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Astrophotography and Sketching >> Beginning and Intermediate Imaging

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Charlie HeinAdministrator

Reged: 11/02/03

Loc: 26.06.08N, +80.23.08W
Dec13 Intermediate DSO Challenge Poll
      #6294607 - 01/05/14 07:09 PM

Who has brought us the best B33, the Horsehead Nebula? Vote for your favorite from the following entries:


IC 434 Horsehead Nebula

Location: Alabama bortle sky 5.0
Dates: Nov. 2, 2013
Frames: 24x300"
Integration: 2.0 hours
Imaging telescopes or lenses: StellarVue 115mm APO Refractor
Imaging cameras: Canon 60 Da DSLR
Mounts: Losmandy G11 Gemini II
Software: PixInsight, Photoshop CS, BinaryRivers BackyardEOS
Accessories: Orion ST80 80 MM, Stellarvue Field Flatterner


Here is my attempt.


Object: IC434 / Horsehead Nebula in Orion
Location: Enfield, NS Canada
Date: November 24th/25th/26th, 2013
Camera: Canon XSi / 450D Gary Honis Full Spectrum modified
Filter: Astronomik 12nm Hydrogen Alpha
Telescope: Orion 8" F4 Astrograph
Mount: Celestron CGEM
Guiding: Celestron 80mm Guidescope with an Orion Starshoot Autoguider.
Focusing: Rigel nStep ASCOM stepper Focus Motor
12 Darks, 25 Bias and 25 Flats
Subs_RGB: 81x120s(2hr32m)
88 Darks, 25 Bias and 25 Flats
Acquired with: BackyardEOS 3
Processing: DSS
Post-Processing: Pixinsight 1.8 RC7 Ha blend in Photoshop CC


My entry - thanks for looking

Scope: Explore Scientific AR-102 achromat
Mount: Atlas EQ-g
Camera: Stock Canon T1-i, with Baader Semi-APO filter, no guiding
Exposure: 51 minutes (51x60sec)
Processed with DSS, PS/Carbonis tools, Noiseware, final tweak with FastStone

Taken Christmas night, 2013, from Cloyd's Mountain, Pulaski County, Va, temp:24 deg. F.

Bigger version here: AP Gallery Page


Here is my submission. Please view the full size image in the link below. Thanks for looking.

Date: 12/23/2013
Location: The George Observatory - Brazos Bend State Park, Texas
Scope: AstroTech 72ED
Mount: Celestron AVX
Camera: Canon Rebel XT (350D) w/Baader Mod
Guiding: QHY5L-II/Orion Mini 50mm/PHD
Capture: Backyard EOS
Processing: DeepSkyStacker/StarTools
35 x 4 min @ 400 ISO
Darks & Flats & Dark Flats
AstroTech 2" Field Flattener

Click here to see full size image


Date Taken: 11/30/2013
Location: Southeast South Dakota
Telescope: Orion Skyview 6” f/5
Mount: Celestron GT-5
Camera: Nikon D5100 unmodified
Unguided 65X50 second exposures at 2000 ISO (54Min)
Stacked with DSS
Post Processing: Photoshop Elements
Also 7 Darks, No Bias or Flats

This one could be better with more time and if I HAD USED A COMA CORRECTGOR.
Cloudy Nights is a great site and there are some very talented people here.

Which image wins?
Users may choose only one (26 total votes)
3 11%
7 26%
1 03%
15 57%
0 0%

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Reged: 01/26/06

Loc: Enfield, NS Canada
Re: Dec13 Intermediate DSO Challenge Poll new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #6304136 - 01/10/14 12:49 PM

Well done Jeff, the two Jeff's

I was close, I can't even get close in the beginner. Guess I will stay here.

Nice shot!

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Carpal Tunnel

Reged: 01/01/13

Loc: Sugar Land, TX
Re: Dec13 Intermediate DSO Challenge Poll new [Re: Magellan]
      #6304453 - 01/10/14 03:12 PM

Wow. I did not realize the voting was over so soon. Nice job everyone. Jeff D., I honestly thought you were going to take it.

Charlie, for the next challenge target how about M81 and M82.

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Charlie HeinAdministrator

Reged: 11/02/03

Loc: 26.06.08N, +80.23.08W
Re: Dec13 Intermediate DSO Challenge Poll new [Re: Jeff2011]
      #6305664 - 01/11/14 08:41 AM

Got it, congrats!

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