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  1. Outstanding. Looks like it's exploding. Like the editing.
  2. Thank you sir! It's been so long in between sessions here that the temperatures at night have changed already so yes for this one I did the lights, covered the scope and then did the darks. I then did the flats and dark flats at dawn. I now have a current library. I redo them about 4 times a year.
  3. Been quite awhile since my last post. Such a brutal winter! Hope this post is finding your skies clear and views amazing. Still capturing whenever I can which is much too few and far between but it's getting better now that Spring is finally here. Finally!! To warm things up a bit more here's a little bit closer look at the Heart of the Rosette Nebula for you. Stellarvue SV80ED, AT2FF Hutech spectrum enhanced Canon T5i Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G 6-600 second lights, 25 darks, 25 flats, 25 dark flats. Stacked in DSS median and Mosaic method. Edited slightly in Adobe Camera RAW. Let me know what you think of the processing and final outcome.
  4. So very honored to be included in this amazing group of astro-imagers. Thank you and look up!
  5. First things first. Your focus looks soft here to me. Then a very precise collimation of the scope. After that I'd check the spacing on the MPCC for the edges don't look very corrected to me. Try these things again and post us an example of it. You'll get there.
  6. They make wide EOS T-rings. Thats what you want. M48 instead of T2. Baader makes a great one that even holds a filter.
  7. Underexpose using live view and zoom in. Using sunspots helps.
  8. I found that interesting as well. The camera is un-modded and this is with a neutral WB so the colors are pretty spot on I would imagine. It was just an amazing event and as predicted I'm now hooked and must capture another. Nothing like it.
  9. Here's a picture of Bailey's Beads as well as the prominence showing for you.
  10. Many thanks for the kind words here everyone. It is much appreciated. Such and amazing sight and i'm so glad I was able to capture it and show you. Again almost didn't happen.
  11. Could well be the best solar image I've ever seen. Holy Cow man.
  12. Here I present to you for your consideration my second Solar Eclipse contest entry of the North American Total Eclipse of 2017. This one is a single exposure of the all too fleeting minute of Totality we had here on the Oregon Coast. This slightly underexposed picture really showcases the beautiful Corona and amazing towering prominences that became visible just then. As before I used a Stellarvue SV80ED doublet refractor with a Canon 5Dmkiii full frame DSLR on an Orion Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G tracking mount. I used ISO 400 and this one was shot at 1/50th shutter speed in Manual mode. I just slightly edited this single RAW exposure in Adobe camera RAW in shadows and highlights to bring out some wispy corona details and resized for posting. I hope you all have a chance to experience an event like this in your lifetime for it truly will never be forgotten.
  13. Thank you for your kind words. It was surely one of the first in the U.S. to be taken of it from my location right on the coast but I really wanted to take my time with the data before posting. I did not edit anything till the next day I was still so giddy from the event. Glad I waited.
  14. Thank's so much Stu. Much appreciated. That's my one regret about this rare event now that it's past. That I could only glance up at it a few quick times. I did though and that memory of it will last till the end.
  15. This image I'm presenting here for the Eclipse challenge came so close to not happening. What a tease the weather gave us all here. I tossed and turned all night hoping and praying for clear skies and kept getting up and going outside barefoot to see how it looked. Please be clear just one more time! This would make it 5 clear mornings in a row here on the Oregon coast. That's really pushing it I have to say. At 5 a.m. it looked amazing. Just crystal...Yes! I tried to sleep a bit more but again just tossed and turned At 7 a.m. I ventured out again.. it had started to fog over. Uh oh. At 8 a.m. it looked dismal. Fog below the treeline. Noooo! At 8:59 a.m. with only a few minutes left before the start of it it happened...The fog lifted to blue skies and stayed clear. Thank the stars and maker! Such an emotional ride. This is what I was finally able to capture during totality. I've captured a few partial Solar eclipses but this was my very first total and the experience was life changing. Just the gradual light change was spectacular but during totality when the temps dropped from from 70 to far down enough for me to be able to see my breath and all the birds to stop chirping and crickets to be heard? Amazing. I was barely able to get a quick glimpse of it with my own eyes while snapping away at only 1 minute 2 seconds where I was but managed 15 hand bracketed exposures in less than 50 seconds. I used a Stellarvue SV80ED doublet with a Canon full frame 5Dmkiii on an Orion AZ/EQ-G Atlas Pro tracking mount. Everything was done in manual mode and adjusting the full range of exposures by hand. No automation or computer was used at all. I used ISO 400 to speed the exposure times up a bit and shot everything in RAW format. The final image is the 15 RAW exposures I was able to capture in 50 seconds fused together using Photoshop layers hand aligned and then that fusion flattened and then just slightly edited the shadows, highlights and contrast in Adobe Camera RAW. Thanks for looking and the opportunity here. I hope you enjoy the results as much as I do. All the best and look up! -Chris-
  16. 25 seconds at ISO 2500 wide open and your golden with that lens.
  17. So very kind thank you Carole. It came close to not happening with our crazy weather here on the coast especially this day. Proud to be one of the first to view and capture it. Not easy to do now that I've bagged my first here.
  18. Why thank you. I used ISO 400 with a full frame Canon 5Dmkiii and a Stellarvue SV80ED doublet capturing quite a variation of exposures ranging from +3 to -3 in 1/2 stop increments. I was able to capture 15 images in about 50 seconds. It was over way to fast. Come on 2024!
  19. Thank you so much for all the kind words everyone. Much appreciated!
  20. What a ride!! 5 a.m. it was crystal clear. 6 a.m. it was completely fogged over. 7 a.m. it was cloudy and looking like a complete wash. 8 a.m. it looked horrible. 8:59 a.m. whats this blue sky?!!! 9 a.m. it cleared!!!! Hands down the most amazing event of my life. The chromosphere and corona was glorious!! I hope you all had the chance to experience it. No words but I was able to capture it for you. This was done with 15 exposures using a Stellarvue SV80ED and ATFF2 on a full frame Canon at 560mm and slightly cropped. I hope you all caught it even if it was just on the telly. No words can really describe it. Let me know what you think of the final results. Look up!
  21. Then try slewing the RA and DEC with the HC. If they work then those cables are good. For sure check your autoguiiding cables. Just because they are new does not mean good. Boy have I learned that lesson. Hope you can figure it all out.
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