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#1 TimN

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:30 PM

This is my second attempt at the Flame Nebula and B33. Its my first with my D5100 modified by Brent Oliver. I took 14x600 lights. I was trying to show more detail in the area under B33. Probably overexposed and/or overprocessed a bit. I'll play with it more later but wanted to get something up as its been months since my last image. As usual, I appreciate any comments and/or suggestions.

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#2 kbastro

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:05 PM

not too bad for a nikon in the astrophotography world

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:55 PM

Very dramatic!! Congrats!

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:57 PM

Details look great, maybe a little overprocessed but still nice!

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 09:42 AM

Hi Tim - Yes, a little overprocessed for me but still looking very good. Are you happy with the mod?

#6 TimN

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:52 AM

Thanks kbastro, Warren, George and Terry.

I framed it so that B33 was angled higher than normal as I wanted to see if the modded D5100 would bring out much of the detail below B33. When I processed I concentrated on bringing out that detail and as a result over processed the whole image. However, I must admit that I usually like images a bit over processed- even my daytime pictures. Probably stems from my psychedelic days in the 60's. :rainbow:

When I showed my wife - she usually just says thats nice and goes back to whatever she was doing - she said that it was gorgeous and we should hang it on the wall! So, while StarTools has some nice masking features that I could use to process the the different area seperately, I hesitate to make too many changes to the only image that my wife really told me that she loved. :)

Terry, I'm happy with my modded D5100 so far. I've been birding - going again today - and used it satisfactorily during the day using CWB. My problem has been the constant clouds that haven't allowed me to test it for AP. I did manage 2 images. The one you see here and I got some 5 minute images of M42. I haven't had a chance to process them yet but should over the next few days. That should give me a better idea.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:26 AM

Hi Tim,

If your wife is happy that is all that matters! They indulge our little "hobby"!

Best,

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:27 PM

Very true George. Although my wife calls it an obsession. If we don't get more clear nights soon, I'll reprocess it using masks and give her a choice of which one she likes the best. Can't lose - that way:)

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:57 PM

Tim, that's amazing! I agree it's slightly over-done :). But, it really is beautiful!

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:55 PM

Thanks Raginar.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:24 PM

Beautiful image Tim. May I ask, what focal length telescope/lens did you use? And do you use your modified Nikon for any daytime "normal" photography or videos? I'm considering having Brent modify my Canon 7D. Thanks.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:32 PM

Thanks Jerry. I used my Skywatcher 120mm Ed f=900mm f=7.5. I told Brent that I wanted to use my camera for daytime as well and he did a Baader mod. My autofocus and lens cleaning features continue to work. The only change is that I use a Custom White Balance. I also use the camera for birding pictures. I've only been on one birding trip - since the mod - but with CWB set the pictures were great.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:35 PM

OK - Who is Brent? I've seen thi so far:

http://ghonis2.ho8.c...lmod450d17.html

This makes me consider moding my Sony a900...

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#14 TimN

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:46 PM

He is Brent Oliver. He is a member of this forum as Nofxrx. His web site is http://hyperdslr-mods.blogspot.com/

Most guys just do Canons. However, he did a great job with my Nikon D5100. Nice guy to work with. You will have to ask if he does Sonys.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:40 AM

yes dramatic but try to raise saturation.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:56 PM

Thanks Sunblack for the suggestion. I'm away for awhile but when I return home - I'll try playing around with this some more.






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