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#1 MikeKy

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:00 PM

Last night was the first clear night in a month. I had planned on getting in 2 hours of M42. Unfortunately, conditions didn't allow that. Transparency was 2/5 at the beginning of the session and poor seeing was causing stars' FWHM to bounce around from 2.4 to 4.5 in BYEOS frame & focus. PHD struggled with the conditions. Then the clouds rolled in after only 32 minutes of lights. Despite all of that, I managed to get an image that, while not perfect, I was thrilled with from my red zone back yard.

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16 X 120s ISO800, 10 Darks, 10 Flats
AT72ED, Canon 1000D (Gary Honis Mod), Astronomik CLS Clip-in
Orion Mini Guide Scope/SSAG, Astro-Tech AT2FF
Captured with BYEOS, Stacked with Nebulosity3, Processed with PixInsight.

#2 rigel123

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:06 PM

That looks really good for such a short amount of time. I don't agree with the rating you got on Astrobin as I think your processing looks great with the amount of data you had to work with.

#3 MikeKy

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:12 PM

Thanks Warren, I've just started using PixInsight and I am struggling to climb the learning curve.

As far as AstroBin ratings, I've decided to ignore them. Some of my worst efforts have gotten 4 stars and some of my better efforts only one. It only matters if I like it.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:18 PM


As far as AstroBin ratings, I've decided to ignore them. Some of my worst efforts have gotten 4 stars and some of my better efforts only one. It only matters if I like it.


Good mindset!

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:04 PM

Agree with the sentiment about AB ratings.

That is a really nice image for the time! :) Certainly not over-processed which I think all too easy.

have you thought of giving startools a try?

#6 SeptemberEquinox

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:31 PM

Wow, pretty

#7 NorthBoundTrain

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:45 AM

That actually came out very nice, can always add more time to it later on if not satisfied with the results.

#8 Mike7Mak

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:15 AM

Yes, excellent job on the processing. Holds up all the way to full res. Lots of depth to the nebula and I like that you avoided the temptation to oversaturate the colors.

#9 MikeKy

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:23 AM

Thanks for the kind words, everyone. I look back at the images I was producing a year ago when I first started dabbling in AP and I'm amazed at how far my skills have come. I am deeply addicted.

Jim - I used trial versions of Startools, Images Plus, and PixInsight. Pi edged out the other two for me. That's not to say I won't migrate to something else later. Especially since I'm constantly reprocessing images with new software and after I learn new techniques.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:57 AM

Good capture Mike. I think we were shooting on the same night! :)






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