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About Mr_42tr0nomy

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  1. I desaturate my stars in my Ha Oiii image and I over saturated my RGB image and I just layer then in photoshop using “lighten”. I then create a star mask in Pixinisght and saturate the color of the stars until I like them!
  2. Hahah you know I thought the same! I’m like this doesn’t look much like an Iris anymore.. but at the same time there IS that detail in there. Maybe other people fail to pull it out? Maybe I over HDR’d it. Maybe an in between? Thanks
  3. I thought the same. I think by lightening the image or increasing the mid tones would bring it out but after several tries to get a decent balance I decided that the less stretched version looked better. But now I’m re thinking this..
  4. Greetings! I am here posting again so soon due to the clearest bout of dark skies in my life. Nearly 4 weeks straight of clear nights up here in the Rockies. It is our dry season here (finally) which is much dryer than Denver has been around this time in the past. I have been taking full advantage as I have collected over 150 hrs of data on three objects. A personal record I dont intend on beating, haha! Anyways, this is the Iris Nebula. Ive grabbed data on this target only one time before... about 3 years ago. My wife, Sarah (gf at the time) and I had planned a camping trip in the smokies. I brought all my AP gear just to realize that bortle 1 skies dont matter during a full moon. I clearly hadnt thought out the timing of our trip (we all make mistakes, right?). Since then I have always wanted to do a better job. It is such an intriguing target to me. One of the prettiest up there. I spent the past two weeks collecting 31 hours of luminance data while my buddy shared some of his RGB data to save some time. This is 40 total hours of data in bortle 4.5 skies. Clear skies, Teagan AT8RC CEM60 ASI1600MM-pro Astrodon L, Chroma RGB QHY5;L-ii guide cam 294x600s subs Location: Pine, CO
  5. So my focuser is a POS stock. I’m getting s moonlight soon. This may solve the problem but a wind storm came and blew over my imaging rig a few months ago destroying the collimation. That’s may also be the issue. As per the noise.. my image was still rather noisy which was shocking. I admit I did a little too much noise reduction. I plan on processing it again. Thanks so much for the tips!
  6. greetings yall! Ive had consistently clear skies the past two weeks so I have been taking full advantage! The WingED Bat Nebula - This is a very small portion of the entire Veil complex, a huge supernova remnant left over from star explosion nearly 10,000 years ago. This star would have shined bright enough to be seen during the day! The thin, spiral like filaments are high in Hydrogen alpha and Oxygen particles creating the red and blue colors you see before you. The stars were added using visible light filters (RGB) to give this image a most natural look. I hope you all enjoy! Exposure details: 30hrs Oiii (3nm) 20hrs Ha (3nm) 1hrs RGB (each) Total exposure time: 53hrs Equipment Details: At8rc cem60 Asi1600mm pro Astrodon HaOiiiRGB
  7. It's been two months in the making. And despite vacations, crappy weather, and equipment reconfiguration, I'VE FINALLY FINISHED! This image consists of 30 hrs each Ha and Oiii (3nm) as well as 1hrs each of RGB data for the stars. I shot the RGB data the past two night during the full moon so a little more data was needed. I originally thought 30 min each would do the trick but 1hr each produced much more colorful stars. This is my longest project to date so I tried to be pretty meticulous when it came to post processing, especially in getting that outer Oiii shell to show. I call it the energy shield! Anyways, I hope you all enjoy! The Crescent Nebula (Description by Nasa's APOD) - "NGC 6888, also known as the Crescent Nebula, is a cosmic bubble about 25 light-years across, blown by winds from its central, bright, massive star. This sharp telescopic portrait uses narrow band image data that isolates light from hydrogen and oxygen atoms in the wind-blown nebula. The oxygen atoms produce the blue-green hue that seems to enshroud the detailed folds and filaments. Visible within the nebula, NGC 6888's central star is classified as a Wolf-Rayet star (WR 136). The star is shedding its outer envelope in a strong stellar wind, ejecting the equivalent of the Sun's mass every 10,000 years. The nebula's complex structures are likely the result of this strong wind interacting with material ejected in an earlier phase. Burning fuel at a prodigious rate and near the end of its stellar life this star should ultimately go out with a bang in a spectacular supernova explosion. Found in the nebula rich constellation Cygnus, NGC 6888 is about 5,000 light-years away. " Eqiupiment: AT8RC CEM60 ASI1600mm-pro Astrodon HA/OIII/RGB QHY5L-ii autoguider phd, spg, pix, ps, dss Exposure details: 180x600s (ha) 180x600s (Oiii) 60x60x RGB (ea.) Dates: 7/4, 7/5, 7/6, 7/7, 7/9, 7/28, 7/29, 7/30, 8/1, 8/2, 8/3, 8/4, 8/6, 8/7, 8/11 8/12, 8/13, 8/14, 8/15,
  8. Thank you, Doug! I’m extremely happy with it!
  9. Greetings! Happy Fourth of July Yall!! Here is the Eagle and Her Pillars. This is hands down one of my top 3 favorite regions of the sky. I have been waiting to shoot this target and do those pillars justice for three years now. I'm glad I finally got it.I feel like every one of us has one or even a couple of those targets that we always want to shoot but for some reason the universe just doesnt let us. Hope you all enjoy! This is a bicolor (Ha/Oiii) image of M16 consisting of 25 hours of data (15ha 10oiii). Equipment: At8rc Asi1600mm p Cem60 EQG Astrodon 3nm Ha/Oiii Gain 139, Offset 21, 300s subs
  10. Greetings! After about two month in an imaging hiatus, my equipment has been fixed! A wind storm came through and blew over my entire imaging rig damaging my mount and 8RC pretty severely. My scope still need some work as collimation is a tad off but my CEM60 has been performing flawlessly, consistently guiding at .7". I was lucky enough to get out and image the day that both my scope and mount were delivered back to me. I have chosen to shoot the Eagle nebula, with an emphasis on the Pillars of Creation. I'm going to be doing a bicolor rendition of this one consisting of 30-40 hrs. I hope you guys enjoy! Details: Ha 3nm: 10hrs ASI1600mm-pro CEM60 AT8RC Astrodon 3nm Ha QHY5L-ii / QHY OAG
  11. Grettings, A few weeks ago a wind storm came through and blew over my entire imaging rig. The biggest issue that has arose are the optics in my 8rc. Collimation was atrocious when I checked it. I have been using a star test for collimation as well as a cheshire eyepiece. I know in the images below the donuts arent PERFECTLY centered but Im noticing an artifact in each unfocused star at about 5 o'clock... The focused rstars look triangular in shape.. not like poor collimation but moreso pinched optics. This wasnt a problem before the fall.. How may I diagnose this issue or figure out which component of my scope is causing the issue? Im hoping the OTA is not bent. Its a carbon fiber OTA.. the fall resulted in a few scratches but thats the only physical damage that I could see. If you have any more questions about my collimation procedure or the incident, let me know. Clear skies Teagan
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