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Posts posted by orion25

  1. It's a perfect time to see some beautiful double stars! In the winter sky, you can see the blue/gold pairs 145G in Canis Major, Iota Cancri in Cancer and Almach in Andromeda. Almach can be seen in the early evening sky but it's progressively getting lost in evening twilight. The famous Albireo in Cygnus can be seen best during the summer. 145G is sometimes called the "Winter Albireo". Here is a composite I created a few years ago of these blue/gold multiples:


    Clear skies!

    Reggie :) 

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  2. 19 hours ago, maw lod qan said:

    Thanks. I wanted to try and get a look a Neptune on this 4 day off run I'm in, but we're going through one of our new cold front every other day.

    Cloudy again, just like last night.

    It's cloudy just about every other night here, lol! I have to take advantage of those clear nights. 

  3. 49 minutes ago, Hawksmoor said:

    Top images Reggie. Managed to see and get a quick widefield image of the Moon and Venus but did not capture Neptune. So nice to see your excellent images.

    Best regards George

    Thanks, George. I was dealing with cloud ALL DAY until just a few minutes after sunset when the clouds parted.

  4. 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! ;)


    Reggie :D 

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  5. 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 :) 

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  6. 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:



    Reggie :) 


  7. 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 :D 



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  8. 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:






    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 :) 

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  9. 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!


    Reggie :) 

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