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Backyard Space Dude

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  1. Thank you! This is the basic process as I remember it: Captured data over 5 nights in September from my back garden in a Bortle 4 zone (borderline 5). Fully calibrated and combined in SiriL, Simple stretch in Photoshop, Exported and run through StarNet++, Each channel into Photoshop for stretching, spot healing any star residue, curves, noise reduction (combination of Topaz Labs DeNoise and Astronomy Tools), smart sharpening, Combination of the HOO palette, Some changes to hue and saturation, further sharpening of the Oiii using masks, Reduced the star size separately (still haven't fully got the hang of this as you can see some really bad artefacts when zoomed in) before adding them in and reducing them further to taste, Spend hours pondering over what to do next, sleep on it, post it the next morning!
  2. Wow, I honestly wasn't expecting this response! Thank you all so very much for your kind words. Thank you Steve, it all started with your book so I'm a little star-struck knowing you liked my image! Yes, haha I totally forgot it was there until I started post-processing, then was gutted that I didn't frame it better!
  3. Hi everyone! Managed to capture 9hrs Ha and 11hrs Oiii (7nm) on this one. SW 80ED DS-Pro ZWO ASI1600MM Pro SW NEQ6 Pro ZWO ASIAir Pro SiriL StarNet++ Adobe Photoshop CC Thanks for looking!
  4. Like it! I'm using the ASIAir Pro, too. It has made astrophotography so much more enjoyable purely down to the speed in which I can get going, and that I can monitor everything from my iPad. Sorry to hear about your job, it's a tough time for most people right now. Hopefully the ASIAir will bring you plenty of enjoyment away from all of that.
  5. David above has managed to extract the temperature data from the two attached photos, they're -3c on M101 and -9c on the Beehive cluster. I've attached them so anyone can have a look at some raw data examples from the camera. However, this isn't as good as I thought it was (not quite 26 deg below the ambient those nights) so it got me thinking... I remember using software such as BYEOS that would look at the EXIF data and display the temperature back when the LCD panel was working, and there was always a difference between the two. I seem to remember being told about this before - so I've contacted CentralDS themselves and will let you know their response. I've also been informed that the LCD panel probably just needs a battery replacement, so I'll sort that tomorrow! M101_Light_600_secs_010.cr2 M_44_Light_300_secs_015.cr2
  6. Thanks David! Sent you a pm with some of the more recent files.
  7. Thanks for the enquiry. The website says about 26 degrees c below ambient, and 1.1kg. I don't have anyway of measuring the temperature from the last subs I used with it, and as stated the LCD on the rear is non-functional. I've never needed to know the temperature of my frames as I'd take darks in the same session.
  8. Thanks! My thinking was that a premium and narrower OIII filter would allow me to get better data, particularly as it's affected so much more by the moon? I feel like if I'm going to purchase filters as and when I can afford them, then OIII should be the first one to get as Ha looks great even with my 7nm filter, and OIII is the next most common emission type. I feel like it would make the biggest difference to my images so I should go for that one first?
  9. Thanks for your kind words everyone, that's some nice positive reinforcement! Yes, great idea! I think I'll be looking at upgrading the Oiii filter before any of the others, too. That should help!
  10. First SHO palette image I've done. The processing was NOT easy! I started from scratch multiple times, but I've got the hang of it now. I think a lot of it had to do with the Sii and Oiii data being quite bad. I think it's time I moved over to PI... Total integration time is roughly 5 hours in 180 second sub exposures. SW 80ED DS-Pro ZWO 7nm SHO filters ZWO ASI1600MM Pro SW NEQ6 Pro ZWO ASIAir Pro SiriL StarNet++ Adobe Photoshop CC
  11. I love this! I'm trying to process my version of this same area but can't get it anywhere near what I'd like... especially when I look at this amazing example!
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