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#1 Scott Mitchell

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Posted 09 May 2021 - 06:03 PM

With all the frustrations this hobby sometimes brings us, it is good to stop and recognize that you've made progress along the way. This weekend I managed to run away to my kinda dark sky site for the night and gathered some photons on the Blackeye Galaxy. Platesolving was acting up so I had to center the object manually each time I made an adjustment (focusing, meridian flip, etc.) which was tedious, and it the scope is just a bit out of collimation, but I wasn't setup to adjust that so there's a bit of detail that's probably lost as a result. 
 
However, when I got home and compared what I had gotten with the previous time I had shot this galaxy I can say that I'm happy with the progress. There's always more to do of course, but good to see progress. And geez, you'd sure expect some after more than a decade! Anyhow, here are the images:
 
11 years ago:
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Now:
M64 - The Blackeye Galaxy (significantly cropped)
Camera: QHY168C
Filters: IR Block
Telescope: 8" LX200 ACF @ f/6.3
Mount: EQ6-R Pro
Exposures: 245 minutes total exposure time with 5 minute subs at gain 10/ISO 800, all auto-guided
  bias, flats, and darks
Software: NINA, Astro Pixel Processor, Photoshop CS
Full size: https://photos.app.g...gap7htegpjm3gV9
m64-45-lpc-cbg-csc-NoSt-crop-postable.jpg


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Posted 10 May 2021 - 12:29 AM

Super idea and great results. It would be really interesting to see other people progress in a 10 years span.


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Posted 10 May 2021 - 03:58 AM

I'll report in 6 years time.


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Posted 10 May 2021 - 05:05 AM

Very nice to see such progress, by the way that's a very nice image :waytogo:

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Posted 10 May 2021 - 07:27 AM

Super idea and great results. It would be really interesting to see other people progress in a 10 years span.

Thanks hungerford! Yeah, it would be neat to see others chime in as well. The disturbing part (kinda) is that first photo isn't all that close to my start in the hobby. It was around the time I upgraded from a Meade DSI Pro to a Canon XSi which was a huge improvement in gear.

 

I'll report in 6 years time.

I'll wait patiently lol.gif

 

Very nice to see such progress, by the way that's a very nice image waytogo.gif

Thanks Mert!


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Posted 10 May 2021 - 07:29 AM

Oh, and I forgot to mention it in the original post, but this was the first time, as I was processing the data, that I realized that there really were spiral arms in the disk. It has always looked rather featureless to me until now. That's one of the things I really enjoy about the hobby is how, due to the natural of really digging into the data, we see things that we haven't noticed before even though we've seen other images of the same object dozens, or even hundreds, of times before. 



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Posted 10 May 2021 - 08:02 AM

I can't give you an 11 year delta.. I'd have to wait even longer than The_Elf but I'm not that patient smile.gif

Here is a two year difference on the Western Veil. My starting point on this was a lot worse than yours though!

2018:
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2020:
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Posted 10 May 2021 - 08:20 AM

I can't give you an 11 year delta.. I'd have to wait even longer than The_Elf but I'm not that patient smile.gif

Here is a two year difference on the Western Veil. My starting point on this was a lot worse than yours though!

2018:
f63dc-ngc6960-final.png?w=800

2020:
western-veil-and-pickerings-triangle-tak

Beautiful Linda! I can't imagine what you'll accomplish with your observatory once you get that going!


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Posted 10 May 2021 - 10:17 AM

Nice improvement Scott!



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Posted 10 May 2021 - 02:14 PM

Nice improvement Scott!

Thanks, Mike!


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Posted 11 May 2021 - 09:45 PM

You have made excellent improvements over the years! Keep it up. Sure it drove you crazy at times, but it is good to see the efforts paying off. Sure does for me!



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Posted 12 May 2021 - 06:29 AM

You have made excellent improvements over the years! Keep it up. Sure it drove you crazy at times, but it is good to see the efforts paying off. Sure does for me!


Thanks Pete!


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