Seeking a Target Recommendation for this Weekend


#1

I’m about to try out a new configuration from a dark sky site for the first time this weekend and was looking for some seasonal imaging target advice. In particular I’ll be using:

  • AstroTech AT8RC Scope (1625mm focal length, 8" aperture)
  • SBIG STL-11000M with L, R, G, B and H-alpha filters

I’m hoping to have a solid pair of nights at latitude ~47 deg N, with perhaps a third night as well. Does anybody have a favorite, well trodden, or offbeat, that frames up nicely with the above optics and camera?


#2

M57 is a nice choice at that focal length although you won’t have a full night of it.

Elephant Trunk (IC1396) is a solid choice but maybe a little too large for your focal length, however you could hone in on a specific piece of it.

M15 is a nice globular cluster with nice color.

M27 would also be good at your focal length.

Lots of decent options for your focal length this time of year.

Jared


#3

M27 and M57 would be good choices, although getting M57 depending upon your location may only be a few hours now.

I took a shot at M27 recently for the first time with my SW100ED Pro and SGP. I was a former Backyard EOS user and now use it only for focusing and then use SGP for capture and framing.

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#4

M56 is a good one too.


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