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Tel
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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: Tel]
      #5694055 - 02/22/13 05:57 AM Attachment (24 downloads)

The devil finds work for idle hands, Milby !



Best regards,
Tel


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: Tel]
      #5694132 - 02/22/13 07:51 AM

Lovely capture Milby. Lots of fine detail in the arms.

The Devil and idle hands seem to be a good combo Tel. Great enhancement of Milby's image.

Thanks for posting guys.

Regards. Peter.


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: Peter9]
      #5694292 - 02/22/13 09:40 AM

A very nice M81 Milby

And talking of idle hands, please allow me to vent my frustration, its been months since i`ve got any imaging done,(stupid UK weather), i had been hoping to shoot my Nemesis this winter after a rather poor attempt last year.

Finally got my chance a few nights back,however the H/H is always problematic for my viewing aspect, i only get about an hour to capture it before i lose the guide star to the apex of my obs roof.

In the end sadly, i was only able to get 5X10 minute subs+ a single dark frame, which just is not enough on this target in mono Ha, the resulting image after processing came out devoid of any fine detail, the only thing i can say is that i finally bagged it.

First this small image, which has been resized and then binned 2X2, mainly to my eyes it cleans up the image somewhat.



second image, is from my first process and cropped because i did not have time to centre the H/H given the issue of time on the object.



Not good images i agree, but it was nice to get out in the obs for a while after such a long break from imaging.

best regards,

Tom

Edited by haytor (02/22/13 09:57 AM)


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: haytor]
      #5694399 - 02/22/13 10:31 AM

Glad to see you having the chance to image again Tom and that you manage to tick off the "Horse Head" at last.

In spite of the problems you had, I find it quite pleasing to look at, almost ghostly in a nice sort of way. The Head itself has nice soft edges and looks as though it is enveloped in a heavenly mist.

Thanks for posting.

Regards. Peter.


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: Peter9]
      #5695070 - 02/22/13 04:12 PM Attachment (17 downloads)

Tom, I think that's a lovely HH. LOL at your "nemesis."

Cold and gray again so I'm chipping away at this M81. Changed up with linear-level deconvolution using an image-specific PSF, which made more of a difference than I thought it would.


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: milby]
      #5695093 - 02/22/13 04:25 PM

Nice HH Tom. Feels good to try something, doesn't it!

Milby, simply excellent resolution on M81. Very detailed. To my eyes there seems to be a bit of a yellow cast to the image. Horses for courses of course.

Best,

George


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: ghataa]
      #5696148 - 02/23/13 08:05 AM

Thank`s Peter,milby and George for your kind comments, just wish i could have had more time on the Horse head, and not been so rushed to make my capture.

Milby, yes thats a better rendition than your first attempt you posted earlier, the processing looks very good and more finer detail in the dust lanes is more obvious.Nice one.

best regards,

Tom.


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: milby]
      #5697051 - 02/23/13 06:04 PM

Hi Milby,

That is one of the most detailed M81 images I've seen. Near Hubble quality I'd say!


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: Skip]
      #5710318 - 03/03/13 10:34 AM

Hey guys,

Tel, Milby, Haytor, you guys have been taking some great photos. I've been stalking ya'll since last year! I wanted to post one I just did with my new rig. Figured you guys would enjoy it



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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: Raginar]
      #5710862 - 03/03/13 03:35 PM

Hi Chris,

Many thanks for your kind words regarding my imaging but here you have an absolute "stunner" to complement the rest of your admirable collection in "Astrobin" which I've also been viewing with interest. I'm also in awe and to my shame, with the meticulous records you keep !

Best regards,
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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: Raginar]
      #5711374 - 03/03/13 08:14 PM

Great Orion, Chris. That could be a Yes album cover! Question: i see you use PhD. Do you find it superior the maxim autoguiding?

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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: milby]
      #5712178 - 03/04/13 09:55 AM

Chris, wonderful image of M42, like the combo of HDR/RGB processing,not something i`ve tried or likely too do, but you should get this one printed out and framed to hang on your wall.Very nice

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Tom.


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: haytor]
      #5721325 - 03/08/13 10:28 PM

Thanks guys. I appreciate the kind words. I posted that image all over after I finished it. Honestly I couldn't believe I took it! I can't claim the processing technique though. It's also the first picture I've printed!

Milby, honestly, I have had much greater success with PHD than Maxim. Some of it is just frustration with understanding how to modify MaximDL. The manual sucks, to put it lightly, and trial and error seems to be the only method. The SBIG has a built-in guider... but I've been having so much success with my lodestar/finder-guider rig that I haven't used it. Once I find something that works...


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: Raginar]
      #5725263 - 03/11/13 05:36 AM

Glorious images all of you. I missed most as I am not frequenting as before but I am sure they are all fabulous.

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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: Maverick199]
      #5743486 - 03/19/13 05:12 PM Attachment (14 downloads)

Hey guys, been a few. Great stuff showing up in here! I grabbed a few quick shots of the comet last night and figured I'd share. 30s unguided images @ iso 400 w/a Canon T2i through a SVR90t mounted on an HEQ5. I think it was ~5 minutes of total exposure and I forgot bias frames so it's a bit noisy.

Cheerio


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: Uggbits]
      #5743942 - 03/19/13 08:31 PM

Hi all.
Here is a moon shot taken with the Nexstar 8 scope . It is mounted currently on a CG-5.I used an Imaging Source DMK 41AU02.AS camera and a Celestron 2 times barlow.
The seeing conditions were above average here ( I think)
I still use and enjoy my se Alt/Azm mount for my solar imaging. Link

http://www.astrobin.com/full/36399/?mod=none


Thanks for viewing.
John


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: nomosnow]
      #5744359 - 03/20/13 02:00 AM

Awesome shot Ugbitts! Glad to see someone got a good frame or two, I haven't had clear skies in weeks.

And John, great shot as well, fascinating detail.


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions [Re: TmaninTn]
      #5744571 - 03/20/13 07:08 AM

Same here, tried to locate to no avail. Very nice shot Uggbits.

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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions [Re: Maverick199]
      #5744584 - 03/20/13 07:22 AM

A very fine image Uggs ,been trying to view this comet with no success yet, damn clouds always seem to cover my western horizon.

John, thats a cracking lunar image, loads for the eye to wonder over and explore, many congrats.

best regards,

Tom.


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions [Re: haytor]
      #5744635 - 03/20/13 08:15 AM

Thanks for the wonderful Comet image Uggs. Like Tom, I've been tracking it for days but can't manage to glimpse it for love nor money.

Great Moon shot John. I never tire of looking at old Lunar.

Thanks for posting lads.

Regards. Peter.


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