20150715 Pluto

20150715 Pluto

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With the New Horizons spacecraft flyby of Pluto on 14 July 2015, decided to try to image Pluto.

Used my APM/TMB 152 refractor for the attempt instead of one of my larger SCT's since I've been using the refractor recently. It sure was a interesting experience trying to locate Pluto in the starfield. Ended up cropping out most of the region around the small area that I suspected it would be and then doing a Image Link on the resulting small image in TheSky-X. With the image link still active, I then did a "find Pluto", and there it was!

I'd spent several hours to try to do it by eyeball only, and wasn't absolutely positive that I had located it. By the way, I was off, by a bit, so it was a good thing I didn't publish it with where I thought it was! 

Since the camera used results in large images, I cropped a bunch off the edges to minimize the amount of down scaling to make a smaller image file for the web.

Constellation that it's located in: Sagittarius

Imaging Site: Little Blair Valley, Ca.

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Date: 15 July 2015

Scope and f/: APM/TMB 152 at f/8, with APM flattener.

Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX+

Guiding: Orion Starshoot Autuoguider with piggy-backed Mini Borg 45mm f/7.2 guidescope.

Camera: Canon 1D-x, ISO 1600 and raw mode.

Camera temperature: N/A

Camera binning: N/A

Number of sub-images and exposure: 21 120-second exposures.

Filters: None.

Image Calibration: Dark Subtracted.

Planning, control, capture and processing with: TheSky-X, Nebulosity, PixInsight, and Photoshop.

Images may be used for personal and/or educational use only.