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rainycityastro
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5392263 - 08/28/12 09:27 PM

Very nice heart nebula, Ajay!
My images from Goldendale are still unprocessed. Hopefully I will get to it in the next few days.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: rainycityastro]
      #5392493 - 08/29/12 12:17 AM

Thank you Ram.

All, This was my first Pixinsight project. Love the software. Thanks to Ram for pointing out its merits to me. For a number geek like me it is very versatile and more intuitive than Photoshop. Less hit and miss. YMMV.

Ajay


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5393198 - 08/29/12 01:12 PM

Thanks for the info, Robert. Maybe I'll have a chance in Sept. to look for it.

Cepheus was a popular area last weekend. I spent a few hours poking around in it, too.

I'm glad imagers' pix are turning out well!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5394212 - 08/30/12 12:26 AM

Very cool images. I'm not sure i could handle the headaches of deep-space imaging myself, but the results can sure be impressive...

I've been making some more progress on my Moon imaging these last couple nights -- because as WE ALL KNOW, the skies ARE ALWAYS CLEAR when the moon is full!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: MadHungarian]
      #5395922 - 08/31/12 12:24 AM

Well Emery, first its the moon, then Jupiter and then there's no stopping...Muhahahaha!

Just kidding

Ajay


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5395986 - 08/31/12 01:27 AM Attachment (13 downloads)

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Well Emery, first its the moon, then Jupiter and then there's no stopping...Muhahahaha!

Just kidding

Ajay




Well, i've already tried my first (pretty bad) Jupiter image, at the Goldendale star party. It's a slippery slope from there...


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: MadHungarian]
      #5396001 - 08/31/12 01:55 AM

That's quite good. Did you use an SLR? A webcam + stacking is your best bet for lunar and planetary.

Ajay


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5396788 - 08/31/12 01:53 PM

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Did you use an SLR? A webcam + stacking is your best bet for lunar and planetary.

Ajay




Just my non-modded Canon 60D DSLR for now. I'm refusing to escalate to dragging a laptop out in the field.

Though i am starting to acquire the pieces i need to do video. That seems to be a little more approachable and have a little more instant gratification.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: MadHungarian]
      #5397114 - 08/31/12 06:03 PM

Reminds me of the Paul Simon song, "Slip Slidin' Away."

IMHO, that a pretty good Jupiter shot.

We had a just beautiful, still view of Jupiter early that Saturday morning. One thing I wish I'd remembered to do was to look at it with my UHC filter. That really seems to bring out some detail that is otherwise relatively obscured.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Spaced]
      #5398986 - 09/02/12 12:45 AM

I love that Jupiter image!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5398991 - 09/02/12 12:50 AM

Ajay, you are right about Pixinsight. I stopped using Photoshop for astrophotography a while ago. PI takes longer to process each image but it is more predictable.

Here is one of my images (I think the better one!) from Pixie Land.



Details are here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ramv/7910034560/in/photostream/


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: rainycityastro]
      #5399015 - 09/02/12 01:22 AM

Sweet image Ram

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Stacy]
      #5399039 - 09/02/12 02:00 AM

Happy Birthday Stacy!
Thanks!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Spaced]
      #5399047 - 09/02/12 02:05 AM


This is exactly how it started for me. I refused to drag a laptop on the field and used a small precision mount and only shot wide angle images with an unmodded DSLR.
Then I was dissatisfied with the nebula pictures and got a modded camera.
Then noticed some images with trailing and decided I wanted to guide. Reluctantly got a laptop for the field.
And so the acquisition spree went and continues to this day...


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Stacy]
      #5399050 - 09/02/12 02:08 AM

That is one cool Iris. I am looking at a print of Van Gogh's famous painting hanging on the wall behind me and the colors and shape of this nebula are very similar to that of the violet irises in his painting. Of course the colors of the nebula are much darker.

Here's a true story I did not spot the single odd iris in the painting for a long time after I first saw the print.

Ajay


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5399675 - 09/02/12 01:53 PM

Now I finally know why the Iris nebula has its name! I thought it had something to do with the eye.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: rainycityastro]
      #5399687 - 09/02/12 01:59 PM

That's a beautiful IRIS you got growing in that image!

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Happy Birthday Stacy!





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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: rainycityastro]
      #5399814 - 09/02/12 03:35 PM

Wow Ram, that is stunning!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: SteveG]
      #5399863 - 09/02/12 04:18 PM

Great images.....

Well I'm back at mirror making..I had to make a new table for my 17" for the new fork scope. I varnished it last night and will probably paint it grey(Maybe). I can now use the four table machine to fine grind/polish larger then 14" mirrors. I'll take some pics later and show. I'll refit and contour the old penny lap to the mirror, cuz the Porter machine failed to remove some of the deeper hog marks..so back to fine grinding we will go.

Rob


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: rwiederrich]
      #5400193 - 09/02/12 08:59 PM

Thanks Robert, Steve and Rob!

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