M1 - Messier Object 1 Image - The Crab Nebula - DSLR Astrophotography
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M1 has consistently kicked my rear...  Maybe until now.  I've never been able to get good guiding on this relatively small object.  I think I've greatly improved things with my AP 900GTO mount and this image below.  See the next image and compare with previous...

Seds notes:  The Crab Nebula, Messier 1 (M1, NGC 1952), is the most famous and conspicuous known supernova remnant, the expanding cloud of gas created in the explosion of a star as supernova which was observed in the year 1054 AD. It shines as a nebula of magnitude 8.4 near the southern "horn" of Taurus, the Bull.  The exploding star was so bright it was visible during the day for several weeks.

M1 - The Crab Nebula

10/2007 image, also from the Davis Mountains.  16x4 = 64 minutes exposures.   Canon EOS 20Da (unmodified), ISO 1600, Takahashi TOA 130 (a 5" APO refractor) with flattener, and Astro-Physics AP 900GTO mount.  Davis Mountains, TX, 10/2007.  I used my Current  DSLR Workflow including the Lab technique to accentuate the colors.

Old->M1 - The Crab Nebula

The image above is from the 3/2007 Davis Mountains trip and consists about ~25 x 4 min = 100 minutes exposure.  This was on a very windy night and the guiding suffered quite a bit because of it.  I had to call it quits around 12:30 when gusts in the 15 MPH range kicked up.

Equipment: Canon EOS 20Da (unmodified), ISO 800, Takahashi TOA 130 (a 5" APO refractor) with flattener.   Losmandy G-11 mount.    My current image processing workflow is here.

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