First light finally came last night for my home built N16 astrograph which has been 20 months in the making. The scope still has a few bugs and collimation issues that have to be ironed out but I eagerly decided to give it a sky test never-the-less. I decided to quickly try an easy deep sky target, Merope in the Pleiades. The young hot star is still surrounded by swaths of hydrogen gas from which it recently condensed. IC349, a not too commonly captured feature can be seen just below the almost overwhelming glare of Merope.
Date Imaged :
November 12, 2009
N16 Newtonian at f/5.2
Stardust Observatory, Baguio, Philippines