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  1. 34 points
    I posted these on CN last night & thought I'd post them here on SGL as well: there are 2 or 3 other images on about the same level as these but I chose these 2 to create a couple of our "Somersaulting Saturns" for the website... Check out the website http://momilika.net/ & click on the Saturn icon & then go to the "Latest Saturns" link to see a bit more info but SGL should accept the .pngs at full scale...if not they'll definitely be full-size on our website! ps: The top image is from the ASI174MM & the bottom from the ASI224MC!
  2. 34 points
    I'm currently on 'astro-holiday' at Kiripotib in Namibia. First target on the list was (of course) the Carina Nebula. Below you'll find a (very) quick process of the 52x5minutes of data I gathered. Used a unmodded Nikon D600 with a 107/700 APM with Riccardi Reducer, mounted on Fornax 51 and guided by my Lacerta MGEN. Setup works like a charm! Quite pleased already with the result I must say, especially considering the fact I'm using a non-modified camera
  3. 33 points
    Rogelio Bernal Andreo pointed this one out: patches of dust near the Black Eye Galaxy (M64). I found this one quite difficult to process and I'm still not sure if I'm happy with the colours... There's a large difference in brightness between M64 and the lane of dust. Usually I try to keep away from local brightness adjustments, but this time I had to process M64 separately, because otherwise it would be completely overexposed. Captured last weekend from Grandpré (Ardennes, Northern France). Total integration time of 5 hours and 40 minutes. 5 minutes subs @ ISO 400. Takahashi Epsilon-180ED and Nikon D810a.
  4. 32 points
    Just had this image published in the BBC Sky at Night Magazine,
  5. 31 points
    Hey, could gather some data of M31. 33x600sec L je 6x300sec 2x2Bin for R,G und B 5x900sec Halpha. at astrobin: http://www.astrobin.com/205766/ i need to gather more exposure time for RGB and Halpha... More L would be also fine The colors may not be realistic but i like it Looking forward for your opinions. best regards!
  6. 29 points
    Just the right size for my focal length and chip. However you capture and process this galaxy , it remains a big scruffy ball of stars and hydrogen clouds. I have to say though it is possibly my favourite object in the night sky. You see this processed with so many different colour variations, it is tricky to get any colour in to the core at all. This image is a combination of data captured during 2014 and 2015, totalling 14.5 hours of exposure time. Altair Astro 6" RC and Atik 460ex. Captured in Sequence Generator Pro and processed in Pixinsight & CS5. Hope you like
  7. 29 points
    Tom took charge of getting me a large print done by his regular photoprinter in Ireland and it shipped over, but then got delayed for long enough for us to have gone on holiday by the time it arrived. However, our friend Ray noticed it on the van driver's list while receiving something himself and told the driver he'd take it. He then lent us his minibus so that while Tom was here on holiday we could collect it from the framers. The good people at the Crayon Gris art shop in Sisteron handled the framing. They, too, are friends because Monique exhibits with them. (The multiple virtues of small communities!) It's framed in aluminium extrusion and behind museum quality plexiglass. The framers pointed out the danger of glass at this size, it's extreme weight and prodigious expense. In fact it's very transparent on far less reflective than it appears in the photo. We run a guest house so we don't want anything dangerous, either. So this is only a tiny fraction of what would be possible in terms of size from our 33 panel mosaic but we didn't have a wall that could take anything bigger! All good fun. Olly - and thanks to Tom and Ray along with Francis and Cécile of the Crayon Gris.
  8. 28 points
    I've been waiting a very long time to make this post. My journey into astrophotography started nearly two years ago when I realised that just seeing beautiful objects in the eyepiece wasn't going to cut it.... I needed to show other people these wondrous things, and I couldnt keep waking my girlfriend up at four in the morning Being a total newbie (typical story, owned a Tasco refractor for about five minutes when I was too young to even point the thing) I burned through a half dozen unsuitable scopes on the way to my current imaging rig, a 102ED doublet APO. Even then, my first attempts failed dismally due to a total inability to polar align (house in the way) and no guiding setup. My first attempt was a pretty terrible M42, unguided, I could barely manage 30 second exposures on the HEQ-5, so poor was the alignment... I got something alright out of it with processing, but nowhere near the posters here. I resolved to improve. Then...I got a new job, all my time was eaten up for a whole year, but finally I am ready to start again. I've waited night after night, checking and rechecking my equipment, and tonight was a whole 10 hours of clear (hazy, moonlit but I'll take it!) sky... I chose the first deep sky object I ever saw, back with my AstroMaster 114 Hall-Newtonian (yes, yes I know, horrible) but it caught my breath even through such a mediocre scope.... Tonight I was back, with Canon 6D and SX Lodestar guiding, although STILL not properly polar-aligned so relying 100% on guiding to correct polar drift... amazingly this setup works very well despite being relatively cheap and low-tech. It's a lot of preamble for not a lot of result, but I couldn't be happier May I present, with a bare minimum of stretching, no darks, no flats and no bias..... M13. I'm happy with it
  9. 27 points
    Thanks to FunkyKoval35 I now have the correct designation for this target! I like to think of it as a great rift running through the Soul - This perspective certainly gives that feel. I've been working on this for an age it would seem. The weather in Spain has not been kind at all and I didn't gather as much data as I had planned as I'd given up hope and lost the will to live. All comments welcome. IC1871 is part of the Soul nebula (IC1848). Located in the constellation of Cassiopeia it is thought to be approximately 7500 light years from Earth. This is an emission nebula, so responds well to narrowband filters. Details Mount: Avalon LInear Fast Reverse Telescope: Orion Optics ODK10 Camera: QSI683 ws-g with 3nm Ha, OIII and SII filters. 22x1800s Ha 17x1800s OIII 14x1800s SII Totalling 25 hours and 30 minutes. You can see a higher res version here
  10. 27 points
    We were blessed with several clear nights at the Kielder Star Camp last weekend so I got a chance to get some images, still working on the timelapses (very time consuming) but here's some standalone pics... A row of scopes at Kielder on the Thursday night... Me sorting out some mount problems... Another row of scopes at Kielder - in order there's my setup, John's (focaldepth), Kev and Lynn from Sunderland AS, then more from Sunderland behind them... Venus, Jupiter and Mars rising over the campsite... yep, that's frost on the bridge... Venus, Jupiter and Mars rising over the campsite... still a fair number of people up at 5:30am.. Orion through a modded 650D - I'm quite chuffed to have gotten Barnards Loop... A closer view o the guys from Sunderland AS's imaging 'mission control'... More scopes!!! Another Orion - Barnards Loop didn't show up so well but some mist in the air and a smidgeon of condensation on my lens highlights the main stars nicely... Hope you enjoyed them - the star camp was fantastic - whoever organised the weather deserves a medal!! James
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