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About Mr_Tom_Harbin

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  1. Many thanks. Given enough time, we can overcome f ratios. However, living in the UK the clear nights are at a premium and we gotta move PDQ
  2. I've found a great deal of satisfaction in taking these kinds of images. I will probably get some solid imaging time this week and really see what this camera can do. Thank you, Paul. All the best!
  3. Thank you. I'm using a zwo asi120mm mini, and skywatcher 50ED Evoguide - topped on said telescope, nestled atop an EQ6-R Pro orchestrated by a ZWO ASIair (1st gen).
  4. Cloudy skies for weeks and suddenly I'm spoiled for choice when the first clear night occurs yesterday. Rather than pick one target and let the scope do its thing, I decided to take a tour of the cosmos and hold an impromptu virtual star party on my Facebook page (find me as TheAstroCanuck). This task would have been highly impractical with my Canon DSLR a few weeks back. Now I'm equipped with a spectacular ASI533MC dedicated astronomy camera. I've utilised an Altair Astro 0.67 Lightwave reducer and tri-band OSC filter on my skywatcher 72ED refractor to get a nice, wide view of the night sky. These are all single, 10 minute exposures, and just slightly adjusted with Instagram post options. This was such a fun night and I am really truly enjoying taking these somewhat transient photos to share with everyone. I could only imagine how much more I could get in a night with a larger, faster scope. However, my current setup is ideal for quickly getting things together after work. I'm not here to change the world. I'm here to share the universe. -Tom
  5. John, those are fantastic resources. I watched the video and hadn't thought of delving into the video game aspect, but it's definitely worth mentioning on that bridge between Sci-Fi and Sci-Fact. I can't believe the wealth of information uncovered in just one day. I'm already thinking there will be too much to write about for just one paper, but it already seems like it may have legs to lead to an intriguing dissertation next year. Thank you to all who have offered up their opinions and resources already.
  6. Neil, that's tremendous. Thank you! Paul, I will definitely look at more of David Hardy's work for reference. Many thanks.
  7. See the creativity in astrophotography comes in combining different filters to expose other colours and elements within a cluster of stars or a nebula. I think anything shot in the Hubble Palette is hauntingly beautiful - that cobalt blue amidst the rusty clouds reminds me of an old classic car that still has some life left in it. But shooting these subjects in different filters doesn't carry the same misleading feeling a 'Hollywood' artists conception does - it enhances them. A reason why I love astrophotography. So we know why they can look different in some images, but if artists are going to create images using the wrong colours it can throw off perception.
  8. Billy, this is exactly where I'm headed. Who are the people who created the images. That's my next port of call; locating and attempting to get in contact with someone in charge of creating these images. Like, does NASA or ESA have an in-house desiger or is it a group of freelancers. Maybe it's an unnamed position and one of the researchers does the illustration. I could continue to speculate, but more research on this end is required. Also, I will have a look at the Pluto history tonight. Thank you. Shibby, I agree that as long as the creative artwork isn't attempting to pass off as official end-of information, it's passable. It's driving that fine line between sensationalising and providing educational information.
  9. Thank you, Billy. I'm with you there - using as much real data as possible, despite how 'bland' it may be. I go back to my comment earlier on this immediacy of getting an image out can lead to too much speculation on the artist's behalf. I'd be interested to see how images of Pluto were concieved a couple decades ago versus what New Horizon sent back recently. There's that balance, yes. Who are they designing for in the end? I like how things were dealt with the TRAPPIST-1 discovery and how there was the mix of 'accurate' planets, and the tourism posters.
  10. This is the thing, I would say that images that come out so soon after a discovery could be subject to a bias of artist's conceptions. I feel we (though at different levels of astronomical knowledge) can spot what would be completely erronious, what's there to help convey the message, and what parts are based on the data recieved. Personally, I would want as much information as possible to create the most accurate representation rather than some fantastical image that gets clicks. This is what I'm trying to get more information on. Who's collaborating with the artists; are they in-house, freelance? Perhaps delving into the ethics of all this. When does an artists conception cross over to Science-Fiction? I've got to say, already, this has been a fantastic help on generating ideas and discussion. Thank you, vlaiv.
  11. Hello all, My name is Tom Harbin, I'm a Canadian currently studying in the UK in a BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree course in Essex. I have always been severely interested in astronomy and the science behind it. I remember being fascinated by images of comets and nebulae in National Geographic World magazine back in the 80s'. I'm writing an essay, and ultimately a dissertation next year, on the importance and benefit of accurately designing visuals for astronomical discoveries. I'll give a recent example of Oumuamua, and how we knew it's shape was oblong due to it's apparent change in magnitude while it was tumbling through our solar system – but any telescope imaging shows only a small object in a field of star trails. Enter the artists representation to help further illustrate what everyone was so excited about. I do wonder how accurate, to the science, they should be – as well as just how much artistic license is too much. Personally I feel it's important that we have these visuals to help resolve the understanding of what we're looking at so people aren't saying "Oh, that dot? That's it?" I realise astrophotography is a big help, but there are times when a lens will only go so far. If anyone has time I'd appreciate your input on this. Thank you for your time, Tom Harbin @MrTomHarbin – Twitter & Instagram
  12. While I had the patience to watch the occultation, my camera battery did not. It died about an hour before the spectacle, but it's okay - I've purchased more back-up batteries. This is a composite image with an accurate distance measured by taking the Aldebaran shot in focus with just a small portion of the moon on the right, then using the stacked moon photo from images taken immediately after. I was using a lunar filter for the contrast, but I don't like how I wasn't able to pull out some more colour. Next time. I'm really enjoying all these celestial events that seemingly went unnoticed by me years before, and the challenges of getting decent images. Using a Celestron Nexstar 127SLT and a Canon Rebel T5i at prime focus.
  13. From 30th October 2017. Using a Sky & Moonglow filter that was included with the collection, I didn't know what to expect out of it. (I had previously used a moon filter that left a green tint to everything - the detail was there, but the colour was flat.) This filter didn't cut out as much of the colour, despite having a mild pink hue. I'm still familiarising myself with everything, but I'm looking into things as I go. This image is a combination of 7 exposures at various speeds to allow for detail and contrast using a Canon Rebel T5i (gifted to me, so I'm not complaining about a free DSLR) and my Celestron Nexstar 127SLT. I aligned the images in Photoshop CC, and adjusted using Lightroom and the Camera Raw filter to help pull out the colours. I'm excited to keep experimenting with things, and happy to submit this image for review.
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