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#1 Waterobert

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 07:44 AM

It took me few hours to produce this image in PixInsight. Using that software for the very first time was challenging, however what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

Image has about 1hr 40 minutes total time taken in the red zone with Nikon D810.

 

This image would not be possible without help from CN community.

Thanks to Bobzeq25, Stelios, Alex MC Conahay, Nimitz69, Jim Waters and othersbow.gif bow.gif bow.gif

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 07:46 AM

Great first pic.  


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Posted 10 October 2019 - 07:46 AM

Nice image!  It is a good image by any standard, and a great job for a first image!


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Posted 10 October 2019 - 08:00 AM

Thank you ! I will reprocess it again later today, just so I can practice PixInsight. That software is kind off challenging, but I can be stubborn. lol.gif lol.gif lol.gif 


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#5 Astroman007

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 08:06 AM

Beauty! waytogo.gif

 

Edit: Wouldn't know it was a first without your telling.


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Posted 10 October 2019 - 08:42 AM

Job well done! You could have convinced me you've been doing astrophotography for years. 


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Posted 10 October 2019 - 08:58 AM

Well done, first image or not! waytogo.gif

 

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 09:10 AM

Very nice image.  When you go back to reprocess (which can turn into a bit of an addiction as well), may I suggested trying to boost the saturation lightly?  All that stretching tends to wash out the color, I suspect you have enough good data to bring some of it back.  Great start on AP!

 

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 09:28 AM

Very nice image. When you go back to reprocess (which can turn into a bit of an addiction as well), may I suggested trying to boost the saturation lightly? All that stretching tends to wash out the color, I suspect you have enough good data to bring some of it back. Great start on AP!

Bob



#10 Waterobert

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 09:30 AM

I stopped at stretching so I will definitely work on saturation.? Thank you

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 09:31 AM

Hello
this is your first photo?
wow
I can not wait to see the others.


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#12 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 09:35 AM

great shot    I have to learn how to do this......



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Posted 10 October 2019 - 11:18 AM

That's a great first image! Are you addicted yet? Haha



#14 Waterobert

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 11:35 AM

I am sleep deprived and have less than $70 in my checking account. I do have addiction problem


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Posted 10 October 2019 - 11:59 AM

If this is your first image I see great works in your future. waytogo.gif



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Posted 10 October 2019 - 03:02 PM

Great first image, my M31 was far less.

Well it was experimental, it had only 10 subs of 1 minut waaay not enough, to start with...



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Posted 10 October 2019 - 03:21 PM

Great job! and Congrats!



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Posted 10 October 2019 - 04:07 PM

Top drawer!



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Posted 10 October 2019 - 04:54 PM

Great image! My only comment would be to continue to collect on this target. My usual rule of thumb is 2 hrs minimum before I’ll start any serious processing and 5-8 hrs is the norm. Don’t know what your skies are but my backyard is SQM 19.4 on average.

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 05:06 PM

Excellent first image! Are you done now? Because I don't think you are going to top that on something else at an hour and 40 minutes integration. Good job I say!

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 07:29 PM

Great image! My only comment would be to continue to collect on this target. My usual rule of thumb is 2 hrs minimum before I’ll start any serious processing and 5-8 hrs is the norm. Don’t know what your skies are but my backyard is SQM 19.4 on average.

 

Excellent first image! Are you done now? Because I don't think you are going to top that on something else at an hour and 40 minutes integration. Good job I say!

Last Friday, my goal was to get PHD2, guide scope and guide camera working together. Everything went right from the start and I had time to actually collect data. I knew that I need at least hour, so I went even longer in case if some off my frame didn't work out. One regret I have is that I only took 12 darks, 12 flats and 12 bias frames. I was jut to tired to stay up pass 2am. Also, my lights were relatively short (75 sec), since I was worried that I will overexpose core off the galaxy. This coming weekend, if moon permits, I am thinking off getting another hour at 90 seconds subs, and definitely more calibration frames.



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Posted 10 October 2019 - 07:30 PM

Great job. Re color saturation, try ArcsinhStretch instead of the regular stretch.


Edited by Alen K, 10 October 2019 - 07:32 PM.

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#23 Waterobert

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 09:12 PM

Great job. Re color saturation, try ArcsinhStretch instead of the regular stretch.

I will give it at try, thank you Alen !



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Posted 10 October 2019 - 09:21 PM

dalek12.gif Excellent image!




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