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  1. Here are 3 more from today. Wanted to capture Jupiter close to the Moon, then I took some shots of the northern sky with Polaris.
  2. 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. 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. Here's a view of the northern sky with the square of the Plow and Ursa Minor with Polaris at its tail. 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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    The northern sky

    From the album: Widefield misc

    Square of the Plow and Ursa Minor with Polaris. And an airplane string of pearls.

    © © Carl Frank

  4. From the album: Widefield misc

    Pleased with this one even if the moon is shining with killer intent.

    © © Carl Frank

  5. From the album: Widefield misc

    10 minute exposure with lots of dead pixels. Didn't bother with a dark frame obviously.

    © © Carl Frank

  6. 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. 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). * * * The Plow also known as Karlavagnen in Sweden (it used to be called Odins Wagon back in anicent times). * * * 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. * * * 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 Carl
  7. From the album: Widefield misc

    Just something I found later when I browsed through the pictures.

    © © Carl Frank

  8. VigdisVZ

    Pleiades and Jupiter

    From the album: Widefield misc

    I'm pretty pleased with this one, the light from beyond the powerlines is Arlanda Airport.

    © © Carl Frank

  9. From the album: Widefield misc

    Picture is also a bit on the bright side.

    © © Carl Frank

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    Big Dipper

    From the album: Widefield misc

    Picture mostly unaltered, the brightness is light pollution from the next town.

    © © Carl Frank

  11. 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 Carl
  12. Yeah I'm probably screwed since the lens will probably produce heavy lens-flaring aswell, but nevertheless I'll see if i can't take a few frames and get lucky. I'll post results later Carl
  13. 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! Carl
  14. 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 Carl
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