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  1. Hello,

    Maybe someone can recall a unique image posted approx. 8-10 yrs ago ?.  It was a pic of Zwicky’s 8Zw388., a very distant ring of galaxies in Virgo. Of course it resembled a tiny necklace. I have been wanting to try my luck at this one. But didn’t have the right equipment then.

    I’ll never find the old post here. But it seems it was titled Celestrial Jewelry because included with the Necklace was a ring-figure  (Hoag’s Ring)???

    Glad to be back on SGL after a long time.

    Cheers

    Doug

     

  2. Here's one of the photos that I was able to catch between the clouds on transit day last week. This was taken from my garden in Charlotte, NC with a CPC-1100 @f6.3 and Canon XT.

    I was able to catch a few exposures in the open when the clouds decided to stir a bit.

    Cheers,

    Doug

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  3. Hi mates,

    I have never used the Deep Sky Stacker program for stacking or processing my astro images. However, last weekend I took approx. 85 short exposures of Comet Garradd. I have stacked the images with MaxIm and get a fairly nice pic showing the comet streak against the star field over the one hour or so duration. I would like to try stacking these exposures using the Comet feature of DSS. But, I need someone to guide me through the steps for this. I can stack the images fine. But, I never get to the comet option in the software.

    I would like to try the third option of freezing both the comet and star field. Any help would be appreciated.

    Cheers,

    Doug

  4. It seems like forever since I had the scope out. I don't think I've gotten out at all this summer due to the hot, hazy evenings here in Georgia, USA. Well, it turned cool this weekend and very clear. I had been itching to image 'something' and had my eye set for finding comet Garradd. I took this image in alt/az with my CPC-1100 and Canon DSLR 350XT. I stacked approx. 80-85 , 10 sec exposures in MaxIm DL.

    It's not the greatest. But it was very enjoyable getting out in the cool air last night. I had to think hard to remember how all the camera gear and setups went together... Overall, I'm pleased.

    Cheers,

    Doug

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  5. Good Morning Glider from Georgia-USA,

    I had one more play with your pic this morning while drinking my cup of coffee and looking at the cloud cover here.

    What I did first was use an older version 6 of Photo Shop. With PS6 I also have an add-on tool application by Noel Carboni (Astronomy Actions). I used the "Remove Soft Gradient- red". This took out some of the reddish background. Then I brighten and ddjusted the Levels and Curves. Finally I sharped with Neat Image (Free Program) and enlarged with the Resize feature in MaxIM DL.

    I hope you like the changes....Keep up the good work on your imaging skills....It takes a while to climb the processing curve too.

    Cheers,

    Doug Neal

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  6. Here's all I have to show for an anticipated ISS sun transit..... toilet16.gifsigns081.gifgen164.gif

    I worked (and it is work sometimes) to set up and prepare for the .67 sec transit of the ISS...I finally got focus and alignment wayyyy ahead of schedule...Would you believe a pine tree branch caught the sun just a minute before transit time?? I hurried to move the scope and re-set. But, I missed it.... I at least got a lot of experience for the next one.

    Cheers,

    Doug

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  7. This is a two frame animation. The first image was taken on July 13th and the other was taken on July 15th, 2006 to reveal motion against the background stars. This was only a month or so before Pluto was deemed to Not be a true planet.

    I took this with an LX-90 (8") and a Canon XT-DSLR. Of all the astro-images I have taken, this one excited me more than any of the others...As a youngster, I remember Pluto as a mysterious frozen rock at the end of the solar system.

    Doug

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