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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 01:56 PM

Who has brought us the best the Pacman Nebula - NGC 281? Vote for your favorite from the following entries:

Stargazer78

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Here is my submission.



SergeC

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Dates: 9 Sep, 2,9,10 Oct 2013
Location: Suburban backyard orange zone
Imaging OTA: AT8IN
Camera: QHY8 OSC
Mount: CGEM
Guiding: Mag-Mini/SSAG with PHD
Filter: Orion Skyglow Imaging
Subs: 30x360s, 35x600s (8.8hr total)
Software: Nebulosity 3 (capture, pre-process & stacking); PS CS6 (most post-processing); Regim (color correction); StarTools (final cleanup)

Full resolution available here.

Thanks for looking, and clear skies!


MikeKy

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Here is my attempt from October 10.
20 X 240s (80 minutes integration) from my red zone back yard in Lexington.

Imaging scope: EON 120
Camera: Canon 1000D (Baader Mod) w/ CLS clip filter
Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G
Guide camera: Orion SSAG Guide scope: Orion mini
Capture: BackyardEOS
Calibration & Stacking: Nebulosity 3
Processing: PixInsight + PSE10 w/ Carboni's Tools

Higher resolution: http://astrob.in/full/59667/C



terry59

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Location: Home
Date: 6 Oct 13
Mount: GM-8
Scope: Orion 80ED
Camera: Atik 314L+
FW: Starlight Xpress 7x1.25"
Filter: Orion Ha; 25x300 sec, 14x600 sec
Field Flattener: Orion FF
Capture: SGP
Processing: PS, PI

Date: 8 Oct 13
Mount: GM-8
Scope: Orion 80ED
Camera: Atik 314L+
FW: Starlight Xpress 7x1.25"
Filter: Baader OIII; 27x600 sec
Field Flattener: Orion FF
Capture: SGP
Processing: PS, PI

Date: 14 Oct 13
Mount: Orion Sirius
Scope: Astro Tech AT72ED
Camera: Atik 420C
Filter: Hutech IDAS LPS; 39x120 sec
Field Flattener: Orion FF
Capture: EQMOD, SGP
Processing: PS, PI

http://astrob.in/60310/



Gary Minder

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Here is my attempt at NGC 281. It's the first time I've tried to combine subs from more than two sessions. It's a tight crop because I have been having issues with random loops, swirls and light flares and I haven't figured out what's causing it or how to stop it.

Capture Details
Celestron C8/Adv VX
f/6.3 Reducer
Baader Modified Canon 450D
Orion Mag-Mini 50/SSAG
BYE camera control

Subs:
17 @ 300s
13 @ 240s
40 @ 180s
66 @ 150s
7 hours total

Stacked in Nebulosity and processed in PixInsight.

Full Resolution Version

Gary



Framis

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1280 x 807 resolution - NGC281

Capture Details

Date Taken Oct 2nd
Location = BMO (Club's site at Beaver Meadows - Java NY)
Seeing = Below average
Scope = AT80
Mount = CGEM
Guider = Orion Mag-Mini 50/SSAG
Canera = Canon t1i (Modded)
Camera Control = BYEOS

Subs:
Lights
30 @ 300s,

21 Darks @ 300s, and 19 Flats

2 1/2 hours of data

Stacked in DeepSkyStacker, and processed in PS.




rjweng

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Capture Details

Date Taken August 12, 2013
Location: Orchard Park, NY (Home Observatory)
Seeing: Below average
Telescope: WO81GTF
Focal Length: 535mm
Mount: CGEM
Guider: ST-i
Camera: Canon T2i modded
Filters: IDAS LP
Software: BYE,PI,PS

Lights: 69 @ 240s,
30 Darks
17 Flats
17 Bias
Processing - PI + PS



dc_robert

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My first ever beginner DSO submission!

Capture details -

Dates: 10 Oct 13; 27 Oct 13
Location: Staunton River State Park, VA; C.M. Crockett Park, VA
Imaging OTA: Sky-Watcher Pro 120ED
Camera: Canon 60D (modified)
Mount: iOptron iEQ45-AZ
Guiding: Orion ST80/SSAG with PHD
Filter: Hutech IDAS 2" LPS-P2
Subs: 15x360s, 15x240s (2.5 hr total)
Software: BackyardEOS (capture); DeepSkyStacker (stacking); PS CS5 (post-processing); Astronomy Tools (touch-ups and flourishes)

Full resolution: http://www.astrobin.com/full/59618/C/?



Magellan

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Here is my submission of NGC281 for this month's challenge:

I wanted to add some RGB data to make a HaRGB image but weather and 9 week old son didn't allow me to get out and shoot more.

Object: Pacman Nebula / NGC281 in Cassiopeia
Location: Enfield, NS Canada
Camera: Canon XSi / 450D Gary Honis Full Spectrum modified
Filter: Astronomik 12nm Hydrogen Alpha
Telescope: Orion 8" F4 Astrograph
Mount: Celestron CGEM
Guiding: Celestron 80mm Guidescope with an Orion Starshoot Autoguider + Dithering
Focusing: Rigel nStep ASCOM stepper Focus Motor
Subs_Ha: 8x600s(1hr20min Integration)
40 Darks, 25 Bias and 25 Flats
Acquired with: BackyardEOS 3
Processing: DSS
Post-Processing: Pixinsight 1.8



Full Res: http://astrob.in/full/62112/



Thirteen

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Here is my first ever submission to one of these DSO challenges.

I have been plowing through with reckless abandon. I have been shooting unguided, unmodded, at unhealthy focal lengths. The end result is about 50% throwaway data, but there are decent subs in the mix, so you get what you see here.

Object: Pacman Nebula / NGC281
Location: Milford, MI, USA
Dates: 24-SEP-2013, 25-SEP-2013, 26-SEP-2013
Camera: Canon T1i 500d unmodified
Telescope: Celestron EdgeHD 8" f/10
Mount: Celestron Advanced VX
Guiding: Nada
Focusing: Fingers
Subs: unspecified combination of 32s, 60s, and 93s totaling 4.2 hours
Processing: DSS
Post-Processing: PixInsight, Adobe Lightroom

Link to full size:
Link to Astrobin



iverp

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My Beginner DSO submission for October 2013: the Pacman Nebula NGC 281

Imaging Scope: Meade 8" LX200 Classic.
Attachments: 3.3 Focal Reducer, SkyGlow Imaging filter
Camera / Exposure: Meade DSI-2c, 10 x 2min
Capture software: Envisage
Processing: Deep Sky Stacker, Gimp
Guiding: Meade DSI-1c on a 9 x 50 Finder with PHD
Date / Time: 2013-10-2 / 1:53 - 2:13 AM CDT
Location: My driveway in Brookings, SD - a red/orange zone.



evan9162

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May as well toss mine in, just to give everyone something different to look at.

"Scope": Super Takumar 200mm F4 @ F5.6
Camera: Canon T4i/650D unmodified
Mount: Motorized barn door tracker
Acquisition: Hand timing with IR remote, standing around shivering
Subs: 40x120s @ ISO 1600; 21 darks, 29 bias
Location: 20 miles SW of Boise, ID
SW: DSS & PS CS2

I need to develop some better PP skills, especially removing/muting excessive background stars.

Larger version here:
http://astrob.in/61563/



rflinn68

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I might as well get into the show. This one was done from my backyard in Hagarville, Arkansas the night of Sept 9th, 2013. It is 26X300sec at ISO 800. Full resolution image here: http://www.astrobin.com/full/55734/B/?

Imaging Scope: AT8IN
Imaging camera: Canon T3
Guide scope: Orion 50mm mini
Guide camera: Orion SSAG
Mount: CGEM DX
Capture: BackyardEOS
Stacking: DeepSkyStacker
Processing: PS CS3 and StarTools



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Posted 09 November 2013 - 11:23 AM

Looks like terry59 is our winner! Please choose a target for December!
 

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 11:25 AM

Congrats Terry! Very nice image.
 

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 12:10 PM

Nicely done Terry. Congratulations!
 

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 12:58 PM

Thanks everyone. I certainly vote myself out of the beginner competitions now!

I really like M35 and think clusters are good beginner level targets.
 

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 03:46 PM

Nice picture Terry...
 

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 04:49 PM

Thank you Framis
 

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 05:06 PM

Congrats!!!
 

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 01:33 PM

Congrats Terry!
 

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 03:41 PM

Thank you Stargazer and ddanley.

I apologize for being slow to post. Being on here right now is a challenge for me.
 

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 07:24 PM

Congrats Terry! Great shot!
 

#12 Gary Minder

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 09:00 PM

Congrats Terry! You posted a beautiful image and set a high bar for your fellow beginners to shoot for.
 

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 10:00 PM

Thank you Kirk
 

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 10:01 PM

Thanks Gary but I believe I was wrong in entering that image.
 

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 10:51 AM

Beautiful shot! I entered, didn't get a vote, oh well, I won once, its a great feeling! My issue was time and weather. I can see what you mean about feeling wrong. A lot of people frown on narrowband images and CCD images when those of us feel DSLRs have a handicap. I just push through it and use the tools that I have. If I win I win, if not I still feel good about it and I learn something new. Thats the point of this I think. As long as you take something away from it, we are all winners! I voted for yours because lets face it it really is a beautiful shot!
 

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 10:57 AM

Thank you Jeff. Be careful with the DSLR handicap view. Some may be offended.

I recently got an OSC CCD and feel it is much more like a modded DSLR with regulated cooling than it is like my mono. I didn't expect to see it that differently.
 






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