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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6295269 - 01/06/14 03:51 AM Attachment (16 downloads)

I'm thinking I'll call this a success at this point. This is only 40 minutes worth of 4 minute subs! No dark frames were used in the making of this picture

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6295279 - 01/06/14 04:15 AM Attachment (9 downloads)

and 50 minutes of the Rosette

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6295775 - 01/06/14 11:47 AM

Great results Robert! Definitely a success.

Andy


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6295780 - 01/06/14 11:49 AM

Muy cool!

I did some driveway astronomy Saturday night. I spent some time looking at the waxing crescent moon with the NP 101, then went in and watched some football. I came out later and Sugaree & I spent much quality time on the Orion Neb & on Jupiter. The seeing permitted 225X through the 6 mm Ethos and Jupiter looked huge, with good detail. Dew (quickly changing to frost) was a big problem. Anne had given me a cordless, rechargeable hair dryer for Christmas and at times I'd use it twice a minute. After a while the battery drained down and I took that as a clue to pack up and call it a night.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6295997 - 01/06/14 01:30 PM

Thank You Andy and Mike.

over time, the camera had developed some characteristics that were problematic. Artifacts that flat frames couldn't seem to cure... I decided that it must have something to do with the (In-Camera) filters. So I kinda felt that I had nothing to lose by getting elbow deep in camera..

For a minute I thought that the "patient" had expired during surgery but found I didn't get one of the ribbon cables completely seated.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6296142 - 01/06/14 02:37 PM

I had 2 very good nights of observing Jupiter from my back deck. Last night started with worse seeing but improved greatly right about 11 pm. Excellent detailed views through my 120 ED, GRS front & center.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6296275 - 01/06/14 03:39 PM

Mike,
Be careful using a hair dryer on a cold objective. Takahashi strongly discourages doing that. They say that blowing warm air on a cold lens could have catastrophic consequences. I had great success using a Dewbuster with a heater strip on the dew shield. I use it to warm the air in front of the lens by just a few degrees and that prevents dew all night long.

Andy


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6296663 - 01/06/14 06:48 PM

Thanks for the warning, Andy. I doubt if the dryer warranty covers replacing an Ethos.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6296760 - 01/06/14 07:37 PM

Haha probably not! I didn't realize that the eyepiece was fogging up. I thought you were talking about the scope itself. I had no idea that eyepieces fogged up too....but I don't own eyepieces

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6296940 - 01/06/14 09:12 PM

Looks like a success Robert. Shows good Ha sensitivity with those nebular shots.

By the way the sunrise this morning was spectacular possibly due to ice crystals in the air and a nice but of thin high clouds. There were waves and rills, orange, pink and all colors in between with some great swathes of blue within some nicely placed breaks. It was not unlike some of the best shots of nebulae you might have seen. My vantage point was looking toward Rainier. Quite possibly among the top two or three sunrises I have ever seen.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #6297006 - 01/06/14 09:49 PM Attachment (8 downloads)

Here is a sneak preview of the image that I'm working on. I have about 9 hours of LRGB data that I still need to process. This is about 4.5 hours of H-alpha data from this past weekend. M78 is at the top left corner. The RGB data will make it more obvious.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6297119 - 01/06/14 10:39 PM

Ajay, that looks awesome!!!

Robert, great sensitivity with the filters gone!!
I've been thinking of doing the same to my 1000D.

Andy......WOWWWWWW!!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: astronomania]
      #6297355 - 01/07/14 02:33 AM

Thanks Ajay and Ron.

I removed the platic filter frame and all. Camera doesn't seem to care that the little ribbon for the dust vibrator isn't there anymore. I was concerned about light leaks from the red "busy" light, but no issues arose... should I say yet?

the most notable thing to me was -> the star color is just there! I didn't have to push for it in photoshop. It was clearly visible in the untouched stacked image in Images Plus.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6297365 - 01/07/14 02:43 AM

Nice Andy!

I need to drag my mono camera out soon for some new Ha of this region before the season is gone...


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6297998 - 01/07/14 12:52 PM

Incredible detail, Andy.

I am so lucky to hang out where you imagers constantly amaze me!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6298249 - 01/07/14 02:37 PM

Thanks guys! I'm working on the RGB version. I need to do some learning but I should be able to complete it by the end of the week:)

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6298279 - 01/07/14 02:52 PM

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Thanks guys! I'm working on the RGB version. I need to do some learning but I should be able to complete it by the end of the week:)




Well you just get yourself all learned up. I think you're doing great!

Nice work Robert. Sounds like the "fog" has been lifted from your hardware and your motivation! Can't wait to see the full impact of this revelation.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6298572 - 01/07/14 05:28 PM Attachment (8 downloads)

Thanks Stacy. Here is the LRGB version. I decided not to use the HA data because it really throws off all the subtle color variations. I want to redo it following Rogelio's tutorial and see if I can make the dust more obvious but here it is. From the Yakima Canyon!
Unfortunately I had to reduce the quality to post on here.

Edited by andysea (01/07/14 05:29 PM)


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6298895 - 01/07/14 09:18 PM

Andy, that is some excellent work. I am partial to the Ha version. Shows a lot more detail. I think Ron's description aptly expresses how I feel about it.

Ajay


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #6299024 - 01/07/14 10:40 PM

Quote:

Thanks Doug. I did use an OAG, but I did some star tightening in software as well.

- Ajay




Thanks Ajay. Great resolution. OAG will be my next "investment".

Man there are some great images being posted here by Ajay, Robert and Andy. Wow Andy - amazing resolution and detail. I like both versions!

Doug


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