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#726 Varun_India


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Posted 18 March 2013 - 04:23 PM

First ever serious image of any DSO. Extremely light polluted surroundings. 150s subs look completely washed out.

15 x 150s subs, 5 darks, stacked in DSS, Processed in Photoshop CS6,

Orion 6" F/5 Imaging Reflector,
Skywatcher HEQ-5,
Orion Starshoot Autoguider Mini Package,
Canon EOS utility

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#727 Yoda


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Posted 24 March 2013 - 11:10 PM

Hello, I am new to Digital astro photography. Well, I started a couple years ago but last year here in colorado had lots of fires so I was not able to use my scope. This image of M42 is compiled of 5 images selected from my first few shots. Images range from 2 to 10 minutes.
Equipment: Orion 80ED (imager), Sirius EQ mount, SSAG, Pentax K5 DSLR.

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#728 El Sid

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 08:32 AM

This is my first attempt at a deep sky image ( I have used webcams for planetary imaging in the past )

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It's not exactly spectacular is it ? :)

It's 5 X 15 second exposures at ISO 800 taken with a Canon DSC-H2 digicam piggybacked on a Meade ETX80. Ursa Major isn't probably the best subject, but that was the part of the sky least washed out by the moon.

Oh well, it can only get better I suppose - at least I have dark skies here.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 09:24 PM

Need to improve my focusing skillz, but I'm pretty happy w/ this 'first image' of Jupiter.

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#730 bdc52


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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:36 AM

Here's the best shot of my first session. Took some images of M42 as well but forgot to set the camera to bulb so there wasn't a lot of data--did manage to get some hints of color in the nebula, however, which was a nice surprise. Not a big deal though since I wasn't too meticulous about balancing or polar alignment and didn't have my guide scope set up. Hopefully the weather will cooperate tomorrow night.

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Canon 10D at prime focus
Sawed-off Orion SpaceProbe 130

#731 Simon D.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 07:16 AM

The bug has bitten me! Last night I was looking at the Pinwheel galaxy and thought to myself, I have this adaptor thingy in my camera case nearby, I should see if I can see it in a photo. This was totally unplanned...I just hooked up my Canon T3i and tinkered around til It looked focused (on a nearby star) and took various exposures (40 secs to 3 mins). I haven't even wrapped my head around darks, flats or biased frames, so none of that here. I don't even have Photoshop program to play with the image...this is stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and that's it. My mount is a HEQ5 and my scope of a 102mm Vixen fluorite refractor.

I know it's not much, but we're all proud of our firstborn, aren't we?

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 04:55 PM

Hey that looks great! nice job.. Guess what you'll be doing from now on!

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 04:51 PM

Hi, I am new to astro photography. This image of M42 is my first shot with my DLSR attached to my telescope. This is a 20 second exposer using a Nikon D5100 , Celestron C-8 on a I-optron Mini Tower II in AltAz mode. After looking at some of the other 1st pic's I have mixed feelings about this photo....Please let me know what you think... Thanks Eric

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 02:48 PM

My first one, and maybe my best one?


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