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  1. This is an amazing picture!

    I am fairly new at this and I have just ordered a 150PDS. I am very curious to know what mods are made to your DSLR and how you set it up to get the different stacks (like the HA layers that I understand is hard to get without a CCD camera with filter).

    Keep up the good work!


  2. Thanks for your kind words Scott.

    I use between 15 and 20 seconds exposure with the aperture on maximum (f 3,5) with an ISO of about 400. Focus is manually set to infinite with zoomed live view. I have brightened up the exposure and contrast when importing the Nikon RAW's a bit in the last few pictures but I havent done any serious enhancements other than Photoshop standard sharpness filter. The gradient sky we see is mostly light pollution from the international airport in the moon/jupiter picture and the next town called Knivsta in the Polaris shots. Trailing is visible in 1/1 in the original pictures but less apparent since i usually scale mine down about 50% to 1600px wide.

    I hope I can get some good milky way shots next time im join my astronomy club out at the club's permanent observatory outside Uppsala, but chances are I will have my new 150mm newtonian to play with then instead ;)


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  3. Greetings fellow beginner!

    I am in a similar position. I agree with Peter on the EQ6, research and my local club led me onto the path of ordering an EQ6 mount, its very sturdy yet still transportable by 1 man. If you get a stable mount like the EQ6 you will probably not need to upgrade in a long long while if ever. You can computer control and autoguide it with a laptop when you feel like adding to its versatility.

    Personally I started out with a smaller cheaper newtonian, a Skywatcher Exploder 150PDS with 750mm focal length. This is probably a bit low if you wanna go straight for the planets or smaller DSO's, but for larger objects like the moon, Andromeda Galaxy and Orion Nebula its pretty spot on.

    Your budget is pretty good tho so like Peter said a large Scmidt-Cassegrain and a Refractor will get you a complete kit. Personally though I would just get one tube to start with and the Skywatcher Explorers good for photography plus they are cost effective (love the f/5).

    I am just a beginner myself however, but I hope this helps somewhat


  4. I went out for some more experimentation a little while ago. I am once again very pleased with the results since I have only a kit-lens, and the area is light-polluted.

    Moon, Jupiter, Pleiades and Perseus

    The moon didnt drown everything. Jupiter is very visible right next to it. I managed to get the Pleiades, Perseus and parts of Cassiopeia in this one.

    The northern sky

    Here's a view of the northern sky with the square of the Plow and Ursa Minor with Polaris at its tail.

    Seems I found polaris

    A 10 minute exposure of the northern sky. I don't mind the dead pixels when just playing around with settings etc
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  5. Since this was my first experiment with my Nikon D5100 DSLR I didn't expect any results Location is outside my hometown near Arlanda Airport north of Stockholm. Images are unedited except scale. The sky seem much brighter in the images than experienced while taking them.

    Pleiades and Jupiter

    This first one I'm most satisfied with. I love the Pleiades and it wasn't until I showed the picture to some friendsin the nearby astronomers club that I realised it was Jupiter and not a star (I find my way around Stellarium better nowadays).

    * * *

    Big Dipper

    The Plow also known as Karlavagnen in Sweden (it used to be called Odins Wagon back in anicent times).

    * * *

    Cassiopeia, Perseus and Andromeda

    I didn't realise it at first but I got a lot of goodies in this one like Cassiopeia and the Andromeda Galaxy just next to the tree.

    * * *

    Satellite (or meteor) trail

    It seems I caught a satellite flare (or possibly a meteor) when hunting for the Plow.

    * * *

    All in all I'm really happy with the results for just some point and shoot experiments with various settings (with a kit lens). Can't wait to see what I can really do with my new mount and newton that is due to arrive shortly and when I go outside town to darker skies.

    Thanks for watching


  6. The Orion Nebula (and the Rosette Nebula) is pretty red and bright but should appear fuzzy and not sharp like a star. Gamma Geminorum aka Alhena isn't very reddish. Procyon should have been lower than halfway and white in color.

    You sure got us a mystery here :)


  7. Hello fellow beginner

    I am no expert (I hope to become one day) but I'll add my thoughts. Feel free to correct me if im lost in space on this.

    Being fairly new myself my research on the internet and advice from my local astronomers club have led me to order a 150mm aperture Skywatcher Explorer 150PDL. It's cheap and not to huge and has a focal length of 750mm. This lets you capture large brigth and rewarding objects like the Orion Nebula, Andromeda and the moon in their full glory. And since the tube is cheap I got more money for a stable GO-TO mount.

    Simpler refractors should get the job done but since I want to start taking pictures with my DSLR I went for the newton since f/5 seems nice and bright :)

    Hope you find your scope and start catching photons soon!


  8. Greetings SGL

    My name is Carl, and I've recenly become more serious in pursuing my interest of the "dark side". While deciding what telescope setup I want to use I've been running around with my Nikon D5100 DSLR (only with the standard 18-55mm 3,5 optics). I've been lurking around SGL and other swedish forums for a while but decided it was time to register and take part in the discussions.

    I really like getting wide angle shots of the sky and tonight the weather seems to be nice so I'm going to go out and try to get Jupiter, the Pleiades, Alderbaran and the Moon. My question:

    Since the moon will most likely drown out much of the surrounding stuff, do you have any tips to get a nice result with the moon in a wide angle star field shot? Ive seen people stacking different exposures to get detail in the moon but my first tries (and from studying) have been indicating that the moon will be too bright and bleed over when i try to catch lower magnitude stuff.

    So any tips on this? Or doest it require huge amounts of difficult photoshopping (altho im not a stranger to image processing) from different images to get a result?

    Many thanks


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