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Apr13 Intermediate DSO Challenge Poll!

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Poll: Apr13 Intermediate DSO Challenge Poll! (36 member(s) have cast votes)

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 12:42 PM

Who has brought us the best image of the Leo Triplet? Vote for your favorite from the following entries:

SMigol

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Here's my Leo Triplet from back in February 2013. Taken on Feb 13 & 14 in my backyard in Menlo Park, CA, USA, it's a stack of 31 subs at 1200 seconds (10 hours of integration) at 100 ISO using a cooled Pentax K10D DSLR.

Shooting details:
Telescope: Stellarvue SV4 with SSF6 flattener and IDAS LPS P2 filter
Camera: Full spectrum modified Pentax K10D with cooler at 4C
Mount: Losmandy G11 with Gemini 2
Guided: SSAG on SV70ED with Maxim

Calibrated with Maxim
Stacked and debayered with DSS
Processed with PixInsight

Larger on Flickr
Larger on Astrobin



rflinn68

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Here's mine from my backyard in Hagarville, Arkansas on March 31st, 2013. 30X300 at ISO 800

Telescope: AT8IN with Celestron/Baader MPCC
Camera: Gary Honis Baader modded Canon T3
Mount: Celestron CGEM DX
Guiding: Orion SSAG with Orion ST80
Acquisition: BackYardEOS
Stacking: DeepSkyStacker
Processed: PhotoShop CS3

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SergeC

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Here's my version, captured on 3/16, 3/30 and 4/6 from my back yard in suburban Gainesville.

Imaging scope: Orion ST80
Camera: Orion StarShoot Deep Space G3
Mount: CG5-GT
Guiding: SSAG through Orion ST120 driving PHD
Filters: Orion broadband LP, Baader UV/IR cut
Acquisition: Nebulosity 3
Lights: 29x300s; 24x360s
Darks, flats and bias applied
Processing: stacking in Nebulosity 3, initial stretch in FITS Liberator, final processing in PS CS6



svtdoug

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This is my attempt at the Leo Triplet - taken at the Camp Delany Star Party, Sun Lakes, WA, on the night of April 11, 2013.

Telescope: Orion 8" Astrograph with Celestron/Baader MPCC
Camera: Canon modified XSi
Mount: Celestron CGEM (self hypertuned)
Guiding: Orion SSAG with Orion ST80
Acquisition: BackYardEOS
Stacking: DeepSkyStacker
Processed: PhotoShop CS3
19 x 5min subs for total of 1hr 35min.

Link to higher res image: web page



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#2 Charlie Hein

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 09:25 AM

Congrats to rflinn68, you're the April Intermediate DSO Challenge Winner! Please let us know what the June subject will be as soon as you can.

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#3 rflinn68

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 11:53 AM

Thanks Charlie! Also a thanks to all who voted and congrats should also go to SMigol, SergeC, and svtdoug for entering some very nice images.

Lets try M57 for June. The small target should be a good challenge. :)
 

#4 SMigol

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:29 PM

Grats on the great picture! Good color for a popular object.
 






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