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#7376 39.1N84.5W

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Posted 26 March 2019 - 09:29 PM

Jellyfish with live Hubble palette in Starlight live software. Ultrastar mono camera, 8"f4 newt, dark applied, binned 2x2, 30 sec subs, rgb as follow: sii 10...h 10... o 10.

 

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 01:05 PM

After saying goodbye to the loaned ASI ZWO 183, I was pleasantly surprised yet again on how well the little LodestarX2 performs. I do however miss the resolution, and smaller stars and features I can pick out from the 183. 

 

Target Messier 99

Telescope: Explore Scientific 8" f3.9 Newt
Camera: Lodestar X2 Mono
Filter: LPS1
Software: StarLight Live (Save as viewed)
Exposures: Bottom of all images.
NO POST PROCESSING

 

 

 

 

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 01:07 PM

Target Messier 88
Telescope: Explore Scientific 8" f3.9 Newt
Camera: Lodestar X2 Mono
Filter: LPS1
Software: StarLight Live (Save as viewed)
Exposures: Bottom of all images.
NO POST PROCESSING

 

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 01:09 PM


Target NGC 4535
Telescope: Explore Scientific 8" f3.9 Newt
Camera: Lodestar X2 Mono
Filter: LPS1
Software: StarLight Live (Save as viewed)
Exposures: Bottom of all images.
NO POST PROCESSING

 

NGC_4535_2019.3.26_22.55.43.png


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Posted 31 March 2019 - 09:27 PM

The lodestar and ultrastar really cut through light pollution. Nice grabs!

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Posted 01 April 2019 - 11:28 PM

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Captured the jet in M87 last week while doing a university astronomy lab for students at our club observatory.  Used a Mallincam Extreme on a C14 @F2.8 and a stack of 3 twenty-five second exposures stacked in Miloslick.  No post processing.

 


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Posted 01 April 2019 - 11:47 PM

I FINALLY got a sky after 2.5 months of clouds and misery in this wild winter. 

 

Celestron Edge 11

CGX EQ Mount

ASI183 Color Pro

Mallincam x.50 reducer

PHD2 Guided

SharpCap 3.2

No darks or flats

40" Panasonic Plasma TV with active shutter 3D glasses (absolute astonishing views with that setup)

 

Most of these shots were at a gain of 350, binning 2, brightness about 2/3rds, auto white balance, histogram in the Goldilocks zone to eliminate noise, 25-40 second exposures. Saved as viewed and cropped. These and four other objects were all shot in one night. On the 3D plasma, I spent 20-30 minutes each ogling at these beauties. A great night of viewing. Sorry for the usual suspects, but I'm still working on my technique with this camera. I have a lot of captures at www.spacestreams.com, if interested.

 

Black-Eyed Galaxy

 

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M82

 

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Needle Galaxy

 

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M106

 

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Whirlpool Galaxy

 

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Whale Galaxy

 

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Posted 04 April 2019 - 10:08 AM

jdaliix: Those are some amazing images!



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Posted 04 April 2019 - 03:54 PM

jdaliix: Those are some amazing images!

Thank you. For posting here, obviously I can make them look better by adjusting the black levels, but to contribute to this thread I think it's most instructive just to present as viewed. However, and this is a rather sizable caveat, the view on the plasma TV is WAY beyond these in breathtaking quality, mainly because of the TV's adjustments. 



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Posted 05 April 2019 - 02:33 PM

hello to all...Cruising through the gallery pages I discovered some images  taken with various smaller setups. More research turned up various threads with Errol, Hiten and others  posting  images [ often nebula] taken with smaller equipment ...ST80, 50mm guide scope, a small travel scope  and 135mm lens...using  various filter combinations including Ha.  Errol even has a specific thread dedicated to nebula images and the 135mm lens using Ha filter.  With tutoring primarily from  Errol,  [astrotripleplus] i was able to put together a 135mm Chinon lens- ASI 290 MM setup and make an attempt at some wide field nebula EAA. Because the other threads are so old I thought it best to place this image of the Rosette [ NGC 2244] here...Thanks to all and especially Errol.. I hope this might motivate some of you to make a try with  wide field Ha imaging using old camera lens setups. 51- 8s exposures for a total time of 408s, ASI 290MM mounted on a 135MM Chinon lens, Sharpcap 3.2 pro..the FOV calculated at 2.4 X 1.35

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 07:15 AM

Very nice job, Herschel; looking good. Were you using the #29 filter  that we discussed (rather than a H-alpha filter) for this capture?



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Posted 06 April 2019 - 01:26 PM

Yes indeed ........and as you predicted the #29 and IR/UV performed well

 

Don’t have a Ha filter yet....pricy ...and with Orion no longer making theirs  I will keep looking on the used market 

 

thanks again Errol...I would like to think the quality of my image is a reflection  of the quality of your tutoring and your willingness to share your experience with all of us here 

 

all the best

 

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 02:12 PM

Yes indeed ........and as you predicted the #29 and IR/UV performed well

 

Don’t have a Ha filter yet....pricy ...and with Orion no longer making theirs  I will keep looking on the used market 

 

thanks again Errol...I would like to think the quality of my image is a reflection  of the quality of your tutoring and your willingness to share your experience with all of us here 

 

all the best

 

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Herschel,

 

Thanks for your kind words, but you are  off to a great start and I think you deserve 99% of the credit! 



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Posted 06 April 2019 - 05:15 PM

Can a red #29 work as well as an H-a filter? At what nanometer is a Red #29 filter?



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Posted 07 April 2019 - 08:00 AM

Hello David

 

a more specific answer from Errol or Jim T would be valuable. My short lay answer is no it can not . The range width in a #29-IR/UV stack  is approximately 620-700. So I call mine a poor man’s setup. With a #29 priced at $13 it is a less expensive way to get your feet wet in Ha. 

 

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 11:32 AM

I have used #29 red filter with monochrome mode. It cuts through light pollution like a hot knife through butter. cool.gif


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Posted 07 April 2019 - 11:39 AM

I went out last night under less than perfect skies to try out my new Nexstar 6SE and QHY 5-III 224MC camera. The new camera did not work like I expected it work (biased by a few years of ASI224MC usage), so I went with my ASI294MC camera and 0.5 reducer, making my scope 6" F/5. I also used a 2" UHC filter and 2" UV/IR block filter as well. Conditions were fine until 12am when the skies turned murky, my laptop computer battery was drained and my corrector plate dewed up. So rather than plug in my laptop 12vdc cable to the car 12vdc port, I decided to hoof it back home.

 

Here are the pics I captured with my new Nexstar 6SE F/5, UHC and UV/IR block filters, 0.5 reducer, ASI294MC camera, SharpCap 3.2 Pro and screen captures, with no post processing, other than to convert to JPEG and annotate. There is some minor vignetting in some of the pics, this is because the image circle of the Nexstar 6 is smaller than the sensor of the 294MC camera.

 

NGC 3242, Ghost of Jupiter planetary nebula in Hydra, 64x4s, 300 gain, 1x1 bin, 100% zoom

n3242  64x4s 300gain 1x1bin 100 zoom.jpg

 

NGC 2392, the Eskimo nebula in Gemini, 60x4s, 300 gain, 1x1 bin, 100% zoom

n2392 300gain 1x1bin 60x4s 100 zoom no trail.jpg

 

NGC 2371/2372, planetary nebula in Gemini, 71x8s, 400 gain, 1x1 bin, 100% zoom

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Abell 33, planetary nebula in Hydra, 40x15s, 450 gain, 2x2 bin, 75% zoom

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M42, the Great Orion nebula, 52x6s, 300 gain, 4x4 bin, 16% zoom

m42 52x6s auto zoom bin4x4 300 gain large.jpg

 

 

 

 


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Posted 07 April 2019 - 01:36 PM

David...The trials and tribulations of new setups !

 

a worthwhile effort though!

 

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 09:54 AM

M 87 - can you see the black hole?

 

Evo 8 @ f/5 with ZWO ASI290MM

20 x 8 s

 

M 87_ZWO ASI290MM(53045621)_Stack 20 frames_Tot.Exp. 160s_2019-03-31T23_50_26__160s.jpg


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Posted 20 April 2019 - 10:45 PM

I was out Wednesday night under average transparency skies. It was cool outside, around 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Nearly full Moon at 92%.

 

I used my Nexstar 8 OTA on my iOptron ZEQ25 mount, ZWO ASI294MC using ROI to avoid vignetting and using an F/5 reducer, SharpCap3.2 Pro, Toshiba laptop with screen capture. I did all my non-processing on the fly. I tweaked the color saturation so as to not show the vignetting, adjusted the black, mid and white levels to clean up the noise and adjusted the gain and frame exposure to get the subs. Here are a few of my results:

 

NGC 2903, 2x2 bin, 365 gain, 112x8s, 2072x1410

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M13, 300 gain, 1x1 bin, 1x8s, 2072 x 1410

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M106, 450 gain, 3x3 bin, 25x15s, 3104 x 2116

m106 450gain 3104x2116 25x15s 3x3bin.jpg

 

 

 


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Posted 21 April 2019 - 11:10 AM

David....thanks for the tutorial on how to handle a bright moon...very informative ..interesting how the best shaped stars are with 450 gain and 3x3 bin.....I need to have  a think about that 

 

well done 

 

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Posted 25 April 2019 - 12:34 AM

Got out for an abbreviated session last night. These were the best of the tour.

 

Celestron Edge 11

CGX EQ Mount

ASI183 Color Pro

Mallincam x.50 reducer

Hyperstar

PHD2 Guided

SharpCap 3.2

No darks or flats

40" Panasonic Plasma TV with active shutter 3D glasses (absolute astonishing views with that setup)

Clear dark skies

 

These captures were at a gain of 370, binning 2, brightness about 1/3rd, histogram in the Goldilocks zone to limit noise, 15-40 second exposures. Saved as viewed and cropped. On the 3D plasma TV, I again spent 20-30 minutes each ogling at these beauties, or I'd have had more in the tour. I have a lot of captures at www.spacestreams.com, if interested.

 

Markarian Chain - Hyperstar // I count 23-24 galaxies in the view

 

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M87 - thought I'd take a crack at it

 

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Leo Triplet - Hyperstar

 

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M3 - what a beauty

 

m312k.jpg

 

M66 - a work in progress

 

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Posted 25 April 2019 - 01:25 PM

With the warm nights here and the rain gone I have reopened the Observatory. smile.gif

 

Markarian's Chain using Lodestar X2 mono, Starlight Live v3.3, GSO .5 reducer, skyglow filter on my AT60.

 

M46 using Lodestar X2 mono, Starlight Live v3.3, Meade 3.3 reducer, skyglow filter on my C8.

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Posted 25 April 2019 - 04:00 PM

Very nice to see you are still using the LX2 mono, Joe. Great stuff.


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Posted 25 April 2019 - 06:10 PM

I keep thinking I should try a different camera but I am spoiled with the ease of use of the LX2 and Starlight Live v3.3.


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