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#1001 Stargazer3236

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Posted 29 July 2019 - 07:19 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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If you can, purchase the Optolong L-eNhance filter, about $229. That will allow you to image in the light pollution you live in. I bought mine last week and used it successfully two nights ago with my Orion 120ST refractor. I live just outside Boston, MA and the sky is a Bortle 6/7 here, can only see the stars of the constellations and not much else. Here is a pic taken with the L-eNhance filter with my refractor:

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Posted 31 July 2019 - 07:35 PM

If you can, purchase the Optolong L-eNhance filter, about $229. That will allow you to image in the light pollution you live in. I bought mine last week and used it successfully two nights ago with my Orion 120ST refractor. I live just outside Boston, MA and the sky is a Bortle 6/7 here, can only see the stars of the constellations and not much else. Here is a pic taken with the L-eNhance filter with my refractor:

I bought a 2" UHC filter and a Baader MPCC mk III just after taking this photo, when my back gets better I'll take out the scope again and try it with the UHC filter and the Baader.  The L-eNhance will need to wait for another paycheck with double-time in it. I'm currently in process of designing a tracking mount using SolidWorks 3D to fit my needs. Thanks for the tip.



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Posted 01 August 2019 - 10:12 AM

I'm more than impressed with the images in this thread; I'll toss mine in the ring, nevertheless. These were taken in the same observing session, about an hour apart. Both were taken with a Celestron 9.25" from an urban location (my driveway) between 0224Z and 0330Z on 12July. Seeing was only fair.

 

Clavius was taken at f/20, 30 fps. I stacked 1106 of 1475 frames for Clavius using AS3!, and processed using RegiStax V6 (rwv settings 59.5, 1, 1, 1, 1, 68.5; default denoise and sharpen). Photo taken 12/0224Z.

 

For Jupiter, I stacked 250 of 500 frames at f/10 (30 fps), with RS settings (D-S-P) of: 0.55, 0.120, 48.4; 0.45, 0.120, 58.9; 0.60, 0.140, 59.5; 0.00, 0.100, 60.1; 0.55, 0.140, 69.9; 0.65, 0.160, 41.1. Photo taken 12/0325Z.

 

I know the thread is not intended for comments, but I would welcome comments, suggestions, constructive criticism via PM - thanks!

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Posted 04 August 2019 - 06:38 PM

2nd attempt at planetary imaging. I improved a lot (I think so, anyway) between the first shot of Jupiter (two nights earlier). I did a little reading and figured out how to configure with my 2x Barlow. This nights targets were Jupiter and Saturn.

 

MVI 6437 pipp G4 ap361 conv Reg6v2

Time: 7/26/2019 9:48pm EST (01:48 UTC)
Average seeing conditions...not to turbulent, low transparency (light pollution).
28.5 deg. elevation
Telescope: NexStar 6SE, no Barlow, no EP (prime)
Imager: Canon T2i
Jupiter MVI_6437 (6,603 frames/110 sec)
Movie Crop Mode (640x480 ~60 fps)
Shutter 1/83
ISO 1600
Processing:
Converted the MOV to AVI using PIPP
Stacked 50% of the images in AutoStakkert
Made a few tweaks in Registax 6

 

MVI 6465 pipp G4 ap178 conv Reg6
Time: 7/26/2019 10:53pm EST (02:53 UTC)
Average seeing conditions...not to turbulent, low transparency (light pollution).
26.5 deg. elevation
Telescope: NexStar 6SE, 45 deg diag, 2x Celestron Barlow, no EP (prime)
Imager: Canon T2i
Saturn MVI_6465 (7,522 frames/125 sec)
Movie Crop Mode (640x480 ~60 fps)
Shutter 1/64
ISO 3200
Processing:
Converted the MOV to AVI using PIPP
Stacked 50% of the images in AutoStakkert
Made a few tweaks in Registax 6

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 09:42 AM

Here is my first, the Summer Triangle with Saturn lurking to the south.

https://i.imgur.com/VgoQFp5.jpg

Fuji X-E3
Rokinon 10mm
F2.8 @ ISO 1200
30 second exposure from LX85 mount

I did my first imaging session with 120" images at ISO 400, but made mistake in JPG format, not RAW. So I will dump them and start over.

This was only a single test image for framing. I tweaked in Photoshop. I need to find a PS tutorial, I am not sure what I am supposed to be doing. I just tried to make it look pleasing.

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 03:25 PM

Here's my very first attempt at AP last week (and astronomy in general since I was a kid). This is about 40 stacked, each 25 secs ISO 6400 (b/c my tracking isn't there yet). I'm also currently using a camera not able to be controlled from software, which is a pain:

 

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EdgeHD 8"

AVX

Nikon D3300


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#1007 BurningChrome99

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 07:01 PM

Not my first astro photo, just the first I'm willing to share here and the first I!ve taken all the way through processing. Started with EAA about 6 months ago. since been learning my equipment, pixinsight, how to deal with walking noise, how to manage my mount, etc...  Got 77 minutes on M20, Gain 0 60s exposures, processed though pixinsight (with help from inside pix insight) here is the result:

 

48507055092_634f36f932_b.jpgM20 080819 Final2 by Ric Soard, on Flickr

 

Capture ZWO ASI224MC
Tracking ZWO ASI120MC-S
Scope 8" f/3.9 Orion Astrograph
Guide scope 60x215 (I think)
Mount Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G
Captured with Sharpcap 3
Processed with PixInsight


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#1008 SandyC8

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 11:24 AM

Here is my first AP photo..

 

7/24/2019 2AM

Gallatin TN

Bortle 5-6

Atlas

EQMOD/ASCOM

PHD2

Polemaster

WO GT-71

-8 reducer flattner.

Nikon 5300 modded

APT

25 180' subs

Edited (as best I could) in APP

Finished up in Lightroom

 

Comments?

 

I'm hooked.....

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#1009 knight_parn

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 03:31 PM

Going back to the first type of DSOs I took, globular clusters, this time M15 in Pegasus.

 

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Edited by knight_parn, 26 August 2019 - 03:36 PM.

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#1010 mikezambo

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 11:44 AM

Not exactly my first but the first that actually looks like something recognizable and nothing went terribly wrong.

M16

Celestron C8

.63 flattener

ASI294MC pro

AVX

Sharpcap

no guiding

83 15 second light

1 dark

1 flat

 

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#1011 TelescopeGreg

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 01:49 PM

Nicely done, especially unguided.

 

You might check the distance between your flattener and the camera.  The stars around the outside all seem to be very slightly stretched sideways, all perpendicular to the center.  I seem to recall a post recently talking about this effect.  Too close they're stretched one way, too far they are stretched the other.  Or maybe it was for Reducers (vs flattener - they're different).  Can't find it, though.



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Posted 29 August 2019 - 02:05 PM

Thanks. Yeah, I noticed that also but am happy to finally have something that looks like something. I thought it was collimation but checked that and it seemed close. It probably is what you said. Thanks for the tip. The stars also bloated when it stretched the data. Lot to learn but nice to have a small victory.

#1013 Xilman

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Posted 30 August 2019 - 06:06 AM

Here's the first from my new camera, a SX Trius 814, attached to a 400mm Dilworth.  The old SBIG-8 died over 2 months ago and it took a long time to replace it.

 

The blobby thing on the left is a greatly over exposed M57 so you can't see the ring.  However, you can see the very faint and low-contrast outer shell of the planetary nebula, something quite uncommon on published images.

 

The face-on barred spiral center is 15th magnitude IC1296.  Its nucleus is slightly burnt out; this was a deliberate choice as I wanted to show the H-II regions and a star-forming area.

 

Follow the line from M57 through IC1296 for about half their separation, and you come to a faint spiral galaxy called 2MASX J18530959+3305385.  It's around mag 17, rather red, and has a bright nucleus.  On the image it's an elongated oval orientated at about the 2 o'clock - 8 o'clock position.  The nucleus is visible in the center; the other brightish point at the 8 o'clock end of the oval is  a foreground star.  All these objects are well seen in the DSS2 images available through http://http://aladin....fr/AladinLite/

 

 

Not visible in the DSS2 is a 18th magnitude star; the limiting magnitude of my image is below 20.5, so something is odd.  No minor planets are in the vicinity.  The J2000 coordinates are 18:53:03 +33:07:25

 

It's slightly tricky to describe where it is on the image, so to be certain you've spotted it correctly, compare this image with that at Aladin.  However, here's my attempt at star-hopping (in reality, galaxy hopping).  At 2 o'clock direction from 2MASX J18530959+3305385 (i.e. along the long axis of the galaxy) move a distance equal to that between it and IC1296.  You will come to a pair of bright stars.  The fainter and right-most has a curious fish-hook shaped curl of 6 stars above it.  The brighter, left-most one, has four close neighbors, one at 11 o'clock and a triangle at 5 o'clock.  Of that triangle, the second-brightest star is closest to the bright star indicated.  That is the one missing from the DSS2.

 

Follow-up comments are not allowed, it seems, but if anyone (a mod?) can suggest how and where further discussion can take place, that would be much appreciated.

 

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Posted 31 August 2019 - 10:51 AM

These photos my first photos with my new VX mount  were both taken  from a Astrotech 8" F/4 and a Canon Rebel T5 camera.  I did have a lot of trouble aligning my telescope the first time, do finally i just decided to just take some pics.

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#1015 Himal Bhandari

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 01:26 AM

this is my first photo of a moon taken through Mayflower 814 with a handheld smartphone over the eyepiece.

ISO-125 

Exposure time- 1/60 sec

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 02:46 PM

This is my first view of M43 this summer. Just coming over the tops of the trees at 5AM. I took about a hundred lights of 45 seconds at iso 1600 with my Sony A6500 on the Astrotech 72.   Darks, bias ,flats and dark flats.  Stacked with DSS and developed with Star tools. No filters or guiding. I have a Skyguider pro mount.

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Posted 02 September 2019 - 02:27 PM

My first astrophoto.  M31 Andromeda Galaxy

 

Canon T6 (1300D)

Explore Scientific ED80

Celestron AVX mount

Unguided

7 60 second subs at ISO 800

Stacked with DSS

Edited in Photoshop

Taken in Mercer County NJ - lots of light pollution!

First time using a GEM or this telescope.

 

Not very good, but I'm happy that I can see some dust lanes and make out M110 and M32

 

 

 

M31 60 sec iso800 processed small.jpg


Edited by Northrim, 02 September 2019 - 02:29 PM.

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Posted 02 September 2019 - 02:32 PM

My first astrophoto.  M31 Andromeda Galaxy

 

Canon T6 (1300D)

Explore Scientific ED80

Celestron AVX mount

Unguided

7 60 second subs at ISO 800

Stacked with DSS

Edited in Photoshop

Taken in Mercer County NJ - lots of light pollution!

First time using a GEM or this telescope.

 

Not very good, but I'm happy that I can see some dust lanes and make out M110 and M32

 

 

 

attachicon.gif M31 60 sec iso800 processed small.jpg

Were you tracking, though?

 

Thanks...



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Posted 03 September 2019 - 04:33 AM

Here's the first from my new camera, a SX Trius 814, attached to a 400mm Dilworth.  The old SBIG-8 died over 2 months ago and it took a long time to replace it.

 

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Not visible in the DSS2 is a 18th magnitude star; the limiting magnitude of my image is below 20.5, so something is odd.  No minor planets are in the vicinity.  The J2000 coordinates are 18:53:03 +33:07:25

 

It's slightly tricky to describe where it is on the image, so to be certain you've spotted it correctly, compare this image with that at Aladin.  However, here's my attempt at star-hopping (in reality, galaxy hopping).  At 2 o'clock direction from 2MASX J18530959+3305385 (i.e. along the long axis of the galaxy) move a distance equal to that between it and IC1296.  You will come to a pair of bright stars.  The fainter and right-most has a curious fish-hook shaped curl of 6 stars above it.  The brighter, left-most one, has four close neighbors, one at 11 o'clock and a triangle at 5 o'clock.  Of that triangle, the second-brightest star is closest to the bright star indicated.  That is the one missing from the DSS2.

 

Follow-up comments are not allowed, it seems, but if anyone (a mod?) can suggest how and where further discussion can take place, that would be much appreciated.

I hope the mods cut me some slack on this follow-up because I want to avoid other observers wasting their valuable resources.

 

False alarm.  Others have imaged the region and seen nothing.  It is always present in my images so must be something weird about the optical train.  No other spurious objects have been found and it always appears at the same sky position regardless of where the images are centered, so perhaps its a ghost of a bright star outside the FOV.


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#1020 JacobB5

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Posted 03 September 2019 - 06:38 AM

Thought I'd give it a try. Still waiting for my new scope and tripod. I don't think I'll be trying to learn astrophotographry on a Celestron C11-S (bought used) on a CG-5 tripod.

Class 6 skies, Newport News, Virginia. Photos taken night night of the 2nd, morning of the 3rd of September 2019.

Yes, it was a loooong night.
Think I'll be working to get a petition for a park to be opened at night for this. Difficult to find a place to take these pictures in the city.

These shots were taken with a Canon T3i, Canon 75-300mm lens, F5.6, SVBONY CLS filter, SkyTracker Pro on a consumer tripod.

M7  - ISO 1600, 10 sec exposure, 42 Lights, 9 Dark, 10 Bias

M8  - ISO 3200, 15 sec exposure, 49 Lights, 21 Dark, 10 Bias
M42- ISO 1600, 30 sec exposure, 96 Lights,  18 Dark, 10 Bias, 17 Flats

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#1021 Astronut KY

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Posted 03 September 2019 - 05:36 PM

Finally got my first polar alignment maybe not great but getting better. the aligned telescope  and  got Jupiter aligned and Antares,  Then checked Saturn with a small adjustment. back to Jupiter... Then i said i am going for it, my first nebula "Eagle Nebula"   ISO 3200 10 second test shot and boom got it... so then took 6 45 second shots,  was afraid of streaks so i keep is short.  only light  no dark's or flats. focus need some work not having any luck with my focal mask.... but i am happy it will only get better from here.  hum my pic is not showing up


Edited by Astronut KY, 03 September 2019 - 05:43 PM.


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Posted 03 September 2019 - 10:15 PM

Took my first astro shot of Andromeda while at the cottage. No special gear
Fujifilm X-T3
Fujinon 50-140 @140/2.8
450 2 second exposures at 6400ISO
Stacked in Pixinsight Free trial
 
Good enough for me to get hooked on the hobby :) 
 
 
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Posted 04 September 2019 - 10:13 PM

Here is my first ever AP attempt. I took many pictures that night but this is the first I have completed post processing. 

 

DOMBBELL NEBULA - 9/2/19

CPC C11 + HYPERSTAR V3 

ZWO ASI385MC

MANUAL FOCUS VIA CELESTRON MOTOR FOCUSER

NO GUIDE

 

SHARPCAP PRO:
Gain=318
Exposure=3
Timestamp Frames=Off
White Bal (B)=87
White Bal ®=66
Brightness=102
Auto Exp Max Gain=300
Auto Exp Max Exp M S=30000
Auto Exp Target Brightness=120

NO FLATS

 

STACKED VIA SIRIL - 105 lights

IMAGING POST PROCESSING VIA TUPAZ STUDIO

 

Thanks,

ACT

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#1024 knight_parn

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Posted 05 September 2019 - 04:20 AM

Tried out some fainter objects. This is one of them, NGC6888 Crescent Nebula. The cloud rolled in half way through the night then cleared again an hour later, so the exposure time wasn't quite as much as I would have liked. Nevertheless the result is acceptable to me.

 

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Posted 05 September 2019 - 08:22 AM

Side question... probably not the right place to ask - but can an Admin ping me to update my Display Name by chance? 

Otherwise, super excited to get Jupiter with an 11" as one of my first!

 

 

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