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#1 RJF-Astro

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 04:29 AM

I see a lot of new imagers rush towards color imaging on these forums (and beyond). I did too. While color can really add to an astrophoto, I think we should not forget black and white.

 

B&W can produce very pleasing images, while being easier to shoot and process. Before I started on astrophotography, I did a lot of daytime photography, including an education. In the first year of this photo academy, we only did black and white imaging. The idea was that black and white is better suited to learn the trade, and then move to color (or stick to B&W as some did). It is another way to keep it simple while working on your skills.

 

So thats when I thought: why not make a thread to share these images? And maybe inspire others to try this path.

 

I'll kick off with two recent B&W images that really gave me satisfaction working on them:

 

20191204 NGC1499 Ha 1h5.jpg

NGC1499, 1,5 hours Ha

 

20190412 NGC 7822 1h5 drizzle kopiëren.jpg

NGC7822, 1,5 hours Ha

 

Please share yours!


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#2 einarin

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 04:45 AM

I like this one. 110 min Ha with Esprit 100.

 

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 05:31 AM

Here is mine, 

 

HERSCHEL 36, 10min HA " ASTRONOMIK 6nm " with 8" ASA.

 

Regards

 

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 06:28 AM

Here is another one, with my TSAPO130Q and again with 6nm ASTRONIMIK FILTER, also 15Minutes.. 

 

Cheers

Martin

 

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 07:00 AM

Here is my most recent image which is from Jan 2019. I haven't been able to image since then due to my need to care for an ill family member.

 

 

NGC-2244

 

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The AB page is here... https://www.astrobin.../full/384810/0/

 

 

Miguel   8-)

 

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 08:57 AM

 I agree, I am hooked on Ha imaging. here's my first attempts (Just got the Mono camera)

 

 ZWO ASI183MM Astronomik 6n Ha filter.

 

 

https://flic.kr/p/2hY6fNC

 

https://flic.kr/p/2hY8K3n

 

https://flic.kr/p/2hY8K2F

 

https://flic.kr/p/2hY6fAU

 

https://flic.kr/p/2hY6fvd

 

https://flic.kr/p/2hY8JTe

 

https://flic.kr/p/2hY6fsY

 

https://flic.kr/p/2hY8JPw


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Posted 13 December 2019 - 08:57 AM

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 09:03 AM

Did find another one, also with ASI 1600M + Astronomik 6nm Ha filter from NGC 2244

 

I actually prefer B&W "MONO " images rather than LRGB..

 

Cheers

 

Martin 

 

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 09:08 AM

Taken with the SV70T, QHY183M, and a Baader 3.5nm Ha filter. Calibrated with darks and a pedestal only

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 09:19 AM

I love the M43, here is one from M43, this picture is taken with my QHY163M + STC Filter, The STC Filter is actually designed for COLOR CCD's;

but did test the STC with my MONO CCD, and the result is not bad.. 

 

Cheers

 

Martin

 

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 11:05 AM

Taken with the FSQ106EDXIII, Atik 383L+, and Baader 7nm Ha filter. Shot the night of a full moon

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 01:23 PM

3.9 hrs using modded Canon T3i, Canon 200 mm lens stopped to F4, 3 min subs. 12nm clip in Ha filter used.  ISO 800.

 

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 02:55 PM

The Bubble Nebula from Chiefland Astro Village here in Florida. 3 hours of Ha with an ASI 1600.

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#14 Dean J.

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 03:04 PM

I see a lot of new imagers rush towards color imaging on these forums (and beyond). I did too. While color can really add to an astrophoto, I think we should not forget black and white.
 
B&W can produce very pleasing images, while being easier to shoot and process. Before I started on astrophotography, I did a lot of daytime photography, including an education. In the first year of this photo academy, we only did black and white imaging. The idea was that black and white is better suited to learn the trade, and then move to color (or stick to B&W as some did). It is another way to keep it simple while working on your skills.
 
So thats when I thought: why not make a thread to share these images? And maybe inspire others to try this path.
 
I'll kick off with two recent B&W images that really gave me satisfaction working on them:
 
Please share yours!

 
I love monochrome images. Probably because I spent a lot of time in the old days taking 35mm images with hypered Technical Pan 2415.


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... and if you are interested, I have created a page with starless versions of some of the above.

http://astrophoto.ne...tarless-images/

Clear Skies!
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#15 Dean J.

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 05:11 PM

By the way....

I am often asked by new imagers for advice on how to get started.

The most often ignored piece of advice that I give is: "Start off with monochrome - either through a luminance filter or a h-alpha filter and work on getting well exposed and well-processed images. Black & white is a lot easier to work with than color. Work with black & white only for 6 months or more. Move on to color only when you have mastered black & white."

I can not recall a single person that has taken that advice. Everyone is in a rush to start with color. However, that is how I started with CCD imaging. Perhaps that is why I still love taking a black & white image now and then.

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 05:30 PM

Generally speaking I think narrowband images of nebulae do pretty well in monochrome, but I'm typically a broadband galaxy kinda guy. That said, here's a B&W nebula image I did this year.

 

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 06:38 PM

Taken with an Astronomik 6nm H-alpha filter on my DIY mono conversion on a Canon 7D DSLR (since ruined, unfortunately...):

 

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 06:48 PM

My favorite (of mine), because it's a different take on a very familiar subject.  Really like the 3D aspects.  I think a CN jpg would wreck it.

 

https://www.astrobin...6074/B/?nc=user


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Posted 13 December 2019 - 09:54 PM

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Posted 14 December 2019 - 09:50 AM

Some great Ha images above. Here’s one with just luminance. 

https://pbase.com/ds...image/167456705

 

Derek

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Posted 14 December 2019 - 10:06 AM

Nice idea for a topic. And there are some very nice examples in this thread. I have been fond of black and white images for a long time and I often do black and white versions of my images.

 

Here is an example of a somewhat lessar known area that I think is really interesting.

 

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Posted 14 December 2019 - 11:29 AM

By your command.

https://www.astrobin...48w7a8/?nc=user

elephant_ha_mosaic_small.jpeg

https://www.astrobin...7555/B/?nc=user

combo_stacked_composite_even_tinier.jpg

 

 


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Posted 14 December 2019 - 11:30 AM

Here is an example of a somewhat lessar known area that I think is really interesting.

Yeah, what's with those striations? Shock wave? Starship wakes?


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Posted 14 December 2019 - 12:25 PM

Heart Nebula from last weekend

36 x 5min Ha; SV80; 0.8XFR QHY163M; Astronomik 36mm Ha 6nm

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Posted 14 December 2019 - 01:13 PM

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