Continuing my learning curve with astro-imaging. This was a short run on the Wild Duck Cluster, M11. located near the constellation Scutum.
M11 is an open cluster, also called a galactic cluster. It contains thousands of stars. The stars in M11 are believed to have formed together about 250 million years ago. Bright young stars in this cluster appear blue.
Skywatcher Equinox 80mm ED APO refractor, 500mm FL, no flattener/reducer.
Canon 350XT 8mp DSLR (not modified)
Above was piggy backed on a Celestron CPC800 SCT for tracking.
Nebulosity for acquisition and PHD/Orion Starshoot for autoguiding.
Total data of 30min, 2min exp at ISO1600
My story began more than 40 years ago looking up at the Moon with a small telescope my Father had. Encouraged by my parents, who bought me my very own telescope, a 4.5″ reflector, I began to explore the night sky from my family home backyard. Today I do astrophotography from my home in Kitchener, Ontario and also with remote telescopes located in New Mexico and Australia. Some of my images have won awards and have been featured online and in magazines.