O.K. so it isn't a stunning image and no care was taken in the processing - so why should I be so happy with this? First off the focus training and collimation took less than an hour last night, and the result was better than anything I've seen before. Second, the bright Moon and the wall-to-wall thin high cloud created the most incredible "bright spot" in the centre of the image that I thought would be an impossibility to remove. Which brings us to 3, this morning I took the first ever set of flats and bias frames for the Hyperstar III so I could flat and bias calibrate the subs, this made the processing pretty straightforward. For only 10 x 5-minute sub exposures I am very pleased with the result. This is the M109/Phecda region. So the Hyperstar III is ready to go grin01
My latest thoughts are to combine the Hyperstar III images (which can grab all the fine faint detail) with the mini-WASP data which gives the overall wide field template. Each Hyperstar III frame is 1/4 the mini-WASP field of view. I think combining the Hyperstar III data with the mini-WASP data in this way is going to produce some pretty impressive imagery.
And here it is in glorious negative B&W mono to bring out all the background "faint fuzzies"
Nexstar 11 GPS, 2 x Sky 90, M25C, MaximDL, Photshop CS3, Noel Carboni's Photoshop actions, 7 foot Pulsar fibreglass dome, Canon 40D, 100mm macro lens, 28-200mm zoom lens, 17-55mm f#2.8 zoom lens, 100-400mm zoom lens, 1.4x converter, 2x converter.