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  1. Hi All, Thought you might like to read this article from The Engineer: Planetary defence and universal exploration | Opinion | The Engineer Best regards chrsi
  2. Hi All, Well Jonathon organised a good meet, but between us we forgot to order clear skies! Nonetheless we had a great weekend as it waqs good to talk with everyone and learn a bit more. Thanks to Jonathon for making it possible. Great site and will be keen to go back as I can see there will be little light pollution. A few photos, nothing exciting. Friday evening in the pub! So Ian, is the sun really there? Dawn and Peter wrapping up. Garry I want a cup of tea! Peter's Dawn I'm sure it comes apart! What do you want? The slowly depleting field. Best regards Chris
  3. Wow Olly, that is some image! Awesome! Regards Chris
  4. Wow, Some seriously good work there guys I am mightily impressed. Thanks to everyone for showing me what can be done, I am very grateful for all your efforts. Hopefully you have enjoyed messing as well! You can see the smudges on the sensor in some of these attempts. Thank goodness all cleaned now! The photoshop bit I think I get, but it was DSS that was giving me a headache. When I first stacked, the three colour curves were together but I think to far to the left. With the green very well spread as opposed to the others which were very sharp. I guess sharp and pointy is the best as this is what I have seen in various tutorials. I brought the green in by moving the ends - dark and light ends of the curve. I then moved all three over to the right and made them sit on top of each other. It was this action that seemed very vague and kept changing the colour dramatically. So based on what you have all done in DSS and what I have attempted is anyone knowledgeable enough to explain what I might have done wrong? Best regards Chris
  5. Hi Peter, Sounds very complicated. You keep mentioned ditching the last file. Is there a problem with it? Best regards Chris
  6. Hi Luke, Many thanks. As mentioned before, without your help I might just of got a shot of some unidentified stars! Best regards Chris
  7. Hi Peter, Sounds complicated, If I knew what that lot meant I reckon I might have done it myself But guess you will be able to explain later. Best regards Chris
  8. Hi Peter, Looking forward to seeing the result! Did not get the chance to down size them last night. Best regards Chris
  9. Hi Dennis, Just trying to save as a smaller tiff with less sky and it is not making much difference so not sure what settings to make it as small as you suggest? Best regards Chris
  10. Hi Guys, All uploaded, here is the link: Dropbox - SGL6 Sunday - Orion Nebula - Simplify your life Looking forward to what you can do. Would be very grateful if you could also explain what you do! Many thanks for all your help. Best regards Chris
  11. Hi Peter and Dennis, Unable to do that in the office, but do have the RAW file. Oh and even larger TIFF files!! Best regards Chris
  12. Hi Peter, At 19mB each and a very slow upload connection I reckon it will! Up to 6 uploaded now! Best regards Chris
  13. Hi Peter, I think I get it! They are slowly uploading. I spot a second one is now green in my folder. Will upload the link once they are all uploaded. Best regards Chris
  14. Hi Peter, Many thanks for the info and link. Set up an account, dropped the 19 RAW files into the public folder, but when I get a link there only appears to be one file in there! Any ideas? Best regards Chris
  15. Hi Peter and Dave, many thanks for the comments. Hi Dave, if I could get a web site going I would happily upload. Have been without a web site in my business for nearly two years because I am so rubbish at it! Grrr. Best regards Chris
  16. Hi Dennis, Many thanks for not only 'being gentle' with me, but for a superb explanation of what I should have done and will indeed go back to do. Just love the work you have done on it, makes me realise that I may have had the right data there already. Once again many thanks for your help. Best regards Chris
  17. Well I reckon if you zoom out from this: Scale of Universe - Interactive Scale of the Universe Tool It must be a circle then Best regards Chris
  18. Hi AstroGnome, Really great images there. Best regards Chris
  19. Hi All, Many thanks for the comments and encouragement. Hi Dennis, interesting comment! Fortunately it did not rain on my parade just made me realise that not only do we see differently but as I found out DSS has many different ways of processing the same image. I came up with mono to red, purple, blue and all colours in between which included green! As to there not being any black in an Astro Image that one does surprise me! I have in my newbieness seen many photographs of this type. My feeling is that those that appear to be very grey and noisy appear to be taken by those who have not used a good quality camera. Then there are those that appear very good but still appear grey. Then there are the images I see in quality books and magazines. Now they all appear to have a good dark sky, but not necessarily black. So why is this I wonder? It is my opinion that the photographer processes their images in the way they feel suits them best. In my newbieness I really like black skies! Oh and it hides the horrendous marks that were on my sensor of course Hi Stewart, fortunately my photography mate just cleaned the sensor on my camera as I had made a pigs ear of it. It was me who did the processing. As mentioned above I liked the black , but guess as I learn more I won't! So many things to learn in this new hobby of mine. I guess I will get there in the end. Problem is of course, when will the end be Best regards Chris
  20. Hi All, Be gentle with me, this is my first attempt. Well not quite true as I did one other and put it on facebook, but the camera was out of focus! This was 19 x 30 second shots on the telescope using the Nikon D3X. I spent a lot of time trying to get the image in focus and without a shield that goes on the front of the telescope this was the best I could do. The images are stacked using Deep Sky Stacker which was a complete minefield for a novice, but after about 20 attempts I got something remotely resembling the Orion Nebula! I then worked in Photoshop with many sharpen, noise reduction, curves, levels, back ground copies and finally Nik Viveza to get the black correct. It was again an act of jumbling with the various settings to get the colour out, remove the horrendous marks on my D3X sensor - Thanks to my photography mate Peter for coming over yesterday and getting rid of them! - and making the blacks, black. Nonetheless I am very pleased with it and look forward to getting the future ones in better focus to start with. Best regards Chris
  21. Yes I also noticed the clear skies as forecast by Metcheck had obviously decided to hide behind a wall of cloud just outside Devizes last night. Regards Chris
  22. Hi Tim, That is some image. Thanks for sharing. Regards Chros
  23. Hi Alan, It is used for photography and handles some very expensive kit. The bino use is a side line for it! But works fantastically. Best regards Chris
  24. Andrew, OMG! That looks an evil contraption, with serious danger of damaging yourself and others near you! Best regards Chris
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