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Everything posted by Cloudwatcher

  1. Clever stuff with just a phone and binoculars! Hope you don't mind my doing a quick tweek in photoshop just to clear up the image a little.
  2. I think that is a really good first attempt at what can be a very difficult target to get right. I had a quick play with the image in Photoshop and think there is quite a bit of detail to be pulled out given time.
  3. I incline toward a tumbler rather than Clanger navigation lights. However,both the US and China have Naval Ocean Surveillance System (NOSS) satellites in orbit that travel in formation,either double or triple groupings. Don't have orbit times but it's possible you have caught one of these formations in your images.
  4. For a quick fix,isolate the nebula and play with the Hue/Saturation,reducing the reds and increasing the blues in the background.
  5. Had a quick lunchtime play in Photoshop......reducing the red area went OK I think but my attempt to enhance the Fireworks galaxy turned out to be a bit of a damp squid.
  6. You do say this is a crop,can we have a peek at the full frame? I think 'globs' tend to look at their best with a larger background.......meantime,try the sharpening tool in Photoshop on selective areas to bring out more stars.
  7. I think you could afford to stretch the image a bit more in CS3........all depends on what kind of result you are looking for. I have done a quick tweak using the Dodge and Burn tools on the galaxy,darkened the background and used the sponge tool to bring out a bit of colour in the stars.
  8. You could try using the Gamma Correction slider in the Exposure tool of Photoshop to reduce the 'glow' around the central star, on separate layer of course and then merge when happy with the level of reduction. I also think bogdog is right with regard to having a fiddle with the contrast.........all a matter of personal preference of course.
  9. The "chain" image is neat.......almost an eyepiece view.
  10. A quick lunchtime effort with Photoshop CS3. Think you could have a good final image with a bit more work.
  11. Wot like I'd do next is shove the galaxy into Hue/Saturation,reduce the red/magenta and pump up the blues/cyans. I like contrast so I'd give the black a damn good clipping if not a thorougher beating!
  12. Like the widefield......hope you don't mind a bit of colour tweaking.
  13. Nicely done. That brings back memories.I used to do a lot of similar stuff a while back. I found by accident that a painted surface that has had paint stripper applied and reached the crackle stage makes for a great planetary base. Change the colours,add a few clouds and you have your own exoplanet!
  14. Yes you can blend the background to a uniform shade using PS. Just make a seperate layer with the Magic Wand tool and then play with the Levels tool until you find a shade that you like........Simples!
  15. Had a quick bash at pulling out some detail (without much success)........it looks rather green.......It's the Owl,David..... but not as we know it.
  16. Loki..........would be cool hot. Or Vulcan?
  17. A Movement of ......Mounts. A Triumph of .........Tripods. A Grinding of ........Gotos. A College of ..........Counter weights. A Faculty of ...........Finders. A Nonsense of ........Newtonians.
  18. Did a bit more work on your image using the Dodge and Burn tools in Photoshop to enhance the detail in the galaxy also adding Photo Filters to saturate. The star background still needs attention but I think the main subject is looking better.......purely subjective off course.....
  19. There dose seem to be quite a bit of detail in your image waiting to be pulled out. The edit below is the result of using just Levels,Saturation,Dodge and Burn tools in Photoshop.......needs a little refining but shows promise.
  20. Sounds like what you saw may have been a US Navy,Naval Ocean Surveillance System (NOSS) double satellite formation. These are naked eye objects (given the right conditions) travelling in pairs. OOPS.......beaten to the punch.
  21. Baader Hyperion eyepieces work well with the 127 Mak. You might consider the 8-24 Zoom......gives a good range of magnification, a quite flat field and you don't have to keep changing eyepieces.........which is good.
  22. I could only access the three original image links you posted. I assume another link will be required for the whole folder.
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