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#1101 JPB99

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Posted 27 December 2019 - 09:18 AM

My very first astro image.

 

Taken on a modified Canon 600d, william optics zenithstar 73. using APT, 15 subs of 30 seconds each and 10 subs of 60 seconds, which was all I could get before the clouds rolled in.

 

M42 Orion Nebula

 

 


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Posted 28 December 2019 - 11:20 AM

 

My very first astro image.

 

Taken on a modified Canon 600d, william optics zenithstar 73. using APT, 15 subs of 30 seconds each and 10 subs of 60 seconds, which was all I could get before the clouds rolled in.

 

 

 

 

 

Did you use any narrowband filters?



#1103 DRohrman

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Posted 29 December 2019 - 04:47 PM

After over 70 years of casual visual astronomy, the attached is my (very) humble first attempt at parfocal astrophotography using my Questar 3.5, a TeleVue 19mm lens, attaching my iPhone 6 by use of a Celestron cell phone mount. The Mare Nectaris region 8E6F5232-F664-4D66-ACDD-26ED1E2B4189.jpeg is at the center N and a Tycho ray can be seen intersecting with Rosse Crater.


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Posted 29 December 2019 - 05:03 PM

After over 70 years of casual visual astronomy, the attached is my (very) humble first attempt at parfocal astrophotography using my Questar 3.5, a TeleVue 19mm lens, attaching my iPhone 6 by use of a Celestron cell phone mount. The Mare Nectaris region attachicon.gif8E6F5232-F664-4D66-ACDD-26ED1E2B4189.jpeg is at the center N and a Tycho ray can be seen intersecting with Rosse Crater.

Exciting isn't it? smile.gif



#1105 Tornado77

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Posted 29 December 2019 - 06:09 PM

My first "serious" deep-sky astrophotography, shot with only a Canon EOS Rebel T5, 50mm F1.8 STM and a cheap unstable alluminum tripod from my backyard

 

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Posted 31 December 2019 - 05:15 PM

This is my first decent (my judgement) pic I've captured, or more to the point adequately processed. Pinwheel Galaxy, M101, taken 12/28. Been at this for 9 months.

35 light frames @ 20 sec, 20 darks, captured in Sharpcap. ASI 183MC Pro (gain 120) on a StellarVue SV80 Access. AVX mount. Processed in PixInsight.

 

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Posted 31 December 2019 - 11:14 PM

I was going to try to image M42 tonight, and while I was setting up, took some shots of the moon.  I was just playing a bit with SGP, focus, etc., so didn't take too much care (framing, etc.), but not too bad for my first image upload here on CN.  Unfortunately, seeing was not great, which didn't do wonders for my resolution on the moon, and clouds moved in so M42 was a bust for this evening.  Anyway, here's my first:

 

CPC 800

Canon 450D w/T-ring adapter

ISO 800, .01 sec exposure, single frame

 

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More to come in the future (I hope!) :)

 

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Posted 01 January 2020 - 03:02 AM

This is my first decent (my judgement) pic I've captured, or more to the point adequately processed. Pinwheel Galaxy, M101, taken 12/28. Been at this for 9 months.

35 light frames @ 20 sec, 20 darks, captured in Sharpcap. ASI 183MC Pro (gain 120) on a StellarVue SV80 Access. AVX mount. Processed in PixInsight.

 

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That is M33, not M101



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Posted 01 January 2020 - 07:14 PM

This is my first real attempt at a deep sky astrophoto.

 

500x 1sec exposures

No tracking, just sitting on a cheap wobbly tripod

vintage 50mm lens

imx174 based flir camera

Processed using Siril and StarTools

100 dark frames, no flats or bias

 

I've made several different edits, some where the horsehead is much more pronounced, but those all inevitably look a little overcooked to me for some reason, so I stuck with this one.

 

https://www.astrobin.com/gmy53g/


Edited by copper280z, 01 January 2020 - 07:17 PM.

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#1110 fadetoblack944

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 04:36 PM

first moon photo

 

this is my first moon photo with a Canon EOS mk2

 

sirius

 

my first photo at Sirius 

 

Hopefully many more clear nights ahead :)


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#1111 jenesuispasbavard

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 05:50 PM

Probably my very first "astro"photo, of Orion taken handheld with my cellphone back in 2012!

 

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Two years later, still using a cellphone, this time just holding it over a telescope eyepiece, got a sequence of pictures of a lunar eclipse:

 

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Now hoping to get into some deeper-space astrophotography with some camera adapters I bought for my telescope!


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Posted 16 January 2020 - 11:26 AM

first planets

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 11:27 AM

First DSO

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 03:34 PM

Hi there,

 

My first try ever on Orion nebula using prime focus. I know is not great but still very proud of it.

 

I have done from the window of my flat, which is in a city center, loads of light pollution.

 

Clearly, I need to "magnify" it to get a better picture, can anyone point me the right direction? Use a barlow 2x or start image projection with lenses?

 

My setup, Sky watcher starquest 102mm and focal length 500mm + sony alpha6000.

 

Best Regards,

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 10:42 PM

First astrophoto. 20 exposures at 120 seconds each. 10 darks. No flat or bias frames. Stacked with deep sky stacker, procesed with star tools. Gear listed below.
 
orion ED80 at f/7.5
sirius mount
orion StarShoot g3 mono CCD

 

https://www.astrobin...d7ld8t/?nc=user


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Posted 21 January 2020 - 02:13 AM

My first real attempt at astrophotography shot this past weekend near Joshua Tree National Park. 51 exposures at 10sec. Used a trial version of PixInsight and some youtube tutorials to process.

 

Equipment used:

Celestron Nexstar 8SE

0.63 F/R

Unmodified Canon T3i

 

Software:

DSS

PixInsight (trial version)

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Posted 21 January 2020 - 08:22 AM

Hello everyone.  I'm very new to this hence my first quick attempt.  I'm just going through the process of learning what polar alignment is all about and how to get the telescope to point at what I want to see.  Then I need to learn how to do this with the DSLR attached and how to focus it.  I think I may have a collimation issue so need to learn about this too.  I also made a schoolboy error in I took the scope off whilst the weights were raised so they swung down and hit my scope.  Lots to learn but I hope to add better photos in the future.  There are some great posts on here and some great advice so I will be reading reading reading over the next weeks.

 

I have a HEQ5 Pro with skywatcher 200PDS and 6D MkII (unmodded)

Installed Stellarium and APT.

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Posted 21 January 2020 - 11:29 AM

Hello everyone.  I'm very new to this hence my first quick attempt.  I'm just going through the process of learning what polar alignment is all about and how to get the telescope to point at what I want to see.  Then I need to learn how to do this with the DSLR attached and how to focus it.  I think I may have a collimation issue so need to learn about this too.  I also made a schoolboy error in I took the scope off whilst the weights were raised so they swung down and hit my scope.  Lots to learn but I hope to add better photos in the future.  There are some great posts on here and some great advice so I will be reading reading reading over the next weeks.

 

I have a HEQ5 Pro with skywatcher 200PDS and 6D MkII (unmodded)

Installed Stellarium and APT.

Hi Ukflix,

 

I put a dent in my 12" within two days of receiving it.  smile.gif  Gravity is a pain.  Rule of thumb when setting up/breaking down:  As you learned, the rig should start/end at the vertical position.  Weights on before the OTA/off after the OTA is removed.

 

Just some quick observations for prepping your OTA:

 

Collimation is certainly necessary.

 

Focus: That big circular reflection may be bright object way out of focus.  You're lucky to see anything.  Here's what I'd do if I had to start all over.  Set up during the day as if aligning the finder scope.  Collimate the OTA and align the finder.  Do this first.  If you can gain a view of something more than a mile off, set infinity focus on that object (with your camera) and lock the focuser.  Don't remove the camera.  Now when you set up in the dark, the view won't be so far out of focus.  Find a bright star, unlock the focuser, and use the fine adjuster to get the stars dialed in.  Lock the focuser.  I'd get a bahtinov mask.  They are very helpful here.

 

Now the OTA is ready.  On to polar alignment...


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#1119 ukflix

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Posted 22 January 2020 - 01:38 PM

Thank you JAS62.  Some good advice there.  I have since spent a night on just concentrating on alignment and this was much better.  I was able to 2 star align using Sirius and Betelgeuse and then it was slewing and tracking pretty ok.  It was only a rough alignment but progress nonetheless.  Now waiting for the next clear night.



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Posted 24 January 2020 - 12:58 PM

So last Tuesday night I obtained my first two image sets of M42 (Orion Nebula, the trapezium region) using my 6SE, ZWO ASI385MC, with a Astro-Tech f/6.3 reducer.  It was actually the "first light" as well for the 6SE.  I used the ASICAM from a link at the ZWO website for the AVI video capture and AutoStakkert for the aligning on a DSO.  After that I was informed that SharpCap is more often used on DSOs.  So next time out SharpCap it is. 

 

The 1st set was a 180s video using an exposure of 770ms and a gain of 450.    Same 180s video with exposure and gain for the 2nd image of 100ms, and 600 respectively.  It was around 25F out and the sensor temp was close to 4C.  The second image set was set up to have a bit better defined stars and you'll see slightly less overlap of the fours bright stars in the image center.  There was also less drift of the image for 2nd set but the video certainly shows more random noise and hot pixels.  AutoStakkert seems to have removed the hot pixels or very much minimized their presence in the final image.  Overall I prefer the images obtained from the first video capture. 

 

Anyway, here are the two images fresh from AutoStakkert and after some fairly straight forward post-processing with Photoshop.  I can't say I'm all that happy with the blown out stars but it appears that using SharpCap may take care of that.  The Photoshoped ones show more detail and nebulosity but I think are more grainy.  I prefer the photoshoped ones showing more of the nebulosity and a bit more detail...

 

1st image followed by another 2nd image acquired around an hour later:

 

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Photoshoped versions... 1st image followed by another 2nd image acquired around an hour later:

 

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 11:39 PM

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First photo of Jupiter and all 4 of its moons without a finderscope mind you. Taken with iPhone 5 and Celestron first scope.



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Posted 25 January 2020 - 01:14 PM

Orion seems to be very popular for newbies like me. This is my attempt using my 8SE with an unmodified T3i DSLR using 800 ISO and a single 20 second exposure.
Please let me know what you think about it and what I did wrong or could do better. Thank you!
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Posted 25 January 2020 - 05:48 PM

@8SEuser...

 

From what I've read you have close to the natural teal green/blue color reported to be in the center.   My first images are little before your post and are more light-purple/gray it seems in the center before being post processed.  I couldn't get green/blue unless I tossed the pink/red of the surrounding nebulosity.  One of my post processed ones is too redish in the center but it showed more nebulosity and detail.  The other one was still kinda purple gray in the center and with somewhat more detail than the unprocessed.  Next time I want to take two or three times more frames. and see if I can improve the color, detail, and noise.

 

I was more than pleased with the detail in that they do show.  It's really present in better images of the Trapezium region although not quite as well resolved as in the better images.

 

And yeah, Orion does seems to be the most popular, I'm sure it's because it's big, easy to find, has color, and it's bright for a DSO.


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Posted 25 January 2020 - 10:50 PM

@8SEuser...

 

From what I've read you have close to the natural teal green/blue color reported to be in the center.   My first images are little before your post and are more light-purple/gray it seems in the center before being post processed.  I couldn't get green/blue unless I tossed the pink/red of the surrounding nebulosity.  One of my post processed ones is too redish in the center but it showed more nebulosity and detail.  The other one was still kinda purple gray in the center and with somewhat more detail than the unprocessed.  Next time I want to take two or three times more frames. and see if I can improve the color, detail, and noise.

 

I was more than pleased with the detail in that they do show.  It's really present in better images of the Trapezium region although not as well resolved as in the better images.

 

And yeah, Orion does seems to be the most popular, I'm sure it's because it's big, easy to find, has color, and it's bright for a DSO.

Thanks for the feedback.  I like your photos as well. The colors were spectacular.  I have a focal reducer as well and might try it next time along with doing a video recording and breaking down the individual frames and longer exposure times. The info provided about the processing was also informative.

As for the Trapezium, I think that might be a tradeoff. Either you get good view of that with the surrounding gas or you get the gas region but the Trapezium is slightly out of focus.

By the way, where are you in Rochester? I grew up in Geneseo about 40 min South. Small World...:)



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Posted 28 January 2020 - 04:56 PM

Here is my first ever photo! I was working with a relatively short window of opportunity....

 

the image looks a little different on my pc...its a little less sharp after i resized it

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