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#1 jeff.bottman

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Posted 26 May 2020 - 12:03 PM

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!

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#2 xbunnyraptorx

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Posted 26 May 2020 - 12:13 PM

That's really pretty, good work!



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Posted 26 May 2020 - 12:29 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.)

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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!



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Posted 26 May 2020 - 12:45 PM

I could stare at this all day! The fine wispy details are really nice.



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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!



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Posted 26 May 2020 - 07:09 PM

Beautiful! You obviously have some image processing skills, too. waytogo.gif


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Posted 26 May 2020 - 10:13 PM

waytogo.gif

That's one of the best "Rho" fields I've ever seen.


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Posted 27 May 2020 - 05:40 AM

Beautiful image Jeff!

 

I saw those fine Arizona skies last year. Really amazing.



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Posted 27 May 2020 - 10:19 AM

Wonderful color and detail.



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Posted 29 May 2020 - 06:02 AM

Beautiful image!



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Posted 29 May 2020 - 07:32 PM

That is awesome!

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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 .




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