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Galen Gilmore

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About Galen Gilmore

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    St. Louis, MO
  1. Here's M97 & M108 from Sunday, very impressed with how it turned out, especially during a full moon. 48 x 120s, ISO 800.
  2. That's fantastic, my first definitely didn't look like that.
  3. I don't have much else to post at the moment, so here is a reprocess of the Pleiades I took over 2 years ago. It really shows how much better I have become at editing my images, and how much detail you can really pull out if you do things right.
  4. I wasn't sure exactly where I should put this, so I put it here. Mods feel free to move it if you feel it belongs somewhere else. I have started a project to see if I can find an asteroid, comet, or dwarf planet using only my own equipment, and no prior knowledge of the locations of said objects. Mind you I don't want to discover one, that would be out of the reach of my equipment. To document my progress I have decided to make a series of Youtube videos that shows what I am doing, why I am doing it, and what I am learning. It has been a while since I have done any astronomy, or been on camera, so I hope I'm not embarrassing myself too much with this, as everything I recorded was done in the moment with no script or anything. Thanks for checking it out, if anybody has any tips or anything for me, feel free to tell me. edit: I just realized I have a typo in the video, please ignore that...
  5. Incase anybody is still on this thread, I have made a youtube video documenting what I did on the first night.
  6. I might consider holding off on the light pollution filter until you have started doing some basic imaging with it, as you might find you won't necessarily need it right away. Although I haven't used either filter, I have heard that some visual light pollution filters aren't quite suited to imaging, as they can upset the color balance quite a lot. But I'm sure others will provide more accurate and in-depth info than I can.
  7. I'm not really planning on trying to discover any, that is likely out of the reach of my equipment. This is just a little project/experiment I'm doing to learn about this kind of astronomy.
  8. Interesting idea, this actually removes the need to take multiple pictures of the same area of the sky, right? Thanks, I’ll try it.
  9. Anybody know of a piece of software that could detect the change the occurred in an image? I'm doing a project to see if I can find an asteroid or comet without any prior knowledge of where said asteroid/comet is. I'm not really sure where to look for something like this, so any help would be appreciated. Also, I would like something that could run on Mac. But I'll run it on bootcamp if there is no other options. Thanks.
  10. Thanks, was looking for a site like this.
  11. Always thought it would be cool to image a comet, absolutely not clue how I should go about doing it though. Anybody got any tips? Thanks.
  12. Nice job! The colors are great.
  13. Thank you! The star colors are one of the biggest improvements in this image compared to my other images. Thank you! Despite my busy schedule, astronomy always finds its way back into my free time.
  14. M35 Star Cluster in Gemini Equipment Details: -Skywatcher 130PDS -Skywatcher EQ5, R.A. Motors, unguided -Canon Rebel T3i, Astro Modified Acquisition Details: -30 x 2min Lights -6 x 2mins darks -20 Flats Processing: -Deep Sky Stacker (DSS) -Photoshop (Cropping out stacking artifacts -> leveling -> slight color balance -> small curve stretch -> remove vignetting using lasso tool -> crop again to put more focus on the clusters -> saturation and more color balance.) I was really proud of how this turned out. It may not look like much to you, but for someone who has below average equipment, and only has enough time to image during the weekends (when there is no moon, and it isn't cloudy mind you), this is great stuff for me. I also have heavy light pollution to my west, which causes a terrible gradient on any target even slightly west from the zenith. Thanks for looking!
  15. M35 cluster in Gemini | 60min total exposure. Really proud of this one, especially because of how little time I get to image at any given opportunity. Give me your opinions! Thanks! edit: and yes, I know I've got trailing stars, but I really didn't want to give up any exposure time by dropping frames.
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