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Collinder 399 (Coathanger Cluster) and Garradd C/2009 P1
I've seen shots of the Coathanger Cluster that are amazingly spectacular. The cluster itself deserved more time then I gave it but I knew that the comet was moving fast and I didn't want to do an animation or anything like that so I only shot it for an hour. Even that was a bit tricky to process. I'll most definitely go back and shoot the Coathanger next year.

Scope: William Optics ZenithStar 66 with WO Flat 2 0.8x FR/FF
Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G with GoTo
Guiding: Meade DSI Pro and PHD Guiding
Guide Scope: ATM 50mm f/4 Finder
Camera: Canon EOS 1000D (Stock)
Special Settings: None
ISO: 800
Exposure: 1 hour (24 x 120s)
Processing Software: Acquired in Nebulosity with Medium Dither, Calibration and Stacking in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels/Curves/Enhancements in Photoshop
Support Files: 40 flats, 40 bias, 10 darks

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Comment by Trevor Woodrow on September 26, 2011 at 11:04pm
Damn! That is it...I hate you...but I love your work! Well done Neil.
Comment by Nick Dudish on September 26, 2011 at 5:56pm
The tail...it is getting elongated. I hope you go back in 2 weeks and do it again.
Comment by Steve Coates on September 8, 2011 at 4:09pm
I agree this is APOD worthy. You have got an excellent run of images here. You need to start selling calenders or something.
Comment by Marc Basti on September 8, 2011 at 3:55am
Neil, this looks like it has APOD in it. The whole collection of pics you just posted are mint. Good work man, Marc

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