Hi, my name is Jirair Afarian @.astrophotography and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Fraser for allowing me to take over his instagram account @ for the day, it truly is an honor. I will be posting 3 of my best pictures that I have taken from the past year. I started astrophotography exactly 1 year ago this month and have been improving ever since. It has become my passion and I have learned so much since the time I have started. It is an exhilarating hobby allowing me to peer into the far reaches of the universe and see its beauty and wonder!
My gear consists of an iOptron IEq30 Pro GEM mount, the Starwave 50mm guide scope with the Altair Astro GP 130M guide camera, and the Explore Scientific ED 102 CF telescope with the Altair Astro Hypercam 183c CMOS dedicated main camera. I use the Starfield x0.6 reducer/flattener or the Altair x0.8 reducer/flattener along with the Baadar Moon and SkyGlow filter for all my images.
So for my first image I have started with the gorgeous Rosette Nebula, a beautiful circular nebula located in the constellation Monoceros (The Unicorn). At 5000 light years from Earth and with a diameter of 130 light years, this beauty is a magnificent sight to behold. The open cluster NGC 2244 or Caldwell 50 is located at its center.
This image was taken here in my backyard in Newmarket Ontario Canada in a light polluted Bortle 8 skies on December 4th 2018. Frames: Badaar Moon and SkyGlow Badaar: 28x300" (gain: 11.00) bin 1x1
Ambient temperature was -8
Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker for an average FWHM of 6.0 and processed with Photoshop CC2017.
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