chase through the Caldwell List of deep-space objects - the 9th edition in this series. 

We often refer to a book during these videos on the Caldwell list. That book is Steve O'Meara's "The Caldwell Objects," published by Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, UK, as well as New York, Melbourne, Madrid, Cape Town, Singapore, and Sao Paulo).

In this video, we'll chase the following targets, hoping to cover all 20 targets in 2 hours.

Time:      #      NGC#     Herschel list #
10:00 1 3898 H 228-1
10:06 2 3982 H 62-4
10:12 3 4102 H 225-1
10:18 4 3998 H 229-1
10:24 5 3945 H 251-1
10:30 6 4036 H 253-1
10:36 7 4800 H 211-1
10:42 8 4041 H 252-1
10:48 9 3147 H 79-1
10:54 10 136         H 35-6
11:00 11 157         H 3-2
11:06 12 225         H 78-8
11:12 13 278         H 159-1
11:18 14 381         H 64-8
11:24 15 436         H 45-7
11:30 16 637         H 49-7
11:36 17 659         H 65-8
11:42 18 2655 H 288-1
11:48 19 2985 H 78-1
11:54 20 129         H 79-8

(in that order.)

The background music on this live stream was produced by Stellardrone and we're so grateful for the fact that he graciously makes it available without charge. Learn more at:
https://stellardrone.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/stellardrone
https://soundcloud.com/stellardrone

Again, we're grateful for their great sound and gracious provision. All of their music is used here under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution Unported License and is being used without having changed the tracks. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ The track list we hope to use:

Tracklist:
1. 00:00 - “Eternity”
2. 06:20 - “Outrospace”
3. 13:14 - “The Divine Cosmos”
4. 22:08 - “Mars”
5. 24:45 - “The Belt of Orion”
6. 31:19 - “Solar Eclipse”
7. 34:46 - “Fermi Paradox”
8. 42:06 - “Ascent“
9. 45:45 - “Tranquility“
10. 51:47 -  “Ultra Deep Field”
11. 57:31 - “Twilight” 
12. 01:01:47 - “Blinking Star”
13. 01:07:07 - “Dust of the Stars”
14. 01:14:29 - “Stardome”
15. 01:19:48 - “Comet Halley”
16. 01:23:31 - “Crystal Spheres”
17. 01:27:40 - “Lights in the Sky”
18. 01:35:25 - “Maia Nebula”
19. 01:48:03 - “On a Beam of Light”
20. 01:55:29 - “Eclipse on the Moon“
21. 02:00:07 - “Penumbra“
22. 02:07:00 -  “Cepheid”
23. 02:11:33 - “Billions and Billions” 
24. 02:16:47 - “Approaching the Heliopause”
25. 02:22:19 - “Journey to the Sun“
26. 02:33:51 - “Limbo“
27. 02:37:05 -  “Gravitation”

Some might be interested in the equipment and software that we use. For whatever it's worth, we're relying on the following:

Optical Tube Assembly: 11-inch Celestron Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph telescope
Mount: iOptron CEM70G
Primary Imaging Camera: ZWO ASI2600MC Pro
Observatory: Pier-Tech Tele-station 2
Pier: Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height Pier
Dew Shield: Celestron 11 RASA Aluminum Dew Shield
All-Sky Camera - ZWO ASI178MM
The USB hub on the equipment plate (riding up on the scope) is a Pegasus Astro USB Control Hub.
That equipment plate also carries a Pegasus Astro Pocket Powerbox Micro to power the USB Hub and cameras, as well as control the dew heater bands to prevent dew build-up on the two cameras.
Filter: Celestron Light-Pollution Imaging Filter
Focus Motor: Celestron Focus Motor
Focusing Software: NINA with Hocus Focus plug-in by George Hilios (jokogeo)
Streaming software: OSB with Stream Deck
Planetarium software: Starry Night Pro Plus by Simulation Curriculum
Imaging (EAA) software: Sharpcap 4.0.92460 by Robin Glover
Portable operating solution: icron USB Raven 3124 USB 3-2-1 Extender operating indoors, approximately 200 feet from the observatory, with data being transported via fiber-optic cable
12V Power distributed by a power distribution by RIGrunner 4005i by West Mountain Radio
12V Power supply homemade using a MEAN WELL LRS-350-12 348W 12V 29 Amp Single Output Switchable Power Supply
110V Power distributed by a Tripp Lite 14 Outlet Network-Grade Rackmount PDU, 15A Surge Protected Power Strip, 15ft Cord with 5-15P
Rack at base of scope: Gator Cases Pro Series Rotationally Molded 4U Rack Case with Shallow 13" Depth; (G-PRO-4U-13)

Thanks for joining us!

[Note: This video was originally identified as the 10th in our Caldwell series. But upon further research, we determined it was actually the NINTH in that series.]

Electronically-assisted Astronomy (EAA) opens up new vistas for those who would never be able to make time to travel to view the heavenlies through a scope like our RASA 11-inch with a ZWO ASI2600MC Pro astro-camera and an Octopi-Astro camera interface. Operating on an iOptron CEM70G mount from a Pier-Tech Tele-Station 2 observatory on a Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height pier for precision "Go-To" targeting, in this video, we feature, our continuing chase through the Caldwell List of deep-space objects - the 9th edition in this series.

We often refer to a book during these videos on the Caldwell list. That book is Steve O'Meara's "The Caldwell Objects," published by Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, UK, as well as New York, Melbourne, Madrid, Cape Town, Singapore, and Sao Paulo).

In this video, we'll chase the following targets, hoping to cover all 20 targets in 2 hours.

Time: # NGC# Herschel list #
10:00 1 3898 H 228-1
10:06 2 3982 H 62-4
10:12 3 4102 H 225-1
10:18 4 3998 H 229-1
10:24 5 3945 H 251-1
10:30 6 4036 H 253-1
10:36 7 4800 H 211-1
10:42 8 4041 H 252-1
10:48 9 3147 H 79-1
10:54 10 136 H 35-6
11:00 11 157 H 3-2
11:06 12 225 H 78-8
11:12 13 278 H 159-1
11:18 14 381 H 64-8
11:24 15 436 H 45-7
11:30 16 637 H 49-7
11:36 17 659 H 65-8
11:42 18 2655 H 288-1
11:48 19 2985 H 78-1
11:54 20 129 H 79-8

(in that order.)

The background music on this live stream was produced by Stellardrone and we're so grateful for the fact that he graciously makes it available without charge. Learn more at:
https://stellardrone.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/stellardrone
https://soundcloud.com/stellardrone

Again, we're grateful for their great sound and gracious provision. All of their music is used here under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution Unported License and is being used without having changed the tracks. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ The track list we hope to use:

Tracklist:
1. 00:00 - “Eternity”
2. 06:20 - “Outrospace”
3. 13:14 - “The Divine Cosmos”
4. 22:08 - “Mars”
5. 24:45 - “The Belt of Orion”
6. 31:19 - “Solar Eclipse”
7. 34:46 - “Fermi Paradox”
8. 42:06 - “Ascent“
9. 45:45 - “Tranquility“
10. 51:47 - “Ultra Deep Field”
11. 57:31 - “Twilight”
12. 01:01:47 - “Blinking Star”
13. 01:07:07 - “Dust of the Stars”
14. 01:14:29 - “Stardome”
15. 01:19:48 - “Comet Halley”
16. 01:23:31 - “Crystal Spheres”
17. 01:27:40 - “Lights in the Sky”
18. 01:35:25 - “Maia Nebula”
19. 01:48:03 - “On a Beam of Light”
20. 01:55:29 - “Eclipse on the Moon“
21. 02:00:07 - “Penumbra“
22. 02:07:00 - “Cepheid”
23. 02:11:33 - “Billions and Billions”
24. 02:16:47 - “Approaching the Heliopause”
25. 02:22:19 - “Journey to the Sun“
26. 02:33:51 - “Limbo“
27. 02:37:05 - “Gravitation”

Some might be interested in the equipment and software that we use. For whatever it's worth, we're relying on the following:

Optical Tube Assembly: 11-inch Celestron Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph telescope
Mount: iOptron CEM70G
Primary Imaging Camera: ZWO ASI2600MC Pro
Observatory: Pier-Tech Tele-station 2
Pier: Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height Pier
Dew Shield: Celestron 11 RASA Aluminum Dew Shield
All-Sky Camera - ZWO ASI178MM
The USB hub on the equipment plate (riding up on the scope) is a Pegasus Astro USB Control Hub.
That equipment plate also carries a Pegasus Astro Pocket Powerbox Micro to power the USB Hub and cameras, as well as control the dew heater bands to prevent dew build-up on the two cameras.
Filter: Celestron Light-Pollution Imaging Filter
Focus Motor: Celestron Focus Motor
Focusing Software: NINA with Hocus Focus plug-in by George Hilios (jokogeo)
Streaming software: OSB with Stream Deck
Planetarium software: Starry Night Pro Plus by Simulation Curriculum
Imaging (EAA) software: Sharpcap 4.0.92460 by Robin Glover
Portable operating solution: icron USB Raven 3124 USB 3-2-1 Extender operating indoors, approximately 200 feet from the observatory, with data being transported via fiber-optic cable
12V Power distributed by a power distribution by RIGrunner 4005i by West Mountain Radio
12V Power supply homemade using a MEAN WELL LRS-350-12 348W 12V 29 Amp Single Output Switchable Power Supply
110V Power distributed by a Tripp Lite 14 Outlet Network-Grade Rackmount PDU, 15A Surge Protected Power Strip, 15ft Cord with 5-15P
Rack at base of scope: Gator Cases Pro Series Rotationally Molded 4U Rack Case with Shallow 13" Depth; (G-PRO-4U-13)

Thanks for joining us!

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The Caldwell List (Part 9) | Electronically-Assisted Astronomy (EAA) via an 11-inch RASA Telescope

231 views September 18, 2022 11:44 pm

Electronically-assisted Astronomy (EAA) opens up new vistas for those who would never be able to make time to travel to view the heavenlies through a scope like our RASA 11-inch with a ZWO ASI2600MC Pro astro-camera and an Octopi-Astro camera interface. Operating on an iOptron CEM70G mount from a Pier-Tech Tele-Station 2 observatory on a Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height pier for precision "Go-To" targeting, in this video, we feature, our continuing chase through the Herschel 400 List of deep-space objects - the 14th edition in this series. In this video, we'll take on another 20 or so targets over the course of our 2-hour observing session. 

Thanks for joining us!

We'll hope to play some background music for the first time in this session. We plan to use music from Stellardrone:
https://stellardrone.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/stellardrone
https://soundcloud.com/stellardrone

We're grateful for their great sound. All of their music is used here under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution Unported License and is being used without having changed the tracks. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ The track list we hope to use:

Tracklist:
1. 00:00 - “Eternity”
2. 06:20 - “Outrospace”
3. 13:14 - “The Divine Cosmos”
4. 22:08 - “Mars”
5. 24:45 - “The Belt of Orion”
6. 31:19 - “Solar Eclipse”
7. 34:46 - “Fermi Paradox”
8. 42:06 - “Ascent“
9. 45:45 - “Tranquility“
10. 51:47 -  “Ultra Deep Field”
11. 57:31 - “Twilight” 
12. 01:01:47 - “Blinking Star”
13. 01:07:07 - “Dust of the Stars”
14. 01:14:29 - “Stardome”
15. 01:19:48 - “Comet Halley”
16. 01:23:31 - “Crystal Spheres”
17. 01:27:40 - “Lights in the Sky”
18. 01:35:25 - “Maia Nebula”
19. 01:48:03 - “On a Beam of Light”
20. 01:55:29 - “Eclipse on the Moon“
21. 02:00:07 - “Penumbra“
22. 02:07:00 -  “Cepheid”
23. 02:11:33 - “Billions and Billions” 
24. 02:16:47 - “Approaching the Heliopause”
25. 02:22:19 - “Journey to the Sun“
26. 02:33:51 - “Limbo“
27. 02:37:05 -  “Gravitation”

Some might be interested in the equipment and software that we use. For whatever it's worth, we're relying on the following:

Optical Tube Assembly: 11-inch Celestron Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph telescope
Mount: iOptron CEM70G
Primary Imaging Camera: ZWO ASI2600MC Pro
Camera interface: Octopi-Astro RASA 11 Camera Adaptor
Observatory: Pier-Tech Tele-station 2
Pier: Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height Pier
Dew Shield: Celestron 11 RASA Aluminum Dew Shield
Filter: Celestron Light-Pollution Imaging Filter
Focus Motor: Celestron Focus Motor
Equipment Plate on top the scope by Losmandy
Power supply mounted on that equipment plate: Pegasus Astro Pocket Powerbox Micro
USB hub mounted on that equipment plate: Pegasus Astro USB Control Hub
All-Sky Camera mounted on that equipment plate: ZWO ASI178MM
Focusing Software: NINA with Hocus Focus plug-in by George Hilios (jokogeo)
Streaming software: OSB with Stream Deck
Planetarium software: Starry Night Pro Plus by Simulation Curriculum
Imaging (EAA) software: Sharpcap 4.0.92460 by Robin Glover
Portable operating solution: iCron USB Raven 3124 USB 3-2-1 Extender operating indoors, approximately 200 feet from the observatory, with data being transported via fiber-optic cable
12V Power distributed by a power distribution by RIGrunner 4005i by West Mountain Radio
12V Power supply homemade using a MEAN WELL LRS-350-12 348W 12V 29 Amp Single Output Switchable Power Supply
110V Power distributed by a Tripp Lite 14 Outlet Network-Grade Rackmount PDU, 15A Surge Protected Power Strip, 15ft Cord with 5-15P
Rack at base of scope: Gator Cases Pro Series Rotationally Molded 4U Rack Case with Shallow 13" Depth; (G-PRO-4U-13)

Electronically-assisted Astronomy (EAA) opens up new vistas for those who would never be able to make time to travel to view the heavenlies through a scope like our RASA 11-inch with a ZWO ASI2600MC Pro astro-camera and an Octopi-Astro camera interface. Operating on an iOptron CEM70G mount from a Pier-Tech Tele-Station 2 observatory on a Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height pier for precision "Go-To" targeting, in this video, we feature, our continuing chase through the Herschel 400 List of deep-space objects - the 14th edition in this series. In this video, we'll take on another 20 or so targets over the course of our 2-hour observing session.

Thanks for joining us!

We'll hope to play some background music for the first time in this session. We plan to use music from Stellardrone:
https://stellardrone.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/stellardrone
https://soundcloud.com/stellardrone

We're grateful for their great sound. All of their music is used here under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution Unported License and is being used without having changed the tracks. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ The track list we hope to use:

Tracklist:
1. 00:00 - “Eternity”
2. 06:20 - “Outrospace”
3. 13:14 - “The Divine Cosmos”
4. 22:08 - “Mars”
5. 24:45 - “The Belt of Orion”
6. 31:19 - “Solar Eclipse”
7. 34:46 - “Fermi Paradox”
8. 42:06 - “Ascent“
9. 45:45 - “Tranquility“
10. 51:47 - “Ultra Deep Field”
11. 57:31 - “Twilight”
12. 01:01:47 - “Blinking Star”
13. 01:07:07 - “Dust of the Stars”
14. 01:14:29 - “Stardome”
15. 01:19:48 - “Comet Halley”
16. 01:23:31 - “Crystal Spheres”
17. 01:27:40 - “Lights in the Sky”
18. 01:35:25 - “Maia Nebula”
19. 01:48:03 - “On a Beam of Light”
20. 01:55:29 - “Eclipse on the Moon“
21. 02:00:07 - “Penumbra“
22. 02:07:00 - “Cepheid”
23. 02:11:33 - “Billions and Billions”
24. 02:16:47 - “Approaching the Heliopause”
25. 02:22:19 - “Journey to the Sun“
26. 02:33:51 - “Limbo“
27. 02:37:05 - “Gravitation”

Some might be interested in the equipment and software that we use. For whatever it's worth, we're relying on the following:

Optical Tube Assembly: 11-inch Celestron Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph telescope
Mount: iOptron CEM70G
Primary Imaging Camera: ZWO ASI2600MC Pro
Camera interface: Octopi-Astro RASA 11 Camera Adaptor
Observatory: Pier-Tech Tele-station 2
Pier: Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height Pier
Dew Shield: Celestron 11 RASA Aluminum Dew Shield
Filter: Celestron Light-Pollution Imaging Filter
Focus Motor: Celestron Focus Motor
Equipment Plate on top the scope by Losmandy
Power supply mounted on that equipment plate: Pegasus Astro Pocket Powerbox Micro
USB hub mounted on that equipment plate: Pegasus Astro USB Control Hub
All-Sky Camera mounted on that equipment plate: ZWO ASI178MM
Focusing Software: NINA with Hocus Focus plug-in by George Hilios (jokogeo)
Streaming software: OSB with Stream Deck
Planetarium software: Starry Night Pro Plus by Simulation Curriculum
Imaging (EAA) software: Sharpcap 4.0.92460 by Robin Glover
Portable operating solution: iCron USB Raven 3124 USB 3-2-1 Extender operating indoors, approximately 200 feet from the observatory, with data being transported via fiber-optic cable
12V Power distributed by a power distribution by RIGrunner 4005i by West Mountain Radio
12V Power supply homemade using a MEAN WELL LRS-350-12 348W 12V 29 Amp Single Output Switchable Power Supply
110V Power distributed by a Tripp Lite 14 Outlet Network-Grade Rackmount PDU, 15A Surge Protected Power Strip, 15ft Cord with 5-15P
Rack at base of scope: Gator Cases Pro Series Rotationally Molded 4U Rack Case with Shallow 13" Depth; (G-PRO-4U-13)

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The Herschel 400 (Part 14) | Electronically-Assisted Astronomy (EAA) via an 11-inch RASA Telescope

199 views September 15, 2022 12:12 pm

Electronically-assisted Astronomy (EAA) opens up new vistas for those who would never be able to make time to travel to view the heavenlies through a scope like our RASA 11-inch with a ZWO ASI2600MC Pro astro-camera and an Octopi-Astro camera interface. Operating on an iOptron CEM70G mount from a Pier-Tech Tele-Station 2 observatory on a Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height pier for precision "Go-To" targeting, in this video, we feature, our continuing chase through the Herschel 400 List of deep-space objects - the 13th edition in this series. In this video, we'll take on another 20 or so targets over the course of our 2-hour observing session. 

Thanks for joining us!

We'll hope to play some background music for the first time in this session. We plan to use music from Stellardrone:
https://stellardrone.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/stellardrone
https://soundcloud.com/stellardrone

We're grateful for their great sound. All of their music is used here under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution Unported License and is being used without having changed the tracks. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ The track list we hope to use:

Tracklist:
1. 00:00 - “Eternity”
2. 06:20 - “Outrospace”
3. 13:14 - “The Divine Cosmos”
4. 22:08 - “Mars”
5. 24:45 - “The Belt of Orion”
6. 31:19 - “Solar Eclipse”
7. 34:46 - “Fermi Paradox”
8. 42:06 - “Ascent“
9. 45:45 - “Tranquility“
10. 51:47 -  “Ultra Deep Field”
11. 57:31 - “Twilight” 
12. 01:01:47 - “Blinking Star”
13. 01:07:07 - “Dust of the Stars”
14. 01:14:29 - “Stardome”
15. 01:19:48 - “Comet Halley”
16. 01:23:31 - “Crystal Spheres”
17. 01:27:40 - “Lights in the Sky”
18. 01:35:25 - “Maia Nebula”
19. 01:48:03 - “On a Beam of Light”
20. 01:55:29 - “Eclipse on the Moon“
21. 02:00:07 - “Penumbra“
22. 02:07:00 -  “Cepheid”
23. 02:11:33 - “Billions and Billions” 
24. 02:16:47 - “Approaching the Heliopause”
25. 02:22:19 - “Journey to the Sun“
26. 02:33:51 - “Limbo“
27. 02:37:05 -  “Gravitation”

Some might be interested in the equipment and software that we use. For whatever it's worth, we're relying on the following:

Optical Tube Assembly: 11-inch Celestron Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph telescope
Mount: iOptron CEM70G
Primary Imaging Camera: ZWO ASI2600MC Pro
Camera interface: Octopi-Astro RASA 11 Camera Adaptor
Observatory: Pier-Tech Tele-station 2
Pier: Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height Pier
Dew Shield: Celestron 11 RASA Aluminum Dew Shield
Filter: Celestron Light-Pollution Imaging Filter
Focus Motor: Celestron Focus Motor
Equipment Plate on top the scope by Losmandy
Power supply mounted on that equipment plate: Pegasus Astro Pocket Powerbox Micro
USB hub mounted on that equipment plate: Pegasus Astro USB Control Hub
All-Sky Camera mounted on that equipment plate: ZWO ASI178MM
Focusing Software: NINA with Hocus Focus plug-in by George Hilios (jokogeo)
Streaming software: OSB with Stream Deck
Planetarium software: Starry Night Pro Plus by Simulation Curriculum
Imaging (EAA) software: Sharpcap 4.0.92460 by Robin Glover
Portable operating solution: iCron USB Raven 3124 USB 3-2-1 Extender operating indoors, approximately 200 feet from the observatory, with data being transported via fiber-optic cable
12V Power distributed by a power distribution by RIGrunner 4005i by West Mountain Radio
12V Power supply homemade using a MEAN WELL LRS-350-12 348W 12V 29 Amp Single Output Switchable Power Supply
110V Power distributed by a Tripp Lite 14 Outlet Network-Grade Rackmount PDU, 15A Surge Protected Power Strip, 15ft Cord with 5-15P
Rack at base of scope: Gator Cases Pro Series Rotationally Molded 4U Rack Case with Shallow 13" Depth; (G-PRO-4U-13)

Electronically-assisted Astronomy (EAA) opens up new vistas for those who would never be able to make time to travel to view the heavenlies through a scope like our RASA 11-inch with a ZWO ASI2600MC Pro astro-camera and an Octopi-Astro camera interface. Operating on an iOptron CEM70G mount from a Pier-Tech Tele-Station 2 observatory on a Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height pier for precision "Go-To" targeting, in this video, we feature, our continuing chase through the Herschel 400 List of deep-space objects - the 13th edition in this series. In this video, we'll take on another 20 or so targets over the course of our 2-hour observing session.

Thanks for joining us!

We'll hope to play some background music for the first time in this session. We plan to use music from Stellardrone:
https://stellardrone.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/stellardrone
https://soundcloud.com/stellardrone

We're grateful for their great sound. All of their music is used here under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution Unported License and is being used without having changed the tracks. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ The track list we hope to use:

Tracklist:
1. 00:00 - “Eternity”
2. 06:20 - “Outrospace”
3. 13:14 - “The Divine Cosmos”
4. 22:08 - “Mars”
5. 24:45 - “The Belt of Orion”
6. 31:19 - “Solar Eclipse”
7. 34:46 - “Fermi Paradox”
8. 42:06 - “Ascent“
9. 45:45 - “Tranquility“
10. 51:47 - “Ultra Deep Field”
11. 57:31 - “Twilight”
12. 01:01:47 - “Blinking Star”
13. 01:07:07 - “Dust of the Stars”
14. 01:14:29 - “Stardome”
15. 01:19:48 - “Comet Halley”
16. 01:23:31 - “Crystal Spheres”
17. 01:27:40 - “Lights in the Sky”
18. 01:35:25 - “Maia Nebula”
19. 01:48:03 - “On a Beam of Light”
20. 01:55:29 - “Eclipse on the Moon“
21. 02:00:07 - “Penumbra“
22. 02:07:00 - “Cepheid”
23. 02:11:33 - “Billions and Billions”
24. 02:16:47 - “Approaching the Heliopause”
25. 02:22:19 - “Journey to the Sun“
26. 02:33:51 - “Limbo“
27. 02:37:05 - “Gravitation”

Some might be interested in the equipment and software that we use. For whatever it's worth, we're relying on the following:

Optical Tube Assembly: 11-inch Celestron Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph telescope
Mount: iOptron CEM70G
Primary Imaging Camera: ZWO ASI2600MC Pro
Camera interface: Octopi-Astro RASA 11 Camera Adaptor
Observatory: Pier-Tech Tele-station 2
Pier: Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height Pier
Dew Shield: Celestron 11 RASA Aluminum Dew Shield
Filter: Celestron Light-Pollution Imaging Filter
Focus Motor: Celestron Focus Motor
Equipment Plate on top the scope by Losmandy
Power supply mounted on that equipment plate: Pegasus Astro Pocket Powerbox Micro
USB hub mounted on that equipment plate: Pegasus Astro USB Control Hub
All-Sky Camera mounted on that equipment plate: ZWO ASI178MM
Focusing Software: NINA with Hocus Focus plug-in by George Hilios (jokogeo)
Streaming software: OSB with Stream Deck
Planetarium software: Starry Night Pro Plus by Simulation Curriculum
Imaging (EAA) software: Sharpcap 4.0.92460 by Robin Glover
Portable operating solution: iCron USB Raven 3124 USB 3-2-1 Extender operating indoors, approximately 200 feet from the observatory, with data being transported via fiber-optic cable
12V Power distributed by a power distribution by RIGrunner 4005i by West Mountain Radio
12V Power supply homemade using a MEAN WELL LRS-350-12 348W 12V 29 Amp Single Output Switchable Power Supply
110V Power distributed by a Tripp Lite 14 Outlet Network-Grade Rackmount PDU, 15A Surge Protected Power Strip, 15ft Cord with 5-15P
Rack at base of scope: Gator Cases Pro Series Rotationally Molded 4U Rack Case with Shallow 13" Depth; (G-PRO-4U-13)

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The Herschel 400 (Part 13) | Electronically-Assisted Astronomy (EAA) via a 11-inch RASA Telescope

305 views September 8, 2022 12:15 pm

Electronically-assisted Astronomy (EAA) opens up new vistas for those who would never be able to make time to travel to view the heavenlies through a scope like our RASA 11-inch with a ZWO ASI2600MC Pro astro-camera and an Octopi-Astro camera interface. Operating on an iOptron CEM70G mount from a Pier-Tech Tele-Station 2 observatory on a Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height pier for precision "Go-To" targeting, in this video, we feature, our continuing chase through the Herschel 400 List of deep-space objects - the 12th edition in this series. In this video, we'll take on another 20 targets over the course of our 2-hour observing session. Here are some of the targets we could tackle:

Herschel object name and 'type' of object
H 738-2 Galaxy
H 202-1 Galaxy
H 222-1 Galaxy
H 198-1 Galaxy
H 197-1 Galaxy
H 216-1 Galaxy
H 244-1 Galaxy
H 271-1 Galaxy
H 285-1 Galaxy
H 223-1 Galaxy
H 270-1 Galaxy
H 224-1 Galaxy
H 206-1 Galaxy
H 178-1 Galaxy
H 210-1 Galaxy
H 79-4 Galaxy
H 53-7 Open Cluster
H 224-2 Galaxy
H 747-3 Galaxy

Thanks for joining us!

We hope to play some background music for the first time in this session. We plan to use music from Stellardrone:
https://stellardrone.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/stellardrone
https://soundcloud.com/stellardrone

We're grateful for their great sound. All of their music is used here under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution Unported License and is being used without having changed the tracks. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ The track list we hope to use:

Tracklist:
1. 00:00 - “Eternity”
2. 06:20 - “Outrospace”
3. 13:14 - “The Divine Cosmos”
4. 22:08 - “Mars”
5. 24:45 - “The Belt of Orion”
6. 31:19 - “Solar Eclipse”
7. 34:46 - “Fermi Paradox”
8. 42:06 - “Ascent“
9. 45:45 - “Tranquility“
10. 51:47 -  “Ultra Deep Field”
11. 57:31 - “Twilight” 
12. 01:01:47 - “Blinking Star”
13. 01:07:07 - “Dust of the Stars”
14. 01:14:29 - “Stardome”
15. 01:19:48 - “Comet Halley”
16. 01:23:31 - “Crystal Spheres”
17. 01:27:40 - “Lights in the Sky”
18. 01:35:25 - “Maia Nebula”
19. 01:48:03 - “On a Beam of Light”
20. 01:55:29 - “Eclipse on the Moon“
21. 02:00:07 - “Penumbra“
22. 02:07:00 -  “Cepheid”
23. 02:11:33 - “Billions and Billions” 
24. 02:16:47 - “Approaching the Heliopause”
25. 02:22:19 - “Journey to the Sun“
26. 02:33:51 - “Limbo“
27. 02:37:05 -  “Gravitation”

Some might be interested in the equipment and software that we use. For whatever it's worth, we're relying on the following:

Optical Tube Assembly: 11-inch Celestron Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph telescope
Mount: iOptron CEM70G
Primary Imaging Camera: ZWO ASI2600MC Pro
Camera interface: Octopi-Astro RASA 11 Camera Adaptor
Observatory: Pier-Tech Tele-station 2
Pier: Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height Pier
Dew Shield: Celestron 11 RASA Aluminum Dew Shield
All-Sky Camera - ZWO ASI178MM
Filter: Celestron Light-Pollution Imaging Filter
Focus Motor: Celestron Focus Motor
Focusing Software: NINA with Hocus Focus plug-in by George Hilios (jokogeo)
Streaming software: OSB with Stream Deck
Planetarium software: Starry Night Pro Plus by Simulation Curriculum
Imaging (EAA) software: Sharpcap 4.0.92460 by Robin Glover
Portable operating solution: iCron USB Raven 3124 USB 3-2-1 Extender operating indoors, approximately 200 feet from the observatory, with data being transported via fiber-optic cable
12V Power distributed by a power distribution by RIGrunner 4005i by West Mountain Radio
12V Power supply homemade using a MEAN WELL LRS-350-12 348W 12V 29 Amp Single Output Switchable Power Supply
110V Power distributed by a Tripp Lite 14 Outlet Network-Grade Rackmount PDU, 15A Surge Protected Power Strip, 15ft Cord with 5-15P
Rack at base of scope: Gator Cases Pro Series Rotationally Molded 4U Rack Case with Shallow 13" Depth; (G-PRO-4U-13)

Electronically-assisted Astronomy (EAA) opens up new vistas for those who would never be able to make time to travel to view the heavenlies through a scope like our RASA 11-inch with a ZWO ASI2600MC Pro astro-camera and an Octopi-Astro camera interface. Operating on an iOptron CEM70G mount from a Pier-Tech Tele-Station 2 observatory on a Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height pier for precision "Go-To" targeting, in this video, we feature, our continuing chase through the Herschel 400 List of deep-space objects - the 12th edition in this series. In this video, we'll take on another 20 targets over the course of our 2-hour observing session. Here are some of the targets we could tackle:

Herschel object name and 'type' of object
H 738-2 Galaxy
H 202-1 Galaxy
H 222-1 Galaxy
H 198-1 Galaxy
H 197-1 Galaxy
H 216-1 Galaxy
H 244-1 Galaxy
H 271-1 Galaxy
H 285-1 Galaxy
H 223-1 Galaxy
H 270-1 Galaxy
H 224-1 Galaxy
H 206-1 Galaxy
H 178-1 Galaxy
H 210-1 Galaxy
H 79-4 Galaxy
H 53-7 Open Cluster
H 224-2 Galaxy
H 747-3 Galaxy

Thanks for joining us!

We hope to play some background music for the first time in this session. We plan to use music from Stellardrone:
https://stellardrone.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/stellardrone
https://soundcloud.com/stellardrone

We're grateful for their great sound. All of their music is used here under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution Unported License and is being used without having changed the tracks. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ The track list we hope to use:

Tracklist:
1. 00:00 - “Eternity”
2. 06:20 - “Outrospace”
3. 13:14 - “The Divine Cosmos”
4. 22:08 - “Mars”
5. 24:45 - “The Belt of Orion”
6. 31:19 - “Solar Eclipse”
7. 34:46 - “Fermi Paradox”
8. 42:06 - “Ascent“
9. 45:45 - “Tranquility“
10. 51:47 - “Ultra Deep Field”
11. 57:31 - “Twilight”
12. 01:01:47 - “Blinking Star”
13. 01:07:07 - “Dust of the Stars”
14. 01:14:29 - “Stardome”
15. 01:19:48 - “Comet Halley”
16. 01:23:31 - “Crystal Spheres”
17. 01:27:40 - “Lights in the Sky”
18. 01:35:25 - “Maia Nebula”
19. 01:48:03 - “On a Beam of Light”
20. 01:55:29 - “Eclipse on the Moon“
21. 02:00:07 - “Penumbra“
22. 02:07:00 - “Cepheid”
23. 02:11:33 - “Billions and Billions”
24. 02:16:47 - “Approaching the Heliopause”
25. 02:22:19 - “Journey to the Sun“
26. 02:33:51 - “Limbo“
27. 02:37:05 - “Gravitation”

Some might be interested in the equipment and software that we use. For whatever it's worth, we're relying on the following:

Optical Tube Assembly: 11-inch Celestron Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph telescope
Mount: iOptron CEM70G
Primary Imaging Camera: ZWO ASI2600MC Pro
Camera interface: Octopi-Astro RASA 11 Camera Adaptor
Observatory: Pier-Tech Tele-station 2
Pier: Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height Pier
Dew Shield: Celestron 11 RASA Aluminum Dew Shield
All-Sky Camera - ZWO ASI178MM
Filter: Celestron Light-Pollution Imaging Filter
Focus Motor: Celestron Focus Motor
Focusing Software: NINA with Hocus Focus plug-in by George Hilios (jokogeo)
Streaming software: OSB with Stream Deck
Planetarium software: Starry Night Pro Plus by Simulation Curriculum
Imaging (EAA) software: Sharpcap 4.0.92460 by Robin Glover
Portable operating solution: iCron USB Raven 3124 USB 3-2-1 Extender operating indoors, approximately 200 feet from the observatory, with data being transported via fiber-optic cable
12V Power distributed by a power distribution by RIGrunner 4005i by West Mountain Radio
12V Power supply homemade using a MEAN WELL LRS-350-12 348W 12V 29 Amp Single Output Switchable Power Supply
110V Power distributed by a Tripp Lite 14 Outlet Network-Grade Rackmount PDU, 15A Surge Protected Power Strip, 15ft Cord with 5-15P
Rack at base of scope: Gator Cases Pro Series Rotationally Molded 4U Rack Case with Shallow 13" Depth; (G-PRO-4U-13)

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The Herschel 400 (Part 12) | Electronically-Assisted Astronomy (EAA) via a 11-inch RASA Telescope

283 views August 31, 2022 12:10 pm

Electronically-assisted Astronomy (EAA) opens up new vistas for those who would never be able to make time to travel to view the heavenlies through a scope like our RASA 11-inch with a ZWO ASI2600MC Pro astro-camera and an Octopi-Astro camera interface. Operating on an iOptron CEM70G mount from a Pier-Tech Tele-Station 2 observatory on a Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height pier for precision "Go-To" targeting, in this video, we feature, our continuing chase through the Herschel 400 List of deep-space objects - the 11th edition in this series. 

We often refer to a book during these videos on the Herschel 400 list. That book is Steve O'Meara's "Herschel 400 Observing Guide," published by Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, UK, as well as New York, Melbourne, Madrid, Cape Town, Singapore, and Sao Paulo) in 2007.

In this video, we'll chase the following targets, hoping to cover all 20 targets in 2 hours.

Time:      #      NGC#     Herschel list #
10:00 1 3898 H 228-1
10:06 2 3982 H 62-4
10:12 3 4102 H 225-1
10:18 4 3998 H 229-1
10:24 5 3945 H 251-1
10:30 6 4036 H 253-1
10:36 7 4800 H 211-1
10:42 8 4041 H 252-1
10:48 9 3147 H 79-1
10:54 10 136         H 35-6
11:00 11 157         H 3-2
11:06 12 225         H 78-8
11:12 13 278         H 159-1
11:18 14 381         H 64-8
11:24 15 436         H 45-7
11:30 16 637         H 49-7
11:36 17 659         H 65-8
11:42 18 2655 H 288-1
11:48 19 2985 H 78-1
11:54 20 129         H 79-8

(in that order.)

The background music on this live stream was produced by Stellardrone and we're so grateful for the fact that he graciously makes it available without charge. Learn more at:
https://stellardrone.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/stellardrone
https://soundcloud.com/stellardrone

Again, we're grateful for their great sound and gracious provision. All of their music is used here under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution Unported License and is being used without having changed the tracks. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ The track list we hope to use:

Tracklist:
1. 00:00 - “Eternity”
2. 06:20 - “Outrospace”
3. 13:14 - “The Divine Cosmos”
4. 22:08 - “Mars”
5. 24:45 - “The Belt of Orion”
6. 31:19 - “Solar Eclipse”
7. 34:46 - “Fermi Paradox”
8. 42:06 - “Ascent“
9. 45:45 - “Tranquility“
10. 51:47 -  “Ultra Deep Field”
11. 57:31 - “Twilight” 
12. 01:01:47 - “Blinking Star”
13. 01:07:07 - “Dust of the Stars”
14. 01:14:29 - “Stardome”
15. 01:19:48 - “Comet Halley”
16. 01:23:31 - “Crystal Spheres”
17. 01:27:40 - “Lights in the Sky”
18. 01:35:25 - “Maia Nebula”
19. 01:48:03 - “On a Beam of Light”
20. 01:55:29 - “Eclipse on the Moon“
21. 02:00:07 - “Penumbra“
22. 02:07:00 -  “Cepheid”
23. 02:11:33 - “Billions and Billions” 
24. 02:16:47 - “Approaching the Heliopause”
25. 02:22:19 - “Journey to the Sun“
26. 02:33:51 - “Limbo“
27. 02:37:05 -  “Gravitation”

Some might be interested in the equipment and software that we use. For whatever it's worth, we're relying on the following:

Optical Tube Assembly: 11-inch Celestron Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph telescope
Mount: iOptron CEM70G
Primary Imaging Camera: ZWO ASI2600MC Pro
Observatory: Pier-Tech Tele-station 2
Pier: Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height Pier
Dew Shield: Celestron 11 RASA Aluminum Dew Shield
All-Sky Camera - ZWO ASI178MM
The USB hub on the equipment plate (riding up on the scope) is a Pegasus Astro USB Control Hub.
That equipment plate also carries a Pegasus Astro Pocket Powerbox Micro to power the USB Hub and cameras, as well as control the dew heater bands to prevent dew build-up on the two cameras.
Filter: Celestron Light-Pollution Imaging Filter
Focus Motor: Celestron Focus Motor
Focusing Software: NINA with Hocus Focus plug-in by George Hilios (jokogeo)
Streaming software: OSB with Stream Deck
Planetarium software: Starry Night Pro Plus by Simulation Curriculum
Imaging (EAA) software: Sharpcap 4.0.92460 by Robin Glover
Portable operating solution: icron USB Raven 3124 USB 3-2-1 Extender operating indoors, approximately 200 feet from the observatory, with data being transported via fiber-optic cable
12V Power distributed by a power distribution by RIGrunner 4005i by West Mountain Radio
12V Power supply homemade using a MEAN WELL LRS-350-12 348W 12V 29 Amp Single Output Switchable Power Supply
110V Power distributed by a Tripp Lite 14 Outlet Network-Grade Rackmount PDU, 15A Surge Protected Power Strip, 15ft Cord with 5-15P
Rack at base of scope: Gator Cases Pro Series Rotationally Molded 4U Rack Case with Shallow 13" Depth; (G-PRO-4U-13)

Thanks for joining us!

Electronically-assisted Astronomy (EAA) opens up new vistas for those who would never be able to make time to travel to view the heavenlies through a scope like our RASA 11-inch with a ZWO ASI2600MC Pro astro-camera and an Octopi-Astro camera interface. Operating on an iOptron CEM70G mount from a Pier-Tech Tele-Station 2 observatory on a Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height pier for precision "Go-To" targeting, in this video, we feature, our continuing chase through the Herschel 400 List of deep-space objects - the 11th edition in this series.

We often refer to a book during these videos on the Herschel 400 list. That book is Steve O'Meara's "Herschel 400 Observing Guide," published by Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, UK, as well as New York, Melbourne, Madrid, Cape Town, Singapore, and Sao Paulo) in 2007.

In this video, we'll chase the following targets, hoping to cover all 20 targets in 2 hours.

Time: # NGC# Herschel list #
10:00 1 3898 H 228-1
10:06 2 3982 H 62-4
10:12 3 4102 H 225-1
10:18 4 3998 H 229-1
10:24 5 3945 H 251-1
10:30 6 4036 H 253-1
10:36 7 4800 H 211-1
10:42 8 4041 H 252-1
10:48 9 3147 H 79-1
10:54 10 136 H 35-6
11:00 11 157 H 3-2
11:06 12 225 H 78-8
11:12 13 278 H 159-1
11:18 14 381 H 64-8
11:24 15 436 H 45-7
11:30 16 637 H 49-7
11:36 17 659 H 65-8
11:42 18 2655 H 288-1
11:48 19 2985 H 78-1
11:54 20 129 H 79-8

(in that order.)

The background music on this live stream was produced by Stellardrone and we're so grateful for the fact that he graciously makes it available without charge. Learn more at:
https://stellardrone.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/stellardrone
https://soundcloud.com/stellardrone

Again, we're grateful for their great sound and gracious provision. All of their music is used here under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution Unported License and is being used without having changed the tracks. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ The track list we hope to use:

Tracklist:
1. 00:00 - “Eternity”
2. 06:20 - “Outrospace”
3. 13:14 - “The Divine Cosmos”
4. 22:08 - “Mars”
5. 24:45 - “The Belt of Orion”
6. 31:19 - “Solar Eclipse”
7. 34:46 - “Fermi Paradox”
8. 42:06 - “Ascent“
9. 45:45 - “Tranquility“
10. 51:47 - “Ultra Deep Field”
11. 57:31 - “Twilight”
12. 01:01:47 - “Blinking Star”
13. 01:07:07 - “Dust of the Stars”
14. 01:14:29 - “Stardome”
15. 01:19:48 - “Comet Halley”
16. 01:23:31 - “Crystal Spheres”
17. 01:27:40 - “Lights in the Sky”
18. 01:35:25 - “Maia Nebula”
19. 01:48:03 - “On a Beam of Light”
20. 01:55:29 - “Eclipse on the Moon“
21. 02:00:07 - “Penumbra“
22. 02:07:00 - “Cepheid”
23. 02:11:33 - “Billions and Billions”
24. 02:16:47 - “Approaching the Heliopause”
25. 02:22:19 - “Journey to the Sun“
26. 02:33:51 - “Limbo“
27. 02:37:05 - “Gravitation”

Some might be interested in the equipment and software that we use. For whatever it's worth, we're relying on the following:

Optical Tube Assembly: 11-inch Celestron Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph telescope
Mount: iOptron CEM70G
Primary Imaging Camera: ZWO ASI2600MC Pro
Observatory: Pier-Tech Tele-station 2
Pier: Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height Pier
Dew Shield: Celestron 11 RASA Aluminum Dew Shield
All-Sky Camera - ZWO ASI178MM
The USB hub on the equipment plate (riding up on the scope) is a Pegasus Astro USB Control Hub.
That equipment plate also carries a Pegasus Astro Pocket Powerbox Micro to power the USB Hub and cameras, as well as control the dew heater bands to prevent dew build-up on the two cameras.
Filter: Celestron Light-Pollution Imaging Filter
Focus Motor: Celestron Focus Motor
Focusing Software: NINA with Hocus Focus plug-in by George Hilios (jokogeo)
Streaming software: OSB with Stream Deck
Planetarium software: Starry Night Pro Plus by Simulation Curriculum
Imaging (EAA) software: Sharpcap 4.0.92460 by Robin Glover
Portable operating solution: icron USB Raven 3124 USB 3-2-1 Extender operating indoors, approximately 200 feet from the observatory, with data being transported via fiber-optic cable
12V Power distributed by a power distribution by RIGrunner 4005i by West Mountain Radio
12V Power supply homemade using a MEAN WELL LRS-350-12 348W 12V 29 Amp Single Output Switchable Power Supply
110V Power distributed by a Tripp Lite 14 Outlet Network-Grade Rackmount PDU, 15A Surge Protected Power Strip, 15ft Cord with 5-15P
Rack at base of scope: Gator Cases Pro Series Rotationally Molded 4U Rack Case with Shallow 13" Depth; (G-PRO-4U-13)

Thanks for joining us!

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The Herschel 400 (Part 11) | Electronically-Assisted Astronomy (EAA) via a 11-inch RASA Telescope

271 views August 27, 2022 12:23 am

Electronically-assisted Astronomy (EAA) opens up new vistas for those who would never be able to make time to travel to view the heavenlies through a scope like our RASA 11-inch with a ZWO ASI2600MC Pro astro-camera and an Octopi-Astro camera interface. Operating on an iOptron CEM70G mount from a Pier-Tech Tele-Station 2 observatory on a Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height pier for precision "Go-To" targeting, in this video, we feature, our continuing chase through the Herschel 400 List of deep-space objects - the 9th edition in this series. In this video, we chased the following targets, hoping to cover all 26 targets in 2 1/2 hours.

NGC# Time
5363 10:00 PM
5364 10:06
5566 10:12
5576 10:18
6235 10:24
6451 10:30
6905 10:36
6940 10:42
7008 10:48
7044 10:54
7062 11:00 PM
7086 11:06
7128 11:12
7142 11:18
7217 11:24
7296 11:30
7380 11:36
7448 11:40
7510 11:46
7606 11:50
7686 11:56
7723 12:02 AM
7727 12:08
7789 12:14
7790 12:20
7814 12:26

Thanks for joining us!

We hope to play some background music for the first time in this session. We plan to use music from Stellardrone:
https://stellardrone.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/stellardrone
https://soundcloud.com/stellardrone

We're grateful for their great sound. All of their music is used here under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution Unported License and is being used without having changed the tracks. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ The track list we hope to use:

Tracklist:
1. 00:00 - “Eternity”
2. 06:20 - “Outrospace”
3. 13:14 - “The Divine Cosmos”
4. 22:08 - “Mars”
5. 24:45 - “The Belt of Orion”
6. 31:19 - “Solar Eclipse”
7. 34:46 - “Fermi Paradox”
8. 42:06 - “Ascent“
9. 45:45 - “Tranquility“
10. 51:47 -  “Ultra Deep Field”
11. 57:31 - “Twilight” 
12. 01:01:47 - “Blinking Star”
13. 01:07:07 - “Dust of the Stars”
14. 01:14:29 - “Stardome”
15. 01:19:48 - “Comet Halley”
16. 01:23:31 - “Crystal Spheres”
17. 01:27:40 - “Lights in the Sky”
18. 01:35:25 - “Maia Nebula”
19. 01:48:03 - “On a Beam of Light”
20. 01:55:29 - “Eclipse on the Moon“
21. 02:00:07 - “Penumbra“
22. 02:07:00 -  “Cepheid”
23. 02:11:33 - “Billions and Billions” 
24. 02:16:47 - “Approaching the Heliopause”
25. 02:22:19 - “Journey to the Sun“
26. 02:33:51 - “Limbo“
27. 02:37:05 -  “Gravitation”

Some might be interested in the equipment and software that we use. For whatever it's worth, we're relying on the following:

Optical Tube Assembly: 11-inch Celestron Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph telescope
Mount: iOptron CEM70G
Primary Imaging Camera: ZWO ASI2600MC Pro
Observatory: Pier-Tech Tele-station 2
Pier: Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height Pier
Dew Shield: Celestron 11 RASA Aluminum Dew Shield
All-Sky Camera - ZWO ASI178MM
Filter: Celestron Light-Pollution Imaging Filter
Focus Motor: Celestron Focus Motor
Focusing Software: NINA with Hocus Focus plug-in by George Hilios (jokogeo)
Streaming software: OSB with Stream Deck
Planetarium software: Starry Night Pro Plus by Simulation Curriculum
Imaging (EAA) software: Sharpcap 4.0.92460 by Robin Glover
Portable operating solution: icron USB Raven 3124 USB 3-2-1 Extender operating indoors, approximately 200 feet from the observatory, with data being transported via fiber-optic cable
12V Power distributed by a power distribution by RIGrunner 4005i by West Mountain Radio
12V Power supply homemade using a MEAN WELL LRS-350-12 348W 12V 29 Amp Single Output Switchable Power Supply
110V Power distributed by a Tripp Lite 14 Outlet Network-Grade Rackmount PDU, 15A Surge Protected Power Strip, 15ft Cord with 5-15P
Rack at base of scope: Gator Cases Pro Series Rotationally Molded 4U Rack Case with Shallow 13" Depth; (G-PRO-4U-13)

Electronically-assisted Astronomy (EAA) opens up new vistas for those who would never be able to make time to travel to view the heavenlies through a scope like our RASA 11-inch with a ZWO ASI2600MC Pro astro-camera and an Octopi-Astro camera interface. Operating on an iOptron CEM70G mount from a Pier-Tech Tele-Station 2 observatory on a Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height pier for precision "Go-To" targeting, in this video, we feature, our continuing chase through the Herschel 400 List of deep-space objects - the 9th edition in this series. In this video, we chased the following targets, hoping to cover all 26 targets in 2 1/2 hours.

NGC# Time
5363 10:00 PM
5364 10:06
5566 10:12
5576 10:18
6235 10:24
6451 10:30
6905 10:36
6940 10:42
7008 10:48
7044 10:54
7062 11:00 PM
7086 11:06
7128 11:12
7142 11:18
7217 11:24
7296 11:30
7380 11:36
7448 11:40
7510 11:46
7606 11:50
7686 11:56
7723 12:02 AM
7727 12:08
7789 12:14
7790 12:20
7814 12:26

Thanks for joining us!

We hope to play some background music for the first time in this session. We plan to use music from Stellardrone:
https://stellardrone.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/stellardrone
https://soundcloud.com/stellardrone

We're grateful for their great sound. All of their music is used here under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution Unported License and is being used without having changed the tracks. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ The track list we hope to use:

Tracklist:
1. 00:00 - “Eternity”
2. 06:20 - “Outrospace”
3. 13:14 - “The Divine Cosmos”
4. 22:08 - “Mars”
5. 24:45 - “The Belt of Orion”
6. 31:19 - “Solar Eclipse”
7. 34:46 - “Fermi Paradox”
8. 42:06 - “Ascent“
9. 45:45 - “Tranquility“
10. 51:47 - “Ultra Deep Field”
11. 57:31 - “Twilight”
12. 01:01:47 - “Blinking Star”
13. 01:07:07 - “Dust of the Stars”
14. 01:14:29 - “Stardome”
15. 01:19:48 - “Comet Halley”
16. 01:23:31 - “Crystal Spheres”
17. 01:27:40 - “Lights in the Sky”
18. 01:35:25 - “Maia Nebula”
19. 01:48:03 - “On a Beam of Light”
20. 01:55:29 - “Eclipse on the Moon“
21. 02:00:07 - “Penumbra“
22. 02:07:00 - “Cepheid”
23. 02:11:33 - “Billions and Billions”
24. 02:16:47 - “Approaching the Heliopause”
25. 02:22:19 - “Journey to the Sun“
26. 02:33:51 - “Limbo“
27. 02:37:05 - “Gravitation”

Some might be interested in the equipment and software that we use. For whatever it's worth, we're relying on the following:

Optical Tube Assembly: 11-inch Celestron Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph telescope
Mount: iOptron CEM70G
Primary Imaging Camera: ZWO ASI2600MC Pro
Observatory: Pier-Tech Tele-station 2
Pier: Pier-Tech Adjustable-Height Pier
Dew Shield: Celestron 11 RASA Aluminum Dew Shield
All-Sky Camera - ZWO ASI178MM
Filter: Celestron Light-Pollution Imaging Filter
Focus Motor: Celestron Focus Motor
Focusing Software: NINA with Hocus Focus plug-in by George Hilios (jokogeo)
Streaming software: OSB with Stream Deck
Planetarium software: Starry Night Pro Plus by Simulation Curriculum
Imaging (EAA) software: Sharpcap 4.0.92460 by Robin Glover
Portable operating solution: icron USB Raven 3124 USB 3-2-1 Extender operating indoors, approximately 200 feet from the observatory, with data being transported via fiber-optic cable
12V Power distributed by a power distribution by RIGrunner 4005i by West Mountain Radio
12V Power supply homemade using a MEAN WELL LRS-350-12 348W 12V 29 Amp Single Output Switchable Power Supply
110V Power distributed by a Tripp Lite 14 Outlet Network-Grade Rackmount PDU, 15A Surge Protected Power Strip, 15ft Cord with 5-15P
Rack at base of scope: Gator Cases Pro Series Rotationally Molded 4U Rack Case with Shallow 13" Depth; (G-PRO-4U-13)

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The Herschel 400 (Part 10) | Electronically-Assisted Astronomy (EAA) via a 11-inch RASA Telescope

326 views August 25, 2022 1:14 pm

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96 views May 8, 2022 12:04 am

Electronically-assisted Astronomy (EAA) opens up new vistas for those who would never be able to make time to travel to view the heavenlies through a scope like our RASA 11-inch with a ZWO ASI2600MC Pro astro-camera and an Octopi-Astro camera interface. Operating on an iOptron CEM70G mount for precision "Go-To" targeting, we explore distant targets during this live-stream, varying from well-known favorites from the Messier list to exotic unknown deep-space objects seldom seem "on live TV." Thanks for taking part!

In this introduction to Electronically-Assisted Astronomy, instead of using a typical "Powerpoint" slide presentation, we shared a "Guide to EAA" in and out of actual live views. Our attempt was to provide an introductory session that was, first and foremost, practical from the get-go.

For our observing list, we continued using "111 Objects for light-polluted skies." We did some research over the past week, trying to determine the origin of this list. Turns out that it's based on an April 2003 Sky & Telescope article by James Mullaney. (Thank you Mr. Mullaney!) This list is especially effective when the normal light pollution of Louisville combines with a strong full or mostly-full moon. (The moon will be at 93% tomorrow night.) Many observers don't even fool with setting up their telescopes on such strongly-moonlit nights. But with a light pollution filter (such as the one we'll use tomorrow night) combined with EAA techniques (AND Mr. Mullaney's list of brighter targets, of course), we would assert that we will still be in for a treat. To see the original Sky and Telescope article, along with a complete list of the 111 objects, just click to https://skyandtelescope.org/wp-content/uploads/MullaneyDeepSky111.pdf .

Some of the resources mentioned in this video:

The great camera article at Agena Astro - specifically written with EAA in mind:
https://agenaastro.com/articles/guides/agena-beginners-guide-to-choosing-equipment-for-deep-sky-eaa.html

Cloudy Nights EAA Forum:
https://www.cloudynights.com/forum/73-electronically-assisted-astronomy-eaa/

The book we're assembling as a group about EAA:
http://www.EAA101.com

Thanks for watching!

[Note: The first couple of minutes of the original live-stream of this video did not have any audio. As a result, we created this edited "uploaded" version (with improved audio throughout) for your convenience. Please pardon the fact that, in the edited version, there was no way to preserve the comment "chat" queue. During the live-stream, however, we did mention every single comment that was made - so you're actually not missing out. In this version, they are just ... verbal only instead of written comments in the chat queue at the side.]

Electronically-assisted Astronomy (EAA) opens up new vistas for those who would never be able to make time to travel to view the heavenlies through a scope like our RASA 11-inch with a ZWO ASI2600MC Pro astro-camera and an Octopi-Astro camera interface. Operating on an iOptron CEM70G mount for precision "Go-To" targeting, we explore distant targets during this live-stream, varying from well-known favorites from the Messier list to exotic unknown deep-space objects seldom seem "on live TV." Thanks for taking part!

In this introduction to Electronically-Assisted Astronomy, instead of using a typical "Powerpoint" slide presentation, we shared a "Guide to EAA" in and out of actual live views. Our attempt was to provide an introductory session that was, first and foremost, practical from the get-go.

For our observing list, we continued using "111 Objects for light-polluted skies." We did some research over the past week, trying to determine the origin of this list. Turns out that it's based on an April 2003 Sky & Telescope article by James Mullaney. (Thank you Mr. Mullaney!) This list is especially effective when the normal light pollution of Louisville combines with a strong full or mostly-full moon. (The moon will be at 93% tomorrow night.) Many observers don't even fool with setting up their telescopes on such strongly-moonlit nights. But with a light pollution filter (such as the one we'll use tomorrow night) combined with EAA techniques (AND Mr. Mullaney's list of brighter targets, of course), we would assert that we will still be in for a treat. To see the original Sky and Telescope article, along with a complete list of the 111 objects, just click to https://skyandtelescope.org/wp-content/uploads/MullaneyDeepSky111.pdf .

Some of the resources mentioned in this video:

The great camera article at Agena Astro - specifically written with EAA in mind:
https://agenaastro.com/articles/guides/agena-beginners-guide-to-choosing-equipment-for-deep-sky-eaa.html

Cloudy Nights EAA Forum:
https://www.cloudynights.com/forum/73-electronically-assisted-astronomy-eaa/

The book we're assembling as a group about EAA:
http://www.EAA101.com

Thanks for watching!

[Note: The first couple of minutes of the original live-stream of this video did not have any audio. As a result, we created this edited "uploaded" version (with improved audio throughout) for your convenience. Please pardon the fact that, in the edited version, there was no way to preserve the comment "chat" queue. During the live-stream, however, we did mention every single comment that was made - so you're actually not missing out. In this version, they are just ... verbal only instead of written comments in the chat queue at the side.]

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2K views February 19, 2022 4:47 pm

Riding the JWST via Starry Night Pro: Lesson 12 | Is Starry Night Pro the Powerhouse Planetarium?

143 views February 16, 2022 2:04 pm