Milky Way - Cygnus-region - Widefield


Date:

 

May 22, 2017

Location:

 

Marsa Alam, Egypt - little to no light pollution

Description:

 

The Cygnus region is a gigantic stellar nursery for thousands of stars at roughly 4,600 light years away from us. It is home to some amazing targets, such as the North-America Nebula, the Pelican Nebula, the Veil Nebula, the bright star Deneb, the double star Albireo and many more.

Equipment:

 

Camera lens:

Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Canon (wide open)

Camera:

Canon EOS 1300D - Astrodon modified - CLS-clip in-filter

Mount:

Skywatcher Star-Adventurer (equatorial wedge) + Bresser A2841R tripod

Guiding:

None

Software: 

 

Capture: 

Canon Camera Connect App

Post-process: 

Pixinsight - Adobe Photoshop

Image details:

 

Lights:

15 x 5 minutes ISO 800

Calibration:  

10 x 5 minutes dark frames ISO 800

Comments:

 

I have spent 2 nights sitting on a deserted beach in Marsa Alam, Egypt to try my luck at some widefield imaging. I had bought the Skywatcher Star Adventurer especially for this. Though my Sigma lens does not provide me with a perfectly flat field, I find the result quite pleasing.