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David Hoskin
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
09:49 pm

Equipment Details:

RedCat 51 astrograph with ASI183MC camera and L-Pro filter, 30mm guide scope with ASI290MM camera, EQ6R Pro mount.

Post-processing Details:

21 guided 10-minute exposures plus calibration frames were collected using SharpCap and stacked with DeepSkyStacker, additional post-processing with Siril, Photoshop, and MS Photo.

Image Details:

The asteroid Vesta is currently near the Monkey Head Nebula (NGC 2174) in the constellation Orion. Vesta (indicated by the white lines) has a diameter of 525 kilometres and is the brightest asteroid in the sky. Vesta will reach opposition on December 21, when it may be visible to the unaided eye in a dark moonless sky.