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#721 Horse to Orion

Posted by martin_h on 02 January 2013 - 05:44 PM

Managed to finish off this one last night....Mosaic comprising 6 panels of 10 x 20 mins each panel




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#9016 Sharpless 82 - The Little Cocoon Nebula

Posted by dcrowson on 02 August 2014 - 08:53 PM

Sharpless 82 (LBN 129, DG 159 or the Little Cocoon Nebula) is a reflection nebula located approximately 3,600 light-years away in Sagitta. The whole area is filled with dust and dark nebulae including LBN 725 and 727.

Luminance – 12x600s – 120 minutes – binned 1x1
RGB – 8x300s – 40 minutes each – binned 2x2

240 minutes total exposure – 4 hours

Imaged July 23rd and 27th, 2014 at the Danville Conservation Area (New Florence, Missouri) with a SBIG ST-8300M on an Astro-Tech AT90EDT at f/6.7 603mm.

LRGB - https://www.flickr.c...2021943/sizes/l

This is another nebula on the Astronomy League’s Bright Nebula Program.




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#7343 Thor's Helmet, NGC 2359

Posted by Tinman on 30 December 2013 - 08:33 PM

5 hours, LRGB&HA(2nm)

AstroTech AT6RC, SBIG ST10-XME/CFW8a


Done at my observatory in Cheyenne, WY. USATH2L_ RGB_reg  copy(1).jpg

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#8529 Back to NAOJ in Mitaka Japan

Posted by Guest on 21 April 2014 - 04:54 PM

As some of you will know, I was in Japan for the past 2 weeks, therefore, I went back to the Mitaka campus where the NAOJ is located.


The NAOJ moved to this location after the Kanto plain earthquake in 1929.


This time I thought I'd take some video to give you all a better idea of the telescopes and campus in general. Its well worth a visit if you are in the area.



Clear Skies




#7704 Sharpless 218

Posted by dcrowson on 01 February 2014 - 10:02 PM

Sharpless 218 (or LBN 750) is a large but extremely faint dust cloud located in Auriga.

Luminance – 12x600s – 120 minutes – binned 1x1
RGB – 8x300s – 40 minutes each – binned 2x2

240 minutes total exposure – 4 hours

Imaged January 28th, 2014 at the Danville Conservation Area (New Florence, Missouri) with a SBIG ST-8300M on an Astro-Tech AT90EDT at f/6.7 603mm.

LRGB - http://www.flickr.co...804483/sizes/l/


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#7654 Jupiter and nice alignment of the main moons

Posted by Guest on 29 January 2014 - 08:52 PM

By the time I was finished with M82 the cigar galaxy, Jupiter was already starting to set in the west at about only 30-35 degs up! So I did a quick smash and grab!


2000 frames at 60fps with the new DMK21-618 mono ccd camera, all stacked in registax.




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Darth (Neil)

#7376 Not keeping count but ....

Posted by steveward53 on 31 December 2013 - 06:58 PM

.....  here's my 2013 Scorecard ...  :D



January.       10/31      32.25%

February.     8/28        28.6%

March.          9/31        29%

April.            17/30      56.7%

May.             25/31      80.6%

June.            25/30      83.3%

July.             22/31       71%

August.        27/31       87.1%

September.  12/30      40%

October.      15/31       48.4%

November.   20/30       66.7%

December.   20/31       64.5%


Overall for 2013.      210/365       57.5%





Two images published including a Photo of the Month in "Sky at Night" magazine.



Here's to a clear blue 2014 ....  B)

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#7302 My 2013 in images

Posted by swag72 on 28 December 2013 - 08:50 PM

Didn't have anything to do this morning, so decided to put together a montage of some of my favourite images from 2013.


Hope you like it.


Images of 2013............. by swag72, on Flickr

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#7125 Still working on the Helix Nebula

Posted by RickS on 12 December 2013 - 11:58 AM

Working on my Helix Nebula again...  22 hours of Ha, 22 hours of OIII and a smattering of RGB just to colour the stars nicely.  Perhaps a little more work to do but I think it is shaping up nicely...




Constructive criticism appreciated!



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#6995 M45 with the wrong camera!

Posted by Guest on 05 December 2013 - 03:44 PM

Not an original target by any mean but one hell of a challenge for sure!!!


Here is my attempt at M45 with and ST10 NAG (None anti blooming gate) CCD camera? And that was a big mistake?


It was a little too wet but clear nevertheless last night, therefore I decided to press my BadyQ into use, since its the most tolorant of bad weather conditions. Also I selected M45, since I have never imaged it with a CCD camera. The last time was a long time ago and was with a DSLR. Unfortunately, my ST10 is too sensative and was blooming all over the place, you can still see what look like residual streeks in the image. The problem was that the blooms were so big and so long that they were taking out other stars, so I had to paint them back in by hand. This has resulted in some strange multicolour stars in the final image. Neverming, at least I managed to image something, right.





Lets hope we get some more clear nights because I might go back to this with my DSLR once more. Never again with the ST10... It far too much work and some stars are distroyed in the processing...


Clear Skies





#6788 Flying Horse Nebula

Posted by Captain Tweaky on 25 November 2013 - 11:44 AM

Well finally I managed to use my William Optics GTF81 for imaging for the first time a couple of nights ago. I managed just 5x600 Ha : 5x600 OIII : 3x800 SII before the wind knocked the guiding off!! The target was The Flying Horse Nebula (aka The Wizard Nebula) NGC 7380. 
I found the OIII & SII were very faint so the first result is a bit of an unusual colour palette and it is a bit soft. The re-process is a sort-of Hubble Palette very much restricted by the amount of data and lots of lovely 'noise'!!!
Compared to some of the magnificent images that I've just been looking at on the forum, these are certainly a bit 'average'  :(  - but hey - I'm glad to have finally used the 'scope that I bought at an astronomy show very much earlier in the year!!  :)
Yours aye - Cap'n

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#5789 Astrophotogrphy for beginners - what not to do?

Posted by Andromeda on 17 September 2013 - 05:12 PM

Hi Neil,

Definately a good article especially for those who are just starting with astrophotography! Thanks for writing this article.
Is there anywhere in the Netherlands or Belgium a place where I could follow a training or workshop astrophotography?

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#5707 Everyone is my freind here :)

Posted by klaatu2u on 10 September 2013 - 09:38 PM

Well I've never used the friend feature here, mainly as i wouldn't want anyone to feel they weren't. And it's something else I'd need to do and I am just lazy.


With that in mind, If you are in the hobby and posting in here - hello friend!  Even if you have not joined and are just reading, howdy fellow astro enthusiast! to those that have joined, Nice to read your posts and happy to meet you here - look forward to future astro-talk via electric ink, and thanks by the way!

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#5677 Hubble Telescope Finds New Moon for Neptune

Posted by Guest on 10 September 2013 - 08:09 AM

I don't think Buzz is hanging around here!


He's got more important things to do with his time along with all the speaking engagements that he must have?


May the force be with you Buzz.



#5192 NGC7000 mosaic

Posted by Roy on 18 August 2013 - 02:49 PM

This is my most recent, and I think most successful mosaic to date.  If the weather holds tonight I'm hoping to add the pelican.  Four sets of 420 sec lights, darks and flats, merged and processed in PS5.




Thanks for looking,



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#5117 Psychedelic Helix Nebula

Posted by RickS on 16 August 2013 - 09:51 AM

A work in progress.  I'm imaging this at 2760mm focal length (f/9) so lots of data is needed.  So far I have 7 hours of Ha and 5 hours of OIII.  Here's a funky bi-colour...






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#1974 Barnard's Loop

Posted by Erk1024 on 17 February 2013 - 02:52 AM

Took this one last weekend. I think I need to add some data with an Ha filter to try to separate the nebula from the background more. Should be able to punch up the colors. So, it's kind of a work in progress.


In any case, Orion is a great constellation--so many nebulas to choose from.  :)


25 x 5 min, Modified Canon 450D + IDAS LPS filter, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II at f/4

BackyardEOS, PixInsight

Shot from the Mojave, CA



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#1292 2013 - on a modest budget

Posted by RickS on 27 January 2013 - 11:58 AM

Nice collection, Cap'n!


Takahashi FSQ-106ED on Astro-Physic AP900 mount:




GSO RC10 on AP900 mount:



I also have an Orion Optics AG12 which is a new acquisition.  If the weather ever clears I will get outside to test it...



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#9038 Sh2-129_OU4 in HST palette

Posted by Paramount on 05 August 2014 - 07:54 PM


This has been my toughest target to date mainly because of the extremely faint OU4 (Giant Squid Nebula) that lies within Sh2-129 (Flying Bat Nebula). They are strange objects in that there is Ha and SII in Sh2-129 but no OIII that I could detect and OU4 only has OIII but no Ha and SII. OU4 was discovered in 2011 by French astroimager Nicolas Outters hence the designation OU4 and it is thought to be a bi-polar planetary nebula.

Exposure times are as follows

Ha = 28x10 minutes

OIII = 45x10 minutes

SII = 23x10 minutes

As with all my current images this was taken with the Televue NP127/FLI astrograph that I'm testing on my Paramount ME with auto guiding done by a Starlight Xpress Lodestar on an Officine Stellare Falco guide scope using dithering between exposures.

The image is still a bit noisy which may be resolved by shooting more data but I'm reasonably happy with the result as my main aim was to get the squid to show. The blue channel (OIII) required more stretching than the Ha and SII hence the bluish background and didn't show any detail at all on the downloads or the stacked master frame, it didn't start to show until after the second iteration of curves before colour combining

The full size image can be seen at the following link




Thanks for looking

Best wishes



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#9027 IC1848 H-Alpha

Posted by WarriorsDrink on 04 August 2014 - 05:05 PM

this one will need redoing as i had a few guiding issues on the weekend and this shows in the image sadly


18 x 10 min subs


hope you like


14825627021_76ab69c9ba_c.jpgIC1848_Master by Jake Cannon (www.tokolosheastro.weebly.com), on Flickr

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