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Red Brick
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Reged: 05/01/11

Re: Newbie Corner - Post your first astrophoto!...Pt-2 new [Re: youngamateur42]
      #6321437 - 01/18/14 11:22 PM Attachment (78 downloads)

This is an unguided and unretouched photo with exception for sizing to meet post requirements. It is taken on a tripod unguided Canon T3 with a 300mm lens operating at f5.6, ISO-3200 shutter speed of 3.2 seconds.

I am quickly learning how to focus the cannon autoguided lenses to infinity.


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dakotavc
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Re: Newbie Corner - Post your first astrophoto!...Pt-2 new [Re: fishonkevin]
      #6324383 - 01/20/14 03:19 PM Attachment (63 downloads)

My first ever AP. This was the moon over east Tennessee on 1/8/14. Using my Nexstar 4se and a Nikon Coolpix 4500 afocal projection with a 25mm plossl.

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dakotavc
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Reged: 02/03/11

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Re: Newbie Corner - Post your first astrophoto!...Pt-2 new [Re: dakotavc]
      #6324396 - 01/20/14 03:22 PM Attachment (56 downloads)

This is my first attempt at planetary with my new ZWO ASI034mc. Shot last night with my Meade 2080 at f10.

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Jon Rista
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Reged: 01/10/14

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Re: Newbie Corner - Post your first astrophoto!...Pt-2 new [Re: dakotavc]
      #6337534 - 01/26/14 08:33 PM Attachment (65 downloads)

First image of all the major nebula around Orion's belt and sword: Orion Nebula, Running Man, NGC434 + Horse Head, Flame Nebula & M78. One of my very first astrophotos (Jan 2nd, 2014), I started trying to take them in late November/December 2013.

Untracked with a Canon 7D & EF 100mm f/2.8 (manually stacked from 30 frames in Photoshop):

Edited by Jon Rista (01/26/14 08:33 PM)


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patg43
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Re: Newbie Corner - Post your first astrophoto!...Pt-2 new [Re: Jon Rista]
      #6354759 - 02/04/14 01:47 AM Attachment (46 downloads)

First photo with Pentax k5II on f\10 sct, still working on the focus. Man it was cold tonight.

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patg43
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Reged: 12/20/13

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Re: Newbie Corner - Post your first astrophoto!...Pt-2 new [Re: patg43]
      #6354769 - 02/04/14 01:55 AM Attachment (45 downloads)

Huh try this one?

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epdreher
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Reged: 06/12/11

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Re: Newbie Corner - Post your first astrophoto!...Pt-2 new [Re: jhayes_tucson]
      #6355384 - 02/04/14 12:07 PM

My wife doesn't post here, but I'm proud of her effort this past October using her AVX, a C9.25, and an unmodded T3. She's definitely not interested in DSO AP, but I'm a very fortunate man to have a wife that shares my hobby:



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joshuajbelanger
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Reged: 12/12/13

Here it is, Jupiter, taken tonight. new [Re: Red Brick]
      #6369845 - 02/11/14 04:33 AM Attachment (49 downloads)

I'm actually pretty happy with this picture. First one! Yay astronomy!

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ChrisMax
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Reged: 12/28/13

First Moon new [Re: joshuajbelanger]
      #6371125 - 02/11/14 08:35 PM Attachment (45 downloads)

First Moon shot thru dining room window which is double glass. Too cold for an outdoor shot!

Equipment: Orion Astrograph 8 f/4 and Olympus OM-D EM-5 set to Aperture Priority at ISO 400 the speed 1600. Prime Focus


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mikeinthedark
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Reged: 02/03/14

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First picture ever... new [Re: ChrisMax]
      #6382641 - 02/18/14 11:40 AM Attachment (43 downloads)

Nexstar 8se tube and mount, with an Orion starshoot G3 and antares 0.5X focal reducer.

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ManicSponge
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Reged: 11/29/13

Loc: Wenatchee, Wa.
Re: First picture ever... new [Re: mikeinthedark]
      #6384753 - 02/19/14 01:25 PM Attachment (44 downloads)

Here's my first attempt. I'm not sure I had even one parameter right, and if I did, it was by accident. New to photography, new to my DSLR, new to astronomy... But, I did get a picture! Obviously, 30 sec exposures don't work well on a camera tripod, especially with a 55-200 kit lens, zoomed right in, so it "Looked bigger". I know that now!
I tried deep sky stacker, but it wouldn't stack the 5 exposures I got. It prompted me to change the star sensitivity. I am guessing it didn't like the fact that all my stars were streaks! This is a single, with one dark (still have no idea what all this means. I took a 30 sec exposure with the same camera settings, and the lens cap on)
In the words of Randy Quaid, "She's a beaut, Clark!"
Regards, Kyle


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Seldom
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Re: First picture ever... new [Re: ManicSponge]
      #6384961 - 02/19/14 03:29 PM Attachment (36 downloads)

Not my first, maybe my third. Three exposures at 7 seconds, 15 seconds and 2 minutes, all masked and merged in Photoshop. Unguided, ISO 800, Panasonic Lumix G2 at prime focus.

Edited by Seldom (02/19/14 03:33 PM)


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ManicSponge
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Reged: 11/29/13

Loc: Wenatchee, Wa.
Re: First picture ever... new [Re: Seldom]
      #6394521 - 02/24/14 04:00 PM Attachment (32 downloads)

Tried my 50mm f1.8G lens this time, 2 second exposures, ISO 1600. 5 exposures, 5 darks. I would use the term "Processed", very loosely, as I must have looked like a goat staring at a Rolex, trying to figure out DSS. That said, I am happy with my second attempt, compared to the first!
Last one of mine for this thread, as it's intended to be first, not first twenty seven photos.
Regards, Kyle


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sayitfast
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Loc: Marana Arizona
Re: Newbie Corner - Post your first astrophoto!...Pt-2 [Re: Red Brick]
      #6408635 - 03/04/14 12:55 AM

This was my first image taken in Oct. I did have a couple previous images taken at Starizona when learning how to do this but this was first on my own from my backyard.

Astrobin

This is my first Lunar image taken couple weeks ago.

Moon


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N1ghtSc0p3
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Re: Newbie Corner - Post your first astrophoto!...Pt-2 new [Re: sayitfast]
      #6410543 - 03/04/14 10:46 PM Attachment (29 downloads)

This is my first serious attempt at a target other than M42...mostly because I haven't figured out the masking and post-processing required to avoid the overblown Trapezium region.

Shot the Rosette Nebula 27-28 February:

- Four 10-minute subs
- Unmodded Canon 450D
- ZEQ25, tuned to Astronewb's instructions
- AT72ED w/ AT 0.8X focal reducer/field flattener
- Orion MMAG autoguiding setup

Stacked in Nebulosity with four 10-min darks, 40 bias frames, using Bad Pixel Mapping. Post-processed in PS Elements, with Astronomy Tools.

Edited by N1ghtSc0p3 (03/04/14 10:48 PM)


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Thrfoot
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Reged: 11/11/13

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Re: Newbie Corner - Post your first astrophoto!...Pt-2 new [Re: N1ghtSc0p3]
      #6410648 - 03/04/14 11:35 PM

My very first true image (if you don't count putting your phone up to the eyepiece):



It's terrible, but I'm still somewhat proud of it.


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Dirt
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Reged: 01/21/14

Loc: Round Rock, TX. USA
Re: Newbie Corner - Post your first astrophoto!...Pt-2 new [Re: Thrfoot]
      #6418976 - 03/21/14 10:41 AM

Hi Astronuts,
This is a bit intimidating from looking at first images which are spectacular. But a starting point is here. I struggled for a bit. Trying to use just my DSLR, then I picked up an Atik Titan color CCD and struggled even more. I haven't graduated to a wedge yet, so just an az/el fork mounted CPC925 XLT. Moon shots are straight through, no barlow. Saturn is a 2X barlow. There is a string, "Why astrophotography for beginners". And reasoning such as one will not reproduce images already captured etc. I taught myself to play guitar a couple of decades ago. I'm no Mark Nofler but it brings me great pleasure. So that's my answer. It applies to about everything I guess.
These are just stacked and wavelt processed, I used the color auto align so perfection is a long way off yet.
Moon:
http://i.imgur.com/NrzcNSU.png
http://i.imgur.com/6xhbqgq.png
http://i.imgur.com/MhMrcL3.png
Saturn:
http://i.imgur.com/aZl42lg.png

I'll keep working on it.
Cheers


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ChrisMax
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Reged: 12/28/13

Re: Newbie Corner - Post your first astrophoto!...Pt-2 new [Re: Dirt]
      #6446649 - 04/04/14 07:55 AM Attachment (20 downloads)

My first Sun photo

Equipment: Orion Astrograph 8 f/4 with an Orion sun filter, CG-5 goto, Olympus OM-D E-M5


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Chilihead
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Reged: 02/22/14

Loc: Oklahoma
Re: Newbie Corner - Post your first astrophoto!...Pt-2 new [Re: Red Brick]
      #6448260 - 04/04/14 11:32 PM

Here's my first images taken tonight (4 April 2014). EdgeHD 800 with NexImage 5 camera.





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ShannonR
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Reged: 12/15/13

Re: Newbie Corner - Post your first astrophoto!...Pt-2 new [Re: Chilihead]
      #6474375 - 04/18/14 07:49 PM Attachment (14 downloads)

First time to play with my scope. ED80 on AVX. Taken with a T3i 6 exposures in PS

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