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#1201 Ranjit

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Posted 08 April 2020 - 12:26 PM

My first AP image of M42/Running Man... Not bad but I feel the stars look saturated . Need to learn Processing way more but pretty satisfied at the first attempt . Complete noob in terms of processing.

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Equipment-

Sky-Watcher ED80 Imaging Scope

Orion Sirius EQ-G 

Orion ST-80 Guidescope

Orion SSAG Guide Camera

Canon EOS 60D (Unmodified) with Astronomik CLS Filter

White Balance set using a Grey Card

 

Image Acquisition-

Acquired using APT

Guiding with PHD2

300s x 40 Lights

25 Darks

25 Flats

25 Bias

 

Processing Software-

Deep Sky Stacker

SiRiL

Photoshop

Topaz DeNoise

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#1202 QueueCT

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Posted 09 April 2020 - 10:19 AM

First shot I took ... C8 without a reducer/flattener and unmodified Canon:

 

M27 Test.jpg

 

 

I revisited a few months later after getting a reducer/flattener and doing a self-mod on the camera:

 

M27 Final.jpg


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#1203 Deesk06

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Posted 10 April 2020 - 06:03 AM

First real shot. I set up and started imaging. Unfortunately trees got in my way so this isn't many exposures. I also have some hot pixels. had a camera malfunction twice and the shutter stayed open for about 45 minutes long each time. Didn't do good for my sensor. 

 

Light: 30 x 55"

Dark: 30 x 55"

Bias: 34

Flats: 34

 


Edited by Deesk06, 10 April 2020 - 06:05 AM.

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Posted 11 April 2020 - 10:36 AM

Ok, this is the last image I'm calling a first (I promise!).  The only reason I post it here is that it is a revisit of my true first image from years ago in college.  I managed to sneak in 44 usable 4 minute subs over the past two nights before the nearly full moon rose.  Still using the C9.25 w Celestron 0.63x reducer, Losmandy G11, and D5300.  Processed with PixInsight.  Now that the moon is rising later and later I may continue to shoot this galaxy (or one of its neighbors) but I will probably experiment with longer exposures to see how much more detail I can tease out.

 

M51 04112020 Final

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#1205 latentfuss

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Posted 12 April 2020 - 03:41 PM

Here's my first AP that I'm feeling pretty good about. It's a cropped image of M46 and M47

 

IEQ30 pro mount

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 (ISO 400)

Canon EF 75-300mm (zoomed out to 300 mm, F5.6)

 

30 X 30 second lights (unguided)

30 Darks

25 Flats

25 Bias

25 Dark Flats

 

Stacked in DSS.... I don't remember how many frames it actually used... not all 30. That much I remember.

Minimally processed in Gimp... (auto levels and a little gradient work)

 

It's safe to say that I was inspired to try imaging these two star clusters after seeing an image posted by ElDavis just a few days ago, so thanks for that! 

 

M46M47 ISO400 30s cropped

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Posted 14 April 2020 - 08:26 PM

My first astrophoto!  Approximately 5am on April 14th with my Zhumell Z8 and iphone 6s.  This is my first telescope and I've had it 6 weeks.  

I used my Celestron Zoom so I could frame the moon in last quarter.

 

This is the greatest hobby!

 

I hope it's ok to post pic here taken with Dob and iphone (LOL), I was just thrilled to be able to take this pic.  

The images in this thread are amazing
 

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#1207 Stargazer3236

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Posted 15 April 2020 - 03:41 PM

My first astrophoto!  Approximately 5am on April 14th with my Zhumell Z8 and iphone 6s.  This is my first telescope and I've had it 6 weeks.  

I used my Celestron Zoom so I could frame the moon in last quarter.

 

This is the greatest hobby!

 

I hope it's ok to post pic here taken with Dob and iphone (LOL), I was just thrilled to be able to take this pic.  

The images in this thread are amazing
 

I like your yellow Nova as your avatar!


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#1208 72Nova

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Posted 15 April 2020 - 08:39 PM

I like your yellow Nova as your avatar!

Thanks...my first car was a yellow 72 Nova and I thought the avatar would be an ok fit for this forum 



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Posted 16 April 2020 - 12:31 AM

I had an orange Pontiac Ventura, which was the clone of the Nova


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#1210 David I

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Posted 16 April 2020 - 06:30 PM

This morning at 5am the planets were nice enough to line up in a row above the moon for me so I can take my first astro-images. Location is Chicago suburb front lawn in 25degF  with a Sonya68 Zeiss135mmf1.8 , ISO800 , f8 , 1/125 

Clear Sky Chart: Clouds/clear , Transparency and Seeing/average

Bortle Scale: 5 to 6

 

Saturn

Saturn  4-16-20  5:00  Chicago Suburb  Zeiss135mmf1.8 /Sonya68   ISO800  f8  1/60sec

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#1211 gfunkernaught

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Posted 19 April 2020 - 04:05 PM

Been doing this since January, still learning.

 


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Posted 19 April 2020 - 08:47 PM

What are the black circles in your pic of the Lagoon nebula?



#1213 AstroFieldsGlowing

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Posted 21 April 2020 - 03:14 AM

Hi all, here's my first attempt ! (actually second, since the first one had 75% clouds...)

 

Equipment:

 

Canon 6D , 50mm lens.

No Tripod or any other equipment.

I just pointed the camera "up" from my window (placed it on the window sill)

 

Details:

 

29 Lights - ISO 2000 , F3.2 , ShutterSpeed: 2.5 sec  (58 seconds total "useful" exposure time @ ISO 2000) 

14 Darks

14 Bias

10 Flats

 

Area where i am located is Bortle 6.

 

Process:

 

Stacked in deep sky stacker, then played around in GIMP until i liked what i saw. Also did a little cropping as the Flats seemed to Introduce some white vignetting, not sure why.

 

Final Result.jpg


Edited by AstroFieldsGlowing, 21 April 2020 - 03:19 AM.

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#1214 gfunkernaught

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Posted 21 April 2020 - 02:20 PM

What are the black circles in your pic of the Lagoon nebula?

Dust!  I didn't stack those photos.  I get excited just keep going to different parts of the sky and snapping long exposures. I need to be more disciplined and pick single targets every night.  Like M51 would be my first target for about an hour of 10min subs, then the Ring nebula, then Lagoon and Eagle, also a few other nebulae that show up around that time.  Soo much to capture!



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Posted 21 April 2020 - 02:24 PM

Hi all, here's my first attempt ! (actually second, since the first one had 75% clouds...)

 

Equipment:

 

Canon 6D , 50mm lens.

No Tripod or any other equipment.

I just pointed the camera "up" from my window (placed it on the window sill)

 

Details:

 

29 Lights - ISO 2000 , F3.2 , ShutterSpeed: 2.5 sec  (58 seconds total "useful" exposure time @ ISO 2000) 

14 Darks

14 Bias

10 Flats

 

Area where i am located is Bortle 6.

 

Process:

 

Stacked in deep sky stacker, then played around in GIMP until i liked what i saw. Also did a little cropping as the Flats seemed to Introduce some white vignetting, not sure why.

 

I have the same issue with my flats.  My flat files are vignetted and it is probably because of my image train.  I need to make new ones with a histogram in view to get it right.  



#1216 tbabasade

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Posted 21 April 2020 - 04:26 PM

Not my first astrophoto, but my first DSO astrophoto. Single 15 second exposure in heavily light polluted Bergen County, NJ. My first, definitely not my last!

 

 

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#1217 tadchomp

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Posted 22 April 2020 - 05:11 AM

Hello to you all,

Thank you to everyone that contributes to Cloudy Nights, the knowledge and experience that is passed on is invaluable to those of us starting in this wonderful pastime. 

After a few test attempts, here is my fist image posted.

 

M8 Lagoon Nebula.

Lights - 8 x 720 sec ISO 400

Darks - 2

Bias - 20

Flats - 9

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#1218 Michael Beauchamp

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Posted 22 April 2020 - 05:13 AM

My first captures using SVBony 105 camera and a Celestron 114 LCM.

First two pics are of jupiter and the other is the moon.

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#1219 rubmetoasty

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Posted 22 April 2020 - 03:46 PM

Have always been interested in AP and i really appreciate all the amateurs out there being very informative and helpful, here are my first couple images.

 

8" SCT and one+ cellphone camera held to a 40mm plossl, one i am pretty happy with of the moon.

 

And recently picked up the equipment necessary to attach my old canon t6 (unmodified) to the scope and try, here is my first stacked image of Messier 03.

40x25 sec @iso1600. Stacked in deepskystacker and slightly processed in GIMP. Def needs some work on focusing better and want to get a reducer/flattener but overall pretty happy with outcome.

 

Both images taken from my LA backyard in a bortle9, cant wait to try some shots in the mountains bortle 1-2.

 

CYek5SR.jpg

 

 

 

0eWNRDP.jpg


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#1220 Matt4.0

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Posted 24 April 2020 - 05:56 PM

I’ve done some Milky Way landscapes over the past year or so but this was my first attempt at a DSO.

M51:
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#1221 Eajohnson93

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Posted 24 April 2020 - 08:19 PM

Here it is! My first less than horrifying image of Venus! Taken with a Takahashi FC-65 and a ASI224MC. 

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#1222 Beaverpond Astro

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Posted 25 April 2020 - 09:41 PM

Hi all,

my first attempt at a deep space astrophoto.  As with some others, I've taken wide angle (14mm and 50mm) DLSR shots of the Milky way.  THis is my first go with a dedicated astro cam on a telescope.

 

M101:  imaged on April 23rd/2020.  No moon.   Bortle 2/3 skies (my backyard)

 

Confiig:

WO GT153 with .72x reducer/flat  (845mm effective focal length)

ASI071 main camera with UV/IR cut filter

WO GS60 guide camera with ASI290 guide cam

CGX-L mount

39 Light frames, 180 sec, and 10 darks stacked in DSS  (was going for 60 lights, when clouds rolled in..)

ASIAir Pro for Focus, PA, Guiding, and imaging sequence

 

Post processing:  Photoshop with Action tools add on.   Very much a beginner with PS...lots to learn!

 

M101 Apr23
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#1223 Beaverpond Astro

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Posted 25 April 2020 - 09:44 PM

sorry...here's  the image:

M101 Apr23

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#1224 Scott from Oz

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Posted 26 April 2020 - 06:20 AM

Hi there what a great feeling.

 

I feel like a kid again with a new toy at 62.....

Finally my first light photos ever.

 

Imaging gear:

Celestron EdgeHD 8

Celestron CGX Mount

ZWO ASI224MC Colour Camera

 

Software:

PIPP, Autostakkert 2.6.8, Registax 6

 

The moon shot was the very first shot after fighting with focus while the Jupiter and Saturn shots were taken by adding a Televue Powermate 2.5X.

 

I have 2 other Jupiter and Saturn photos in my photo gallery.

 

It was an amazingly clear night that finally proved to myself that I could do this thing.

 

 

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#1225 rnyboy

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Posted 26 April 2020 - 07:52 AM

Scott from Oz...  Very nice images of Saturn and Jupiter. The Saturn one looks especially good to me.  I have to believe the lunar image is just as good but hard to judge simply because I don't know the fov.

 

I was looking at your signature, and unless you left it out, a good f/6.3 field reducer would be a good investment and you'll gain a 60% wider FOV and 2.5x shorter exposure times.  Given everything else you have I'd be surprised if you don't already have one though.

 

Funny about your 1973 Tasco.  I still have a 1968 Sears achro refractor Xmas present, I think it was a 90mm, that I resurrected from the attic last October and shortly thereafter jumped down the rabbit hole with a 6SE and shortly after that EAA.

 

I didn't get a chance to view the major planets late last year and hoping to see them this summer. 




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