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About JohnnyD333

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  1. Clouds rolled in here as well. I was still able to get a few pics. Posted them in another post, grateful for what I got.
  2. Still happy with the results. Taken with Nikon D3100 and 8" Orion Reflector.
  3. Good luck everyone, hope we all get a clear night. Looking foward to the flood of pictures tomorrow. Cheers and clear skies!!!
  4. Great shots, can't believe it's Orion Season
  5. Thanks everyone, I never had such problems coordinating when to take an image. A few failed nights later, I'm glad I have something to show for it.
  6. Very nice. I have a Newtonian like you, and M31 busts out of the frame every time.
  7. I tinkered with your image a bit, hope you don't mind (I like the practice). I adjusted some color, clarity, highlights, and added some masking. Im no expert by any means, but it just shows how much you can change with post processing software. Hope you like it.
  8. The only success I've had with M31 is layering 1 min subs with 4 min subs. I could never pull enough of the dust spirals out with minute subs, and 4 min would blow out the core, so layering works best if you have the guiding capability. I use Adobe Lightroom, similar to photoshop, and adjusting the hue and clarity should fix the blue color and bring out some more detail. I would tinker with a decent photo editing program, I learned just adjusting every level and remembering what worked best. Good luck.
  9. Summer is basically done, but I've been attempting to get the Helix before Fall begins. Between being low on my horizon and the trees around me, I never could quite get it. I finally found a small window to image it between some trees, and I'm just glad to see it. Only had 40 min to get data, but I'm just relieved another one added to the list. Bring on the winter DSOs
  10. Thanks everyone. The light box is definitely something I will be using the next time I go out. I never realized how enjoyable it is to view the sun until I came to this forum and saw the amazing images posted.
  11. Thanks James, focusing is much more difficult than I thought. Computer screens and bright sun are not a good mix, so some sort of light shield will be necessary next time.
  12. Hey all, After purchasing an 8" reflector, i decided to convert my old 6" into a solar scope. I wasn't expecting much since it is not a dedicated Coronado or HA scope, but I was pleasantly surprised by the results. Also, its was quite a strange feeling taking the telescope out in broad daylight. First shot was with my iPhone afocal with 20mm lens Second was with a Starshoot webcam, 1000x stacked
  13. Great shot Reggie, however, its hard to resist buying more gear
  14. Amazing how much the Red stands out. And 30 minute subs....... I expect nothing less from the Jedi Master Olly.
  15. Look great for you first images. I don't think my first images were presentable in any way shape or form. As stated above, focusing, processing, and guiding are things you will learn over time. Its an extremely rewarding hobby, so keep it up.
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