This is easy to image, but difficult to process, due to the extreme contrast between the bright core and the dim surrounding areas...
It's great fun trying to track a jet airplane with a telescope on an equatorial mount! This is a Continental 737-800 with the winglets per Skully; thanks! Click the link above for more info & pictures.
The Flaming Star Nebula
The Moon? No, Venus as a thin crescent. See below.
Venus set at 7:03 p.m., shining at mag 4.4, and amazingly, is a crescent in this photo only 4.33% illuminated. The 12% moon set at 20:45. One of the stars of Capricornus is visible upper left.
Imaging data from this evening: The images from this session feature 69 averaged flat frames median combined, along with 16 dark frames averaged. Temperature ranged from ~51 degrees F at the start of imaging to 42 degrees when I was packing up and doing my last darks. My current image processing workflow is here.
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