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#1 DMJoyce951

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Posted 26 May 2023 - 09:14 AM

I was initially planning to get somewhere around 15 hours on this but ended up pretty happy with how it looks now so I’m considering this complete:

 

844F296F 0F01 43EC 95C9 393189AFF030
 

- H: 54 x 120” (1h 48m)
- O: 86 x 120” (2h 52m)
- S: 62 x 120” (2h 4m)
- 6h 44m total exposure time
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- Antlia 3nm narrowband filters


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Posted 26 May 2023 - 09:16 AM

Very nice!


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Posted 26 May 2023 - 09:24 AM

Really nice composition and color saturation!   I was just thinking this morning i should try m16 with my 9.25 for a similar composition.


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Posted 26 May 2023 - 09:36 AM

Image looks great!

 

 

- H: 54 x 120” (1h 48m)

- O: 86 x 120” (2h 52m)
- S: 62 x 120” (2h 4m)

How did you arrive at those times for each filter?  Was it just what you were able to get with the conditions or did you pick 2 and 3 hours for a reason?


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Posted 26 May 2023 - 09:42 AM

Thank you all for the kind words!

 

Image looks great!

 

 

How did you arrive at those times for each filter?  Was it just what you were able to get with the conditions or did you pick 2 and 3 hours for a reason?

No particular reason for the exposure times on each filter, just what I could manage to get each night. I did want to pick up extra oxygen since I knew the Ha was pretty strong in this region. 



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Posted 26 May 2023 - 09:57 AM

Thank you all for the kind words!

 

No particular reason for the exposure times on each filter, just what I could manage to get each night. I did want to pick up extra oxygen since I knew the Ha was pretty strong in this region. 

Thanks.  I'm strongly considering a mono setup when I finally make the jump to a dedicated astro camera, so any little bit of info helps.  Do you typically shoot a single filter per night, or do you shoot X number of subs on one filter and then move on to the next and repeat that cycle for as long as you can?


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Posted 26 May 2023 - 10:03 AM

Thanks.  I'm strongly considering a mono setup when I finally make the jump to a dedicated astro camera, so any little bit of info helps.  Do you typically shoot a single filter per night, or do you shoot X number of subs on one filter and then move on to the next and repeat that cycle for as long as you can?

I switched from OSC to mono back in October and have loved it so far! With this particular target, it’s only visible for me for a couple of hours per night so I spent 4 nights on it, one for each filter except I did 2 nights for oxygen and picked up as much as I could get before sunrise each morning. Even though the filters I use are supposed to be parfocal, I still make sure to run an autofocus routine between filter changes if I do switch throughout the evening.



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Posted 26 May 2023 - 10:11 AM

I switched from OSC to mono back in October and have loved it so far! With this particular target, it’s only visible for me for a couple of hours per night so I spent 4 nights on it, one for each filter except I did 2 nights for oxygen and picked up as much as I could get before sunrise each morning. Even though the filters I use are supposed to be parfocal, I still make sure to run an autofocus routine between filter changes if I do switch throughout the evening.

What filters are you using?



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Posted 26 May 2023 - 10:22 AM

Amazing details, well done!


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Posted 26 May 2023 - 10:24 AM

What filters are you using?

I went with Antlia 3nm 31mm filters and have been really happy with them.  I almost went with Optolong but had some halo issues with the l-eXtreme I had before and read that their narrowband filters had the same problem sometimes.



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Posted 26 May 2023 - 10:56 AM

Very nice image of M16.


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Posted 26 May 2023 - 10:58 AM

I went with Antlia 3nm 31mm filters and have been really happy with them.  I almost went with Optolong but had some halo issues with the l-eXtreme I had before and read that their narrowband filters had the same problem sometimes.

So I guess you have not had any halo issues with the Antila filters?  Agena has a warning on their site that Antila filters cannot be returned for halos around bright stars.



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Posted 26 May 2023 - 11:17 AM

So I guess you have not had any halo issues with the Antila filters?  Agena has a warning on their site that Antila filters cannot be returned for halos around bright stars.

I’ve seen that disclaimer but no, I haven’t noticed any halos whatsoever. 


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Posted 26 May 2023 - 11:28 AM

Very good image! Makes me wonder what are the definitions between "beginner" and "experienced" deep sky imaging. To me, this is experienced stuff! smile.gif


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Posted 26 May 2023 - 11:58 AM

So I guess you have not had any halo issues with the Antila filters?  Agena has a warning on their site that Antila filters cannot be returned for halos around bright stars.

The whole halo-stuff with filters is overblown issue, especially on this forum. I use antlia filters and never seen any halos.  Not every forum topic should be taken as stone-cold hard truth. 


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Posted 26 May 2023 - 12:01 PM

The whole halo-stuff with filters is overblown issue, especially on this forum. I use antlia filters and never seen any halos.  Not every forum topic should be taken as stone-cold hard truth. 

I agree, but when the filter manufacture states that their filters can have halo issues I think it is a fair question to ask. 


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Posted 26 May 2023 - 12:46 PM

Very good image! Makes me wonder what are the definitions between "beginner" and "experienced" deep sky imaging. To me, this is experienced stuff! smile.gif

Thank you very much! I never know where to post, I’ve been at this about a year and half or so and still feel like I have plenty more to learn!


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Posted 26 May 2023 - 01:24 PM

Gorgeous photo!


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Posted 26 May 2023 - 09:44 PM

Very nice Eagle image I’d be proud of that for sure… Pillars look great! 

 

So I guess you have not had any halo issues with the Antila filters?  Agena has a warning on their site that Antila filters cannot be returned for halos around bright stars.

I’ve got all Antlia filters haven’t seen an halo yet that was obnoxious, and anything they do is easy to control… They are awesome filters for the money… 


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Posted 26 May 2023 - 09:49 PM

Exquisite shots. 


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Posted 27 May 2023 - 05:34 AM

I agree, but when the filter manufacture states that their filters can have halo issues I think it is a fair question to ask. 

That was mostly with their earlier filters. Lately, it doesn’t seem to be too much of an issue. I have 2 sets plus of Antlias, and I haven’t seen any halos yet. I think Antlias and Astronomiks are the best mid price filters out there, but Astronomik doesn’t the tighter bandwidth filters like Antlia. 




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