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About ThomasC

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  1. Hi All, I was inspired by another band to write a song about my experiences with Astrophotography. It goes along with my latest video where I imaged M13 the great globular cluster. Please check out my song and video and image! Thanks so much and hope you are all staying safe! Clear Skies! AstroEd
  2. I didn't care about it, it shows it is a picture, and I liked that!
  3. Hi All, I recently captured M51 - The Whirlpool galaxy from my backyard. What a beautiful galaxy!! I created an artistic cinematic short film about my journey and have put it on YouTube. Please check it out, I love sharing what I create! Thanks. AstroEd
  4. Sure can, see above or below. I've also included the non-cropped full frame version showing another galaxy in the top left corner.
  5. Hi All, It is Galaxy Season, and spring is upon us! I decided, given the current climate of isolation and quarantine, to image a galaxy that is in isolation itself (i.e. it isn't part of any known galaxy cluster and is gravitationally isolated). Check out my video on Galaxy season and imaging galaxies, it is fun and entertaining! It is a video of NGC 2903 taken from my backyard. It is a field galaxy which makes it quite fitting for this time we live within (given it too is in isolation), it is a total of 11.8 hours of imaging I completed. 5 hours of luminance data acquired, and 6 hours of RGB data acquired on 25th March 2020 in my backyard in San Antonio Texas. NGC 2903 is a field barred spiral galaxy approximately 80,000 light years wide and located in the constellation LEO 30 million light years away from Earth. It was discovered by William Hershcel in 1784 and somehow missed by Charles Messier during his catalouging of the night sky. It is one of the brightest galaxies in the NGC catalouge. The reason why this galaxy is called a field galaxy is because it is not part of any galaxy cluster and gravitationally isolated, as if it were quarantined by the universe. It has a high rate of star formation, which is evident by the thick nebulosity throughout the galaxy and especially in the “hotspot” having it’s own NGC designation as NGC 2905 where most of the star formation is associated with a circumnuclear ring-like structure surrounding the system’s core. Thanks. AstroEd
  6. I mapped red channel into a more golden color. I didn’t realize I wasn’t in an imaging forum. Woops, sorry about that.
  7. Hi All, I made a fun (not boring) YouTube video on my journey capturing the rosette nebula with a one shot color camera and a OPT triad ultra narrowband filter. Please check out my video! Gear: Orion 8” Astrograph, Atlas Eq-G mount, ZWO ASI 294MC Pri OSC camera, OPT Radian Quad band narrowband triad ultra filter. Thanks AstroEd
  8. Hi All, I've recently fought for only 6 hours of data throughout a months of mostly clouds on a southern target here in the northern hemisphere. NGC 2467. Also known as the skull and crossbones nebula. It was an interesting journey where I learned for myself why narrowband imaging might be the best approach for some targets... Check out my video on this journey and the results I did get. Thanks and clear skies! AstroEd
  9. Hi All, For the past few weeks I've struggled to collect data on Thor's Helmet because of unpredictable storms, clouds, and random guiding issues. However, I've managed to collect 8 hours of signal. Please check out my journey imaging this target in my latest YouTube video, it shouldn't disappoint and should entertain at the very least! Thanks! https://youtu.be/oSrhzsH3mHQ Thanks and clear skies! AstroEd
  10. Hi All, I just put together a fun little video of my night imaging the monkey head nebula and the moon. I really hope you check it out! I like sharing my time doing this hobby! Hope you are doing well and having a great start to this new year! Thanks. AstroEd
  11. Hi All, I have a video in 4k, which shows my Rosette Nebula image in my latest YouTube video. Check it out and let me know what you all think... Happy New Year! Thanks. AstroEd
  12. Hi All, I just imaged M78 or Casper's Ghost Nebula in the constellation Orion. I have an 8" Orion Astrograph and a ZWO ASI 294 MC Pro. I took 115x180s subs, however some clouds ruined my images (which can be seen in my timelapses in my below video). Reflection nebulae are difficult for me and I truly need to integrate longer to get more detail and signal out of these beautiful nebulae. Hope you all enjoy and please subscribe to my YouTube channel, it would make my day! Thanks! AstroEd
  13. Hi All, I’ve wanted to image the California nebula for what seems like forever! However my FOV isn’t wide enough with my setup So I decided to construct a mosaic, never have before, but wow, what a painstaking process! Atleast how I did it... Here is my video journey of capturing this mosaic, let me know what you think! The video was shot with a sony a6400 and so were the time lapses. Is there a process to making a mosaic easily? I kinda winged it... Thanks. AstroEd
  14. Hi All, I’ve made a new video that contains some of my many reasons why I do astronomy, it is a fun HD video shot with an sony a6400. I think many will relate to my experience. I imaged the Horsehead and Flame nebula and caught a great time lapse if my imaging session! Please subscribe to my channel if you like my content! Thanks! clear skies, -astroEd
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