Jump to content





  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by swlloyd3

  1. Just got kicked out of the history museum grounds as they were closing up bit stuffed in the city as there are lights everywhere that mess with any photos, however we did have a lovely first sighting from the outside of the flat so still really pleased!!
  2. Just seen them from the flat! heading out soon to a local park to try get some snaps
  3. Has anybody reported any sightings today? Currently on holiday in Oslo, I have not seen anything yet but to be honest I've no idea what to look out for or how visible it could be from a city centre!
  4. Thanks! ... Glad I have inspired someone! Hopefully the OIII filter will arrive this week so I can try and get out to do the bi-colour image! Stay tuned I will be posting it up as soon as I can. Ste.
  5. Hey, I managed to get out again last night and add some more data to this. Had to crop very slightly but 2x drizzled this time following reading about drizzle and Ha images. This one has an additional 8x10min subs bringing the total integration time to just over 3 hours. Taken with the same settings as the first image. Thanks for looking!Ste.
  6. swlloyd3


    From the album: Ha - Widefield

    A re-edit of the original shot. Additonal 8x10minutes added to the image. All of the same settings used for this one.

    © stephen lloyd 2014

  7. Yes DSS. I looked back at one of my old horsehead edits and can see the same defects. I think it has something to do with shooting in Ha and not using the correct settings on DSS because when I edited the horsehead I think I just used default settings and not the recommended for Ha. Ste
  8. Hi msh1, This seemed to have been an error with the stacking. I played with the settings and it disappeared. Obviously I don't know what type of image you are getting the same error on but when you are about to stack go into the recommended settings and select all suggested settings (there is a handy little description next to each one). I had to change 1 or 2 that were not selected and it sorted out the issue with the frame. Thanks, Ste.
  9. Thanks for the comments Looks like another clear night tonight so going to head out and capture some more data for this one do people think it would be worth pushing for 15 mins subs on this? I want to get as much imaging time in as possible, so will likely not be taking any darks again, but I am fine with this. Also just looked at some bi-colour images of this area and it pushed me over the edge so I went and bought the OIII clip filter (whoops) Ste
  10. Hi Sub Dwarf, Yes it is incredible how much structure is actually in this area... I remember taking a shot of this region without a Ha filter about a year ago and although you could see some structure it was nothing compared to using a Ha filter. Just a bit more practice with the Ha filter and some saving the pennies and I will be ready to attempt using all three narrowband filters to add some colour!!
  11. Hi there!Ok this is a shot I took last night of the Cygnus region (inspired by Proto Stars excellent example in Ha).Details:Astrotrac50mm SMC Pentax M F1.4 @ F4Astro Modded Canon EOS 1000D 12nm Ha Clip filter10min subs x 10No darks, flats or bias framesProcessed using PhotoshopThings to improve:Add more subs, take some dark frames to help smooth out the image and flats. I also plan to re-visit this one with the OIII and SII filters once I can afford them and create a colour image.Thanks for looking!Ste Large version available here: http://www.astrobin.com/full/108973/0/
  12. From the album: Ha - Widefield

    A shot of the Cygnus area at 50mm in Ha

    © Stephen Lloyd 2014

  13. Ok I have solved the issue it was to do with the stacking settings! Phew! looks much better now... I will be posting the full picture in the forums very soon! Thanks again for the help! Ste
  14. Thanks Pete, I have checked each sub and there does not seem to be any tracking errors on any of them - I thought it was tracking to begin with due to the fact it looks like small stars 'wiggling' around a bit during the exposure but there are a lot of stars that do not show any movement and it seems consistent across the frame. I have loaded a single sub into Photoshop to examine and cannot see the same pattern once stretched, do you think it could possibly be something to do with the way they are being stacked? ste
  15. Hi, Does anybody know what the little diagonal lines are in this image? They seem to be consistent across the whole picture but just wondered if this was read noise or something else? Noise.tif
  16. Thanks for info! Was pretty happy to have captured them Now to work out how long I can get with a 300mm lens @martin_h - what is the software or website you have used for identifying the nebula? Ste.
  17. Got out last night to snap this one - moon was fairly near so a bit of a gradient to deal with as well a house getting in the way so lost around half the subs. This was just 12 x 6min lights // 11 x darks (battery ran out) // 39 x flats // 50 x bias. EOS 12nm clip Ha filter. Canon EOS 1000D ISO 800 Asahi SMC Pentax F1.4 @ F2.8 (going to go to F4 with this next time as had to crop due to messy corner stars) Astrotrac DSS + PS After Orion went to close to the house, I decided to see if I could get away with a 10 min sub on the astrotrac at 50mm. Pointed the camera straight up and shot away. Pleasantly surprised that the stars were nice and tight! and even more surprised to see I have captured another nebula! - So I centred the image and shot away at 6 minutes. Below is the result with the same Darks, Flats and Bias applied. This is a crop as image was still slightly off centre and corner stars were not so good. I think it might be the Heart and soul nebula? but not too sure? Any thoughts? Higher resolution versions: http://www.flickr.com/photos/58036646@N02/11874318963/in/photostream/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/58036646@N02/11874482014/in/photostream/
  18. Thanks for the comments I found an old Orion nebula I did through a Megrez 72 - here is the combined result.... Quite tricky to combine but I think it looks ok if you don't zoom in!!
  19. Hello, So the skies cleared for a good period last night and a finally got to try out my modded EOS 1000D and the 12nm Ha clip in filter! Targeted the Horsehead nebula as I have never imaged this before. I also completely forgot to take some shorter exposures for the Orion nebula so apologies in advance for the badly blown core! - hopefully I can get some shorter exposures soon to add + correct the core. Two versions - first is the full wide frame and the second is a smaller crop which was 2x drizzled in DSS. Mount: Astrotrac Lens: Nikkor 135mm F2.8 @ F4 Camera: EOS 1000D (Modded) Accessories: 12nm Ha filter + botched dew shield Photo details: 16 x 5 minutes lights - 16 Darks - 42 Flats // ISO 1600 // F4 // Higher resolution shots can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/58036646@N02/11774005223/in/photostream/ and here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/58036646@N02/11774154944/in/photostream/ Ste
  20. Cheers for the advice! fingers cross for some clear skies.... - Yes should be M42! got a bit carried away when posting
  21. Had to post this as I am just simply amazed by how much was picked up.... Just a 6s sub only and converted to B+W in photoshop - no stretching or editing done. ISO 1600 and F4 at 135mm popped my head out of my loft window to see the clouds had a nice break in them so quickly grabbed the camera just to see if it would pick anything up lent on the window ledge and I am madly impressed! This camera has just had the rear filter removed and this was taken through a 12nm Ha filter (clip in). Simply can't wait to get this out on the astrotrac and go for some 4-5min subs! Ste.
  22. ** correction, I meant to say coddington! Sent from my Lumia 800 using Tapatalk
  23. @phil-lost... Farndon should be a lot better than Upton. I was really pushing the exposure time on this with the histogram firmly peaking into the middle of the graph on camera. I was using a 2" skywatcher lp filter. If you have a portable set up and some time I have found heading to a place called cuddington to the south of Chester to be fairly good considering is proximity (20 min drive), especially looking east/south Sent from my Lumia 800 using Tapatalk
  24. Really nice image :-) I think the colour looks good and the detail in the galaxy looks nice and crisp... Those long subs and the addition of ha have really added to the image! Sent from my Lumia 800 using Tapatalk
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.