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  1. Many thanks for the kind words. It truly is a magical part of our night sky.
  2. Hello from the Coast! It's been almost 3 months (!) since a descent night to image and hence nothing to really add to this great site......then... Yesterday was amazing! Not only was it clear enough for me during the day to do some Sol imaging but I was also able to do the Moon at dusk and then after that some deep sky well into the night. All that pain and suffering for nearly 3 months finally paid off. I've never even thought of imaging this wonderful area of the night sky until last night. Mainly because my DSLR cameras were not spectrum enhanced and not much red H-Alpha would show. Now that I have a DSLR that is (Hutech in Cali did an amazing job thanks guys and gals!) it has opened up the entire sky to me. The Flaming Star Nebula is both an emission and a reflection nebula in the constellation Auriga and surrounding the bluish star AE Aurigae. It has colors I've never quite seen in any other part of the sky before. This is 20-300 second lights @ ISO 800 using the AT8IN. The temps were perfect last night. The scope was crisp and sharp with zero dew and the camera sensor never got above 40 deg f. Just right. I did 20 darks. Stacked everything in DSS using Median method. Then onto PS for a small tweek. Let me know what you think of the final results and processing. Look up!
  3. Can't thank you all enough for taking the time to look and all the encouraging comments. Means a lot. Look up!
  4. Many thanks for all the kind words on this one everyone. Much appreciate you all taking the time. Look up!
  5. I really try my best and put a lot into the process with the humble gear I use. Thank you for the kind words Ken.
  6. Very much appreciate the kind words Sir. Thank you!
  7. Really spectacular work!
  8. Thank you much appreciated!
  9. Another gift of a night for us here on the Central West Coast so I didn't waste it. Against the forecast of bad seeing and cloud cover I was treated to pretty steady skies so I jumped at another chance. I had learned quite a bit from shooting the Trifid nebula the night before as to what the rig needed so I shortened the spacing on the corrector lens ( bye bye rotator) and re-shot my flats into the sky at dusk with a white t-shirt wrapped over the end of the scope. As soon as Mars was into view and the sky dark enough I slewed to it, slightly de-focused and re-collimated the C8. Gotta love Bob's Knobs! Ok with that done I refocused and waited for the real Dark to set in.. Around 11p.m. I calibrated and tested the tracking accuracy of PHD2 and focus using tiny M9. 5 minutes was working but to play it safe I decided to go with 3 minute subs and after a bit of tweeking was ready for my real objective for the night... The Pillars of Creation have always fascinated me ever since the stunning Hubble images brought it so close to us and scientists finally had an understanding of what exactly was going on in this beautiful and amazing area of our sky. After that and since getting into AP it's been a goal of mine for quite a few years now. After imaging for over 3 hours total here are the results using my un-modded Canon and humble late 90's USA made Celestron C8. 35-180 second lights @ ISO 800 20 darks and 45 flats stacked and initially tweeked in DSS then into PS for WB and levels and curves and finally into LR for some slight tweeking and final sharpening. Please give me your thoughts on the processing and final image. Hope you get to capture your dreams as well every night...Look up!
  10. Just simply stunning. I've never seen so much detail in this area before in any image of it till this. Bravo!
  11. Very kind words thank you!
  12. Hello and thank you for your kind words. This was the rig I used with the early 80's Nikkor 2.8/180 ED in rings attached to my unmodded 5Dmkiii in tandem alongside a 9x50 finder scope with a Meade DSI 1 mono CCD for PHD on a Synta made Orion AZ/EQ-G
  13. Will do and thanks again! More to come soon for you. Clear skies your way my lensfriend.
  14. Means a lot thank you for taking the time. Look up!
  15. Finally had a go with my Nikkor 180mm f2.8 ED lens. It performed beyond my expectations. Super sharp wide open and great color. Picks up the dark and dusty stuff quite well indeed. All of these are single 300 second images @ ISO 800 SOOTC with just basic Camera RAW processing. No darks, flats or biases used at all. Let me know what you think.
  16. Took a chance on the skies staying clear last night and went deep on M20 The Trifid nebula. I battled pretty much with everything. bad collimation, gunfire and or big firecrackers (LOL), Windows 10 acting up, bad batteries, uneven guiding and imaging from turbulent skies, trees, some pesky dew, even peskier bats... All in all a really fun night!This is what I ended up with finally around 2 a. m. using my unmodded Canon and the C8. 15 300 second lights, 20 darks 40 flats in DSS then onto PS for levels and curves and a final tweek in LR. Let me know what you think of the processing.
  17. I usually use median. I will try that now much appreciated!
  18. Your so right! Here's one with a triple dose in just one 300 second exposure. Grrr. I should be using that feature more thank you.
  19. Finally a multi clear night run here on the coast! I love being able to leave everything set up for days and really getting some quality photons. This beautiful and favorite triple threat of mine is getting a bit to far west to image proper for me so I thought I'd give it a go now while I can. I was only able to get about 8-10 keepers a night with just about 40 minutes of imaging till a tree started showing but luckily those came out great. Not as clear as predicted but well worth the effort. I wanted about 40 pictures and was able to capture 25 keepers so I'll take it. Lots of satellites showing up around this area of the sky just to make things interesting of course. Lost a few there. Here's the final results of the Leo Triplet. PHD2 guided 25-300 second lights @ ISO 800 15 darks 30 flats and 40 bias frames. Stacked in DSS and then levels abd curves in PS and a final tweek in LR Let me know what you think of the processing.
  20. Looks great for a beginners camera but not nearly as good results as an Atik or SBIG CCD with a Kodak 8300 sensor. It will get there.
  21. Many thanks for all the encouraging compliments everyone. Here's to clear skies for us all for Mercury's transit.
  22. Really wonderful work all around. Amazing details!
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