6/24/2020 First Light with Hyperstar

I had my first chance to try out my new Hyperstar V4 with my 11″ Celestron SCT (Elf). With this configuration, Elf becomes an 11″ f/1.9 lens with a focal length of 532mm.

This was not a night for long integrations. It was just a shake down cruise. Below are some images of, top to bottom, Omega Centauri, Centaurus A, and Markarian’s Chain. In this configuration, the camera has a 2 degrees by 1.4 degrees. Each of these images are 50 sixteen second images combined. Minor stretching was done but no other post processing. I want you to see it almost as it came out of the camera. Click for a larger view.

The greated globular cluster of them all, Omega Centauri was 9 degrees above the horizon when I shot it. Amazingly this was not too unlike what you see after one second. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omega_Centauri

Centaurus A is about 3 degrees higher than Omega Centauri. Obviously a little small for this scale. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centaurus_A

Markarian’s Chain starts with M84 in the upper right and proceeds in a backwards J to NGC 4459 at center left. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Markarian%27s_Chain

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