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rigel123
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OMG, imaging tonight: Success!
      #6424966 - 03/23/14 04:16 PM Attachment (55 downloads)

It has been since November 29th that I have set up for DSO imaging. I really had to think about how to set this up again! Who knows, I may only be able to check collimation but it's nice to at least LOOK at the set up!

Edited by rigel123 (03/25/14 04:19 PM)


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Re: OMG, imaging tonight...maybe??? new [Re: rigel123]
      #6425107 - 03/23/14 05:48 PM

Good luck Warren as the clouds in the background look like what we have here...

Best Regards,

Preston


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Re: OMG, imaging tonight...maybe??? new [Re: PrestonE]
      #6425176 - 03/23/14 06:41 PM

Yes, best of luck.
November for me too.
But it's from too much work, not just weather. Slow season is coming soon, though. Hopefully one more month of 55-60 hour weeks.
Have new imaging equipment too. Can't wait to collect some photons.
-David.


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Re: OMG, imaging tonight...maybe??? new [Re: lightyear44]
      #6425203 - 03/23/14 06:54 PM Attachment (15 downloads)

I know what you mean!......I've kept my eyes and ears open on many weather services in my area hoping to get the opportunity to use this set-up.....Clear, and dark skies to ya!.....Terrance


Edited by tbone0168 (03/23/14 06:55 PM)


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Re: OMG, imaging tonight...maybe??? new [Re: lightyear44]
      #6425204 - 03/23/14 06:55 PM

I did some wide angle last night and will do some more tonight. Despite the 20's in temp with wind chill. I would have loved to test my G3 I bought but the PM that had the tracking number was not giving to me in time for a pickup yesterday. Won't get it till tomorrow now. That stupid hoop'la switch lost it. Anyway, that looks like a great setup to take shots. William

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Re: OMG, imaging tonight...maybe??? new [Re: WillCarney]
      #6425215 - 03/23/14 07:05 PM

We may get some of those clear skies too Warren. Had a few nights recently but seemed like the moon was up each time.

Dean


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rigel123
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Re: OMG, imaging tonight...maybe??? new [Re: DeanS]
      #6425423 - 03/23/14 09:25 PM

Finally cleared 15 minutes ago and started first luminance run! Good luck to everyone!

Boy Terrance, that setup looks vaguely familiar!

Edited by rigel123 (03/23/14 09:38 PM)


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Re: OMG, imaging tonight...maybe??? new [Re: rigel123]
      #6425456 - 03/23/14 09:49 PM

Maybe, Cold front is already kicking up the winds, but the sky is clear, 1 hr before "official" astro twilight.

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Re: OMG, imaging tonight...maybe??? new [Re: 17.5Dob]
      #6425470 - 03/23/14 09:57 PM

Yeah when you go that long you sometimes forget how to do everything. Good luck.

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Re: OMG, imaging tonight...maybe??? new [Re: 17.5Dob]
      #6425556 - 03/23/14 10:48 PM

Winds have died down and it's as transparent as I've seen in awhile. Unfortunately, it's now softball season, and the lights in the City Park across the street from me are now on.

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Re: OMG, imaging tonight...maybe??? new [Re: 17.5Dob]
      #6425665 - 03/23/14 11:37 PM

Good luck. We're cloud-dancing north of you. I just finished a run of 32 images of M108, 12 of them are washed out with passing clouds. Still, it is nice to be collecting photons.

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Re: OMG, imaging tonight...maybe??? new [Re: jgraham]
      #6425683 - 03/23/14 11:47 PM

Grabbing Luminence on NGC 3184, really a nice little galaxy in Ursa Major. I'm doing 5 minute subs and seeing the spiral arms fairly well. Afraid to go with longer subs due to LP. Boy it's nice to be out here!

John, the clouds left and I have been lucky, none in sight!


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Re: OMG, imaging tonight...maybe??? new [Re: rigel123]
      #6425857 - 03/24/14 02:45 AM

I know the feeling of anticipation - have fun!
Steve


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Re: OMG, imaging tonight...maybe??? new [Re: Stevous]
      #6426596 - 03/24/14 01:39 PM Attachment (20 downloads)

The subs I got are nice but I'm going to have to try to bump the exposures up to at least 10 minutes to pull out more detail. I had quite a bit of room on the histogram for the background so hopefully this is far enough away from the LP on the horizon that I'll be able to get away with it.

This is 33 X 300 sec subs with flats applied and a quick Levels stretch. AT6RC/Atik 314L+/Atlas EQ-G


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Re: OMG, imaging tonight...maybe??? new [Re: rigel123]
      #6426670 - 03/24/14 02:41 PM

Off to a great start!....

Terrance


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Re: OMG, imaging tonight...maybe??? new [Re: tbone0168]
      #6427051 - 03/24/14 06:13 PM

Wow, that is an interesting looking spiral. I've been working through galaxies in Ursa Major and I'll have to add this one to the list. If you get a chance take a peek at NGC 3359.

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Re: OMG, imaging tonight...maybe??? new [Re: jgraham]
      #6427544 - 03/24/14 10:55 PM

Will do, I stacked this in Nebulosity just for fun and saw a lot more structure so I'm going to revisit this.

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Re: OMG, imaging tonight...maybe??? new [Re: rigel123]
      #6428700 - 03/25/14 03:53 PM Attachment (17 downloads)

After restacking more of the details came out that I saw when the subs were downloading, not sure what went crazy on the first stacking attempt. Weird. Anyway, here is the restacked subs showing more of the detail in this galaxy.

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Re: OMG, imaging tonight...maybe??? new [Re: rigel123]
      #6429544 - 03/26/14 01:45 AM

Back in the saddle Warren. Looking good.

John D


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Re: OMG, imaging tonight...maybe??? [Re: jaddbd]
      #6429560 - 03/26/14 02:02 AM

Now that's an astronomical coincidence. That galaxy has been on my to-do list for years as one I did in my film days, most of which, including it, were lost when part of the house was crushed by an Oak during an ice storm 23 years ago. But weather never allowed me to catch it. I tried last night as you did and thick haze made it impossible. The M2III 6.55 magnitude variable star just out of your FOV lit up the haze something awful wiping out the galaxy. So I tried tonight but again that haze returned. Not as bad but making a mess of the color data. Snow tomorrow in the forecast. Maybe I'll get it eventually.

Looks like you have a good start on the luminance frames at least.

Rick


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