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#976 claudioarchi

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 08:38 PM

This is my first attempt to DSO AP.

 

Done with a WO ZenithStar 81 APO a field flattener and a DSLR Canon 450D with CLS light polution filter. Using SGP , PHD 2 for guiding and Photoshop for editing the image. All from my light polluted backyard In Montreal Canada.

 

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 https://www.astrobin.com/408892/?nc=user

 

Comments and critics are welcome

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 10:36 AM

Good morning.  Here's my first attempt at an astro image.  It's Messier 5 and I photographed it 6/8 from my backyard in Massachusetts.  I know it's not great, but it's the 1st time I've gotten all my equipment to work together and actually produce an image.  I'm pretty excited about doing more and getting better.  I've learned so much from reading posts here on CN, as well as various other websites and books.   

 

I used an Orion ED80 with a reducer/flattener on a Sirius mount with a Canon T6.  Captured with NINA and edited with DSS and Photoshop. 

 

30x60 second lights, 20 darks, 20 bias, no flats (still working on that), unguided (still working on getting that up and running too)

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 02:50 PM

First attempt as more of a “I wonder if I can take a photo with my iPad”.

Taken last night June 11th 2019. 

Celestron c6-Rgt w Explore Scientific 15mm w Orion Variable Polarizing Moon 1.25" Filter

 

Wish I had a 2” filter, that would have been easier to get the whole moon that was visible. 

 

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Posted 23 June 2019 - 12:59 AM

My first try at Jupiter a couple of days after I got my Nexstar 6se.  Not sure how, but I stumbled upon some good settings in Registax and Autostakkert.

 

Attached File  My First Jupiter.bmp   343.74KB   51 downloads


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Posted 23 June 2019 - 01:00 AM

Not sure why it won't post my pic.  



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Posted 28 June 2019 - 12:14 PM

Here is my first astrophotograph! Let me know what are the first things that should be improved. Thanks!
 
M16

 

Edit: Here is my gear and durations:

 

Imaging telescope or lens: Explore Scientific 80mm ED TRIPLET APO

Imaging camera: ZWO ASI 1600MC-Pro Cool

Mount: Celestron AVX

Guiding telescope or lens: ZWO OAG

Guiding camera: ZWO ASI 120 mini

Software: Adobe Photoshop CC, PixInsight

Filters: ZWO 1.25" 7nm SII,  ZWO 1.25" 7nm OIII,  ZWO 1.25" 7nm Ha

Accessories: Explore Scientific 2" Field Flattener,  ZWO Off-Axis Guider,  ZWO Filter Wheel 1.25", 8slot, Electric

 

ZWO 1.25" 7nm Ha: 15x300" -20C bin 1x1
ZWO 1.25" 7nm OIII: 20x300" -20C bin 1x1
ZWO 1.25" 7nm SII: 30x300" -20C bin 1x1

 

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 9.00 (Brooklyn)


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Posted 28 June 2019 - 02:54 PM

All, please post as much information as possible with your image.

 

Example:

 

  • Camera... DSLR, Cooled color, or mono
  • Number of images and how long they were
  • Did you take darks, bias, and flats? If so, how many of each.
  • Settings used on the camera i.e. the ISO or Gain
  • Filters if any
  • Guided or unguided.

Any and all of this information will help those wishing to give you advice be more accurate in their assessment.


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Posted 28 June 2019 - 04:58 PM

Here are my first astrophotos, and my first attempts at using FireCapture, AutoStakkert and Registax.  I have much to learn.  Processing the Registax wavelets felt like pure trial and error.
 
jup_003455_lapl4_ap34_rotated_cropped.jpg
400 images stacked
 
 
Sat_010226_lapl4_ap18.jpg  Sat_005240_rgb_align_lapl4_ap27_1.jpg
400 images stacked
 
Is a grainy photo with more detail/contrast preferable to a more natural looking photo with less detail?
 
 
Moon_012305_lapl4_ap1431_try2.jpg
300 images stacked
 
Photos were taken on 6/21/19.
No darks/flats
I took a few darks with the intention of using them during processing, but I can't seem to find where they were saved to.shrug.gif
 
Celestron Nexstar 127 SLT
ASI224mc
ZWO UV/IR Cut filter
 
GSO 0.5 reducer was used on the moon photo.

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#984 evilstarship

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Posted 01 July 2019 - 07:10 AM

m5_stack.jpg

 

m5 with the new scope: a Saxon ED80 refractor. And a ZWO ASI224MC and HEQ5

Only photo I got with it on the weekend due to clouds and weather being so cold out that it surprised me by fogging up the lens (and scope now has a thick sock around it to keep it warm!) 

Also trying out star deconvolution in PixInsight


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Posted 03 July 2019 - 12:49 PM

I finally made my first attempts last Saturday night.  Here is M101 and M3 shot through my Orion Short Tube 80/Nikon D5300/Celestron AVX setup.  I processed them with DSS and Astro Pixel Processor.  Not that great, but it's a starting point.  I don't have a field flattener to there's a lot of curvature.  I'll look into getting one when I upgrade my scope.  I also don't know much about processing so lot's of room for improvement there.  I also shot M94 and included it in my album, but it's small in that scope.  Looking forward to shooting a lot more subs next time along with maybe flats and bias to see if there's an improvement.  
 
DSSM101 Finished
M101 - 12 lights x 30 seconds unguided, 8 darks
 
DSSM3 Finished

M3 - 8 lights x 30 seconds unguided, 8 darks


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Posted 08 July 2019 - 05:57 PM

My first deep sky photo. I took 30 2 minute exposures at 1600 iso, and only got 8 useable. There seems to be some movement in the mount i have to track down, or maybe everytime I touched the camera remote it moved? I'll get it tracked down. 10 flats, 10 darks, 10 biases, deep sky stacker, photoshop, Canon T5, ES ED80CF, flattener, CG-4 mount with RA drive, Bortle 4 (Java, NY), moon was still up.

 

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Posted 09 July 2019 - 10:53 AM

 

I finally made my first attempts last Saturday night.  Here is M101 and M3 shot through my Orion Short Tube 80/Nikon D5300/Celestron AVX setup.  I processed them with DSS and Astro Pixel Processor.  Not that great, but it's a starting point.  I don't have a field flattener to there's a lot of curvature.  I'll look into getting one when I upgrade my scope.  I also don't know much about processing so lot's of room for improvement there.  I also shot M94 and included it in my album, but it's small in that scope.  Looking forward to shooting a lot more subs next time along with maybe flats and bias to see if there's an improvement.  
 
 
M101 - 12 lights x 30 seconds unguided, 8 darks
 
 

M3 - 8 lights x 30 seconds unguided, 8 darks

 

Try using a 2X barlow to increase your magnification by a factor of two. Your objects will appear larger and with more detail.



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Posted 10 July 2019 - 09:21 PM

My very first night out with a telescope.

 

We finally got a clear night last Sunday here in North Idaho.  I decided to make a stab at the Eastern Veil Nebula.  This is a total of twenty subs at 240 seconds each.  The hardware is:

 

 

https://www.astrobin.com/414703/

 

I am officially hooked!  You can blame videos by Trevor Jones at Astro Backyard for causing my addiction.  I used SGP, DSS to stack, and Photoshop to process.

 

NGC6992 Reduced Size.jpg


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Posted 12 July 2019 - 10:07 AM

Try using a 2X barlow to increase your magnification by a factor of two. Your objects will appear larger and with more detail.

I will!  Thank you for the advice



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Posted 17 July 2019 - 08:23 PM

My first image. My camera came in the mail yesterday and I wanted to give it a try.  Easiest target was the moon so I aimed for that.  Equipment used: TeleVue TV-60, with Risingcam IMX287 color imager using Risingsky software to capture and Autostakkert to stack.  I did not use a filter when taking the image, but was able to clean it up with a trial version of Affinity Photo.  I also tried to get Jupiter last night but due to not really knowing how to use the Risingsky software I wasnt able to dial in the camera enough.  Tonight I will try something different, maybe see if I can get it working right.

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Posted 24 July 2019 - 07:57 AM

My first DSO photo. The brightest part of the Crescent Nebula towards the top right is barely visible as a faint red arc.

 

Crescent Nebula region 60s single frame
 
Skywatcher 200P with 2x barlow and Canon 5D MkIII DSLR.

Image in gallery reduced in size to 50% of original.

60sec exposure at ISO6400
 
Interestingly I was advised not drop the 2x barlow as it is eating too much light for my camera and motor drive combination. I hoped for so much more from this night of shooting.
Other advice already given is the stop using the telescope and just put my camera on the mount until I've learned how to take deep sky photos. I had been wanting to also try that on the night I took this but it got light 2 hours after it got dark as it was so close to the Summer solstice when I got my first really clear dark night and took this.

 



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Posted 24 July 2019 - 02:22 PM

Hi All,

 

Here are my first attempts at Saturn and Jupiter that I took last night. These were taken with an old Moto G4 Plus using the stock android camera app mounted to my 114mm scope using a 2x barlow and a 20mm eye piece. I had focus at infinity, and ISO at 100 for Jupiter and 200 for Saturn. The Jupiter shot is the result of the best 20% of roughly 900 individual images stacked and adjusted via Registax. Saturn is the same but I only took about 100 images. I did not use any guidance. I was really happy with how they turned out for what I used and it being my first attempt. Hope you like them. 

 

 

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Posted 24 July 2019 - 04:42 PM

Hi All,

 

Here are my first attempts at Saturn and Jupiter that I took last night. These were taken with an old Moto G4 Plus using the stock android camera app mounted to my 114mm scope using a 2x barlow and a 20mm eye piece. I had focus at infinity, and ISO at 100 for Jupiter and 200 for Saturn. The Jupiter shot is the result of the best 20% of roughly 900 individual images stacked and adjusted via Registax. Saturn is the same but I only took about 100 images. I did not use any guidance. I was really happy with how they turned out for what I used and it being my first attempt. Hope you like them. 

It's very satisfying getting your own images of the planets.

Can I suggest you try stacking in Autostakkert rather than in Registax. You may find it gives a better result. You can then import the image into Registax to do the final wavelets adjustment.

 

You can't guarantee what difference it'll make, but this is the difference it made to my Saturn image (Imaged on a modified webcam using a 127mm Mak)

 

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Posted 24 July 2019 - 09:44 PM

It's very satisfying getting your own images of the planets.

Can I suggest you try stacking in Autostakkert rather than in Registax. You may find it gives a better result. You can then import the image into Registax to do the final wavelets adjustment.

 

You can't guarantee what difference it'll make, but this is the difference it made to my Saturn image (Imaged on a modified webcam using a 127mm Mak)

 

attachicon.gif AutoStakkert vs Registax.png

Thanks for the tip. I will try it out. 



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Posted 24 July 2019 - 10:42 PM

My first actual image with my one month old telescope. It's certainly not the best but it's all mine and I'm pretty pleased for a first try. Wish I captured the moons... maybe next time.

 

Time: 7/24/2019 ~9:30pm EST (01:30 UTC)

  Very average seeing conditions...lots of turbulence.

  ~28 deg. elevation

Telescope: NexStar 6SE

Imager: Canon T2i

  ~2 minute movie made in Crop Mode (640x480 ~60 fps)

   Converted the MOV to AVI using PIPP

   Stacked 35% of the images in AutoStakkert

   Made a few tweaks in Registax 6

 

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 10:10 AM

My first attempt. Used a 10” Apertura Dob and Canon EOS. This was with the shutter speed at 1/100 and ISO at 1600. Increased contrast and saturation using windows software. (Wife has photoshop on hers). Will give stacking a shot at some point.

The scope was terrible out of balance, I need to make a temporary counterweight. This was one of the better photos.

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 04:10 PM

Wow, amazing for a single image. I haven't figured out the right combination of camera settings yet to take a single frame. Definitely give the video a shot... it's not that hard and the software is free. I figured it out in an evening with the help of Youtube. For a test run I used my setup during the day and focused no a neighbors house. It helped me understand the process before wasting time at night.



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Posted 28 July 2019 - 12:04 AM

Well, I’ve tried video. Had to fight with lenses and filters to get the lighting right since my T3 won’t let me set ISO for video. Converted about 90 seconds of .mov to .MPG, opened in Registax...nothing. It just sits there.


*grumbles*

I was able to stack single frames but without a very large number it was pretty pointless. I only had groups of 6 or so.


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Posted 28 July 2019 - 12:11 AM

Also had the ISO set way to high. Got some better ones tonight but still having trouble getting the program to run.


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Posted 29 July 2019 - 04:52 PM

So I've had my scope for about two months, had to build a base for it before being able to use it. then got a few things like a 2x barlow . took me a little while to figure out my spacing with the Barlow and without for attaching my old camera. (Nikon D200). I live in an area with a lot of light pollution so seeing deep sky is almost out of the question unless there is crystal clear air (wind moving north) then I may be able to see m21 I live just below Baltimore, MD so not there is not only light pollution but also pollution from the factories. The only thing to see clearly is the moon do here's my first shot of anything since 1985. this is through the Orion 10' f3.9, GSO 2" 2x ED Barlow with 30mm screw in extension and zero profile adaptor to my Nikon D200.

 

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