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  1. 6 points
    A partial LRGB view of LBN468, a dark nebula in Cepheus. The image represents just over 12 hours integration time and was taken with my Esprit 150. In addition to being very dim, this object also has quite a few blue stars that shine within the redish/brown dust clouds. Since I've previously found that stars with different colours to the surrounding dust generally means challenging processing should be expected, I decided to experiment with the program Straton which enables the star field to be separated from the dust, allowing the stars to be processed separately from the rest of the image. By the way, you don't often see close up views of this object, I selected it mainly for mount performance testing, rather than its aesthetics - I've recently acquired various items of new equipment and I wanted see how these impacted on my unguided mount performance. Alan LIGHTS: L:34, R:18, G:12, B:9 x 600s; DARKS:30, BIAS:100, FLATS:40 all at -20C.
  2. 4 points
    Craters, craters everywhere (especially that Northwest quadrant) It's a bit blown on the east side I think, but generally speaking, I'm happy with this. Would love to order myself RGB filters now and take it a step further EXIF: Mount: SW SA Imaging scope: SW ST80 Imaging camera: ZWO ASI 120mm Mono Capture Sofware: Sharpcap 3,1 Editing Software: LightRoom Capture Data: [ZWO ASI120MM] Pan=0 Tilt=0 Output Format=SER file (*.ser) Binning=1 Capture Area=1280x960 Colour Space=MONO16 Temperature=14 Discard Split Frames=Off High Speed Mode=Off Turbo USB=40 Flip=None Frame Rate Limit=30 fps Gain=4(Auto) Exposure=0.001402(Auto) Timestamp Frames=Off Brightness=9 Auto Exp Max Gain=50 Auto Exp Max Exp M S=30000 Auto Exp Target Brightness=100 Apply Flat=None Subtract Dark=None #Black Point Display Black Point=0 #MidTone Point Display MidTone Point=0.5 #White Point Display White Point=1 TimeStamp=2018-08-29T23:31:25.2121863Z SharpCapVersion=3.1.5219.0
  3. 3 points
    A quick single frame capture at 200mm with the moon not much above the horozon at 5 degrees. No adjustments to colour, this is the naked eye view, which is rather lovely I feel. No work tomorrow and a clear sky means proper images later.
  4. 1 point
    Wow that is beautiful!
  5. 1 point
    I'm currently using the 120 mono on my ST80 and it works a treat, same usb configuration too. Having absolutely no issues with it. For my money, I'd definitely recommend it
  6. 1 point
    ED80 is a superb scope. I have this and a FSQ85 which costs 10x as much. The ED80 is 90% of the quality, it's that good. GLWTS
  7. 1 point
    Very nice set of images, particularly the "blue" image, is it inverted?
  8. 1 point
    Nice looking Saturn. I have reprocessed images from years back, nothing wrong with trying again as your techniques improve and software gets better.
  9. 1 point
    I have been looking at Mars on and off over the last month or so and have not seen much more than a red shimmering blob. Anyway, I decided to at least have a go at imaging it once this apparition despite its low altitude. I used the Marlborough College Blackett Observatory's Thomas Cooke 10" refractor and a ZWO ASI 120MC-S, shooting a 5000 frame video over a couple of minutes, stacking the best 22% of frames in AS!3, running wavelets in Registax and then a final tweak in Photoshop. Relatively happy with the result, but it's pretty poor really!
  10. 1 point
    Very nicely captured and presented Reggie!
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