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Nov 13 Beginner DSO winner - dc_robert!

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Poll: Nov 13 Beginner DSO winner - dc_robert! (36 member(s) have cast votes)

Which image is our winner?

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 06:36 AM

Who has brought us the best M42? Vote for your favorite from the following entries:


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Imaging telescope: ORION 120mm f/8.3 Achromatic Refractor
Imaging camera: Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i
Mount: ORION Skyview Pro
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS6, ESA/ESO/NASA Fits Liberator, Stark Labs Nebulosity 3
Location: Bardstown, KY, USA
Frames: 12x90"
Integration: 0.3 hours


Here is my wide shot of the Orion Nebula

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10 x 10s
10 x 60s
15 x 120s

processed in pixinsight


Image links to full version on astrobin.com.

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Equipment Used:

Mount: Celestron CG5-ASGT
Scope: Explore Scientific Levy Comet Hunter
Camera: Sony NEX-5 (modified)
Filter: Baader UV-IR Cut
Guide Camera: Orion SSAG
Guide Scope: Orion Mini 50mm
Stacking: DeepSkyStacker
Post-Process: Fitswork then GIMP

Exposures (2.23 hours total integration):
28 x 180s @ ISO 800 for 84m
20 x 120s @ ISO 800 for 40m
29 x 20s @ ISO 800 for 9.5m

No darks, flats or bias frames.

Location: Pittsboro, NC
Date(s): 11/9/2013 & 11/23/2013


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M42-27NOV2013 by ktflory@ymail.com, on Flickr

This is pretty inadequate compared to other submissions, but then again my entire setup ran about $800 including my camera which STINKS. Its high noise, low resolution, and incredibly insensitive to reds.

Unguided on Orion ST80 F/5, SVP single axis mount. Canon 300D at ISO1600, 18 minutes total exposure. Stacked in DSS using standard settings, edited in CS6. Lake Afton Kansas, 27 November 2013.


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These are great! So much detail! Here is my first attempt at M42

Mount/Scope: Meade 12" LX200 classic (standard fork) on a wedge
Camera: Canon 450D (unmodified), 20s at 1600ISO (10 minutes exposure)
No filters, no guiding
Stacking: DeepSkyStacker
Post-Process: PS6


My submission for this month. Image links to full-screen version.

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Equipment -

Scope: Sky-Watcher Pro 120 ED
Mount: iOptron iEQ45-AZ
Camera: Canon EOS 60D (mod)
Focal reducer: Orion 0.8x Imaging Focal Reducer for Refractors
Location: Staunton River State Park, VA
Date: 10/6/13

Image details -

Lights: 6 x 240", 5 x 30"
Dark: 1 x 240"


OK, here is my entry.

Captured Nov 1, 2013
Denver, CO (DAS dark sky site)

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Mount: CG-5
Scope: Astro-Tech 6" RC with AT field flattener (FL: 1370mm)
Autoguider: Orion Magnificent Mini 50mm
Camera: Canon T3i
Lights: 8 x 120s @ ISO 1600
Darks: 3 x 120s


Good work everyone!

Here is mine.....
Due to an unmodded dslr it tends to accentuate the blues over the Ha regions, but I think the color split shows the different formations quite well. Enjoy!

Scope: Celestron EdgeHD 8" f/10
Mount: Celestron AVX
Guiding: None
Camera: Canon T1i 500d unmodified
Exposure: 113 x 33s, 1h2m9s total, darks/flats/bias applied
Software: DSS, PixInsight, Lightroom
Location: Milford, MI red/orange zone, 27-NOV-2013

Link to full size

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Capture Details

Date Taken Nov 3rd
Location = BMO (Club's site at Beaver Meadows - Java NY)
Seeing = Below average
Scope = WO81 GTF
Mount = CGEM
Guider = Orion Mag-Mini 50/SSAG
Canera = QHY12
Camera Control = Nebulosity
Processing = HDR via Pix, and PS


12 @ 300s,
24 @ 15s

11 Bias

1 hour of data

Link to larger resolution M42 Larger Res


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Object: M42 Nebula in Orion
Location: Enfield, NS Canada
Date: November 30th, 2013
Camera: Canon XSi / 450D Gary Honis Full Spectrum modified
Filter: None
Telescope: Orion 8" F4 Astrograph
Mount: Celestron CGEM
Guiding: Celestron 80mm Guidescope with an Orion Starshoot Autoguider.
Focusing: Rigel nStep ASCOM stepper Focus Motor
20 Darks, 25 Bias and 25 Flats
Acquired with: BackyardEOS 3
Processing: DSS
Post-Processing: Pixinsight 1.8 RC7



Full rez.
M42 Full Rez

Equipment -

Scope: WO81GTF
Mount: CGEM
Camera: Canon T2i (mod)
Filter: HA 12nm Clip-in
Location: Orchard Park, NY
Date: 11/29/13

Image details -

Lights: 8 x 900", 30 x 60"
Dark: 7 x 900", 20 x 60"


#2 Charlie Hein

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 12:44 PM

Congrats to dc_robert! What is your choice for the Beginning Imaging Target for January?


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Posted 18 December 2013 - 09:49 PM

Congrats DC!!!!!

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 11:47 AM

I’m very flattered to have won the November DSO challenge poll. Not only is it one of the most competitive, but the quality of entries, as usual, was superb.

With respect to January’s DSO target, I propose M45, the Pleiades. If that’s spilling too much into the wide field category, then perhaps M1, the Crab Nebula, would be a better target.

Thank you!

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 11:19 AM

Robert, I think that M45 is a good choice.

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