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Questar Astrophotos and Advice
      #5423724 - 09/16/12 12:50 PM

Just a place to post pics taken with your Questar and offer advice to one another. I'm new at this, but having a good time during the learning curve.

V/R

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Re: Questar Astrophotos and Advice new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5423728 - 09/16/12 12:53 PM Attachment (237 downloads)

Ok, I'll get the party started. Here is Jupiter from 14 Sep 2012.
My set up is pointing my scope out an open window. No barlow used in this one. I think I got lucky.

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Re: Questar Astrophotos and Advice new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5423731 - 09/16/12 12:54 PM Attachment (177 downloads)

Another one from very early this morning. Barlow and extension tube.

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Re: Questar Astrophotos and Advice new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5423734 - 09/16/12 12:59 PM Attachment (139 downloads)

A group of sun spots from about a week ago.

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Re: Questar Astrophotos and Advice new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5423740 - 09/16/12 01:08 PM Attachment (168 downloads)

And here are some pics of my set up. Pointing out a window and plugged into a laptop.

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Re: Questar Astrophotos and Advice new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5423749 - 09/16/12 01:11 PM Attachment (128 downloads)

And it's connected to....

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Re: Questar Astrophotos and Advice new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5423784 - 09/16/12 01:34 PM Attachment (118 downloads)

And pointed out the window here...

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Re: Questar Astrophotos and Advice new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5423785 - 09/16/12 01:35 PM Attachment (119 downloads)

A few Moon pictures to follow. These are re-posts from the Q50 thread.

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Re: Questar Astrophotos and Advice new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5423786 - 09/16/12 01:38 PM Attachment (99 downloads)

A couple of more then I'll give it a rest.

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Re: Questar Astrophotos and Advice new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5423788 - 09/16/12 01:39 PM Attachment (99 downloads)

The Moon.

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Re: Questar Astrophotos and Advice new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5423791 - 09/16/12 01:40 PM Attachment (89 downloads)

Sun.

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Re: Questar Astrophotos and Advice new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5423793 - 09/16/12 01:41 PM Attachment (102 downloads)

And a big spot.

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Re: Questar Astrophotos and Advice new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5423802 - 09/16/12 01:47 PM

Hi Terry,

What a beautiful collection of photo's with your Q. I really like your full disk sun with all the sunspots. And the moon photos remind me of those featured in the Questar gallery book decades ago, just better. And Jupiter, stunning with just 89mm of aperture. Glad you created a place to do them justice


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Re: Questar Astrophotos and Advice new [Re: Erik Bakker]
      #5423818 - 09/16/12 01:58 PM

Thank you Erik, I really appreciate the kind words. You're being to nice. But, I'll take it! Hopefully, my pictures will improve as time goes along. Thanks again for the advice. Hope all is well on your side of the globe.

V/R

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Another Jupiter pic new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5426205 - 09/17/12 08:45 PM Attachment (113 downloads)

Another one from 14 Sep 2012. No barlow.

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Jupiter: same night re-stacked new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5426341 - 09/17/12 09:53 PM Attachment (98 downloads)

Here's another one that I just re-processed. Still looks similar, but just a hair more clarity.

Edited by TerryWood (09/18/12 07:57 PM)


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Re: Jupiter: same night re-stacked new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5428146 - 09/18/12 07:59 PM

Probably a bit over processed (the middle is too contrasty).

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Jupiter color tweaking new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5428213 - 09/18/12 08:35 PM Attachment (109 downloads)

Here's an attempt to tweak the color bars to bring out detail in Jupiter's cloud bands. Totally overdone, but it does bring out some detail that was hidden before. There's only so much that I can do with this particular picture. Should be getting clear skies tomorrow.

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Another shot at Jupiter this morning new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5430353 - 09/20/12 05:10 AM Attachment (98 downloads)

Although the sky looked beautiful, the atmosphere was very unstable. However, I gave it a try. This was about the best I could do.

V/R

Terry

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Notice the change in angle new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5433498 - 09/21/12 09:33 PM

Wow, I just caught this....look at the 2 pics above of the transit of Io across Jupiter. The whole angle (or our vantage on Earth) changed in a matter of minutes. Io seems to be below a main cloud belt in the first pic, and then in-line with it in the second pic. Also the top of Jupiter and the GRS are visible in the first, with the second pic having a straight-on view. Am I losing my mind? Or is this just basic Astronomy 101 and I should know this already... :-)

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Re: Notice the change in angle new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5433503 - 09/21/12 09:38 PM

Is that simply due to the observation angle combined with Earth's rotation? I feel like an idiot.

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Another one from 21 Sep 2012 new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5436453 - 09/23/12 04:09 PM Attachment (97 downloads)

Even though it's off-center, I kind of like this one.

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Re: Another one from 21 Sep 2012 new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5438697 - 09/24/12 08:06 PM Attachment (117 downloads)

First photo with my Questar: Prime Focus with Canon 40D.

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Re: Another one from 21 Sep 2012 new [Re: Ed Kessler]
      #5438818 - 09/24/12 09:20 PM Attachment (89 downloads)

Ed, that is awesome (the moon looks giant)! Here are a couple that I took tonight...just before the moon snuck behind my building and out of sight.

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A couple more from tonight new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5438819 - 09/24/12 09:21 PM Attachment (88 downloads)

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Re: A couple more from tonight new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5438823 - 09/24/12 09:23 PM Attachment (94 downloads)

Last one. I was experimenting...I tried screwing the nose piece from the CCD camera right onto the end of the Brandon 24mm. It works, but you only get a couple of threads in before it stops.

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Re: A couple more from tonight new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5442288 - 09/26/12 07:56 PM

You're doing great work Terry considering your location.

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Re: A couple more from tonight new [Re: Les]
      #5444476 - 09/27/12 11:48 PM

Thanks Les! It's touch and go. Some nights are definitely better than others. I've noticed that I seem to get better pictures when I use all extension tubes and a diagonal connected to the axial port. Plus another short extension at the eyepiece. I have to take a ridiculous number of frames to get a useful image. Sometimes upward of 15000. Registax locks up frequently and I have to start all over again.

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Re: A couple more from tonight new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5444477 - 09/27/12 11:51 PM

For pics of Jupiter, that is.
For the Moon, usually 500 or so, then whittled down in Registax.


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Sun spots today new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5445875 - 09/28/12 09:33 PM Attachment (84 downloads)

Today's sun spots...through some cloud cover.

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Jupiter morning of 30 Sep 2012 new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5448585 - 09/30/12 02:21 PM Attachment (81 downloads)

I took this one this morning. From my window (clouds were threatening). Extension tubes, no barlow.

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Re: Jupiter morning of 30 Sep 2012 new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5448590 - 09/30/12 02:23 PM

I think that one was approx 400 frames stacked at 7.5 fps.

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Re: Jupiter morning of 30 Sep 2012 new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5448765 - 09/30/12 04:29 PM Attachment (84 downloads)

One more. A bit larger, but no additional detail.

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Re: Jupiter morning of 30 Sep 2012 new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5451159 - 10/01/12 11:56 PM Attachment (81 downloads)

One more attempt at processing. 500 frames out of 1800.

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Re: Jupiter morning of 30 Sep 2012 new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5451166 - 10/01/12 11:58 PM

I'm just not getting the detail. I'm going to try from a different location this weekend, weather permitting.

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Jupiter_4 Oct 2012 new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5457207 - 10/05/12 11:12 PM Attachment (67 downloads)

Another attempt from last night. Barlow and one short extension tube. Usual setup, pointed out the window.

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Re: Jupiter_4 Oct 2012 new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5457450 - 10/06/12 04:28 AM Attachment (67 downloads)

Last attempt at processing pic from 30 Sep. Not sure if it's any better really.

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Jupiter_4 Oct 2012 lightened up a bit new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5481311 - 10/21/12 01:54 AM Attachment (53 downloads)

Re-processed to lighten it up a bit.

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Jupiter 13 Oct 2012 new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5481312 - 10/21/12 01:55 AM Attachment (53 downloads)

This one is kind of ratty looking. Seeing not good at all and compounded by imaging from a window.

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Re: Questar Astrophotos and Advice new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5507921 - 11/07/12 05:03 AM

Nice compact setup. Please share the type of camera used and type of table top mount used to support your Q.....Barry

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Jupiter 10 Nov 2012 *DELETED* *DELETED* new [Re: Rat8bug]
      #5513831 - 11/10/12 11:36 PM

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Re: Questar Astrophotos and Advice new [Re: Rat8bug]
      #5513846 - 11/10/12 11:55 PM

Barry,

First off, I really like your web page and philosophy. I go to it often. I use a Q50 on a tri-stand, and utilize a Basler acA640-100gc camera. All of my pictures are from simply pointing the scope out an open window. I'm in the city and getting away is not always easy. Hopefully in a few months I'll be moving out to the country where the skies are dark and I have more time.

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Re: Jupiter 10 Nov 2012 *DELETED* new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5513880 - 11/11/12 12:27 AM

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Another one from tonight: Jupiter 10 Nov 2012 new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5513895 - 11/11/12 12:54 AM Attachment (79 downloads)

Even though it's on the edge of the field of view, this one came out really well, all things considered.

V/R

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Last one tonight *DELETED* new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5513926 - 11/11/12 01:54 AM

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One more_a bit less noise_10 Nov 2012 new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5514866 - 11/11/12 06:09 PM Attachment (75 downloads)

Sorry for hogging the space. Just wanted to put one more up. I backed off the processing a bit to keep the noise down.

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Jupiter tonight_11 Nov 2012 new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5515390 - 11/12/12 12:52 AM Attachment (60 downloads)

Here's another I took tonight. Shooting out the window once more. The usual... The red spot has rotated around the bend.

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Re: Jupiter tonight_11 Nov 2012 new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5525931 - 11/18/12 11:38 AM

Installed an azimuth brake yesterday on the little Q yesterday and tried out an SLR with expired Kodak Gold.



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Re: Jupiter tonight_11 Nov 2012 new [Re: Eric P]
      #5532922 - 11/21/12 08:29 PM

Nice image! I've tried coupling a Sony nex 5N to the scope, but haven't been successful yet. I'm certainly doing something wrong. Will keep at it.

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One more from Thursday new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5537799 - 11/24/12 08:28 PM Attachment (63 downloads)

One more crack at it with a different .avi. No barlow.

V/R

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Last one from Thursday (color test) new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5537849 - 11/24/12 09:07 PM Attachment (55 downloads)

I tried different processing and tweaked the color as well.

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Another try at processing 22 Nov 2012 new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5539647 - 11/25/12 11:46 PM Attachment (52 downloads)

No barlow, just extension tube. Then re-sized in Registax.
I know what you're thinking...Is he going to post every cotton pickin picture he's ever taken? I'm a bit obsessive right now, what can I say...

V/R

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Re: Another try at processing 22 Nov 2012 new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5539869 - 11/26/12 07:03 AM

Terry, Keep posting the pictures! It has been lovely to see the continued improvement in your images. I have yet to use my Q for imaging but seeing your trials and the end results has been quite inspiring. Keep up the good work.

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Re: Another try at processing 22 Nov 2012 new [Re: ianatcn]
      #5540948 - 11/26/12 08:09 PM

Are still still shooting out of your window? The results are great!

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Re: Another try at processing 22 Nov 2012 new [Re: Les]
      #5541129 - 11/26/12 09:49 PM Attachment (54 downloads)

These last couple of shots were taken outside. For a change. I still think I can do better once I get the image stable enough to use a barlow. Right now I have to blow the image up. Like this one. Les, Ian, thanks for the encouragement and compliments! I'll keep at it.

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This one didn't come out that great new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5585024 - 12/23/12 02:01 AM Attachment (92 downloads)

Here's one from tonight...32 degrees...sitting in a parking lot...didn't come out that good.

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Re: This one didn't come out that great new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5585029 - 12/23/12 02:09 AM

However the view through the eyepiece was nice and crisp. Very good actually.

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Tried re-processing older shot new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5741832 - 03/18/13 09:44 PM Attachment (40 downloads)

This is just one I took out open window from 12th floor. Don't mind me, just messing around trying to get the hang of it.

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Where the seeing will be MUCH better new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5741865 - 03/18/13 09:54 PM Attachment (44 downloads)

I just bought a house in the mountains. Seeing is going to be soooo MUCH better when I get there in about a month and a half!

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Re: Where the seeing will be MUCH better new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5742299 - 03/19/13 05:27 AM

Terry, with a house like that what you need is a Q7

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Re: Where the seeing will be MUCH better new [Re: ianatcn]
      #5744211 - 03/19/13 10:55 PM Attachment (42 downloads)

I hear you! If I could find a used one I'd really think about it. A new one would cost me over $20,000. That's pushing it. I'd love to have one though. I did pick up an Edge HD 9.25, but haven't had the chance to use it yet. Now that I have this house, I'm getting the itch to go big, like a C14. Honestly, I think the 9.25 will do great out there, plus it's a bit easier to use. The Questar will always be my favorite though. I haven't regretted that decision at all!

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Re: Where the seeing will be MUCH better new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5744902 - 03/20/13 11:18 AM

Terry, the views from that deck during the day alone would have sold me the house. I think when you get imaging with the Q3.5 from up there you will see an improvement over your already high standard of achievement.

Spurred on by your success I have just finished putting a set of adaptors together so I can attach my Canon DSLR to the axial port. All I need now are clear skies. Oh what I would give for crisp mountain air!


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Re: Where the seeing will be MUCH better new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5745910 - 03/20/13 06:39 PM

Nice place you have there.
Your photos make me wish I was back home on Californias central coast; with the Questar of course.


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Re: Where the seeing will be MUCH better new [Re: Mike E.]
      #5746569 - 03/20/13 11:10 PM

Thanks! I was very fortunate to find it. And yes, California is VERY nice! If I could live anywhere out there it would be just outside Petaluma in those rolling hills. Peaceful and still close to the ocean.

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Re: Where the seeing will be MUCH better new [Re: ianatcn]
      #5746589 - 03/20/13 11:21 PM Attachment (39 downloads)

Ian, I've been using a Basler acA640-100gc camera. Fits in palm of your hand and does a really excellent job. Kind of pricey ($650), but is extremely light weight. I'd also like to try my Sony Nex N-5N. I just need to get the correct adapter. Good luck with taking pictures! Post them when you get a chance.

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Re: Where the seeing will be MUCH better new [Re: TerryWood]
      #5746597 - 03/20/13 11:27 PM

This house is in the very northern part of West Virginia, just about at the Maryland and Pennsylvania borders. I don't know much about the area, except that it's beautiful and not very populated. It will be a change, but a welcome one!

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Some piggyback pics (#1) new [Re: TerryWood]
      #6002479 - 08/02/13 01:35 AM Attachment (22 downloads)

These are my first attempts at piggybacking my Sony Nex 5N on my Questar. These are 30 second exposures of the Milky Way from my deck in WV. Quite grainy, but I still kind of like them. 4 pics to follow

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Re: Some piggyback pics (#2) new [Re: TerryWood]
      #6002483 - 08/02/13 01:36 AM Attachment (14 downloads)

and # 2.

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Re: Some piggyback pics (#3) new [Re: TerryWood]
      #6002485 - 08/02/13 01:37 AM Attachment (13 downloads)

And # 3.

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Re: Some piggyback pics (#4) new [Re: TerryWood]
      #6002487 - 08/02/13 01:38 AM Attachment (12 downloads)

Lastly, # 4.

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Re: Some piggyback pics (#4) new [Re: TerryWood]
      #6002504 - 08/02/13 01:52 AM

These were also downsized. It looks like the posted versions are a little darker as well.

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Re: Some piggyback pics (#4) new [Re: TerryWood]
      #6002506 - 08/02/13 01:53 AM

Or at least it looks that way on the iPad.

V/R

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Re: Some piggyback pics (3 more) new [Re: TerryWood]
      #6002582 - 08/02/13 04:14 AM Attachment (15 downloads)

Here are a few more, what the heck...

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Re: Some piggyback pics (2 more) new [Re: TerryWood]
      #6002583 - 08/02/13 04:15 AM Attachment (10 downloads)

and another.

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Re: Some piggyback pics (last one) new [Re: TerryWood]
      #6002586 - 08/02/13 04:16 AM Attachment (17 downloads)

last one. Again, these were downsized, which probably didn't hurt because they were starting to get grainy and fuzzy.

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Re: Some piggyback pics (3 more) new [Re: TerryWood]
      #6002615 - 08/02/13 05:23 AM

Quote:

Here are a few more, what the heck...




Nice.

The last three photos remind me of naked eye views from Horseshoe Meadows, near Mt.Whitney California.


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Re: Some piggyback pics (3 more) new [Re: Mike E.]
      #6003297 - 08/02/13 02:33 PM

That must've been incredible!

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Re: Some piggyback pics (3 more) new [Re: TerryWood]
      #6003621 - 08/02/13 05:47 PM

Absolutely awesome on a new moon. We use to fish for golden browns in the meadow streams. It takes awhile to acclimate, as your up around the 10,000 foot mark. When the headaches come, it's time to load up and drop down to a lower elevation.

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Re: Some piggyback pics (3 more) new [Re: Mike E.]
      #6004238 - 08/03/13 01:27 AM Attachment (35 downloads)

Here are a few more from tonight. Now I'll give it a rest. These weren't piggybacked. I just propped the camera on the deck at various angles and opened the shutter, then processed to bring out the details. The ISO was very high, hence the graininess. 10,000 feet must've been amazing! Never been that high. I'm only at 2000 feet, but it's a pretty dark site.

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Re: Some piggyback pics (3 more) new [Re: TerryWood]
      #6004240 - 08/03/13 01:28 AM Attachment (30 downloads)

And another.

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Re: Some piggyback pics (3 more) new [Re: TerryWood]
      #6004242 - 08/03/13 01:28 AM Attachment (29 downloads)

Last one.

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Re: Questar Astrophotos and Advice new [Re: TerryWood]
      #6005392 - 08/03/13 09:04 PM

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And here are some pics of my set up. Pointing out a window and plugged into a laptop.

V/R



Terry




Terry: nice work. What is that black mount you have there? Is it a questar accessory?


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Re: Questar Astrophotos and Advice new [Re: jouster]
      #6005769 - 08/04/13 02:19 AM

Neil,

That is actually the equatorial head for the Tri-Stand. I simply took it of and used in a table top fashion that day. The Tri-Stand is a real work of art and super sturdy. V/R. Terry


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Re: Questar Astrophotos and Advice new [Re: TerryWood]
      #6028035 - 08/15/13 09:00 PM

Very pleasing images .

Keith


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Re: Questar Astrophotos and Advice new [Re: trainsktg]
      #6061825 - 09/03/13 10:35 PM

Thanks Keith! I'm thinking about getting up early and giving Jupiter a shot.

V/R

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