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First Actual Success After 16 Months of Mistakes - Eagle Nebula

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#1 geneva_min

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Posted 23 September 2019 - 11:15 PM

I finally was able to plan a shot and execute it.  Every other image I've taken has involved bumbling around, wasting entire nights, screwing up calibration or file formats, etc.... 

 

I think all the lessons learned are finally sinking in because this only took 3 nights.......just as I had planned.  smile.gif

 

Comments / suggestions on the final result would be great.

 

William Optics ZS73 w/ flattener

ASI120mm with 50mm guide scope

ASI1600mm main imaging camera with ZWO filter wheel.

Processed in Photoshop

 

Eagle_SHO_1jpg.jpg

 

 

 


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Posted 23 September 2019 - 11:35 PM

I look forward to creating a DSO as nice as yours. Well done!



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Posted 23 September 2019 - 11:55 PM

Nice.  You'll get more and better comments if you provide full acquisition details, including rough sky brightness.


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Posted 24 September 2019 - 02:12 AM

I go through phases in my imaging when nothing goes right. Imaging is often the best laid plans of mice & men. I find the worst indicator is the weather. Most forecasts I read are horribly wrong. I get better forecasts by just looking out of the window or watching some cows in a field.

 

My equipment often goes wrong when I need it to work like on a nice clear night. I now test everyday looking for the gremlins that are happy chomping away at your system ready to do damage.

 

That's a good image. I mostly will struggle with that target as I live at latitude 52 North so it will always be very low. I need to dig deep & go South.



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Posted 24 September 2019 - 07:24 AM

Per bobzeq25's suggestion here are the acquisition details.

 

I live outside Orlando in a bortle 4 area.  I'm not sure what the actual sky brightness was when I shot.

 

Night 1  h-alpha  86% moon

320 seconds x 20 subs.  + dark, flat, dark flat.  Sensor temp -10c

 

Night 2 O2  shot mostly before moon rise

??? seconds x 20 subs.  + dark, flat, dark flat.  Sensor temp -10c

 

Night 3 Sulfur   shot entirely before moon rise

298 seconds x 10 subs.  + dark, flat, dark flat.  Sensor temp -10c

 

Stacked in DSS.  Processed in Photoshop CC


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Posted 24 September 2019 - 08:48 PM

Beautiful image - lots of nice detail there.



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Posted 25 September 2019 - 08:59 AM

Thanks for your nice words and many likes guys.  It's energizing!  Clear weather here in Florida so I'm already onto the next target.  This time RBG Andromeda which is extra nice because it's a northern target and I can set up on the patio instead of having to walk out in the wet grass and mosquitoes. 



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Posted 25 September 2019 - 11:46 AM

Small world! I live in Chuluota, FL. Have you joined CFAS?

 

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 02:01 PM

Yes, you're right.  Small world.  I've got several friends and co-workers that live in Chuluota.  In addition there's actually another guy on Cloudy Nights from Geneva who does amazing planetary stuff. 

 

I have not yet joined CFAS.  I'll PM you to learn more.



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Posted 25 September 2019 - 02:21 PM

Good shot! I'm glad you finished as the Eagle is landing for the season. 



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Posted 25 September 2019 - 03:06 PM

Amazing image! I'm looking forward to being able to integrate a multi-night run on a target. 

 

I'm loving the run of clear weather we're having here as well though I have to admit I am having trouble functioning during the days from staying up so late every night this week.  I never thought I'd say this but we should be mostly cloudy tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to catching up on some sleep.  But we still have one more night of clear skies to go!



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Posted 25 September 2019 - 03:36 PM

It's funny you mention the eagle landing.  As I was setting up for the third night, I said to my wife this was my last chance for the year.  As it turned out even after a quick alignment (unusual for me) I still had to stop a bit shorter than I wanted because the eagle nested behind my bamboo plant.

 

Regarding sleep.....tell me about it Creedence.  I didn't get to sleep until about 1AM last night.  After our summer we can't let these clear nights go to waste!  And I agree, it looks like tonight could be the last in this great run we had.  So I'll be sitting alone in the dark again tonight instead of being responsible.  :)




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