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Everything posted by orion25

  1. Wow! Look at those colors! Amazing, Steve I've never seen such a colorful image of Venus outside of NASA/JPL! Reggie
  2. Great detail! Thanks for posting Reggie
  3. Excellent shot, Pete. Love the detail you were able to get! Reggie
  4. Thanks, Pete. Did you get to see it?
  5. It's cloudy just about every other night here, lol! I have to take advantage of those clear nights.
  6. Thanks, Ruud. Haven't heard from you in a while. Good to hear from you! Yes, Neptune's blue is truly magical
  7. Thanks, George. I was dealing with cloud ALL DAY until just a few minutes after sunset when the clouds parted.
  8. Crackin', mate! I was quite chuffed with my first DSLR image of M42 as well. My first images outright of M42 was using the planetary imaging approach (processing video) and though things were overexposed and stars were bloated I was excited! But once I tried just hooking up my DSLR to my scope I was blown away with the detail. I tried different exposure times, trying to get some resolution on the Trapezium while still highlighting the nebula. I couldn't stop there, though, lol! Congratulations! Reggie
  9. Thanks, everyone. It was a beautiful sight. I had gotten an image of the pair for the first time in 2017 and it was just as striking (I used a Nikon D50 for this shot, 1x5s exposure at ISO 800:
  10. Wow! I see some serious detail there! Nice work! Reggie
  11. The clouds finally parted and I was able to get this prime focus shot of the beautiful conjunction of Venus and Neptune with my Nikon D3200 and 127mm Mak-Cass (single 5s exposure at ISO 800). It was visible in a low telescopic field of view: Clear skies! Reggie
  12. Excellent work! Thanks for sharing your wonderful image! Absolutely love the animation! Reggie
  13. That's great news! I look forward to future reports Reggie
  14. Thanks. I was pleased to get the colors and the Trapezium. I experimented with different settings on the camera until I found a nice balance between a clear Trapezium and bright, colorful nebulae.
  15. I've been taking one off shots of M42 with my Orion SkyMax 127mm since 2015, first with the classic Nikon D50 and as of 2018 the Nikon D3200. I found that I could get a pretty good image at ISO1600 at 20 seconds. But that is what works well with my scope. I suggest, like others here, to experiment to see what settings work best for your scope. I don't spend much time stacking and like the spontaneity of one-offs, but undoubtedly stacking will add more depth, color and detail. Here is one of my favorite images of M42 from 2019 with minor tweaking of levels in Photoshop, no stacking: Regards, Reggie
  16. I agree with Adam. Nice work! Love the color and texture of the nebula! Reggie
  17. Looks good. What don't you like about it, Anthony?
  18. Good start! Isn't it exciting getting your very own images of the cosmos? I like the more monochrome one, too; I can make out more detail on the nebula. Congratulations on your first nebula; I wish you many more Regards, Reggie
  19. After a couple of weeks of clouds and rain, the sky finally cleared and I had an opportunity to take some new photos of the Orion Nebula for 2020. This time the focus was better as you can more easily make out the Trapezium. Again, I included shots from 2019 and 2018 for comparison: 2020 2019 2018 I think this is a better set. I'm not a big fan of stacking individual photos and enjoy taking one-offs so I can spend more time observing Clear skies! Reggie
  20. Amazing photos, Taman! I don't often stack my images but you really show the benefits of doing so! Beautiful color and detail! Regards, Reggie
  21. I managed to see it through my 127mm Mak-Cass with a variable polarizer to dim the glare of Sirius A. Yes, excellent seeing is a must, as well as high magnification (around 250X plus). I waited until Sirius reached maximum elevation to cancel out any atmospheric effects. I didn't use any tracking and just let the star system drift across the field to make sure I wasn't seeing a ghost image. I read recently that the separation between Rigel A-B is similar to where Sirius A-B is right now. Thanks for the info, Stu! Regards, Reggie
  22. Beautiful Mars, Avani! This autumn promises to be spectacular! Regards, Reggie
  23. Brilliant animation, Tim. I was thinking about going through my old photos of Orion and comparing them to now to see the difference. Regards, Reggie
  24. Thanks! I wish I could have seen the eclipse
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