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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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#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.




Clear Skies



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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#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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#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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#8446 Mars - Apr 6, 2014

Posted by woolbrig on 08 April 2014 - 08:45 PM

You know, I'm not sure what happened to it!  I didn't think it was that orange!  Maybe this one looks better.

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#7335 M45 - Pleiades

Posted by Paramount on 30 December 2013 - 05:19 PM

I took this in November but have only got round to processing it, it was taken with the Televue NP127is/FLI system that I am testing on a Paramount ME. This is 24x10 minutes Luminanace and 12x10 minutes each for RGB. It was taken over 4 nights. The full size version is at the following link


Thanks for looking
Best wishes



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#6543 New Capture and some more progress...

Posted by JimMinCT on 05 November 2013 - 12:19 AM

Hey all,
I've been out grabbing photons like a madman... :) Here are some of my latest attempts:
2.5 Hrs on M74 in Pisces... This sucker is just a mini version of M33 or M101... A black hole that will suck as much exposure time up as you can give it.... :)

M74 2.5 hrs.jpg

A moodier rework of my M42/M43 I like the silhouette of the alien in there... I also love the HDR Multiscale transform routine in PI. Completely salvaged the core without having to do anything else to it. No layers, nothing... Good Deal.

M42 M43 30m rev 1.jpg

I'm up to just over 3 Hrs on the Crab... Lots of red "webbing" showing up now.

M1 3h.jpg

This is a little planetary I spotted while waiting for M1 to show up. I may get more time on this as it has a really neat webbed structure I've seen in pics.

Oh, and I got my UPS tracking number for the new scope!!! Now it's a race who gets here first, the rain, or the scope!
Thanks for looking!

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#5225 North America and Pelican Nebulas (Sharpless 117) Mosaic

Posted by dcrowson on 20 August 2013 - 08:45 PM

The North America Nebula (NGC 7000 and Caldwell 20) and the Pelican Nebula (IC 5070 and IC 5067) are both large emission nebulas located between 1,600 and 1,800 light-years away in Cygnus. They are collectively designated as Sharpless 117.


Top Left


Ha – 9x1800s – 270 minutes – binned 1x1

RGB – 8x300s – 40 minutes each – binned 2x2


Top Right / Bottom Left / Bottom Right


Ha – 10x1800s – 300 minutes each – binned 1x1

RGB – 8x300s – 40 minutes each – binned 2x2


1650 minutes total exposure – 27 hours 30 minutes


Imaged from Dardenne Prairie, Missouri over eleven nights in May, June and July, 2013 with a SBIG ST-8300M on an Astro-Tech AT90EDT at f/6.7 603mm.


HaRGB - http://www.flickr.co...son/9555816819/


RGB - http://www.flickr.co...son/9558604154/


Ha only - http://www.flickr.co...son/9558603526/


Look at the full size versions with the links above. I could only attach downsized versions.




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#4944 M27/27 6/7 august

Posted by todd8137 on 07 August 2013 - 05:11 PM

Hi all it was a decent night last night a little high thin cloud ,but hey take the chances when ya can both M27/45 were both
Around 1hour 10 mins worth of light frame data ,i used stock darks bias and flats (which did not work out well at all) heres the details also yhe fl of my scope is 950mm would a reducer be any good and what size i only have dslr's tho?
5" Edt frac
Cannon 600d- huetech idas type 2 LP filter
80mm optic star gold 80mm- qhy5 guide cam
Old laptop
All mounted on the Cgem goto on the pier
I had to throw about 25 subs from each run because of high thin cloud what a pain but hey ho
Here they are these took some playing with after as the noise and cloud killed them

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