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  1. From the album: Slynxx Learning Curve

    5 x 5min Lights2 x 5min DarksFlatsBiasISO 800Canon 75-300mm EF (@300mm) Canon 700DSkywatcher Star Adventurer M45 was pretty low on the horizon here in the UK. Quick alignment & shoot before the clouds rolled in.
  2. My first go at imaging m45 shot using a vintage super takumar 135, f3.5 iso640 best 80%of 35 120second subs. The camera was mounted on a star adventurer and polar alignment was rough
  3. Hello, Just got a new (secondhand) EOS 6D and decided that the area around Pleiades is very good test The first light was ruined by clouds (no surprises here) but last weekend was way better. Clear sky, no wind, temperature around -13C... So here is my image named "Ice and Fire" Very busy part of the sky between the famous Pleiades and California. Details in short: 6D (unmodified), 51x180s, ISO 2000, 10 sky flats, no darks, Samyang 85mm at f/4, EM-200, no guiding, APT dithering (direct mount control), APT, PI.
  4. From the album: Stars and Constellations

    Taken using Canon 100D on Skywatcher Star Adventurer - 75-300mm lens at 300mm, single exposure of 151.2 seconds at ISO 1600

    © Vicky050373

  5. From the album: Stars and Constellations

    M45 The Pleiades - 11.01.16 at 20.44 - Canon 100D on SkyWatcher Star Adventurer - 75-300mm lens at 300mm, 30 second exposure at ISO 200.

    © Vicky050373

  6. From the album: Stars and Constellations

    Taken using Canon 100D on William Optics FLT-110 refractor on NEQ6 Pro Synscan mount Single unguided 4 second exposure at ISO 1600

    © Vicky050373

  7. 7th November 2015 Equipment: Olympus 10x50mm DPS-I on tripod (6 degree FOV) Time: 02:40-04:00 Orion's Sword: Orion Nebula was glowing quite brightly. There was hints of nebulosity around the Running Man and the stars very crisp points of light. Rosette central cluster was obvious, I thought I saw a very faint haze around it, but it was so dim that it was most likely wishful thinking. Pleiades very crisp and looked great. Through the crispness there was a very slight shimmer/twinkle to the stars. It was a great view, something that definitely needs the stability of a tripod to see. Jewel Box cluster was quite small but about 6 individual stars and a V shape was clearly visible. Alpha Cruxis was visible as double star. The bright primary was not resolvable as two. Cluster at the other side of Crux from the Jewel Box, easterly from the Carina Nebula there was a dense star field, definitely worth putting a camera on it to see if there is any nebulosity there. There was a distinct orange star among the star field, much brighter and orange than any of the other stars around. Initially I thought it looked out of place and reminded me of the supernova spotted in Sagittarius through the binoculars on 20 March 2015 @ 3:42am AEDT (16:42UT). The dense star field was approximately 1 degree in size so will most likely need to be imaged at 500mm f6.25 to get whole object into frame. Carina Nebula was nicely visible, the dark V shape dust lane... or A as it was orientated tonight, was clearly visible among shimmering stars and nebulous haze. As a note there was a star cluster in or near Canis Major to look into. The Olympus DPS-I 10x50mm binoculars are great, clear and sharp for astronomical observing, there is slight distortion to the extreme edges of the FOV but nothing that bothered me at all. It was a great night of binocular observing. MG
  8. Still not entirely happy with this one - I ran out of time to get a set of longer exposures during the short period I had with Pleiades high enough above the Northern horizon ( 30 deg peak altitude from my location ) and since then the weather and moon have conspired against me! Description: Pleides in the Taurus Constellation ( Messier 45 ) by Mike O'Day ( 500px.com/MikeODay ) Pleides ( aka The Seven Sisters ) is visible to the naked eye low in the northen skies in the early summer of the Southern Hemisphere. It is bright open cluster of hundreds of blue stars in clouds of nebulosity that are relatively close to earth at around 430 light years distance. Links: 500px.com/MikeODay photo.net/photos/MikeODay Details: Messier 45 - RA 3h 48m, Dec -24deg 10'. Skywatcher Quattro 10" f4 Newtonian. Skywatcher AZ Eq6 GT Mount. Orion Short Tube 80mm guide scope & auto guider - PHD2. Baader MPCC Mark 3 Coma Corrector & UHC-S 'nebula' filter. Nikon D5300 (unmodified). Field of view (deg) ~ 1.35 x 0.90. Combination of 80 images from 4 sec @ ISO100 through to 40 sec @ ISO 800. Pixinsight & Photoshop 17 October 2015
  9. From the album: Stars and Constellations

    Taken using Canon 100D DSLR on Skywatcher Star Adventurer mount. Way too much moonlight and LP to allow the necessary settings to bring out the nebulosity. Single 2 minute exposure using 300mm lens. Slightly processed in PS Elements 11.

    © vicky050373

  10. From the album: Stars and Constellations

    Taken using Canon 100D with a 300mm lens mounted on Skywatcher Star Adventurer. Single 2 minute exposure - too much moon light and LP to allow the necessary settings to bring out the nebulosity.

    © vicky050373

  11. From the album: Stars and Constellations

    Taken using Canon 100D DSLR with 300mm lens on Skywatcher Star Adventurer Single 2 minute exposure processed in Photoshop Elements 11

    © vicky050373

  12. It rained yesterday, but it was mostly clear after midnight. I just used my binos after 12:30 and saw the Pleiades, all of Orion including M42, Auriga and some open clusters just to the south and east of it. Today was the first day I could see Orion, because I set up in my backyard and my row of townhomes blocks a lot the sky from northeast to southeast. M42 looked great in my 15 x 70 binos, although not as good as in my telescopes. I can make out the nebulosity very easily and could see 3 fairly bright stars in the nebula.
  13. The Pleiades seen from Kelvedon Common in Essex - 22nd August 2025. 8 x 2 minute exposures at 800 ISO11 x dark frames11 x flat frames24 x bias/offset framesGuided with PHDStacked and calibrated in Maxim DLPost processed in Maxim DL, Nebulosity, and Photoshop
  14. orion25

    PLEIADES 12 14 14

    From the album: Starchasing

    Classic and beautiful open star cluster


  15. Jonk

    M45 Pleiades

    From the album: Jon's images

    M45 Pleiades, 11 x 300s lights totalling 55 minutes, 1100D stock, ISO1600, flats, darks, flat darks, no bias/offset, guided using PHD2. Test of new arduino Ascom focuser, using APT's autofocus routine. Outdoor temperature around degrees C. 06/02/15
  16. a play last night with Comet Lovejoy with a Canon 5D3 and 70-200mm f/2.8 lens while I was there I couldn't resist a pop at M45, the Seven Sisters
  17. M45, the Pleiades open cluster in Taurus (The Bull) at 424 lightyears. Composite of 5x10min, 42x3min, altogether 2:46hrs worth of exposure. Taken with Canon 1100D unmodified @ 300mm lens under less than optimal conditions, LP at city edge, (plus this genius forgot the LED light from the guide camera shining brightly into the lens of the piggybacked camera, grr).
  18. Took a series of photos of Pleiades last night just before the moon obliterated most of the sky. Quite like this first stack as it is how I would imagine you would see space from a space ship window. I know I might be completely wrong but I can dream. The second is the same stack but with a little play around with levels. The stars are blown out but the question is, Is that Nebula gases, which I know exist around this area, or am just amplifying noise etc,? Would value your opinion. If it is gases I can work on improving when the moon is less of a hindrance. Cheers
  19. davefrance

    Pleiades (Part of)

    From the album: Stargazing

    © Dave France

  20. Leveye

    The Pleiades

    From the album: iOptron ZEQ25GT

    © Chris Levitan all rights reserved

  21. Have been looking forward to imaging this one for the longest time! The fall weather recently sunk my Comet ISON ambitions over the last week but then the skies cleared last evening and an indian summer night rolled in with perfect seeing yes!22-300 second light exposures at ISO 800, 15 dark frames and 25 bias frames. Levels and curves in PS 5 and some final tweeking in Lightroom. Let me know what you think of the processing. Look up!
  22. Aenima

    M45 Widefield

    From the album: Venture in widefield.

    Pleiades - a few 1-2min exp stacked. Nikon d3100 w/nikkor zoom lens

    © Aenima

  23. Hi all, heres my attempt at M45 this year. Exposure details: 60x210 seconds, f2.8, ISO 800, calibration frames, 200mm With just under 3 hours 30 minutes this has fallen far from how i wanted it to be. I planned on getting 10 hours! But with cloud forecast all week i'll settle with this till later in the year. I shot using the lens wide open and using the 3rd point focusing method, hoping to have enough light grasp to pick up some of that faint dust in the area. I picked up 7 hours over 2 nights and thats when problems started. My first imaging session was the first time i used my new dew heater, i focused and then turned the heater on which shifted the focus i think, leaving me with over 3 hours of un-stackable data! This image is made up of data from the second session, you can see that the stars appear to trail and i wanted to ask if anyone using this focusing method has ever been left with stars like those in the image? They appear to streak a little bit and look as if they are rotating around a center point. I have spoken to one other person who has experienced this. Because i have recently started using Backyard EOS, im not aware how to set up the live view so you have the 4 intersecting lines (if its even possible) so when focusing i roughly guessed where the intersecting lines would be. If i didnt have the star in the right place, could it have caused the stars to appear the way they do? Anyway, heres the image. Clear skies!
  24. Hi guys! Been a long time since I last posted here. I've been on a small hiatus but now I've got more time on my hands so I can start getting into it again, hooray! I saw Pleiades is visible again at a decent hour so I thought to myself, why not try and take some shots of it again? I've assembled a thingy to create diffraction spikes with my refractor a few months back for star clusters so this was the perfect time to field test it! Results are excellent, well, in my opinion at least! C&C are always welcome. Here's the stack info: 75 x 90 second frames @ ISO 1600 0 bias frames 0 dark frames 600mm focal length f/7.5 HEQ5 Tracking Mount Modded Canon EOS 1100D Baader Neodymium Filter Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and processed in Photoshop/Lightroom
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