IC 2118 - The Witchhead Nebula
Date: November 6, 2008
Location: Seven Sisters Observatory - Manchester MI
Equipment: ZenithStar 66SD APO, FFIII, Canon 10D Modified
Conditions: Very good
Film: None! DSLR @ ISO 800
Exposure: 7 X 900 seconds with 2 X 900 seconds dark frame
Comments: This is a really, REALLY dim object. This image has several problems. The focus is a "tad" off and you can see some field rotation (or perhaps coma from being just the slightest out of focus). This is about as dim an object as I can go after from my S.E. Michigan sky. I have stretched the image more than what I want to see anything at all. OTOH - this is WAY better than my last attempt at the Witchhead several years ago. In the future I must pay more attention to the focus (even if it is 3AM!) and try to get at least three hours of exposure, five would be better!