Tarantula Nebula: RASA8 & ASI294MC Pro

Mutapilly, Queensland - 9 May 2020

Capturing the Tarantula nebula with the RASA8 & ASI294MC Pro

  • Telescope: RASA8
  • Camera: ASI294MC Pro
  • Mount: CEM40
  • Alignment: PoleMaster
  • Guiding: none
  • Image: 181 * 8 sec subs
  • Gain: 350
  • Temp: 0 Deg C
  • Processing: AstroPixel Processor – lights, darks, flats and dark flats
  • Bortle Class 4 site
  • Location: Mutdapilly, Queensland


RASA8 on the CEM40 mount

The RASA8 pictured on the CEM40 mount with the sun going down in the west. After the photo was taken, the dew shield was attached and a white T-shirt draped over the front to take a sequence of flats with the telescope pointed to the sky. The left of the photograph shows smoke visible from the huge bush fires in northern New South Wales. Also visible on the legs of the tripod are a number of custom made 3D printed mounts, one to hold the ASIAIR, and another to hold the mount HEX keys so they don’t get lost.

The RASA8 on the CEM40 mount at Mutapilly, Queensland. Geating ready for FAST astrophotography
The Tarantula nebula