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My first DSO Dumbbell Nebula

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#1 Paul AZ

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Posted 21 June 2019 - 09:51 AM

I recently bought a Meade DSI IV and this is my first attempt at DSO. I took 30 - 1 minute exposures (unguided) and 15 dark frames. No Bias or flats. We had almost full Moon late last night and into early morning.  I stacked them with DSS and then stretched the curves with GIMP and cleaned up a bit with the Astro Flats pro.

 

I just received the QHY Polemaster yesterday afternoon and now I can't live without it. I had to trim my Jacaranda trees to open up a bit more sky, about 10 degrees ( https://www.cloudyni...ssue/?p=9447775 ).DumbbellNebula_stack_gimp_ASFlat2.jpg

 

Equipment:

Orion Atlas mount

Meade LX70 150mm Mak Cass

Meade DSI IV Color

Baader UHC-S Nebula filter

QHY Polemaster (this is a great gadget, only took a few minutes to get accurate polar alignment)

Meade SkyCapture

GIMP

DSS

Astro Flats pro

 


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Posted 21 June 2019 - 10:25 AM

Great photo Paul ! That's a keeper.


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Posted 21 June 2019 - 10:45 AM

Thank you! I have 2 more to process the Eagle Nebula and the Trifid Nebula. Those were only 30 sec exposures so we'll see how they look. I need to practice my photo processing skills. 🤠

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Posted 21 June 2019 - 10:14 PM

Here is my 2nd attempt at processing the same stacked image. This time I made adjustments to saturation etc and brought out some red color.

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Posted 22 June 2019 - 09:05 AM

That’s a beauty! Glad to see the DSI lV in action.

 

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Posted 22 June 2019 - 10:20 AM

Thanks Derek! I have a couple more pics here (link) but need to reprocess them when I have more time. Too many honey do's and family parties to attend today.

 

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Posted 22 June 2019 - 04:27 PM

Looking good Paul! Sure wish my first astro image were that nice. Or my tenth...


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Posted 22 June 2019 - 05:45 PM

Paul AZ looks like you're off to a great start!


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Posted 22 June 2019 - 06:21 PM

Thank you!

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Posted 22 June 2019 - 06:24 PM

Paul your processing skills have improved already. You got the color to show up on the Dumbbell way to go!


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