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#1 Magellan

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 10:52 AM

I have been busy the last little while but I haven't been posting here a lot, mostly to Facebook so here it goes:

Object: M67
Location: Enfield, NS Canada
Date: February, 4th, 2014
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
Subs: 50x120s (1hr35m Integration
22 Darks, 25 Bias and 25 Flats
Dark Matching: Darkmaster
Acquired with: Sequence Generator Pro
Processing: DSS
Post-Processing: Pixinsight 1.8

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M67_50x120s_22darks by AstroJeff, on Flickr

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Object: Big Dipper asterism with Light Pillars
Camera:Canon EOS REBEL T5i
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure:10
Aperture:f/8.0
Focal Length:16 mm
ISO Speed:1600
Software:Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3 (Windows)
Date and Time:2014:01:30 12:41:08
Dial:Aperture-priority

My intended target for the evening was the Supernova in M82 but I noticed these lights extending past my intended target's location. At first I thought it was the Aurora Borealis but later found out that they are Light Pillars, but not just any light pillars but they were the kind that are caused by the lights on the ground. Cindy Day (Local Weather person) used my photo to explain the phoenomena: http://goo.gl/WA3mVK

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Light Pillars by AstroJeff, on Flickr

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Object: Moon and Venus HDR
Camera: Canon T5i
Lens: Canon EFS-18-135 STM @ 39mm
Mode: Av
Exposure: Super RAW / HDR 1/30 1/125 1/8
Time: 7AM
Temp: -30c

Used this new HDR Method using Lightroom and Photoshop:

Youtube: http://goo.gl/ilvQvq

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Moon and Venus by AstroJeff, on Flickr

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Object: M51
Subs: 47x120s (1hr34m Integration)
178 Darks, 25 Bias and 25 Flats

Here is a video of me processing M51 in the Latest Pixinsight. Been thinking of doing Capture to processing sessions and posting them on Youtube but not sure, this was a test and to add, no, I do not move that fast, its running 150% normal speed. I hope you enjoy.

http://youtu.be/F0Yq2cK_QTw

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M51_47x120s_1hr34m_ISO1600 by AstroJeff, on Flickr

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Object: Markarian's Chain
Location: Enfield, NS Canada
Date: February 28th / March 1st, 2014
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
Subs: 58x120s (1hr58m Integration
49 Darks, 25 Bias and 25 Flats
Dark Matching: Darkmaster
Acquired with: Backyard EOS 3
Processing: DSS
Post-Processing: Pixinsight 1.8

Had issues with my flats not removing the gradients, I shot new ones today and it turned out better than expected.

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Markarian's Chain by AstroJeff, on Flickr

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Anyway, thanks for looking, suggestions and comments are most welcome.

Thanks,

#2 Jon Rista

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 04:51 PM

Great stuff! The last two are excellent, especially M51.

#3 anismo

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 05:04 PM

Wow! Great stuff Magellan! Love all the image, the light pillar esp is awesome...

" Been thinking of doing Capture to processing sessions and posting them on Youtube but not sure"

I think that will be *very* useful. so, I selfishly, say YES :)

#4 SergeC

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 05:46 PM

All very nice, Markarian's chain especially. :waytogo:

#5 SergeC

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 05:46 PM

All very nice, Markarian's chain especially. :waytogo:

#6 Madratter

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 06:02 PM

Some really nice work here. My favorite is actually the light pillars.

#7 Magellan

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 08:34 AM

Thanks everyone. You know, I started out in astrophotography a few years ago and what I have learned from this forum and from some of the best in the industry in the RASC has been amazing.

Once I realized that 10x300s is the same SnR as 25x120s I was made. I no longer use a Light pollution filter I just shoot 120s subs and MANY. Plus another thing with my processing and some here may know, is that I had a tendacy to over-stretch my work, using lightness masks, this brought out more faint stuff but it also stretched the noise making my images have a not so flat background. Once I backed out and worked the data properly exposed and used PROPER flats my image quality improved.

Thank you for everyone's help on this forum :)

#8 Footbag

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 08:45 AM

Great images! Love the Markarians Chain!

Around here we get those light pillars over our gas wells.






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