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    Wow, another cracking result! There is in indeed a lot of detail there in the close up but the wider field image with the “neighbouring” galaxies is just sublime. I was sort of hoping that you had captured the data from the UK but alas that would be too good to be true....
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    An early Pickering's Triangle

    Great image and a wonderfully informative post. I have been trying to catch the tail end of the galaxy season with the recently set up Esprit 150, I only have a Ha narrow band filter but looking forward to trying it out on this target.
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    At last - first photo

    That’s a great result! It’s nicely framed, in focus, no star trailing and a good neutral background, I’d be chuffed if that had been my first image.
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    Analogue film imaging

    Yes, I used slide film, 400 ASA I think, and developed it myself. Stick to the brighter DSOs, I presume you are staying in the 21st century for the guiding? I used to do 20 minute exposures, that's about all I could manage with manual guiding before eyepiece fatigue set in.
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    Old M42 Data w/StarTools ☆

    That’s a nice M42 John. Although a lot of the top guns seem to use PI, I really like StarTools, particularly from a value for money standpoint. The final noise reduction routine is great, with my semi-rural sky and limited integration times, I’d be lost without it.
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    Abell 1656 Coma Cluster . . . awesome

    Awesome is definitely the right word, great job! I must admit I cannot warm to the description of 'faint fuzzy' for distant galaxies as seen through an eyepiece or captured on an image. I know that's exactly what they look like, but for me it somehow belittles the enormity of what we are looking at. "Our sun is a star in a faint fuzzy called the Milky Way some 180,000 light years across", doesn't have the same ring to it? I suppose the fact that these unimaginably large structures can be reduced to something so insignificant sounding by distance just reinforces how big the Universe is.... That's enough profound thought for a Monday lunch break
  7. You could also consider the second hand market, I moved from a DSLR to a £600 second hand Atik 314 OSC, and really enjoyed imaging with it. In my experience, it produced much better images then I managed with the DSLR. The ability to capture a 'whole' colour image in a single session was a big deal for me, and has fired my enthusiasm enough to move onto a mono camera and filters. There is a bit more to the OSC data processing, but it's fine once you have a routine worked out. The issue I face like everyone else in the UK is lack of imaging time, and in trying to take my images to the next level I find I am generating a lot of incomplete LRGB data sets, but that isn't a fault of the equipment. If you want top notch results, you have to take a lot of good subs.
  8. Hey, how about a satellite and a plane in the same sub?
  9. Well done to the winners and all participants, as galaxies are my favourite class of DSOs, I have really enjoyed this SGL challenge.
  10. You won’t be disappointed! An Esprit 150 recently purchased by Tomatobro from FLO with the Es Reid inspection is now coupled with my Mesu 200 and imaging results are living up to expectations Just be careful lifting it on your own, it’s a heavy weight in all respects.
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    StarTools RGB Noise?

    A bit late to this, but +1 for using manual dev rather than autodev in StarTools. Also, it has been said many times but there is no substitute for good data and lots of it. I too started out catching lots of targets in one night, just to see how they looked on camera, but I quickly learnt detail comes with patience and under UK skies, perseverance. The quality of my images is definitely proportional to the total integration time, the best I have managed is around 4 hrs, but most DSOs benefit from 2 or 3 times this integration time.
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    My first RGB: M101 from my back garden

    That's a very nice shot. For a first RGB image IMHO it's outstanding, you have all the elements in place.
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    M13 in mono

    Thanks, at least this target is not going to disappear behind any houses for a while, and doesn’t demand total darkness.
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    M13 in mono

    Tried to get an LRGB on M13 but couldn't get a full set of RGB subs. So here it is in mono, 1200 secs with an Esprit 150/G2-300 camera. This is one of the DSOs where I think the appearance through the eyepiece is not dissimilar to at least the mono CCD image. Catching NGC6207 was a nice little framing bonus. Thanks for looking.
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    M81M82 Last go this side of summer

    Had another go, using my usual workflow in StarTools then PS. I think this has a more neutral background and better colour balance?

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