Sky-WatcherUSA TOTM Submissions – 2024

These are my submission for the Sky-WatcherUSA Target of the Month (TOTM) for 2024 (well one from 2023). I tag posts related to the TOTM with the tag SkywatcherUSA TOTM.

February 2024 TOTM Submission – Hechathorn-Fesen-Gull 1
Planetary Nebula PK 136+05 and PN G136.1+04.9 - 80 x 300 seconds - 02/05 and 02/07/2024 - Siril Processed
TOTM Submission Date: 02/08/2024
Mount: Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro
Primary Scope: SVBONY SV503 102ED, .8 Focal Reducer
Filter: ZWO 2″ Duo-Band Filter
Primary Camera: ZWO ASI 294MC Pro, Cooled to -10 C
Guide Scope: SVBONY SV106 60mm
Guide Camera: OSSAG
Software: INDI Server, KStars/Ekos, Siril
Exposure settings: 300 seconds, 121 gain, 30 offset, bin 2×2
Post: I collected just over 3 hours of data on 02/05/2024 and a little more than 3 1/2 hours on 02/07/2024. Total of 80 x 300 second exposures. Stacked and processed with Siril.

January 2024 TOTM Submission – The Dolphin Head Nebula (Sh2-308 or LBN 1052)
Dolphin Head Nebula, Sh2-308, LBN 1052, 71 x 180 seconds captured 01/20 and 01/21 2024, stacked and processed with Siril
TOTM Submission Date: 01/21/2024
Mount: Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro
Primary Scope: SVBONY SV503 102ED, .8 Focal Reducer
Filter: ZWO 2″ Duo-Band Filter
Primary Camera: ZWO ASI 294MC Pro, Cooled to -10 C
Guide Scope: SVBONY SV106 60mm
Guide Camera: OSSAG
Software: INDI Server, KStars/Ekos, Siril
Exposure settings: 180 seconds, 121 gain, 30 offset, bin 2×2
Post: http://www.suffolksky.com/2024/01/22/01-21-2024-more-light-from-the-dolphin-head-nebula/
This is the results from data captured over 2 nights. 37 x 180 second exposures captured on 01/20/2024 combined with 34 x 180 second exposures on 01/21/2024 for a total of 71 x 180 seconds or 3 hours and 33 minutes. Calibrated (darks, flats, and offsets), stacked, cropped, and processed using Siril.

December 2023 TOTM Submission – The Drunken Dragon (LBN 762)
LBN 762, The Drunken Dragon Nebula. 140 x 180 seconds stacked and processed in Siril.
TOTM Submission Date:12/13/2023
Primary Scope: SVBONY SV503 102ED, .8 Focal Reducer
Filter: None
Primary Camera: ZWO ASI 294MC Pro, Cooled to -10 C
Mount: Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro
Guide Scope: SVBONY SV106 60mm
Guide Camera: OSSAG
Software: INDI Server, KStars/Ekos, Siril
Exposure Settings: 180 seconds, 121 gain, 30 offset, bin 2×2
Post: http://www.suffolksky.com/2023/12/13/12-12-2023-a-drunker-drunken-dragon/ This is data from 2 nights – 4 hours on 12/11/2023 and 3 hours on 12/12/2023 for a total of 140 x 180 exposures at 121 gain, 30 offset, bin 2×2. Stacked, cropped, and processed using Siril.