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#1376 Higgsfield

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Posted 10 September 2020 - 08:53 PM

 

My first post and first astro picture. Taken Sept 9th, 2020 with a Canon 7D and 50mm/f1.4 lens. 30 sec exposure, ISO 800. Stacked 15 images using Sequator. I noticed that high altitude clouds had moved in so used Sequator to remove the light pollution and got this result.  Jupiter in is the top left, Milky Way on the right, and the Lagoon nebular can be seen through the trees. I'm hooked and will probably focus on wide view shots. The stars are I think slightly out of focus and Jupiter seems to have some spikes to it. I love the moment in this picture given by the clouds and the trees. 

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#1377 spaceguy1

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Posted 10 September 2020 - 10:25 PM

Hi, this is my first post here.

 

I stumbled upon this great forum when looking for some refractor recommendations on the google.

 

I purchased an Ioptron Skytracker Pro over the summer and have been amazed at some of the images of DSO's. I come from a photography background (amateur photographer, full time equipment hoarder) but this astrophotography thing is a whole new beast. Should be fun!

 

I haven't had much chance to drive out to darker areas but did manage a few shots on the milky way (taken with a Sony A7R - Rokinon 14mm f2.8).

 

Can't wait to learn and hopefully contribute on this site in the future!

 

-JP

 

 

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Posted 11 September 2020 - 10:48 AM

M27 taken in July of 2020 using Nexstar Alt/Az mount with 130mm refractor and ZWO ASI224. No guiding.
 
 
M27

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#1379 BinoGuy

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Posted 11 September 2020 - 06:27 PM

First astro photo.  I'm chuffed and am so glad I moved from visual to photography.

 

20 frames @30 seconds, 3 frames @60 seconds, 20 minutes before dawn.  Detroit suburbs, Bortle 7 - red zone.  Stacking and minimal post processing in Siril.   Higher rez here.

 

WO Z73 w/ flat
ASI533MC Pro (color)
ASI Air Pro
Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ 5

 

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#1380 Stargazer3236

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Posted 12 September 2020 - 09:43 AM

First astro photo.  I'm chuffed and am so glad I moved from visual to photography.

 

20 frames @30 seconds, 3 frames @60 seconds, 20 minutes before dawn.  Detroit suburbs, Bortle 7 - red zone.  Stacking and minimal post processing in Siril.   Higher rez here.

 

WO Z73 w/ flat
ASI533MC Pro (color)
ASI Air Pro
Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ 5

 

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Very impressive!



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Posted 15 September 2020 - 10:25 AM

First post! Hopefully the links are working properly.

Taken while camping at Max Patch, NC over Labor Day. Lucky enough to get a few hours between sunset and moon rise. 

 

Nikon DSLR crop sensor with At-X 11-20mm f/2.8 lens. 30 Sec single exposures.

 

The first image is a mosaic of 5 pictures stitched together with MS Image Composite Editor. Processed in Lightroom, mostly with dehaze and curves. 

Second was the cliche look up at the stars with headlamp on pose.

 

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#1382 PederP

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 11:24 PM

First real dark month where I live, and my first astro-lesson.

 

Results:

Elephants trunk

bselefant2
Eos 800D, EF 70-300L IS, Star adventurer.
60x180" iso 400.
 
Andromeda
Andromeda, first try
Eos 800D, EF 70-300L IS, Star adventurer.
86x180" iso 400.
 
 
NGC7822
NGC7822
Eos 800D, EF 70-300L IS, Star adventurer.
120x180" iso 400.
 
Stretched in gimp. Need more skills.
The lens creates some nasty halo's.

Edited by PederP, 18 September 2020 - 06:27 AM.

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#1383 limeyx

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Posted 18 September 2020 - 01:24 PM

Technically my second (but the first was w/out a star tracker)

Nikon D5300, 70-300MM zoom at 200 mm

57 subs of 60 seconds, ISO 200, Flats, Bias and Lights

Processed in Pixinsight

 

Full res: https://www.astrobin...054v/B/?nc=user

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#1384 ppg677

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Posted 19 September 2020 - 12:10 PM

Travelscope 70mm.  16 15-second exposures at ISO3200 with a Canon M5

 

Exos Nano EQ mount with a DIY OnStep motors.  No autoguider.  

 

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#1385 jewelsdean

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Posted 20 September 2020 - 01:15 PM

Like so many others, I chose Orion for my first target.  This shot was taken with a Nikon D5600 through a Celestron 9.25 SCT on a Alt/Az mount with a 6.3x reducer.  10 exposures of about 15 seconds each using ISO1600. (no guiding, plate solving, filtering).  Stacked with deep sky stacker and post processed with GIMP.  It was a good attempt and good target for my first ever astro photo.  I've learned so much since then and changed my equipment, process, and tooling.  But it was a great place to start.

 

OrionWeb

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#1386 apNoob

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Posted 21 September 2020 - 01:14 PM

MilkyWay_1
 
Andromeda_1

 

My two very first images... I know the processing IS terrible - completely blown Andromeda's core, wrong colors etc... But it took just two days from deciding to try an astrophotography to purchasing iOptro Skyguider Pro, going into mountains away from city lights, taking lights and processing them with DSS in the tent (again - seeing DSS the first time in my life smile.gif)

 

Canon 5D Mark IV

Canon EF3.5 180mm macro - those objects in the sky are so little, a macro lens is required smile.gif

30 sec x 16 each


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#1387 limeyx

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Posted 21 September 2020 - 09:46 PM

Like so many others, I chose Orion for my first target.  This shot was taken with a Nikon D5600 through a Celestron 9.25 SCT on a Alt/Az mount with a 6.3x reducer.  10 exposures of about 15 seconds each using ISO1600. (no guiding, plate solving, filtering).  Stacked with deep sky stacker and post processed with GIMP.  It was a good attempt and good target for my first ever astro photo.  I've learned so much since then and changed my equipment, process, and tooling.  But it was a great place to start.

 

Nice shot !



#1388 DakotaHoosier

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Posted 21 September 2020 - 10:12 PM

There's some really nice photos here! I'm a photographer moving to astronomy. I have a Sigma 150-600mm lens adapted for my Sony a6400 mirrorless camera. I decided to clamp on two 2x teleconverters to get me to 3600mm of reach (600 x 2 x 2 x 1.5 crop factor) and image Jupiter. Using my heavy-duty photography tripod as a mount. My very first photo was terrible as I didn't know the rule of 500 and was blurred (I first blamed my tripod, then my optical stabilization, and then learned it was the Earth's rotation I needed to blame!) I learned that planets are best with lucky imaging. 

Jupiter 2020, Aug 8.jpg

Here's my first lucky imaging attempt. About 2 min of untracked Jupiter video shot at 1:1. Aligned in PIP, stacked in AutoStakkert, sharpened in CaptureOne. Not something that will win any competitions, but I was astounded with what I could do without spending a single penny on my astro gear (given that I already had a nice bag of photography gear).


Edited by DakotaHoosier, 21 September 2020 - 10:13 PM.

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#1389 BoldlySeeing

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Posted 22 September 2020 - 05:50 PM

Hi all! I'm brand new to the world of astrophotography with some new gear on the way including an HEQ5 mount arriving tomorrow, my first EQ mount. One of the first pieces I ordered was a color astro camera, the ZWO ASI178MC. I was so excited, I pulled my old, cheap Newtonian out of the shed, hooked up the camera, and aimed it at Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars:

 

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Saturn 2.jpg

 

Mars 1.png

 

Not as fancy or clear as the other amazing work here, but technically my first processed images. Well, I did take a couple images of the moon with a DSLR through an eyepiece ages ago, and I once attempted to photograph Orion, but these are my first images as I begin seriously exploring astrophotography. They were processed in Photoshop, very simply-done.
These three images were also captured last night, the 21st, H.G. Wells' birthday. A fitting time for my first Mars image.

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#1390 DeanCN

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Posted 23 September 2020 - 02:16 PM

one week of working through a changeover from 8" SCT to WO GT71, here is

tail end of last night's imaging session 130 Light + 20 Dark @ (15s, 0 gain, -15C)

registered / stacked in Siril, processed w StarTools.

 

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#1391 firemanals

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 01:54 PM

Andromeda Galaxy from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Used a Canon 70D, 70-300mm Lens at 135mm and about 1,000 light frames at one second each since I don’t have a tracker yet. 

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#1392 plot0015

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 11:00 AM

Processed first Try 33

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 12:28 PM

That's not bad!

 

M33 is the second image I shot and I have a LOT of integration time on it and it still does not look like I hoped it would. So much light pollution makes it hard to process the pin wheels.

 

 

 


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#1394 plot0015

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 12:31 PM

it was only 10 subs at 300 seconds with minimal flats, darks and biases... and i seriously don't know what i'm doing yet... but i was pumped when i saw what PI kicked out after some messing around with it!



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Posted 29 September 2020 - 12:06 PM

First go with my AP setup. I've been researching / waiting for backorders for the last three months, so it felt really good to have it all together and fire things up!  Had some issues with autoguiding due to less than optimal prism positioning on the OAG and some balance issues in the DEC axis (will remember next time to balance AFTER removing the lens cover foreheadslap.gif ) but overall very pleased with the results.  10x120s images of the Pacman Nebula in Ha stacked in PixInsight and then ran Topaz Denoise AI to clean up a bit more.  Taken from bortle 8 skies.  Looking forward to many more nights with this setup!

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Posted 29 September 2020 - 02:07 PM

First go with my AP setup. I've been researching / waiting for backorders for the last three months, so it felt really good to have it all together and fire things up!  Had some issues with autoguiding due to less than optimal prism positioning on the OAG and some balance issues in the DEC axis (will remember next time to balance AFTER removing the lens cover foreheadslap.gif ) but overall very pleased with the results.  10x120s images of the Pacman Nebula in Ha stacked in PixInsight and then ran Topaz Denoise AI to clean up a bit more.  Taken from bortle 8 skies.  Looking forward to many more nights with this setup!

What is it a picture of?



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Posted 29 September 2020 - 02:34 PM

What is it a picture of?

NGC281 - Pacman Nebula



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Posted 29 September 2020 - 03:25 PM

For most of my82 years I have been a keen, amateur  wildlife photographer. A few weeks ago I watched the Perseids meteor shower and wondered how one went about photographing it. I took a few shots and actually managed to capture a couple of the trails and that got me interested. A bit more research and I realised that for any longer exposures I would need aMount to cancel out the earth's rotation so I bought a Sky Watcher Star Adventurer. Neat bit of kit! This was my very first attempt at astrophotography.

Andromeda.

Taken with my Sony RX10Miv camera mounted on the Sky Watcher Star Adventurer mount with its Equatorial Wedge.

I took 30 X 1min exposure images (lights as I now know they're called) at f4 and ISO 1600.

I also took 10 "darks", "biases" and "flats" (see, I'm  learning the language as well ) and post processed them all with SiriL.

 

This is the result..........

 

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Posted 01 October 2020 - 10:59 AM

This was over 5 years ago and with an old Nikon D60 that had been damaged.  I've come a loooooooooooooong way since then haha.  

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Posted 01 October 2020 - 12:49 PM

Indeed it's a very steep, but can be quite a fast learning curve!




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