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#1 17.5Dob

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 03:58 AM

I had wanted to go out last night, but despite all of the forecasts showing "clear", it was quite cloudy, Tonight was supposed to be clear, but very windy and I'd written it off this morning. But here in town, the wind's never materialized during the day, so I drove out east at the last minute.

It was "breezy", but I've gotten used to that, and know how to park my truck as a windshield, Unfortunately, while the high winds never showed up, thick clouds did, on a night that was supposed to be completely clear, so all I was able to collect was 2hrs 6min. of data

Nikon D5300a, 21 X 360", ISO 200, AT65EDQ

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 06:32 AM

Beautiful! Well done!

 

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 06:37 AM

Very Nice


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Posted 13 December 2017 - 10:47 AM

Really nice image! 


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Posted 13 December 2017 - 11:39 AM

Hi Dob,

 

I love this image! It's clear and bright and full of colour, a fabulous celestial sky-scape (if such a word exists).

 

I'm still pretty new at this so I can't figure out from your gear list what kind of mount you used... so what was it?

 

Cheers,
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Posted 13 December 2017 - 12:47 PM

Excellent image Dob!

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 03:46 PM

Rudy, pretty sure its an EQ6 he's using.  could be wrong, and doubtless Dave will correct me if I remember incorrectly.  

 

Dave, great image man.  the amount of detail you're getting with that 65 is crazy.  Where's the blues, though?



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Posted 13 December 2017 - 04:14 PM

Wow this image gives me so much inspiration. I can't wait until I finally pull the triggers on my AP setup. Every time I see a Nikon image I am forced to second guess my canon itch. This image really looks top notch. I'm interested in a similar scope TS Apo 65q I believe they are very similar in built and lens quality. How do you mount your autoguider?
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Posted 13 December 2017 - 06:02 PM

Super capture!!
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Posted 13 December 2017 - 06:09 PM

I also imaged the Horsehead last night (from my very non-dark backyard). It will look nothing like that, and it will never be posted here lol.gif

 

Great image. bow.gif


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Posted 13 December 2017 - 08:24 PM

Thanks All !!

I'm still in awe at the HUGE  difference a dark site makes, vs my backyard.



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Posted 13 December 2017 - 08:35 PM

Hi Dob,

 

I love this image! It's clear and bright and full of colour, a fabulous celestial sky-scape (if such a word exists).

 

I'm still pretty new at this so I can't figure out from your gear list what kind of mount you used... so what was it?

 

Cheers,
Rudy

It's the Atlas aka EQ-6, my big equatorial mount. I've been following your efforts to find a better "portable" mount, and I just use my EQ-6. It's been living in my truck for the bast 3 months now.  All of my other gear is stored at home in a Rubbermaid plastic tote, the little AT65 in it's case, and my 12v power supply that can be loaded into my truck in less than 5 min.  if a clear night presents itself.

It's a 50-60 min drive out there, but then I only have to carry everything 10' to assemble everything. Last night I was downloading subs less than 45 min after I parked. That's what I call "portable" waytogo.gif



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Posted 14 December 2017 - 06:19 AM

I love your image, making me jealous. I can start taking my own now because of focus being fixed thoughtwaytogo.gif



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Posted 14 December 2017 - 06:20 PM

Beautiful image with details. I would tone down the red a bit so the yellows and blues can pop out.

 

 

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Posted 14 December 2017 - 08:04 PM

Fantastic!



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Posted 17 December 2017 - 12:09 AM

Beautiful image with details. I would tone down the red a bit so the yellows and blues can pop out.

 

 

MIchael

Like this ?

PI Photometric color calibration and an Arcsinh Stretch

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 01:34 AM

17.5Dob, where did you take this image. LOVE it, been a fan of the Horse since I was a wee lad eons ago when the Niwot (between Boulder and Longmont) was dang near pristine black skies. Now even Pawnee is polluted to an extent leaving a drive up to the Park or over to the other side. Been thinking about trying south of Walsenburg in the Moose preserves maybe, just not in the winter, to cold, snowy and windy (well maybe not this year :( )



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Posted 17 December 2017 - 06:26 AM

 

Beautiful image with details. I would tone down the red a bit so the yellows and blues can pop out.

 

 

MIchael

Like this ?

PI Photometric color calibration and an Arcsinh Stretch

24240492117_cfe025d6f4_c.jpg

 

If that is the same data from above then it is heaps better...



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Posted 17 December 2017 - 02:12 PM

17.5Dob, where did you take this image. LOVE it, been a fan of the Horse since I was a wee lad eons ago when the Niwot (between Boulder and Longmont) was dang near pristine black skies. Now even Pawnee is polluted to an extent leaving a drive up to the Park or over to the other side. Been thinking about trying south of Walsenburg in the Moose preserves maybe, just not in the winter, to cold, snowy and windy (well maybe not this year frown.gif )

It's from the Pawnee, the western unit. As long as not shooting back towards the SW and Greeley, it's still awe fully dark..



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Posted 17 December 2017 - 02:14 PM

 

 

Beautiful image with details. I would tone down the red a bit so the yellows and blues can pop out.

 

 

MIchael

Like this ?

PI Photometric color calibration and an Arcsinh Stretch

24240492117_cfe025d6f4_c.jpg

 

If that is the same data from above then it is heaps better...

 

Same data processed in PI instead of PS.



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Posted 17 December 2017 - 05:22 PM

 

 

 

Beautiful image with details. I would tone down the red a bit so the yellows and blues can pop out.

 

 

MIchael

Like this ?

PI Photometric color calibration and an Arcsinh Stretch

24240492117_cfe025d6f4_c.jpg

 

If that is the same data from above then it is heaps better...

 

Same data processed in PI instead of PS.

 

If I were you I'd stick to PI (though I use both to be honest).



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Posted 17 December 2017 - 05:54 PM

Fantastic



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Posted 18 December 2017 - 10:06 PM

When I was last out in Pawnee, the night of the eclipse (I was in Wyoming but came home via Nebraska and through Pawnee and since it was dark why pass up the opportunity) it was not Greeley, Loveland, and Ft. Collins that was causing problems but Fort Morgan. No one would have guessed 20-30 yrs ago that, that little town would be a source of light pollution. I'll have to head back out in the spring for some grouse pics during the day and ??? at night. Plus less wind then up on Trail Ridge at night!




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