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#51 TheMuffinMan

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 03:01 AM

Technically my second DSO photo but the first was so horrible it wasn't even worth a mention. :grin:

Horsehead and Flame Nebulae resized to the 200k limit.
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15x180sec, no darks applied due to an error I'm still figuring out; hence the noise. Also it's over-processed a bit to bring out the colors.

Orion 80ED
Orion Starshoot Pro v2.0 OSC
iOptron iEQ45
Starshoot Autoguider + 50mm Magnificent Mini guidescope
Nebulosity 3
Guided with PHD
Orion 90° diagonal in the optical path.

Cropped and re-sized from the original as I don't have a field flattener yet.

I have a lot to learn for sure. :cool:

#52 Chris Venable

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 06:00 PM

My second night with the camera attached, New Year's Eve, first night when actually getting the GoTo tracking to work reasonably well. Planning to try some more tonight in the 15-degree F darkness!

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Orion Nebula - M42

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Andromeda Galaxy - M31

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Arrowhead Cluster

#53 PNaccache

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 12:27 PM

Hum
I should point out that I have so many excuses for the poor quality that they wont fit in the alloted space. So I'll spareyou the details...

Equipment :

iOptron Skytracker
Nikon D7100
Nikon prime lens (180mm, f2.8)
Courage (to do my second set up at -14C)

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#54 DarkSkysRFun

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 11:16 AM

my sun picture. 12inch dob. with a 2inch hole off axis. with filter over the hole.. more or less the cover had a pull off cap...was takin with a beat up droid. and 30mm 2 inch EP.. nothing else done. just point and snap..

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#55 superdifficult

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 12:32 AM

My first photo is of jupiter.

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#56 youngamateur42

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 12:41 AM

Here's me and my Dad's first working image through our ap setup:

WO ZS71mm APO
SVP Go to mount
50mm guide scope with starshoot autoguider
Orion G3 Color

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#57 hodja

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 03:12 PM

My first ever pic is the moon, taken with Samsung Galaxy Ace cell phone on a C11 ASGT, 17mm plossl eyepiece.

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#58 TenBears

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 05:19 PM

These are for real my first AP images taken.

#1 - a week or so ago.
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and #2 - night before last.
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I have been a photographer and image editor for decades though, so I have some experience I suppose.

#59 Chunkles

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 02:58 AM

My first non-blurry image:
Jupiter 14JAN2014
Neximage imager
Meade ETX 105
2x Barlow

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#60 FocusedOne

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 11:52 AM

Greetings! This is my first astrophoto and also my first post to Cloudy Nights!

This is a single exposure, 30 seconds at ISO 1,600.

It was taken with a Celestron Omni XLT 150 Newtonian on the Omni CG4 mount with motors. The camera is a Pentax K7, processing in Lightroom and Photoshop.

The Omni is my first telescope and this photo was captured within 48 hours of the scope's delivery.

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#61 Red Brick

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 11:22 PM

This is an unguided and unretouched photo with exception for sizing to meet post requirements. It is taken on a tripod unguided Canon T3 with a 300mm lens operating at f5.6, ISO-3200 shutter speed of 3.2 seconds.

I am quickly learning how to focus the cannon autoguided lenses to infinity.

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#62 dakotavc

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 03:19 PM

My first ever AP. This was the moon over east Tennessee on 1/8/14. Using my Nexstar 4se and a Nikon Coolpix 4500 afocal projection with a 25mm plossl.

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#63 dakotavc

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 03:22 PM

This is my first attempt at planetary with my new ZWO ASI034mc. Shot last night with my Meade 2080 at f10.

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#64 Jon Rista

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 08:33 PM

First image of all the major nebula around Orion's belt and sword: Orion Nebula, Running Man, NGC434 + Horse Head, Flame Nebula & M78. One of my very first astrophotos (Jan 2nd, 2014), I started trying to take them in late November/December 2013.

Untracked with a Canon 7D & EF 100mm f/2.8 (manually stacked from 30 frames in Photoshop):

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#65 patg43

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 01:47 AM

First photo with Pentax k5II on f\10 sct, still working on the focus. Man it was cold tonight.

#66 patg43

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 01:55 AM

Huh try this one?

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#67 epdreher

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 12:07 PM

My wife doesn't post here, but I'm proud of her effort this past October using her AVX, a C9.25, and an unmodded T3. She's definitely not interested in DSO AP, but I'm a very fortunate man to have a wife that shares my hobby:

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#68 joshuajbelanger

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 04:33 AM

I'm actually pretty happy with this picture. First one! Yay astronomy!

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#69 ChrisMax

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 08:35 PM

First Moon shot thru dining room window which is double glass. Too cold for an outdoor shot!

Equipment: Orion Astrograph 8 f/4 and Olympus OM-D EM-5 set to Aperture Priority at ISO 400 the speed 1600. Prime Focus

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#70 mikeinthedark

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 11:40 AM

Nexstar 8se tube and mount, with an Orion starshoot G3 and antares 0.5X focal reducer.

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#71 ManicSponge

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 01:25 PM

Here's my first attempt. I'm not sure I had even one parameter right, and if I did, it was by accident. New to photography, new to my DSLR, new to astronomy... But, I did get a picture! Obviously, 30 sec exposures don't work well on a camera tripod, especially with a 55-200 kit lens, zoomed right in, so it "Looked bigger". I know that now!
I tried deep sky stacker, but it wouldn't stack the 5 exposures I got. It prompted me to change the star sensitivity. I am guessing it didn't like the fact that all my stars were streaks! This is a single, with one dark (still have no idea what all this means. I took a 30 sec exposure with the same camera settings, and the lens cap on)
In the words of Randy Quaid, "She's a beaut, Clark!"
Regards, Kyle

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 03:29 PM

Not my first, maybe my third. Three exposures at 7 seconds, 15 seconds and 2 minutes, all masked and merged in Photoshop. Unguided, ISO 800, Panasonic Lumix G2 at prime focus.

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#73 ManicSponge

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 04:00 PM

Tried my 50mm f1.8G lens this time, 2 second exposures, ISO 1600. 5 exposures, 5 darks. I would use the term "Processed", very loosely, as I must have looked like a goat staring at a Rolex, trying to figure out DSS. That said, I am happy with my second attempt, compared to the first!
Last one of mine for this thread, as it's intended to be first, not first twenty seven photos. :)
Regards, Kyle

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#74 sayitfast

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 12:55 AM

This was my first image taken in Oct. I did have a couple previous images taken at Starizona when learning how to do this but this was first on my own from my backyard.

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This is my first Lunar image taken couple weeks ago.

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#75 N1ghtSc0p3

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 10:46 PM

This is my first serious attempt at a target other than M42...mostly because I haven't figured out the masking and post-processing required to avoid the overblown Trapezium region.

Shot the Rosette Nebula 27-28 February:

- Four 10-minute subs
- Unmodded Canon 450D
- ZEQ25, tuned to Astronewb's instructions
- AT72ED w/ AT 0.8X focal reducer/field flattener
- Orion MMAG autoguiding setup

Stacked in Nebulosity with four 10-min darks, 40 bias frames, using Bad Pixel Mapping. Post-processed in PS Elements, with Astronomy Tools.

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