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Mike Wiles is the June Finalist!

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Poll: Mike Wiles is the June Finalist! (12 member(s) have cast votes)

Which Image goes to the Finals?

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 05:55 AM

We are very pleased and proud to present the June 2013 CCD Imaging Semi-Finalists in the Cloudy Nights Imaging/Sketching Contest.


Posted Image

OK - since no one is entering I will put the full frame
from last month instead of a close up.

Centaurus A galaxy NGC 5128.
From Melbourne Australia outer suburb on May 9th at zenith.

Telescope: 8" f6 Newt.
Modified NEQ6 pro mount.
TS9 OAG with Lodestar guider & PHD guiding. Baader RCC.
12 frames at 10 minutes each - total integration time 2 hours, bin 1x1.
Darks & flats applied in DSS.
3 x 10 minutes each of LRGB with QHY9 mono camera at -30°C.
Gain 5% offset 100.
Used an Astronomik CLS-CCD 2" ALP filter in front of all filters.
120s frames each of RGB used for bright stars.
Processing with: DSS, Fits Liberator, PS CS5, Fitswork4.

3313 x 2517 pixels 4.3 MByte size here:

Mike Wiles

Posted Image

M16 - Hubble Palette
Dates: May 21st, 2013 to June 4th, 2013
Location: Benson, Arizona
Telescope: Explore Scientific ED152CF Refractor - 152mm f/8 Carbon Fiber Triplet
Mount: Astro-Physics AP900GTO CP3
Camera: SBIG ST-8300m and SBIG FW8-8300 filter wheel
Guiding: SBIG ST-i Mono and SBIG OAG-8300 off-axis guider
Exposure: 37 hours
HAlpha - 13 x 60 minutes
OIII - 12 x 60 minutes
SII - 12 x 60 minutes

Capture: CCD AutoPilot v5, CCDSoft v5, The SkyX Professional
Calibration & Processing: PixInsight 1.8 RC7

Larger version is at Astrobin

Please note that voting will conclude on July 8th at Midnight ET.

Many thanks to all who took part in the contest!


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Posted 09 July 2013 - 03:30 AM

Good win Mike -
it was hard to compete - my 2 hours of data as opposed to your 37 hours!

#3 Mike Wiles

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 11:30 AM

Thanks Alpal. The huge amount of data made it much less difficult to process, that's for sure. I've never shot M16 until now, and I'm happy with the result. It's not quite "Pillars of Creation".....but it'll do.


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 01:42 PM

Nice image, Mike! I'm still using your old CGE mount. I've never tried to get it aligned well enough to do 60min subs... Challenge accepted.

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 04:37 PM

Nice work gentlemen!!

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:02 PM

Congrats Mike, it's a fine one!

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