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  1. 56 points
    First attempt and first clear morning after 2 weeks of bad astrophotography weather. Taken about 2 hrs before sunrise on 07/13/2020 The image still has some startrails from the comet stacking mode in DSS. I've used the comet stacking mode and normal stacking mode and blended both together in Photoshop to get the comet with its starfield rather than startrails. Difficult process to do this manually. If someone knows a method/software that does comet stacking with its starfield, please let me know. DSS failed me on several occasions using comet+star stacking method. Ken Equipment and image detail: Nikon d610 TS72 APO + TS72flat settings: 432mm, f6, iso400, 40min. Different exposures ranging from 30 sec to 5 sec. Tracking: Skywatcher Star Adventurer software: Stacking: Deepskystacker 4.2.2 Processing: Adobe Photoshop
  2. 44 points
    Just a one minute exposure of comet C/2020 F3 from last night showing an ion tail at least ten degrees long. Samyang 135mm f2 and Canon 700D.
  3. 34 points
    I re-stacked the data with the 50-100 mm zoom with flats, bias and darks, and got a clearly better result, I feel I also stacked just 10 of the long sequence of images I took with the 200 mm F/2.8 (30s, F/2.8, ISO 200) Quite a bit of detail coming out. These were stacked in Astro Pixel Processor, with some tweaks with GIMP. Both show signs the ion tail has two different colours showing: blueish on the right and orange on the right. I don't think I can stack more images in APP without incurring motion blur of the comet, so will give DSS a spin. That may take a while, because of the need of manually labelling the comet location in a HUGE number of files.
  4. 33 points
    07-08-2020 Shot over Lake Mead near Las Vegas, NV Canon 5D Mark II and 70-200mm lens at 70mm f3.5 ISO 400, 15 seconds 07-08-2020 Explore Scientific ED127mm telescope with .7x reducer/flattener (665mm fl) ZWO ASI1600mm cooled camera 5x 10second exposures through each RGB filter. Total Exposure time: 2 minutes, 30 seconds
  5. 30 points
    Another great morning capturing this beauty of a comet. I really hope she holds together as she passes around the sun. I think even more people will get a chance to view it once it's in the early evening sky. But I'm not complaining about getting up at 1am, leaving the house at 1:30am, arriving at my observing location at 2:15am and heading home at 5:15am. It was worth every minute. And my dogs were happy to get a run in the park at 5:30am before the triple-digit temps hit us yet again here in the Vegas Valley. I'm still working on a wide-angle timelapse of the comet rising in the east that I'll share later in a separate post but here's three closeup's from today. If you remember my post from yesterday, I was using my ED127mm which is 655mm focal length with the reducer/flattener. Well, today I took my StellarVue SV70T which is 380mm with the reducer/flattener because I wanted to try and capture all of the tail. It's TOO BIG even for the 380mm to really capture the whole thing! Comet C/2020 F3 Neowise StellarVue SV70T with .8x reducer flattener (380mm FL) ZWO ASI1600mm cooled camera (-15°) This is a series of multiple exposures at 30 seconds, 15 seconds, and 10 seconds through LRGB filters totaling 25 minutes, 40 seconds. You can make out the pale blue ion tail trailing off the left side in this image. 15-second exposures through LRGB totaling 300 seconds 10-second exposures through LRGB totaling 200 seconds. In this frame, you can really see dawn fast approaching.
  6. 29 points
    It had been a long time since I'd processed narrowband data so I was very encouraged by the response to the image of Melotte 15 that I posted a couple of weeks ago - thank you for all the comments and likes which were much appreciated. I was really happy with that image when I posted it but as I've lived with it I began to dislike that the central column of gas (that some call the dancing man - but I can also see what looks like a peacock in there!) was so yellow and it also began to look a bit blocky and unrefined. Thanks to some great advice from @ollypenrice and @Martin-Devon I've done a couple of reprocesses and each time, I think, improved the result. Now I still think @swag72's version sets the bar, and my rendition comes nowhere near matching hers but I've been over this data so many times that I am calling this finished. I have, though, learnt so much processing this data (which is the same as before: 10 hours of Ha in 600s subs and a further 18 hours of OIII in 1200s subs) and it makes me want to go back and reprocess a lot of the other narrowband targets that I've never really been happy with! Anyway, here is the reprocessed version: Same kit, obviously, but for completeness: TS Optics 130 Apo; iOptron CEM40; Atik OAG with QHY5L II; Atik EFW2 with 5nm Ha and 3nm OIII Astrodon filters; Atik 460 ex. Captured using SGPro and processed using PixInsight and PS. Thanks for looking, Ian
  7. 29 points
    Set my alarm for 1.30 this morning, drove out into the mendips and dragged by backside and gear up to the highest point, Black Down Hill for panoramic views over Bristol. The beautiful comet and NLC display made it very worth it! Comet was easily naked eye and filled the FoV of my 8x50 bins. Pics with 1200d and Sigma 18-200mm.
  8. 28 points
    Single image taken by Canon GX7 Mk II at 4:06 CET.
  9. 26 points
    The W__I__D__E picture . Get the IMAX monitor out!! Stitch along the horizon. Could not wait any longer to get Venus and Uranus....they were tantalisingly close to rising..otherwise I would have lost Jupiter. Solar system get-together. Astronomical distancing applies..... Seven frames. Canon G7X. North Yorkshire. Saturday night. 2.20'ish am.
  10. 24 points
    Not quite happy with the background, will add flats and darks later, but very happy with the level of detail in this stack of 9 images taken with my Canon EOS 80D with Sigma 50-100mm F/1.8 ART zoom at 100mm on my EQ3-2 mount, each exposure 30 s at F/1.8, ISO 200. The tail is clearly longer than the FOV of my 200mm F/2.8. I am also very pleased at the performance of this Sigma zoom at full aperture. Clearly not just a perfect portrait zoom, but excellent at wide-field astro-imaging
  11. 23 points
    Hey guys, If you are like me and like to enjoy a couple of beer while gazing at the sky, you ,no doubts, have know the issue of kicking an open bottle in the dark (which for the less lucky of us might end up in the EP case). THIS IS NOW A THING FROM THE PAST! I present to you the lastest dob mod, derived from technologies inspired by NASA itself, ... the retractable cup holder! Clear skies, Raphael PS: you could even use it for tea... you lot sure seem to like it
  12. 23 points
    Regular Clouds, Noctilucent Clouds, a Cityscape and a Comet. Unfortunately by the time the Noctilucent Clouds came along Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) had risen quite a lot so was tricky to get some foreground action in as well so the comet is tiny in the panorama. Neowise was easily visible naked-eye, even over the heavily light polluted city of Leeds. A Bit Of Everything. by Stuart, on Flickr Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) by Stuart, on Flickr
  13. 22 points
    This is my first naked eye comet and second comet ever(Wirtanen being my first) and I was truly amazed with how it looked through my Helios Apollo 15X70 binoculars! The tail was so obvious and just barely visible with averted vision naked eye. I really hope I get one more change to see this comet, but the weather here in Denmark isn't great at the moment... Just to share the images here as well, here they are: This single widefield shot is cropped almost 100% and shot with a 50mm prime lens at about 03:30AM Stack of 32X1sec exposures with 100ISO through the Evostar 72. These were shot right before the previous widefield image. I really hope everyone will have the opportunity to see this comet! It was truly amazing to see as my first ever naked eye comet. Compared to Wirtanen, which was a small fuzzy star through my Helios Apollo 15X70, this comet is a lot more exciting and the tail is beautiful! Clear skies, Victor
  14. 21 points
    Hi What a great time to be enjoying astronomy. So many fantastic photos on the forum and the internet in general. Here is one from 2am this morning from a local beauty spot just up the road from me. "Beaghmore is a complex of early Bronze Age megalithic features, stone circles and cairns, on the south-east edge of the Sperrin Mountains. Possibly the site could mark a focal point for religious and/or social gatherings. Some archaeologists believe that the circles have been constructed in relation to the rising of the sun at the solstice, or to record the movements of the sun and moon acting as observatories for particular lunar, solar or stellar events. Three of the stone rows point to the sunrise at the time of the solstice and another is aligned towards moonrise at the same period. However, most of the remains at Beaghmore do not indicate very accurate alignments upon specific astronomical features." I used my Nikon D800E and an old Tokina 28-70mm F2.6 lens, 30s exposure on a SA mount. Thanks for looking Adam
  15. 20 points
    Went out last night to try and get a different shot to those I took recently. More of an arty minimalistic approach. Not sure how it came out in the end but I quite liked it.
  16. 20 points
    Two from yesterday morning 02.45am, 5 min walk from home. pentax K5+pentax HD 55-300 ED WR iso 2500 1.6 secs f5.8
  17. 19 points
    Got up at 2:30 yesterday morning, travelled an hour by car, but it was an awesome sight, totally worth it and the most lovely binocular object!
  18. 19 points
    Totally amazing again tonight. I waited two hours for the clouds to clear, but it was worth it! And as quick as it cleared, it clouded over again.
  19. 18 points
    I saw it for the first time last night, it’s very impressive. Took this last night about 11:30 with my Samyang 135 mm at F2.8. It’s a small stack of 16 images.
  20. 18 points
    Just received my dibond print of my veil mosaic, thrilled to say the least. The photo makes it look a little washed out when in fact it looks quite the opposite.
  21. 18 points
    I have seen some lovely images on this Comet, far better than I can do but I thought I would throw my penny in the bucket from this morning a little after 4am! Almost painfull to drag myself out of a bed into a warm morning of clear starry skies without a breath of wind, to stand in splendid isolation in a rural environment with Comet Neowise making my jaw brush the floor. No idea it had got that good. After some pictures and a look through the binos I just sat down in the field and realised I had Jupiter and Saturn behind me. The moon on my right shoulder and Venus rising in the east. Neowise is the giant cherry on the most amazing cake I ever took a bite of.
  22. 18 points
    What a night !!!!! Two scopes cooled and ready plus 11x70 binoculars. Fabulous naked eye comet complete with long tail. Galaxies, nebulae and clusters showing wonderfully overhead. Jupiter with the Great Red Spot bang in the centre of the disk with a lovely arrangement of it's moons and background stars to compliment it. Just waiting for Saturn to round off the sort of session that has not occurred for a long, long time. Simply glorious
  23. 18 points
    Not a lot of astrophoto going on this time of year but 2 days ago I got a magnificent display of NLC down by the lake close to where I live. I also managed to capture Neowise but it´s too small to be visible here This was only stitched in Lightroom so there are a few artifacts. Need to do it in a proper panorama program. Someday...
  24. 17 points
    This is a combination of 300s and 30s subs, combined using layer masks in PS. 300s - 72 L, 24 each in RGB, 30s - 160 L, 50 each in RGB. Processed in PI. Hope you like it, comments welcomed as always. Steve https://astrob.in/jq513s/E/
  25. 17 points
    I managed to capture 3hours of O3 data last night to go along with my 4hours Ha data I had collected at the start of the month. So I combined them to make a Bicolour image, just twiddled the saturation in CS6 to make to my eyes a rather pleasing pallette. I have not used any sharpening just star reduction and some smoothing. scope WO FLT98 camera Atik 460 mono filters Baader Ha 7.5nm OIII 8.5nm
  26. 17 points
    I posted some initial jpegs from my outing with Neowise last night, but here are the finished stacked, cropped and processed images. The images were captured between 10:30pm and 11pm on 10 July, from close to Tacolneston Mast in South Norfolk. They are all from 2s sub exposures at ISO1600 using my camera tripod mounted Nikon D90 DSLR. The 1st was using a Nikon 18-200 zoom (at 200mm). the other 2 were taken through a cheap 62/520 Revelation Astro achromatic scope attached to the D90. Each stack comprises between 11-16 x 2s sub images, manually aligned on the comet nucleus, then cropped and post processed using ImagesPlus software. The comet was easily naked eye by 11pm, but unfortunately clouds moved in very soon after that, so I headed home. I later saw the comet from my back garden seen between trees and my neighbour's house in a darker sky just after 2am this morning. The tail was between 4-5 degrees long and I estimate the comet at mag 2 or brighter; a very easy naked eye object.
  27. 17 points
    Hey guys/gals, here's the video of the comet that I created from a series of my stills. Details: Canon 5D MarkII, 24-70mm f2.8 lens, ISO 400, Shutter speed starts out at 15 seconds but changes to 2 seconds and finally 1/2 second as dawn arrives. You'll see the jump in exposures. The closeups at the end you have probably already seen here in an earlier post. I'd love to get some new subscribers to my new YouTube channel. Will you be the person that puts me in double-digits?! https://youtu.be/J-W-7Ioohr8
  28. 17 points
    Perhaps not as impressive as all those amazing images, but here's my sketch from 10.57Ut last night. In my 4" apo and with a 35mm Eudiascopic eyepiece the comet all but crossed the entire field of view. At high power using a 3.4mm HR eyepiece the nuclear region revealed nice structure.
  29. 16 points
    An animated gif. 26 x 15 second images over a period of about 12 minutes. Canon 6d. 75-300mm zoom @ 230mm. ISO400. Tracked on a Skywatcher AZ GOTO mount. I wish I'd captured RAW files instead of JPEGs. Next time...
  30. 15 points
    Well I've never been on this section before, but I have a photo ! Comet Neowise from tonight. Andrew
  31. 15 points
    What a fantastic first view of Comet Neowise, and probably the best display I've ever seen of Noctilucent Clouds. I was on site at Penistone Hill by midnight, and the comet was immediately visible. For the first hour or so it played hide and seek with various amounts of low cloud, but after that the sky was mostly clear. At it's best around 2 am before the sky lightened very much when it was a beautiful naked eye view. I first noticed the Noctilucent clouds about 2.14 am, a really magnificent display, my photos hardly do it credit. The dancing tendrils of the luminous NCs was a sight to behold. The photos are in the order I took them, and were taken from 2.09 to 3.23 am. The first and last were taken with my SW 72ED, and the others were with an Olympus 25mm f1.8 lens and the Olympus E-M5 Mk11. Visually I used the 72ED and my Nikon 10 x 50s. I finally packed up and left the site at 4.20am. What a night!
  32. 14 points
    What a frustrating night. I was just about to go to bed (Jul 12, 01:15) when i decided to have a quick look outside (it was supposed to be completely clouded over) and lo-and-behold i could see stars! So i decided to ignore the fact i had already had a few beers, and try and set up the scope in double-quick time, in case i could grab a few quick snaps of Neowise between the clouds. There was only 80 mins of Nautical Darkness left, and i had to set up from scratch, so i decided early on that i would only aim for 30s subs and not even bother guiding or even connecting the dew bands. As it turned out, i couldn't even see Polaris through the polar scope, so had to rely on Sharpcap for the full PA routine (normally i would do a rough PA using EQMod). This took a good 15-20 mins, instead of the usual 5 mins, but i was just happy to get a good PA done! I wasn't prepared at all, so i had to get the RA and Dec co-ordinates from Heavens-Above, and quickly set up a sequence in SGP. Found the comet with no bother and got framed and focused. Then just started shooting 30s subs and hoped for the best. By this time, it was 02:45 and Nautical Darkness had passed. I was just hoping for a 5 min window with no clouds (i took over 70 subs) but alas, no such luck. Despite the skies overhead being totally clear, the clouds to the North never cleared, and every single sub was affected by thick cloud Rather than just bin them all, i decided to try and at least process one of them. I was able to find 3 potential candidates where at least a fair bit of the comet was visible (i might still try the other 2) and this was the best i could manage. Happy enough that i at least came out with some sort of image, but boy was it frustrating not to have even a 5 min window of clear sky! The forecast here is pretty terrible now for the next 6 days, so fingers crossed this isn't the only opportunity i get at this. Nikon D5300; HEQ5-Pro 1 x 30s, ISO 200 Calibrated in APP, processed in PS. Thanks for looking and CS!
  33. 14 points
    Comet C/2020 F3 Neowise!! finally managed to capture it after 3 days of waking up at 4:30am, trying to avoid monsoon clouds here in India. Brightest comet of my lifetime glad to have gotten the tail too in the single shot! I am quite close to the equator so the window for getting a shot of extremely narrow, and no possibility of getting it with a dark background. Hope you enjoy the pics - Shivam
  34. 14 points
    My effort from Sunday morning. I was a bit annoyed at the contrail initially and even more so by the out-of-focus clothes line (perils of back garden astrophotography) but at just before 3.00 am it was a nice visual sight. Canon 200 mm lens, 1 sec @ ISO 800
  35. 14 points
    My images of the over the last couple of nights from Denham Quarry Trig Point on Hough Hill near Preston CS, Andy Friday 10th July: Canon 6D with 50mm, 0.8s Canon 6D with 100mm, 5s Saturday 11th July: Canon 6D with 70-200mm F4 + 1.4x extender @ 280mm, f5.6, ISO3200, 26x20s
  36. 14 points
    The new base for the Bresser 10” dob is finished. Made from marine ply with a teak stain and Osmo oil finish. Built it a bit taller than the stock base. Bolted together with cast aluminium corner brackets. Fitted a few large PTFE washers on the centre bolt to take a little weight off the Az bearing. The Az movement was good before but now it’s perfect as well as the Alt movement. The large castors make it possible to roll it over the lawn as well as the patio. Over all very pleased with the end result. So much nicer than a melmine covered mdf base as well as being very durable.
  37. 14 points
    Had my first proper view of NEOWISE this morning after only one previous view the morning before between thick cloud. Living in the beautiful Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire in the UK it is not always easy to get a clear view of the horizon due to the hilly nature of the Forest however, the placement of the comet this morning put if right over one of the large ponds nearby. The view of the comet in this idyllic setting was quite something but then to be complemented by a stunning NLC display was truly memorable. A wonderful morning under a beautiful sky. Assuming I have uploaded the images correctly the image details are as follows: Wide/panorama shots: Canon EOS 100d with L series 17-40 mm lens set at 32mm, ISO 800 with 13 seconds each exposure for the three images in the panorama Close up image: Canon EOS 100d with L series 70-200 set as 150mm, ISO 1600 and 800 stack of 11 images with a total time of 2 mins. Tracked using a Omegon Mini Track LX2 All the best and clear skies to you.
  38. 14 points
    This was taken around lunch time today, using a 60mm lunt with a 290MM camera at the native FL of 500mm. I recently installed a small SSD to my PC, so even with USB2 I was still getting 20FPS at full size. Prior to installing the SDD, the old HDD would not even run the camera at full resolution, and I had to crop to 800x800 ROI to get it even recording at all. This was also my first outing with my Lunt external pressure tuner - and it is really something else. It worked perfectly, and allowed me to fine tune the solar surface to eliminate the bright spot I normally get. In addition I was able to tune in the proms and recorded these in the same video as the surface. These were 60s videos, so around 1200 frames recorded and I stacked the best 10%. Gamma was set to off, and gain was set to zero. The camera is very sensitive and it was recording at a 2.5ms. There is still a slight broad vertical lined pattern visible, is this NRs? I use a tilt adapter maybe it needs tweaked a bit? I tried different mosaic software, this was the best result, just using PS itself. C+C welcome.
  39. 14 points
    Magnificent night! Drove 30 mins and hiked a mile in the dark to the top of Blackdown Hill in the mendips but the panoramic views all round were really something else. Just with the naked eye there was beautiful NLC, a once in a generation comet, the milky way, the Pleiades Jupiter, Saturn, Mars the moon and Venus. Tons more with the 8x50 monocular. Carlsberg don't do stargazing nights, but if they did.....
  40. 14 points
    Martin Pugh, rather generously, recently released some data of NGC253 to the public as a way to show what the setups he manages are capable of. The data can be downloaded by anyone wishing to have a play here: http://www.mrpugh55.cba-sierras.com/NGC253HaLRGB.zip The setup used for this shot is a Planewave 17" CDK f6.8 on a Paramount ME, located in Chile. Camera is an SBIG STXL11002 with AOX, and Astrodon LRGB Gen II, 3nm Ha. This is 1 Hour of Lum and RGB each in 20 min subs, and 90 mins of Ha in 30 min subs. For this short integration time it is truly fantastic data. I would be very interested to see how others end up processing it should you get the chance. This is my first attempt at processing it, a couple of hours worth and I think there are still some improvements to be made; if anyone has any constructive criticism I would greatly appreciate it! Cheers
  41. 13 points
    This is (so far) my best attempt at the comet taken last night. Sky was hazy and not really very dark (@ 1am - 2am). It's 69x 20 second exposures (800iso) with Canon 6d and 200 2.8 lens. Stacked in Pixinsight with CometAlignment and then stars added back in Photoshop. Not used to working with DSLR images ... seems much harder And this is comet through the arches of the Crimple Viaduct A few more with viaduct on my website if anyone is interested. https://www.tristancampbell.co.uk/blog/2020/7/comet-neowise-in-the-crimple-valley
  42. 13 points
    Clifton Suspension Bridge & Comet Neowise Missed out on this image last night due to bad planning, but I am reasonably pleased with this effort. 10 seconds F4 320asa Hope that you like, and please comments welcome. cheers Bob
  43. 13 points
    This is my first ever time posting in the imaging section, so a little nervous, but I’ve recently been enjoying some time playing with my DSLR. Neowise couldn’t have come at a better time for that!! Here’s a handful of shots from Friday and Sunday nights, the former just capturing the NLC that brightened considerably over the following half hour, and the latter showing the comet’s reflection in a lake not far from home. I’ve also attached an attempt at a panning timelapse using the StarAdventurer mount set at 90 degrees latitude and at 6x rotation speed. Hope you enjoy!! Not a patch on the output from more seasoned folks here, but these pictures will, like my Hale Bopp shots from long ago, be treasured memories of some spectacular nights. B6D3521F-853E-4D81-BC91-E078CAC7E2E8.MP4
  44. 13 points
    Single frame C/2020 F1. 90mm Leitz Summicron R at f/2 3 sec at 1600 iso
  45. 13 points
    Last nights comet shot, went and posted it in the wrong thread earlier
  46. 13 points
    I tried to get up early on Saturday morning for comet NEOWISE but I just dismissed the alarm and fell asleep instantly. I was very disappointed, but it was a good thing because the Sunday morning was much better (0% cloud on Sunday vs 45% cloud on Saturday). I set the alarm for 3AM on Sunday and this time I snapped awake. After a leisurely cup of tea and double check on the camera settings, I headed out onto the mean streets of Amsterdam looking for a low North Eastern horizon, and found one across a canal. And there was NEOWISE! Despite standing under street lights and facing a row of security lights, the comet stood out quite well. This is the second time I have seen a comet without a telescope - the only other instance being Halley, so it has been a while! I tried to fix it in my memory, but it is already fading... Walking back I spotted Jupiter and Saturn low in the West, and saw that Mars was in conjunction with the Moon. I only have a small slice of southern sky and when I got home I could see Mars was going to be visible. I quickly dragged out the C6 to have a look (yes, I know it is supposed to cool) but in my tiredness and eagerness I bumped the scope on a door frame and wrecked the collimation. It was really bad - nothing would come into focus! All the stars ironically looked like comets, Mars was just a blur and there was no fine detail on the Moon. Racing the lightening sky, I collimated using Polaris and then slewed back to Mars. At least by the time I had sorted out collimation the scope had had some time to cool... at 140x Mars was too bright and featureless, but improved at 200x. The southern polar cap was easily visible and could make out a thin dark edge to the polar cap. Dark regions were visible on the planet but I couldn't identify them. I tried barlowing up to 280x, and the image held together very well. Seeing was exceptionally stable. I also had a look at the Moon - the detail was jaw dropping, but it couldn't compete with Mars. I could see quite a bit of scatter around Mars after collimation - not sure if that is residual collimation issues (don't think so) , the scope needing to cool some more, or due to the Explore Scientific 6.7mm eyepiece I was using in combination with a super cheap Revelation achro barlow. The scatter seemed sensitive to eye position. I think I will try a Vixen SLV 6mm - I think it is a worthwhile purchase for the coming Jupiter/Saturn season. If that works out I will get a Vixen SLV 4mm for the Mars season thereafter.
  47. 13 points
    I think I had a bit of luck last night. Set the alarm for 1:45, but really didn't want to get up. I looked out of the window (half hoping for cloud, yeah I know ). But to be able to see the comet from indoors through net curtains, really made me stop and stare (and I live in a bungalow). I have only one word - WOW. I actually don't think I've ever seen a naked eye comet before. So this is an incredible sight for me. I had the car packed already as I didn't think I'd see it from home, so took a very short drive. Again Wow. I may try from home tonight and set the camera up piggy back and just let it run all night. Here are three images - I have hundreds. I think a nice animation of the widefield one, I just managed to get Venus rising at the end of the capture - then I spotted the NLC and had to move the camera - thus ending the animation. So three images, one of the first of the evening with me trying to be a bit arty, and lightling up the trees in red. The second is the NLC and the third is the widefield with Comet Neowise, M45, Auriga and Venus. I also saw the moon, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars (stoopid planet). Thanks for looking. Ant
  48. 13 points
    Quick and dirty LRGB process done! I have 50x5s luminance frames but only used 10 of these due to the whole comet alignment issue. 10 x 5 seconds RGB each. Will look more into comet registration etc later on and process it that way, but for now I just wanted to see a quick result.
  49. 13 points
    I wanted to see the comet but no view from my house as houses in the way, so thought of going to the local park where we walk the dog which has good horizons. But didn't fancy going on my own in the dark in the middle of the night especially with camera equipment. Then I remembered one of our astro society members who lives in my town, and asked him if he wanted to come and he did. So we went at 1.50am with binoculars, DSLR, Tripod and laptop and parked ourselves in the park on a bench so i could use my laptop. Wow, what stunning views of the comet, considering we are in Bortle 8 and looking into the glow of London. We also got noctilucent clouds just before dawn I wish i have imaged them as well. As least my entire evening wasn't wasted after the disasters in the obsy earlier in the night. We had some playful foxes around us too. 11 x 5 secs Modified Canon 1100DSamyang 135mm @ f2.8On Manfrotto Tripod and ballhead Crop as needs flats which i haven't done yet.
  50. 13 points
    Taken on Monday. The sky was washed out by the nearly full moon, so I wasn't expecting to get anything at all. This actually took longer to process than taking the images, so I'm amazed how much I got for just 80 minutes exposure time. 20 x 240s, with darks, flats and dark flats. Taken at f6.3 with the ASI294MC Pro (temp -12C, gain 126) and Optolong L-Pro filter.
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