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#1 rflinn68

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 03:51 PM

I spent the last 2 nights collecting data in hopes of bringing out the faint dust in the outer regions with my DSLR. I think there's still more in there but this is what I have now. It is a stack of 100X300sec at ISO 800. I used the Levenhuk 80mm triplet with the Astro Tech 0.8X reducer/flattener. I'm much happier with the corner stars in this image. The stars in my Andromeda picture with this combo werent as good so I must have had the camera crooked or something.

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 04:03 PM

Here's the full resolution image. I still would like to get some more of the faint dust and maybe add some saturation to the stars. I'm pretty exhausted now though and fairly happy with how it turned out. A big improvement from last year. :)

http://astrob.in/624...allery/regular/

I dont know why the thumbnail didnt show up. Astrobin changed a bunch of stuff up. Not sure I like it.

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 04:11 PM

Looks really nice. :)

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 04:25 PM

That looks very nice. I like M45 with the dust. :waytogo:

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 04:49 PM

I like it. Good amount of dust and great detail and color. Nice one :waytogo:

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 05:14 PM

Awesome looking M45!
The stars, and nebulosity look perfect.

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 06:08 PM

Thanks everyone! The 8.3 hrs beat my previous personal high (6.7 hrs) by a good margin. Seems to be needed on this target. At least to pick up the dust with a DSLR. My processing skills are still a work in progress, especially on the faint stuff.

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 06:17 PM

Very nice image, and congratulations on taking that much data.

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 07:39 PM

Fantastic, even brought out the purple by Merope (I think that's the star)

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 04:14 AM

Excellent image!

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 01:11 PM

Thanks JJK, shawnhar, Wouter :)

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 03:47 PM

Just wanting to add another well done! :waytogo:

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 12:04 PM

Thank you Jim! :)

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 12:15 PM

I'd like to echo the comments from above. Excellent image. I really like the dust!

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 12:17 PM

I like it! Very well done.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 04:24 PM

Thanks hytham and Tim! Now it just shows "ERROR" on my Astrobin page. :foreheadslap:

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 05:41 PM

That is a great image!! Great work!!!!!






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