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Martin-Devon

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Martin-Devon last won the day on August 26 2014

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  1. Fabulous widefield image Carole - colour palette is also spot-on, looks great - well done. Martin
  2. Ian, that's a brilliant version of Melotte 15, top drawer, the details in the nebulosity and the subtle but effective palette have come through superbly, I also like the handling of the stars, no halos, no sharp edges, just lovely and natural - overall an excellent image, take a bow! Martin
  3. That's a fabulous image, colours and processing are top drawer, well done.
  4. I've had several red lights of various types, but the one I keep returning to is a small hand-held one from Inova. It's small, which I like, and red light only, but packs a real punch, excellent brightness on first setting, which you can tone down by clicking again going to the next setting. It surpasses by far the red light I have on my Petzl headtorch by quite some margin, and the batteries last for absolutely ages. You can buy the Inova red light torch from Amazon where it's listed as 'Inova Microlight Keyring Torch'.
  5. Hi Peter, welcome also from another astro-imager in Devon. Martin
  6. That's a beautiful rendition of M42, even more so given the dreadful run of poor weather here in the UK., you've done very well to accumulate the data and have processed it really nicely - great job. Martin
  7. Lot of work has gone into this, great result .
  8. That's an excellent image, has some real punch to it, well done.
  9. That's a brilliant version of this target - great work.
  10. John, as a first narrowband image this is excellent. When you mention removing pinpoint red stars, I assume you mean aberrant red pixels, there should be no bright red stars alone in the field if the stacked master files are aligned properly. Hot red pixels are not uncommon though and can be easily removed with a hot pixel map and substraction process - usually these disappear anyhow with calibration frames so just check the settings for how you are using these. Nevertheless that's a mighty good HOO image of this target - not over-cooked, and very well executed - well done. Martin
  11. Thanks for your comments. It's difficult to get a decent run of clear nights here in Devon, especially when there's no Moon light around, but I may add some more frames to this this image to widen the FOV even further, so perhaps end up with a 4 frame mosaic - will need the night skies to play ball though! Martin
  12. Taken over several nights late July and early August, this is a 2 frame mosaic taken with a TakFSQ106/QSI690 on a AP Mach-1 mount, data for each frame collected using CCD Commander and consists of 12 x 10 minutes H-alpha, 9 x 10 minutes OIII and 9 x 10 minutes of SII. Processed using Photoshop in hubble palette. Thanks for looking, Martin.
  13. Yep, I'm interested too - please keep us updated on possible dates and arrangements - thanks!
  14. Great to see you back 'in the saddle' again Ian, and a with a lovely rendition of M35 as well. I've always found these LRGB open clusters to be very tricky to process, so I steer clear of them, but you've done a really nice job. Your aim to image the whole Messier catalogue is a very ambitious one, but would be a wonderful achievement - good luck! Martin
  15. Frustrating - the BBC weather forecasts have been diabolically misleading for the night skies in Devon the last 2 weeks, several times clear or semi-clear nights predicted only to see non-stop blankets of cloud. I've found that the "live" cloud satellite imaging website Sat24 helps a lot, here you can see in real time the cloud situation for your part of the UK and how it's projected to move, and this may give you a much better indication of the night skies ahead rather than relying on BBC forecasts or the like. Here's the link to the website: https://en.sat24.com/en Martin
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