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  1. SGL Mini Spring Star Party

    Hi Mark, Venus yes but not Mercury .....
  2. SGL Mini Spring Star Party

    Still here, it’s still very cold but the snow has melted sufficiently to hopefully allow us to tow the outfit out of the field in the morning! Great to see you all even if there wasn’t much astronomy going on! There was a gorgeous sunset tonight and now the relatively new Mooon is out - what a lovely end to the day!
  3. SGL Mini Spring Star Party

    Sorry we didn’t get to say goodbye, we must have been out getting extra provisions when you left.
  4. SGL Mini Spring Star Party

    I’m particularly looking forward to some solar imaging today but I might have to invoke backlight compensation........
  5. SGL Mini Spring Star Party

    Yes they do on Friday and Saturday nights only but they do a roast on Sunday lunchtime.
  6. SGL Mini Spring Star Party

    On site, pitched and ‘Shirazing’! Arrived in sunshine but it has rained a little since. It’s a nice campsite and we received a warm welcome from Steve on arrival. The restaurant looks good and most importantly, it serves a full English breakfast on Saturday’s and Sunday’s. See ya’ll soon.
  7. Wow!

    It's a beautiful piece of art but just way too much PhotoShopping for an astrophotograph for my tastes.
  8. Tadpoles in IC410

    I like these a lot - lovely detail and star colours.
  9. M63 sunflower with ED80

    Lovely widefield image, Adam - I love to see a galaxy in its natural habitat.
  10. M106 & friends

    There is a lot to like in this image and so much going on in the 'background' too. I love the composition, Barry.
  11. The curse is lifted

    Another great report and I cannot tell you how pleased I am that the Dob is working out so well for you - keep 'em coming!
  12. Wildcat 'Cans' - Jones-Emberson 1 - WIP

    Thank you! Thanks, Rodd Thanks Graeme, I am always fascinated to see how even thin data can make a worthwhile contribution to the overall image.
  13. Great explanation of the processing issues, Barry, thanks for that!
  14. The dust capture is absolutely beautiful as is the Running Man - beautifully done. For me, the cores of M42 and M43 are perhaps a little too bright for my taste but in mitigation, the overall balance of the image is lovely. Well done, guys.
  15. I like to use Levels to set the balance between the various channels and this has the pleasant side effect of reducing the presence of light pollution. I also use Levels in the early stages of stretching but I (perhaps controversially!) do this in multiple small iterations. As I approach the point where the background is 'about right', I use the 3 x 3 Eye-dropper tool to sample the background aiming for a level between 22 and 25. Once I have achieved the background level that I want, I move on to Curves, locking the black point at my chosen level (22-25) by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on the background. I then adjust the Curves to suit.