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July 12 Beginning DSO Challenge Poll

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Poll: July 12 Beginning DSO Challenge Poll (30 member(s) have cast votes)

Which Image is our Winner?

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 09:00 PM

Who has brought us the best M27? Vote for your favorite from the following entries:


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Taken in CPC 1100 with T3i with focal reducer.
Total time 52 minutes stacked in DSS.

A. Viegas

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My second ever first real DSO image! Yay! :jump:


Celestar C8 - on CG5 --> Shooting at ~F/4.5
Mallincam Extreme
MFR5 - focal reducer with 10mm spacer
Lumicon Deepsky Filter

1 snapshot for 28 seconds
No post processing. No stacking. No nada.

Mallincam Extreme Capture software running through basic Dazzle 100 USB capture device off S-video feed.



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uly 24-25 2012
Dutchess county, New York

SBIG ST-402me
LX200gps 7" Mak w/.7 Antares reducer

Capture and preprocess with Nebulosity 3
Post process Photoshop 6
All frames binned 2x2 and Drizzled up 2x

32 x 2 minutes L
8 each x 5 minutes Ha + O3

M 27 in LHOO


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Well let's add one more entry for the olympics principle. Here is my try. It is taken with:

Skywatcher explorer 200p 8" f/5 newtonian reflector + paracorr coma corrector
HEQ5 Pro mount
Sony NEX-5N camera
Guiding with skywatcher 80mm f/5 refractor , meade dsi 2 pro camera and PHD

Location - Rozhen , Bulgaria 21.07.2012

Processing - Convert RAW files to TIFF with DXO , stack in MaximDL and final processing in Photoshop CS6

Stack of 7 frames 1.5 min ISO 1600


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here's my cut

SkyWatcher 5" FL650mm reflector with stock 1.25 focuser
LXD 75
Stock Canon 40D
Modded finder scope with SSAG
125 X 2 minute shot in a red zone


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Explore scientific 80mm triplet APO
Cgem mount
Autoguided Orion autoguider
Canon Digital Rebel XS umodded camera
Astrotech field flattener
Baader skyglow LP filter

Image captured with Backyard EOS, stacked with DSS, processed photoshop CS5.


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Orion 10" Newt.
Orion Atlas Mount
Canon 550d Hutech Modified
20x300" iso 800
guided with orion st 80 mm/orion ssag
30 dark, 30 flat
Dss, Ps cs5


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M27 - June 2012 - 500 minutes by S Migol, on Flickr

Here's what I produced from a collection of testing images when I was trying to figure out some tracking issues back in June.

Scope: Orion 127mm Maksutov Cassegrain
Camera: Full-spectrum modified Pentax K10D cooled with external peltier device and Baader Moon and Skyglow filter
Mount: Losmandy GM8

Stack of 51 subs at 10 minutes at 400 ISO, 144 temperature matched darks covering range of 12C to 17C.

DSS 3.3.3 beta 47 with 2x custom frame and drizzle, PI for DBE and stretches, LR3 for final white balance and upload.


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5hrs 38 mins:
SV 70mm atop a CPC on a wedge
ATIK 314
no processing besides brightness/contrast


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Here is my first post and image for the challenge. Still working and practicing on my post processing.

Taken July 20-21, 2012 from Lake San Antonio, CA, USA. Full uncropped image.

Details, Equipment, & Software:
Telescope: Astro-Tech AT6RC w/ AT2FF (FL1370mm f/9)
Camera: Canon T2i (stock)
Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G
Guide: Orion ST80 w/ SSAG
Capture: Backyard EOS (30x300s lights / 50x darks temperature matched)
Stacking: Nebulosity 3
Final Processing: Photoshop CS5

High res image: M27 - The Dumbbell Nebula



Here is my Submission:

Meade 10" LX200 with Meade.63 Focal Reducer
Guided with AT72ED and SSAG - PHD
Canon 400D Unmodded - BYEOS
Meade Super Wedge
11x300 Sec subs, Stacked in DSS, final processing in PS CS5

High Res - Astrobin




Baader modified canon 450d
Celestron c9.25 sct with 6.3 reducer
Losmandy g11 mount
Astronomic cls filter
meade 50mm mini guidescope/costar guider
800iso, 11 @ 360s - 7 @ 600s(+darks/flats/darkflats)
Captured with Backyard EOS Stacked in DSS and processed with pixinsight
Waxhaw, NC




M27 15x180" 800ISO
Meade 8" SCT on Atlas EQ-g
Self-Modded Canon T2I Full Spectrum
Celestron F/6.3 Focal Reducer
Meade 911n Narrowband Filter
Orion SSAG + Guide Scope
Backyard EOS, Pixinsight.



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Here is my go at M27.

Taken with Canon T1i through Celestron C8 XLT sct at F10
Guided through Spectra guide OAG with a Meade DSI Pro

One 5min and one 7min for 12mins of exposure time. + 3 darks added. Stacked in DSS. Processed in GIMP



Here's mine
it's 60 @ 60 sec.

Good Luck to all our entrants!

#2 Mike7Mak



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Posted 08 August 2012 - 03:31 PM


Shouldn't this be a sticky?

Last day to vote.

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 06:55 PM

It is now...sticky that is. Thanks Mike.

#4 Charlie Hein

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 05:48 AM

Congrats to Wembley2000! Wem, you walked away with this one - now you get to choose the September subject! Please post your choice here.


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Posted 10 August 2012 - 06:36 PM

Congrats Wembley2000 on the win!! Very nice image!

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