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#1051 TonyCaf


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Posted 08 October 2019 - 07:35 PM

Nice. What were the optics used?

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 12:05 PM

First time using stacking techniques.


Celestron SLT 127mm Maksutov, ASI120MC camera, 75 second videos, stacked in AutoStakkert2 and processed with RegiStax6:





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Posted 11 October 2019 - 07:13 PM

My first image ever! So happy how it turned out!

Had alot of help from Astrobackyard for process and shooting.







70 Frames

10 Darks
30s Exposure
Telescope "Evostar ED72"
Camera Canon 800D (Unmodified)
Skyguider Pro

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Posted 13 October 2019 - 02:45 PM

This is my second try with my first data and PixInsight software. A little better but I still have so much to learn

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 04:00 PM

Just finished my first ever image! Bicolor narrowband of the Eastern Veil Nebula. Only 1.8 hours though:(

Lots of work needed, but super excited!
Eastern Veil Reduced



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Posted 14 October 2019 - 04:13 PM

Just finished my first ever image! Bicolor narrowband of the Eastern Veil Nebula. Only 1.8 hours though:(

Lots of work needed, but super excited!

That's a very nice first! Congrats!
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Posted 14 October 2019 - 08:16 PM

First time using stacking techniques.


Celestron SLT 127mm Maksutov, ASI120MC camera, 75 second videos, stacked in AutoStakkert2 and processed with RegiStax6:


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What kind of eyepieces did you used ?

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Posted 15 October 2019 - 02:22 PM

iPhone 7 held up to the eyepiece of my TeleVue Genesis SDF.  I know its over exposed on one side but not bad for a handheld shot with a phone.



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Posted 15 October 2019 - 08:08 PM

After a little bit a dabbling with my phone and telescope, this is my first real image taken. Of the Lunar Eclipse back in January. Taken in Ontario with a Pixel 2XL and an Orbiter 4000. There wasn't any processing done to this image, I do have another image that I played around with in Lightroom, but I prefer the all natural image



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Posted 17 October 2019 - 01:23 AM

I've messed around over the years with the intentions of getting into AP and never really followed through. 


I would call this my first real astrophoto where I put some effort into it and finally got all the equipment in sync and followed along somewhat with Jerry Lodriguss' beginners astro processing guide. 


Skywatcher EQ6R-Pro

Astro-Tech AT115EDT w/ 0.8x reducer/flattener

Evoguide 50ED w/ ASI290mm mini

ASI071MC-Pro w/ Optolong L-Pro

ZWO EAF - autofocused w/ Astrophotography Tools routine


21x300sec lights w/ darks,flats, bias frames





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Posted 18 October 2019 - 08:49 PM

2 Hours of partially clear skies on my new Nexstar 6SE.  Probably won't get another clear night for a few weeks. So until then it's the moon smile.gif


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Celestron Nexstar 6SE

Canon 450D

6.3 Focal Reducer

No Processing

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 10:03 PM

This is likely my first photo worth posting. I had a few shots at m31 that I struggled with processing that I will revisit eventually. 



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Posted 23 October 2019 - 10:07 PM

Those are my first photos from an old DS2114 with a modded webcam









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Posted 24 October 2019 - 10:18 AM



First deepspace image


Homemade 150/750 newtonian reflector

Eq3-2, enhanced motor drive and new polar scope and illuminator added

No guiding, plus no coma corretor as of yet.

Canon 200d unmodded DSLR

No filters used


Early hours, under moderate light polution and no moon light. Target M42 and M43. Great Orion Nebula


Light frames raw 60@ 30secs

Dark frames 20

Bias frames 20

Integration time of 30mins


Put together in deep sky stacker


Processed in GIMP 

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Posted 24 October 2019 - 01:58 PM

This my first ever image of a DSO from my very first DSO imaging session.  In fact it’s the first frame in the run of 20 images of M31.  Being this was my very first imaging session with a rig I just finished putting together, I can honestly say I was lucky to come away with this.


M31 25s 5000iso 20191023 21h23m Single Frame
Yes, I know I need a coma corrector.


The detail:


A single frame of a 25s exposure at ISO5000.  My tracking was not working, so I got a series of shots where the subject slowly drifted to the edge of the frame.  They would not stack in DSS because (I’m guessing) it could not align the stars or (more likely) I have no clue how to use DSS.

The rig:

  • Apertura 6” F4 Astrograph (first use)
  • Celestron CG-5 Mount
  • Nikon D5300
  • Backyard Nikon
  • Svbony 50mm guide scope with a Svbony SV105  camera
  • MS Photo Editor “Sauna” filter applied to bring out a little more detail and rotate the image. blush.gif

Notes on the first outing.  I live in a Bortle Class 4 area and the skies were pretty good last night.  I did a lot of prep while the sun was out.  Collimated the scope.  Checked the view through the guide scope and camera.  Set up the mount.  Etc.  I’d been watching a few YouTube videos of some full sessions.  Thrilling TV.  I had a plan and tried to stick to it.  It became apparent early on that a lot of things have to go right in order to achieve success and a lot of things didn’t happen.  It’s a case of trying to do, and learn, too much all at once.  I think I need to break the process down into its components to practice and verify.

What didn’t work:

  • The ASPA process I was using to align the mount wasn’t working.  The alignment process through a camera view versus an eyepiece is a bit more challenging.  This means I had no go-to and had to find the target manually.  Luckily M31 is easy to find.
  • I could not get the “Frame and Focus” view in BYN to show me anything but the brightest stars.  This made alignment a challenge.  I’m pretty sure I missed a target star.
  • The guide scope that I verified the view through during the daylight was not giving me anything to focus on at night.  I’ll ditch the Svbony cam.  I already have a ZWO that I should have used.


What worked:

  • I think the OTA performed quite well.  It’s not too heavy for the old mount.  Being an Astrograph I need to use an extension for visual, but I got no-fuss focus with the camera.
  • The used D5300 I picked up from B&H worked flawlessly.  The image quality is great.
  • BYN is the bomb for a DSLR.  I got pretty darn good focus through its tool and a Bahtinov mask.  The session plan settings work as advertised.  The camera got a good workout last night.


I think the next few sessions I will focus on individual components rather than the whole enchilada.  It was fun (mostly) and I learned from it.



Edited by JAS62, 24 October 2019 - 04:52 PM.

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Posted 27 October 2019 - 08:08 PM


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Posted 31 October 2019 - 05:58 PM

Not quite my first ever astrophotograph (have taken some single-shot DSLR images before) but this is my first stacked solar shot.  Complete newbie on the camera (ASI178MC), the software (SiriL) and probably also the scope (Lunt 50PT Ha).


Sun 31 Oct take 2 00001 copy

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Posted 02 November 2019 - 06:18 AM

My very first light! After two dusty nights (sand of Sahara Desert over Canary Islands) I was able to capture this. I'm thrilled!
NGC 281


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Posted 02 November 2019 - 07:10 PM

Andromeda Galaxy


Shot with a EQ Mount and my canon 6d and a 350mm lens.  I think I took several photos and then stacked them in Photoshop, then did a hack job of an edit.

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Posted 03 November 2019 - 11:01 PM


First image, and first astrophotography camera I've owned!

Moon, waxing crescent, 45.8% illuminated. 
6:37 PM EST (23:37 UTC) November 3, 2019 (fleeting glimpses between clouds)

Telescope: Astronomer's Without Borders OneSky 5" Newtonian (f/5)

Camera: ZWO ASI120MM-S
Unguided (out-of-the-box tabletop alt-az mount)
Unfiltered (monochrome)

Temperature (uncontrolled): 12.5C

Captured with SharpCap 3.2
Color space: Mono16 (4,096 different brightness values per pixel, i.e. 12 bit)
Gain: 0
Exposure: 1/500 sec


Stacked with AutoStakkert! 3
Best 25% of 1,000 frames
204 alignment points (size: 48, min brightness: 25%)
Sharpened (blend RAW in for 50%)
Drizzle (1.5X)

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Posted 03 November 2019 - 11:32 PM

 Heres a couple of my first shots. All taken with a Canon Rebel XSi through a Skywatcher 100ProED.

ISO 1600 and 30 second exposures. No processing or anything. Also used a SVbony UHC filter. I live on a corner in the city and am literally surrounded by street lights and I think the filter really helped.

First one is NGC 869 and the second is the Dumbell nebula.



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Posted 04 November 2019 - 10:23 AM

First really decent one.  About 240@30 seconds with a ASI183mc WO GT103 with flattener/reducer.  This is just whatever would stack in PixInsight (finally starting to get how it works some).  You can see some artifacts that I likely could clean up.  Other improvements for sure possible

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 05:28 PM


Canon T3i (600D) 84-60s exposures iso 800 (1h 24min total)
200 bias
50 Darks
26 flats
AT72ED II 430mm refractor (F6) with Orion Field Flattener for Fast Refractors
QHY5L-IIM guide camera with a 100mm CS Lens
iExos-100 Mount
N.I.N.A, PHD2, SharpCap (PA), CdC, and PixInsight

M31 First image

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 07:35 AM

My first attempt at a dso. M31 captured with my Nikon D7100 with 200-500 at 500mm on an eq mount. 10/20/2019.

Lights: 12x90 secs ISO 3200
Darks: 12
Bias: 12

Stacked in dss and processed in photoshop

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