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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Stacy]
      #5831379 - 04/29/13 11:57 PM

Would be a great asset for folks who want to maximize imaging time. Let us know how it works.

I did find their marketing spiel a hoot: "With this one-of-a-kind accessory, you become an instant astronomereven if youve never used a telescope before."

That's the kind of advertising that results in so many scopes on Craigslist.

Ajay


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5831384 - 04/30/13 12:01 AM

So I posted the following in the DSLR forum, but seeing as how people are enjoying astro images, I thought I'd add to Robert's excellent contributions.

M33 in Triangulum. Here's one final try at some old data. Image acquired with a Canon 350D through an SV85s in 2010 from Brooks Memorial State park. This is my final reprocess of the data.



The large version on Flickr is a 2x2 software binned image of the original.

Ajay

Edited by bluedandelion (04/30/13 12:03 AM)


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5832759 - 04/30/13 04:57 PM

Thanks, Ajay!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5832787 - 04/30/13 05:11 PM

Ajay - terrific image of the Triangulum. Not an easy image, I know. I am in awe!

BTW, I picked up a copy of Pixinsight - so now I need to give it a try soon.

Also, I submitted an image of the Leo Triplet to the imaging contest - here. Its the forth one down the page. Hope you like it.

Doug


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: svtdoug]
      #5833139 - 04/30/13 08:15 PM

Nice Work Ajay and Doug!

Setting up my gear, I'm going to try for M100 tonight! It's looking even better for tomorrow night.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5833229 - 04/30/13 09:17 PM

Thank you Doug, Mike and Robert.

Doug, You've got a nice image there on the monthly challenge. the Leo triplet has been on my to-do list for a while, but I am always busy with school when its optimal to image this group.

Ajay


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5835154 - 05/01/13 08:22 PM Attachment (7 downloads)

Well.. not everything went as planned last night. For some reason my Go-to was off on M100 but later targets all fell within the FOV. I was using my AT6RC and Canon T1i. I have not needed to refocus the AT6RC since, actually I can't say with certainty. The last set of pictures were all taken without refocusing since at least the session before that.

Here is my best result of last night. M57


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5835235 - 05/01/13 09:08 PM Attachment (7 downloads)

Now if my Go-to was accurate on this one; It's M98. If not well, I sure nailed some galaxy dead center

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5835363 - 05/01/13 10:41 PM Attachment (7 downloads)

Should I be surprised? Probably not... but come on. The forecast is for "clear" and the motion in the satellite is from upper left to lower right. They supply the imagery and they make the forecast, how can there be such a disconnect?

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5835452 - 05/01/13 11:46 PM

Yep, not even close. I've been wondering the same thing all afternoon. How in the world can they be that far off?

When I see a forecast for four of five clear nights in a row, I figure I'll be doing good to see one or two clear nights out of the bunch. Argggggggggghhhhhh!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: 7331Peg]
      #5836158 - 05/02/13 12:10 PM

M33 is great Ajay. It is amazing what you can capture with a small refractor and a camera. It looks like the visual image a 40" dob would show in my imagination but the image is still probably better quality. I wonder what my scope could do with a camera. 4"f5.4 flat field scope. I'll have to look for some np101 images and just assume there would be some CA.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5837328 - 05/02/13 09:53 PM

Thanks Sean. The np101 should do really well. CA can be processed out in some instances, but with the NP101 I think you do not have to worry. My SV85s is only a doublet, but it is good glass from Lomo.

Ajay


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5838163 - 05/03/13 11:38 AM

Mine is the genesis sdf. It should have some CA in images. I talked to my wife a bit about getting a GEM to take some images and she seemed receptive. I would have to be very frugal though. Maybe a VX or something similar whenever I get around to it.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5838591 - 05/03/13 03:15 PM

WINTHROP! here I come... taking Monday off! Dark sky, southern sky view!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5840933 - 05/04/13 11:35 PM

Very nice. Too late now for me to go anywhere tonight. I may get the Z12 out in the yard though.

Took the kids to a fishing derby at Jennings park. They both caught two and 3 of them were good sized trout. It was pretty fun.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5840972 - 05/05/13 12:10 AM Attachment (6 downloads)

I stopped about 10 times on my way through the park and took lots of pictures..

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: zerro1]
      #5841148 - 05/05/13 04:49 AM

Well, so far it's been a cascade of Murphy's Law. My Atlas gave me a bunch of grief. Pulled it out of service and set up my old reliable LXD75 mount. Then the wind came up... Not sure what my final image is going to look like but I'm just going to keep going. I got an hour of H~a on M16. Now I'm working on M17. Hope to get some on the lagoon too.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: zerro1]
      #5842131 - 05/05/13 05:45 PM

Gash, Robert, you may have to break down & stick an eyepiece in your scope.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Spaced]
      #5842180 - 05/05/13 06:17 PM

Quote:

Gash, Robert, you may have to break down & stick an eyepiece in your scope.




I didn't bring any My camera is my eyepiece.

My old reliable LXD75 came through for me(like it always seems to do)
M16


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Spaced]
      #5842190 - 05/05/13 06:26 PM

Right Mike.

Friday night I set up a few scopes at school for about 20-25 students. Of course we are in a red zone but conditions were great for observing Jupiter and Saturn. I cannot tell you how pleased they were. After everybody had their turn looking at the planets, I had them check out Arcturus and Spica. They were floored at the brilliance and beauty of these stars - one red and the other blue. Some of them did not know that the fast moving star like objects were artificial satellites.

At the end of the session one student said, "I will not forget this." That's pretty powerful. After all the fabulous photographs published by NASA to think people find the view through a scope satisfying is wonderful.

Got some imaging done Saturday night.

Ajay


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