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shifter

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  1. This is the second object from last night (Leo Triplet), although I managed to get an hours worth of subs the resulting image didn't come out as I expected (I'll have to revisit this one). Object Leo Triplet M65, M66, NGC3628 Subs 12x300sec @ iso 800 Image scope LXD55 SN10 on an EQ-6 Pro Guide scope ED80-Pro and QHY5 cam Camera Canon 350d + Neodymium LP filter Stacked with Maxim dl Proc with PS CS2 and Noel's actions (click to enlarge)
  2. Considering the clarity of the sky last night I'm more than a little disappointed with what I managed to image (I blaming the moon), anyway here's the first of the two objects earmarked for imaging last night, ic434 the horsehead neb, only got 3 subs of this before it disappeared behind a house. Object ic434 Horsehead Nebula Subs 3x600sec @ iso 400 Image scope LXD55 SN10 on an EQ-6 Pro Guide scope ED80-Pro and QHY5 cam Camera Canon 350d + Neodymium LP filter Stacked with Maxim dl Proc with PS CS2 and Noel's actions (click to enlarge)
  3. The Moon and wind spoilt what was going to be a full night on this object apart from that the temperature was a comfortable 5C with no dampness in the air. Shame really but I'll come back to this one and get some Ha subs to go with it. .....Brian..... Object M1, Crab Nebula, Mag 8.20 Subs 12x300sec @ iso 400, 4x600 @ iso 400 Image scope LXD55 SN10 on an EQ-6 Pro Guide scope ED80-Pro and QHY5 cam Camera Canon 350d + Neodymium LP filter Stacked with Maxim dl Proc with PS CS2 and Noel's actions (click to enlarge)
  4. There's a vast improvement CW because of the LP where I am, its been a godsend. The temp got down to 0C SR......very crisp lol Thanks for all the comments folks they're much appreciated. .....Brian.....
  5. Too much moon around to do anything other than this object, still quite satisfying though seeing as I haven't been able to get out for what seems like an age. I'll be more than happy when all this rain b**gers off. .....Brian..... Object M3 in Canes Venatici mag 6.4 Subs 12x300sec @ iso 400 Image scope LXD55 SN10 on an EQ-6 Pro Guide scope ED80-Pro and QHY5 cam Camera Canon 350d + Neodymium LP filter Stacked with Maxim dl Proc with PS CS2 and Noel's actions (click to enlarge)
  6. Here's the re-processed image with synthesised green from red and blue using noel's actions. .....Brian..... (click to enlarge)
  7. The raw's do look blue, I'll have another go at processing it an see if I can't correct it. Thanks for all the comments. .....Brian.....
  8. Thanks for the feedback, there's something satisfying about imaging globs I never tire of them. .....Brian.....
  9. The SN10 has a focal length 1016mm @ f/4 so quite fast. Thanks for the comments folks. .....Brian.....
  10. Here's the last object from last night, looks a bit too blue to me maybe needs more subs. .....Brian..... Object, M51 Whirlpool Galaxy Subs, 15x300 @ iso 800, 3x300sec @ iso 1600, Luminance, 2x360sec @ iso 1600 Image scope LXD55 SN10 on an EQ-6 Pro Guide scope ED80-Pro and QHY5 cam Camera Canon 350d + Neodymium LP filter Stacked with Maxim dl Proc with PS CS2 and Noel's actions (click to enlarge)
  11. Couldn't resist having a go at this one just before dawn this morning. First glob of the year for me. .....Brian..... Object, M13 Great cluster in Hercules mag 5.9 Subs, 10x90sec @ iso 1600 Image scope LXD55 SN10 on an EQ-6 Pro Guide scope ED80-Pro and QHY5 cam Camera Canon 350d + Neodymium LP filter Stacked with Maxim dl Proc with PS CS2 and Noel's actions (click to enlarge)
  12. This morning cleared up nicely here at round 1 ish the temperature was a very bearable 4C with no noticeable dampness in the air, unfortunately I was too late to image the horsehead which was to be the target so I turned the scope round 180 degs and went for M108. I was 20 minutes into this dso and surfing the net to see what M108 should look like when I stumbled across this site http://icehome.in.cnr.it/icefalls/Astro.htm , (A very interesting site for me and anyone using a Canon dslr for imaging) I noticed he had got M108 and M97 in the same frame so I duly Stopped what I was doing and went owl hunting. It took but a couple of minutes to get both into the frame and here's the result of just 1 hour's worth of subs. .....Brian..... Object, M108, M97 owl neb Subs, 12x300sec @ iso 1600 Image scope LXD55 SN10 on an EQ-6 Pro Guide scope ED80-Pro and QHY5 cam Camera Canon 350d + Neodymium LP filter Stacked with Maxim dl Proc with PS CS2 and Noel's actions (click to enlarge)
  13. After all the hype about Saturday night going to be clear it turned out to be quite a disappointment. I spent 3 hours imaging in Ha on ic410 only to find that something had gone completely a**e up because although the subs individually looked ok when it came to stacking them the combined image looked absolutely atrocious so that was 3 hours in the bin. On top of this the clouds kept rolling over and at one point a sharp shower caught me completely off guard (I've never stowed away the equipment so fast). Anyway after what seemed an age of waiting I only managed 15 minutes of subs on M42. A very disappointing night all in all but on the up side the new guide cam (QHY5) performed superbly under PHD (couldn't get it to work properly with maxim, any pointers on this would be gratefully received). I'll write something a bit more in depth about the QHY5 when I get a chance to really put it through its paces..... .....Brian..... subs, 15x60sec @ 1600 Image scope LXD55 SN10 on an EQ-6 Pro Guide scope ED80-Pro and QHY5 cam Camera Canon 350d + Neodymium LP filter Stacked with Maxim dl Proc with PS CS2 and Noel's actions (click to enlarge)
  14. With not being able to get out because of ill health and bad weather I decided to go back to something I did a few weeks ago for something to do and add the RGB data to the Ha data to the bubble neb I captured on the 11th Dec, I'm quite pleased with the result...... .....Brian..... PS... Clear skys to all for 2008 (click to enlarge)
  15. These were took on Sat 22nd Dec but because of illness this is the first chance I've had to post them, I've also got one of ic 434 and will post it shortly. (cough cough) .....Brian..... Tuttle (click to enlarge) NGC 2392 Eskimo nebula (click to enlarge)
  16. Ee-gad it felt so cold last night even though the temperature was only 2 degree lower than the night before (minus 3c feeling more like minus 5c), the condensation was as bad as ever necessitating the use of the "TOH" (trusty ol' hairdrier) at regular intervals. I only managed two objects last night the first being M33 which I gave two and a half hours of varied exp times and iso settings. Personally I think the final image is quite pleasing. The second object was to be NGC4435 and 4438 in Virgo which according to Stellarium is also known as "The Eyes", is two 10.9 mag galaxies.I think they are situated at the bottom of the image shown. What I wasn't expecting was the small field of galaxies that came with it (Please feel free to identify them lol). I would have given this one a lot more time if it had not disappeared behind a tree, I'll try again tonight if the weather holds. .....Brian..... Object, M33 "Triangulum Galaxy" Subs, 20x180sec @ iso 1600, 10x360sec @ iso 1600, 5x360sec @ iso 800 total exposure time 2hrs 30m outside temp -2c Image scope, LXD55 SN10 on an EQ-6 Pro Guide scope, ED80-Pro and Toucam Pro Camera, Canon 350d + Neodymium LP filter Stacked with Maxim dl Proc with PS CS2 and Noel's actions (click to enlarge) Object, NGC4435, NGC4438 "The Eyes" (and various other galaxies) Subs, 12x300sec @ iso 800 total exposure time 1hr 0m outside temp -3c Image scope, LXD55 SN10 on an EQ-6 Pro Guide scope, ED80-Pro and Toucam Pro Camera, Canon 350d + Neodymium LP filter Stacked with Maxim dl Proc with PS CS2 and Noel's actions (click to enlarge)
  17. Last night looked great when I slid the roof back to let the equipment cool down (as if it needed it lol), imagine my surprise when i came out after the evening meal to cloud. Not put off by this I waited for an hour or so to see if it would clear....4 hours later eureka clear sky. So I eagerly stepped out and did the pre flight alignments and decided to start with NGC891 seeing as its been quite a while since I'd imaged it. So, all set up, guide star calibrated and tracking great, off we go first sub, hmm that doesn't look right, poked my head out of the obs to find the cloud had partially covered the sky although I didn't notice this because the guide star was still there and the tracking was going well. So I stopped everything and sat and waited like the fly fisherman waiting for the opportunity to catch some clear sky. My patience paid off and at 01.30 I was off and running again. I managed to grab three objects in the time I had, NGC891, NGC4565 and to finish I managed to get just five subs of M51 before dawn stopped play (I'm going to have to something about her lol). The temperature this morning varied from 0c to -1c (thank goodness for the warm room) and the air was so damp that the dew zapper struggled to cope and the use of the trusty old hair drier was needed to curtail the condensation. Still having one or two slight guiding problems causing the stars to look slightly elongated and focusing could be better but I'm still on that learning curve that just keeps going. LOL .....Brian..... Object, NGC891 Outer Limits Galaxy. Subs, 4x300sec @ iso 800, 6x600sec @iso 800 Image scope LXD55 SN10 on an EQ-6 Pro Guide scope ED80-Pro and Toucam Pro Camera Canon 350d + Neodymium LP filter Stacked with Maxim dl Proc with PS CS2 and Noel's actions (click to enlarge) Object, NGC4565 Needle Galaxy. Subs, 12x300sec @ iso 800 Image scope LXD55 SN10 on an EQ-6 Pro Guide scope ED80-Pro and Toucam Pro Camera Canon 350d + Neodymium LP filter Stacked with Maxim dl Proc with PS CS2 and Noel's actions (click to enlarge) Object, M51 Whirlpool Galaxy Subs, 3x300sec @ iso 1600, 2x360sec @ iso 1600 Image scope LXD55 SN10 on an EQ-6 Pro Guide scope ED80-Pro and Toucam Pro Camera Canon 350d + Neodymium LP filter Stacked with Maxim dl Proc with PS CS2 and Noel's actions (click to enlarge) PS Please note no de-icer was used in the making of these images
  18. Here's the second object from last night, it was a devil to process. .....Brian..... Subs, 17x300 sec @ iso 800 Image scope LXD55 SN10 on an EQ-6 Pro Guide scope ED80-Pro and Toucam Pro Camera Canon 350d + Neodymium LP filter Stacked with Maxim dl Proc with PS CS2 and Noel's actions (click to enlarge)
  19. What an absolute cracking night its been, I didn't know what to go for so I thought I'd revisit the bubble and use the Ha filter. Guiding worked like a dream (which was a big bonus) and even the sub zero temperature didn't cause too much trouble with just a little dampness creeping in towards the end of the session. All in all I'm quite happy with the results. PS....I just had to add the false colour sorry...... .....Brian..... Subs, 6x1200 sec @ iso 800 Image scope LXD55 SN10 on an EQ-6 Pro Guide scope ED80-Pro and Toucam Pro Camera Canon 350d + Ha filter Stacked with Maxim dl Proc with PS CS2 and Noel's actions (click to enlarge) and with false colour (click to enlarge)
  20. :laughing3: :laughing3: .....Brian.....
  21. This is the second object from last night (see thread M81-82 for weather conditions). same problems as earlier but with dawn creeping over the roof I had to cut short the time I spent on it. All in all quite a productive night, I think with some more subs this one will look a lot better. .....Brian..... Subs, 6x300 sec @ iso 800, 6x300 sec @ iso 1600 Image scope, LXD55 SN10 on an EQ-6 Pro Guide scope, ED80-Pro and Toucam Pro Camera, Canon 350d + Neodymium LP filter Stacked with Maxim dl Proc with PS CS2 and Noel's actions (click to enlarge)
  22. What a night !!! I was dogged by flaming wind (not my own) and I had to battle to keep the guiding somewhere close to reasonable, erecting wind baffles and breaks just to keep the worst of it away. The wind nearly spoilt what was the best night I've seen for a while with very little atmospherics and very good seeing conditions. Anyway I managed to grab 1hr 40mins worth of subs which have turned out not too bad considering. .....Brian..... Subs, 6x300 sec @ iso800, 6x300 sec @ iso 1600, 4x600 sec @ iso 800 Image scope, LXD55 SN10 on an EQ-6 Pro Guide scope, ED80-Pro and Toucam Pro Camera, Canon 350d + Neodymium LP filter Stacked with Maxim dl Proc with PS CS2 and Noel's actions (click to enlarge)
  23. It was the episode about meteor showers Gaz and in particular the Perseids, I haven't seen it before and thought it was the current episode, I'm a bit miffed now that I've missed the recent one You lucky man John, I've never met the man, I've got all his books and one or two are signed (my dear wife went and stood in line for me because of my ill health I couldn't do it). I'd love to spend an hour or so in his company. .....Brian.....
  24. Well well well, what an interesting s@n that was, I never knew Terry Pratchett was into astronomy and also Dr Brian May.... Enjoyed it immensely. .....Brian.....
  25. I've tried to lighten it a little, looks better to me now. .....Brian..... (click to enlarge)
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