Results from my astrophotography week in the south of France

It’s been a while since I last posted on my blog. June and July had short grey nights. August was filled with rain. But no worries: the last week of September was completely dedicated to astrophotogrphy. With a group of people I went to the south of France in the Haute Provence where I could enjoy five nights with clear skies (out of eight) and in a dark environment (SQM varied around 21.3). So here’s the result:

 

B150

Barnard 150, The Seahorse nebula

Telescope: Takahashi FSQ106ED @ f/5 f=530mm
Camera: QHY9
Mount: Mesumount 2
Guiding: OAG with Lodestar
Exposure: 25x10min L + 7x10min R + 7x10min G + 7x10min B
Date: September 20th-21st, 2014
Location: Montlaux, France

NGC1333

NGC1333

Telescope: Takahashi FSQ106ED @ f/5 f=530mm
Camera: QHY9
Mount: Mesumount 2
Guiding: OAG with Lodestar
Exposure: 22x10min L + 7x10min R + 7x10min G + 7x10min B
Date: September 25th-27th, 2014
Location: Montlaux, France

NGC7023

NGC7023, The Iris nebula

Telescope: Takahashi FSQ106ED @ f/5 f=530mm
Camera: QHY9
Mount: Mesumount 2
Guiding: OAG with Lodestar
Exposure: 21x10min L + 6x10min R + 7x10min G + 6x10min B
Date: September 25th-27th, 2014
Location: Montlaux, France

LBN603

Lynds bright nebula LBN603

Telescope: Takahashi FSQ106ED @ f/5 f=530mm
Camera: QHY9
Mount: Mesumount 2
Guiding: OAG with Lodestar
Exposure: 26x10min L + 7x10min R + 7x10min G + 7x10min B
Date: September 20th-27th, 2014
Location: Montlaux, France

In parallel I mounted my Canon 6D on my telescope for some piggyback photography. I was really amazed how much signal I could get out of this Canon 6D, the standard, non-modified version.

Orion

Widefield Orion region with M42 and the Witch Head nebula

Canon 6D with Sigma 150mm f2.8 at f3.2
Exposure: 28x5min @ ISO1600
Date: September 25th, 2014
Location: Montlaux, France

H&S

Widefield Heart and Soul nebulae & the Double Cluster

Canon 6D with Sigma 150mm f2.8 at f3.2
Exposure: 33x5min @ ISO1600
Date: September 25th, 2014
Location: Montlaux, France

Cygnus

Widefield Cygnus

Canon 6D with Samyang 35mm f1.4 at f1.8
Exposure: 10x2min @ ISO1600
Date: September 21st, 2014
Location: Montlaux, France

And some startrails:

Startrails

Startrails in the south of France

Canon 6D with Samyang 14mm f2.8 at f3.2
Exposures of 30s @ ISO1600
Date: September 25th, 2014
Location: Montlaux, France

They-told-me-I-would-see-dark-skies

The told me there would be dark skies…

Canon 6D with Samyang 14mm f2.8 at f3.2
Exposures of 30s @ ISO1600
Date: September 27th, 2014
Location: Montlaux, France

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