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About ruskclark

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  1. NGC1499 California Nebula Got this last year with my 200mm lens but wasn’t happy with the result so was eager to get a better version this year with the scope. Really happy with this for the phase of the moon and the LP. 56x180s subs stacked with calibration in DSS and processed largely in Photoshop. Taken in my back garden, Bortle 7 and 85% full moon. ZWO ASI1600MC Pro 200 gain -15C Lacerta 72mm x0.8 Starwave reducer f/4.9 APO iOptron CEM25P ZWO ASI120MM-S guide camera ZWO 60mm guide scope Altair Astro 2” triband OSC filter
  2. Absolutely beautiful detail in this. Well done.
  3. Thanks Alan, Wizard Nebula is at the Cygnus end of Cepheus, it's an area rich in small Ha gems like this one.
  4. The Wizard Nebula An emission nebula 7,200 light years away and my first proper project of the new imaging year. Really happy with it as I’ve had a steep learning curve with new kit so really pleased to see this image come together. It’s also the first time I’ve imaged it. 72x180s subs collected over 2 nights 24/25th August in my Bortle 7 back garden, Whitley Bay, England Calibrated with darks, flats and dark flats in DSS and processed in SiriL and Photoshop. Lacerta 72mm f/6 APO ZWO ASI1600MC Pro at -15C gain 200 iOptron CEM25p ZWO 60mm guide scope ZWO ASI120MM-S guide camera Altair Astro 2” Tri Band OSC Filter Data collected in APT and guided with PHD2
  5. Afternoon all, Attached is a 30s unguided sub I took of Sadr in Cygnus, it includes the Butterfly Nebula, Crescent Nebula and a fair bit of the Hydrogen Alpha in the region. I took the image while I was waiting for darkness to fully set in so I could image the Eagle Nebula last Sunday. It's taken with a Canon 450Da ISO800 with a Canon EF L 70-200mm f/2.8 lens at 135mm f/2.8. They were on an iOptron CEM25P but it was unguided. Editing was a real challenge as getting the Ha to show through means a good stretch was needed which obviously stretches out the noise present in a single sub also. I've tried my best to keep a foot in both camps, bring forward detail while holding back the noise as much as possible and I've done this largely with layer masks. Saturation was boosted to bring forward the deep reds and overall for 30s of data I'm quite happy with it. Hope you enjoy the view and hopefully I'll get the chance to get another entry in before the closing date.
  6. Loving the M13, how long were the subs for that?
  7. Thanks a lot, love this frame of Orion and 3min subs at 200mm really is achievable with the Star Adventurer.
  8. Thanks Mick, Cygnus is perfect for 200mm, big Nebula that still look good at 200mm and so much going on and around it.
  9. I started Astrophotography back in September last year with a Star Adventurer and it was a great gateway in to this hobby. I recently treated myself to an iOptron CEM25P and this was my first chance to get it out and have a play. This is 3 versions of largely the same data. 18x300s Stacked with darks and bias in DSS. Mono version is just the Ha data processed in Photoshop. Red data has been run through StarNet++ and colourised Colour image is the Ha data used as luminance and added to 15x2min RGB images I took back in December from the same lens on the Star Adventurer. Canon 450Da ISO800, Canon EF L 70-200mm f/2.8 at 200mm f/3.5, Optolong Ha 7nm clip in filter and Optolong CLS clip in filter for RGB images, iOptron CEM25P and Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer
  10. Yeah, this is the version that was on my phone that I use for my screen wallpaper Was really pleased to get such a good result out of the Star Adventurer.
  11. Lovely image, I've recently acquired a Ha filter and the difference adding this data makes to your images is incredible, nicely done.
  12. I'll put it up when I'm home. It won't quite match as when I edited the above I did it from scratch after cropping the area of interest I wanted to concentrate on so the look and feel is different.
  13. This is a recent edit of data I collected back in January. Image is taken with a Canon 450Da and Canon EF L 70-200mm f/2.8 lens sitting on a Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer. It’s quite a large crop from a 200mm frame. 25 x 3 min guided subs. Stacked in SiriL and processed in Photoshop. Image taken in Northumberland under Bortle 3 skies.
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