Objects to be Imaged this Evening: Back to the research project, the
following targets are in the queue despite a cloudy sky: NGC 1961, NGC
925, NGC 4490, NGC 3368, NGC 3115, NGC 598, IC 342, NGC 5248, NGC 4038,
NGC 6503, NGC 2403.
Objects to be Imaged this Evening: Keeping on with the research project,
the following targets are added to the queue for the second round, in
addition to the pending observations: NGC 2683, NGC 3031, NGC 2655, NGC
3344, NGC 4449, NGC 4254, NGC 3338, NGC 2775, M100. This will provide me
with standard images that can be compared to the existing reference
images, in order to try detecting a supernova.
Images submitted with this report: None, but the first standard images
are being analysed using the Photoshop overlay function. No promising
finding is to be reported so far.
Problems Encountered: Frames of NGC 4618, NGC 3521, NGC 4725 and NGC
3675 had WCS registration errors which make them unusable for analysis.
New observations are however planned in the coming days.
Objects to be Imaged this Evening: As weather has improved, the active
observations should progress tonight.
Images submitted with this report: Taking advantage of bad weather, the
M101 was processed again, taking Peter’s tips into account. The bad
pixels are less visible now. Sorry I had only saved in PNG, not in JPEG!
Objects to be Imaged this Evening: All pending observations are now complete. Will continue working on the research project despite bad weather, with newly requested observations of NGC 4618, NGC 5047, NGC 4559, NGC 3521, NGC 4569, NGC 4725, NGC 3675, NGC 4579, NGC 4636.
Objects to be Imaged this Evening: Tonight will be dedicated to the research project. In addition to the already active observations, NGC2403 is joining the queue.
Images submitted with this report: Attached is the final picture of M42 imaged by the MDRS-WF last night, obtained after some time learning and tweaking on Photoshop. Hope I got it quite right on this first attempt!
– Some frames from last night had white lines crossing the field, as shown in the attached image of M101 on the Red filter. In this case, there were 4 exposures on the Red filter with the same line at the same place, which makes me believe it was not a plane or a satellite flying over us.
– A minor issue on Photoshop: I could not find the Camera raw filter menu as indicated in the Color imaging quick guide, p.12. Is there a way of making it active?
Robotic Telescope Requested: MDRS-WF (then MDRS-14 if approved)
Objects to be Imaged this Evening: M101 and M42 will be imaged as part
of the astrophotography project. In this regard, I’ve requested more
time on my Skynet account. If reverting back to the MDRS-14 is approved,
I will keep on with the still active observations from the previous sols.
Images submitted with this report: None
Problems Encountered: Imaging of M31 is to be abandoned for tonight, as
it won’t be visible long enough.