NGC7331/Stephans Quintet - Example of a Challenging Night!


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This image © Copyright 2018, Michael Fulbright

This image was taken on 10/19/2017 at the Staunton River Star Party. Sky looked clear but as night went on I found it very difficult to understand guiding RMS (growing) and HFR of stars (also growing). I was able to look at a Satellite IR loop and noticed a thin area of moisture/clouds was moving over us very quickly. Conferring with visual obervers nearby confirmed my observations that seeing had gone out the window! At the start of the night I was getting an HFR of around 1.3 for my stars and by 11pm it had grown to 3.0! Pretty huge change quickly.

Date: 10/19/2017
Telescope: Teleskop-Service ONTC 8" f4
Mount: Astro-Physics Mach1GTO
Camera: ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool