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Garbus

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  1. Theres actually two Dark Sky Sanctuaries within a reasonable driving distance from me, so I'll probably take a few camping trips to them during the summer. Definitely a good place to get some Milky way images.
  2. Finally after weeks of it being overcast, had some clear sky last night, so I took a few shots of the half moon and Orion. Just some quick single shots as its still bitterly cold and I've got a bit of the flu, so wasn't feeling up to sitting outside and getting a lot of frames. As always, feedback and tips/suggestions are welcome and appreciated. Half Moon - Canon 60D, 200mm focal length, ISO 400, F35, 1.6 second exposure, RAW processed in Photoshop. I'm pleased with the contrast in this image, although I was hoping for a bit more detail, and its a touch soft. I think I was just slightly out of focus. Orion - Canon 60D, I don't remember the exact focal length I set my lens to, somewhere between 80-100mm. ISO 400, F5.6, 2 second exposure. RAW Processed in Photoshop, used Content Aware to remove the corner of my house that was sticking up in the bottom left. Pleased with how this one turned out, decent amount of stars visible considering I took this in the middle of suburban light pollution hell. Can even see the little smudge of M42 underneath the belt.
  3. My town also started to switch to LED streetlights. Can't say I'm a fan of them, the light is quite harsh compared to the softer glow of HPS. An additional problem with LED streetlights, is that depending on who makes the LEDs that go in them the spectrum they emit could differ, so even if a particular filter works on some LEDs, it may not work on others. Cheaper "white" LEDs tend to emit more blue light, which has negative effects on human night vision. Sadly, I don't think they're going to stop replacing HPS with LED. Governments love shaving off every penny, and the potential cost savings switching LED are too good to pass on. Miss the good days of LPS, monochrome light is so much easier to deal with.
  4. Glorious! Thats an amazing amount of detail, and I like the blue around the rim of the galaxy, it contrasts nicely with the yellows at the center!
  5. Nice. The top one seems to have more fine detail and the colors look more natural.
  6. Ahh forgot to mention, this was taken at the full 200mm of the lens. I think I mathed it out before and I can only go up to around 2 seconds at that focal length. I may have to move the camera a bit, M42 moves by quite quickly at that magnification. I'm hoping as long as I can keep it roughly in the same place it will be able to align the images. Haven't heard of dark flats before, how does it differ from doing a regular dark?
  7. Just single exposures. I was actually wondering if I keep M42 centered by hand if that would be sufficient to at least stack a couple frames to try and get cleaner results, since I don't have a tracking mount.
  8. Just thought I would share my first DSO images I took of the Orion Nebula. Not great but better than I expected them to turn out given I had never taken this kind of picture before, and it was completely in the moment without any prep. I took these on my Canon 60D with a Canon 18-200mm lens. F3.5 apeture, 1.5 second exposure. The first image was at 1600 ISO, the second at 3200. The first image has a bit more fine detail, at the cost of losing how big the nebula is and some of the color. The second has a lot more color and shows more of the nebula, but a lot of the detail is lost in the brighter area in the center. Once the weather is nicer I definitely want to have another go at it properly, and take multiple exposures and dark frames to stack them properly.
  9. If your editing software supports it, you should definitely shoot RAW. You'll preserve a lot more image information and have a lot more flexibility in post-processing. Just be aware that RAW files don't look good straight off the camera, its up to you to make the image look good in post.
  10. Alrighty, thanks! Now I just have to wait for the weather to clear up, been a solid week of snow.
  11. Thanks for the suggestions. Definitely one of the first things I want to get is some kind of tacking mount for my camera. I was also looking into light pollution filters, but my town has recently switched to LED street lights, and I feel like those are to wide spectrum to filter out :/. I would love to get some shots of the milky way, I'll have to find a place well outside my town to escape light pollution. Are there any decent free/cheap image stacking programs for Windows?
  12. Hello. Just starting out with astrophotography, and the only equipment I've really got is my Canon 60D and an 18-200mm lens for it, and I was wondering if anyone had some suggestions for some relatively easy DSOs I might be able to image with what I've got. Obviously M42 is one, I've already managed to get some images of it, but they're not great and lack a lot of detail, so some tips for improving would also help. Also, tips for keeping a tripod steady would be helpful, as when I go to adjust mine the whole thing seems to move and I lose what Im aiming at. Thanks!
  13. Thanks for all the warm welcomes!
  14. Hello! Like the title says, I'm situated in New Brunswick, Canada, possibly the dullest place I've ever lived, but the upswing is that the whole province has less than a million people living in it, making it relatively easy to find places without light pollution (or at least very little). I guess a bit about myself, I love doing photography, and I've owned a camera in one form or another since I was 5 years old (My parents got me a Fischer Price 110 film camera for my birthday). I'm also a huge geek for anything related to space and space exploration, and possibly my favorite photo in existence is the Hubble Deep Field, and just looking at how many galaxies there are. So naturally my interests overlapped, and I've often found myself pointing my camera skyward. Mostly I've just taken pictures of the moon and stars since all I've really got to work with is the zoom lens on my DSLR. I did own a telescope for a while a couple years ago, although it wasn't a great scope and I lacked the patience at the time to properly learn how to align it. I did manage to take a look at Jupiter a few times, but mostly I looked at the moon because it was easiest to find. I didn't have my DSLR at the same time I had a telescope, so the only photo I got out of it was one of the moon by holding my cellphone up to the eyepiece. But now that I'm an adult and occasionally have some money, I thought I might start trying to put some more effort into getting some decent shots of space, and I figured joining a forum like this would be a good reasource. I'm especially lured by the idea of getting images of some deep space objects like nebulas. I don't know why, but I love looking at big glowing clouds of space dust and gas. Speaking of which, what actually motivated me to really try putting an effort into astrophotography was my accidental picture of the Orion Nebula. Basically I was just taking photos of the stars behind my house, and while I was looking at them on my camera happened to notice a little purple smudge that was the nebula, and I was able to hone in on it and get some okay-ish shots of it. So thats basically my backstory on why I'm here. Sorry if its a bit long and rambling. Feel free to ask me anything you want to know.
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