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  1. Hi all, I'm sharing a quick process of a 30 x ISO6400 15sec shots of the Milky Way galactic center I took last weekend taken with my 7D 24-105mm L f4 lens at 24mm and a stack of M27 RGB data I gathered over two nights... 18 x ISO200 600sec subs taken with the modded 40D at 2000mm. Unfortunately the milky way shots when stacked showed a lot of lens distortion... I tried to dither the frames and they were taken on a static tripod, so no tracking was involved. I'm thinking later I'll try DSS and see if it does a better job than Nebulosity, for this image I cropped out as much as I could of the distortion. The Dumbell nebula is a ongoing project... The plan is to add OIII and HAlpha data to the RGB, and seeing that it looks like it'll be cloud and rain for at least another week, I though I'd post the RGB stack. Clear skies.
  2. The night of 26th of July I visited a gorgeous beach called Porto Pino in the South West of Sardinia: this must have been one of the most amazing sights of the Milky Way of my whole life, it was so huge, so bright, so glowing, I was totally blown away!! Yep, dark sites truly make a HUGE difference! Thanks for watching! Single shots taken with an old Canon 5D, ISO 1600, 30 seconds. ancient Pentacon 29mm F/2.8, on a 20 euro chinese tripod
  3. Hi All, When I first moved out of the New Forest I was advised not to bother taking telescope. I'd always taken it for granted that there wasn't any point pursuing astronomy as a hobby from London because of the light pollution. People will tell you that you can't see faint messier objects, you can't see stuff near the horizon and you certainly can't see the Milky Way. In fact ordinarily this is what I'd tell but sometimes a night comes along that defies common experience, and last night changed every assumption I had about what can be seen from an urban park... Of course I do have certain natural advantages - I have exceptional peripheral vision and I don't quite live in London. Teddington is pretty dark by London standards and Bushy Park is a huge asset for an astronomer because you can get out from all the sodium lamps. The Northern horizon is always a write-off but the rest of the sky can be surprisingly good. Coupled with recent thunderstorms that have washed the sky clean of its usual load of dirt, I did have it particularly easy. Even when I was walking down, ST80 slung over the shoulder, I was surprised by just how clear it was. Even from street level I could make out all the priniciple stars of the summer triangle constellations, even faint little Sagitta showing up. Once in the park I was truly astounded because the Southern horizon, normally an impenetrable glow of pollutants, was as sharp as I could hope with the teapot clearly visible. With this in mind, I immediately set up and went hunting for something I'd always wanted to see, the Lagoon Nebula. I never expected to see it from London with such a small scope but within minutes I had it clear in the viewfinder. Another astronomical lifelong ambition achieved. The stars of the cluster sparkled on their pool of glowing nebulosity, shockingly easy to see. This, I could tell, was going to be an epic one. I followed the advice of another user, andrew63, and swept the area with my trusty Nikon bins too, so I was able to check and double check that I'd seen all these things. I went through Sagittarius and found the following: M8 (Lagoon Nebula) - Beautful, surpassed all expectations M17 (Omega Nebula) - Found this one harder with just a faint glow of nebulosity and no real structure. Better view with bins M18 - Maybe not the most visually spectacular cluster I found M20 (Trifid Nebula) - Best view was with the bins, although clearly visible nebulosity in the ST80 M21, M23, M25 - Again, best views with the bins, although I found M25 especially lovely in the scope M22 - Astounding sight, nice large glow of globular cluster. A superlative object and a new favourite along with M8 M24 - Ah, the advantages of widefield telescope... Countless stars to sweep through. M28 - A little disappointing. Maybe I misread but TL@O seems to confuse the position of this one and M22. After that I moved on up the sky towards Scutum. M11 is now a permanent fixture on any night, but tonight I saw structure in it, and it held up well to a little more magnification. Having never seen M26 I thought I'd "tick off" Scutum, and indeed I did find it, a faint sparkling patch next to delta. The Wild Ducks were still the main highlight. The next bit was something of a shock though, and feel free to be as disbelieving as you like. I wouldn't believe me either, except I grew up in the New Forest. I've always been slightly confused that seeing the Milky Way is such a big deal for people - where I grew up it was just... there. In August it was this ever-present glow down the middle of the sky, and out on the Forest it would start to resolve into its countless stars. Don't get me wrong, it's a wonderful sight, but I never appreciated how wonderful it is until I moved to London and couldn't see it. That is until I looked up, resting my eyes from the eyepiece, stared into the transparent sky above me and saw a faint, diffuse glow arching through Cygnus and on into Aquila. I had to blink, but I wasn't imagining it because it had a big dark rift in the middle but I was actually looking at the Milky Way while inside the M25. I don't think nights like that come along too often. I should be clear about this though, it was exceptionally faint, but it's something I've grown up with and can recognise a mile off (Or a few hundred parsecs anyway) so I knew exactly what it was. I also had to let the wife know I might be a little late home... I then went ever higher and had another crack at M27 which was a revelation - with averted vision and a bit of magnification it started to reveal some of its structure wonderfully. Am I really still within the GLA I wondered? Next logical step was the Ring Nebula, and with the stability of the sky I was able to power it right up to 80x (Pushing it with my scope) and had the best view of it I have managed, with the hole clear with averted vision - better even than when we were n Pembrokeshire. I took out my bins again and searched out M39 in Cygnus, a lovely little haze of stars. And on a galactic note I finished off by looking for Andromeda as it creeps ever higher in the sky. Although not brilliant, I could make out the shape of the galaxy clearly, and the core was nice and crisp. I was satisfied too to find M32 lurking beneath it. M110 will have to wait until our autumn trip to the West country though. So that wraps it up. My messier count is up to about 34, I managed to find an awful lot I'd never seen before, and I am now perfectly satisfied that, at least from the periphery, astronomy is a worthwhile hobby here in London. I doubt the Milky Way is a regular sight even in Bushy Park though... DD
  4. Hello, This one of my first finished edits from my recent trip to the Llyn Peninsula in Wales. Cannot wait to go back as the skies are the best I have ever seen!! A truly amazing place for astronomy......and more images to come shortly! This was a composition of two shots. The sky was shot using an Astrotrac - 1 sub - 150secs The foreground and island - 1 sub - 120secs Edited in Photoshop. Large version also attached BardseyIsland.tif
  5. Myself an a few others from the local astronomy group took advantage of some clear skies to go out exploring, with a view to finding some new foregrounds for wide angle nightscape photography. Dirlot Castle seemed to be quite a good spot.........
  6. A couple of shots from my recent trip to Cyprus, this great wreck is the Edro III which was 83 meter long and 2,517 ton freighter, it went aground in December 2011 and is very close to the shore. All single shots on my 1Dx shooting with my Tamron 15-30 f2.8 - EXIF f3.2, 30 Seconds and ISO 64,000
  7. From the album: Imaging Challenge #15 - The Milky Way - Now Closed

    The Milky Way rising over the ancient Anazazi ruins of Pueblo Pintado, an outlier of the Chaco Canyon complex. Shot in June 2018 on a moonlit night

    © Matt Schulze 2018

  8. James

    LateNightMilkyWay.jpg

    From the album: Widefield Images

    A late night Milky Way shot from Woodlands Campsite in Devon. The picture is aimed west - the nearest LP is Plymouth about 20-25 miles away. The Summer triangle is the area above the trees - the field of view is very wide and goes up and slightly beyond the zenith. Taken through a Canon 6D, 14mm Samyang lens at f/4. 1x 30 second exposure at ISO6400.

    © James Mackay

  9. Slynxx

    Core & Dust

    From the album: Slynxx Learning Curve

    45 x 180sec Light Frames (2hrs + total exposure)10 x 180sec Dark Frames (Lazy me) ISO 1600 75-300mm Canon EF Telephoto Lens. Deep Sky Stacker Photoshop
  10. From the album: Venture in widefield.

    The Garnet star and small elephant trunk nebula, widefield milky way.

    © Aenima

  11. James

    Kielder - row of scopes

    From the album: Kielder Star Camp

    A row of telescopes at the Kielder Star Camp October 2015

    © James Mackay

  12. James

    MilkyWay

    From the album: La Palma

    Sagittarius and a chunk of the Milky Way... needs no introduction; plenty of DSO's in there!!! 10x 2 min @ISO3200, Canon 650D, tracked using a Vixen Polarie, 24-105 Sigma lens at f/4 at 35mm.

    © James Mackay

  13. James

    IMG 9174

    From the album: La Palma

    The view from just behind the villa I was staying at at the Hacienda La Palma, near Puntagorda, La Palma. At an altitude of 4500ft the air is extremely clear and there is very little light pollution.

    © James Mackay

  14. James

    IMG 4558

    From the album: La Palma

    The view from the roof of the villa I was staying at at the Hacienda La Palma, near Puntagorda, La Palma. At an altitude of 4500ft the air is extremely clear and there is very little light pollution.

    © James Mackay

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