Here's a first cut using data from my last week's trip to SE Arizona. 5 hours with my new (used) Nikon 300mm f/2.8 lens, and Nikon D750 (converted). There's much more detail than in my previous efforts for this region, this time using a fast lens for many hours. Goes to show that nothing beats photons, can't be replaced by photoshop or PI!
Antares with lots of photons!
Posted 26 May 2020 - 12:29 PM
Edited by Alen K, 26 May 2020 - 12:30 PM.
Posted 26 May 2020 - 12:35 PM
Very nice! Yes, nothing beats photons in your photos. I tried this target with only about an hour at F/4, , and this area begs for much longer than that. Great result, thanks for sharing!
Posted 26 May 2020 - 12:45 PM
I could stare at this all day! The fine wispy details are really nice.
Posted 26 May 2020 - 05:20 PM
Very nice. What did you track (guide?) this on? And about where in SE Arizona? I'm just interested because I was in AZ last October but didn't get a chance to do any AP in the SE part. (Tucson was as SE as I got and it's not very dark there until you get at least 1.5 hours out of town, which wasn't an option that trip.)
I traveled from Seattle to Portal last week, staying at an airbnb house in Arizona Sky Village for a few days. It's about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Tucson airport. Amazingly dark skies there. And very lonesome; I was essentially quarantined the whole time. Walking around the neighborhood I met not another soul. I used my little iOptron SmartEQ+ mount, guided with Lodestar camera. Keep in mind for this kind of astronomy everything has to break down and fit into a 50 pound checked bag!
Posted 26 May 2020 - 07:09 PM
Beautiful! You obviously have some image processing skills, too.
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Posted 26 May 2020 - 10:13 PM
That's one of the best "Rho" fields I've ever seen.
Edited by 17.5Dob, 26 May 2020 - 10:14 PM.
Posted 27 May 2020 - 05:40 AM
Beautiful image Jeff!
I saw those fine Arizona skies last year. Really amazing.
Posted 29 May 2020 - 07:49 PM
a photo is worth a thousand words.
well I don't know what to say anymore.
bravo and thank you .