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  1. 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
  2. Not the most original title I know, but that's how I felt at the time too. Canon 450D all filters removed. Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 OS at 300mm f/2.8. Astronomik CLS-CCD. EQ6 guided. Processing with flats in PixInsight+PSE. 32x2m subs. 19x2m subs. It wasn't looking clear, so I didn't set up early. But it did clear up and looked too good to waste, and I was running by 10pm. My previous plan was to get some extra data on the Veil, but with a new CLS-CCD filter I had to try that out. It's more suited to broader spectrum subjects, so I revisited Andromeda and also took a quick shot at Pleiades. Neither have enough data so the noise floor is relatively high. Also the Andromeda set isn't great as I had uncorrected focus shift since I didn't pre-cool the lens enough before using it. I used the modified 450D with the new filter to gain more red sensitivity, however I suspect its noise floor is higher than the unmodified 600D (with old filter) I used previously on Andromeda. Also I think the two data sets might be too different to combine to see if I can get more information out of it. Everything was covered in dew and I packed up just after midnight.
  3. Nadine2704


    From the album: Astrophotography

    Taken with my iOptron Skytracker and Canon 70d with 300mm lens.
  4. 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

  5. Leveye

    The Pleiades

    From the album: iOptron ZEQ25GT

    © Chris Levitan all rights reserved

  6. From the album: Astro snaps

    Canon 400D, 15s exposure, Gaussian blur in Gimpshop to remove light pollution
  7. From the album: Widefield DSO

    As previous data but with SCNR green in PixInsight.
  8. Hey all, Here's a look at the Pleiades last night. Canon 7d, 400mm at f5.6 ISO 1600. 15*2 min 6*5 min This focal length is starting to test the mount, plus it was a bit windy, so I threw away around 20% of the 2 min subs, and nearly half the 5 min subs (unguided). Beautiful target though.
  9. 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
  10. Hi all, For a long time I wanted to shoot this frame, probably from the early days of my astrophotography adventure. Finally after all these years I managed to get a decent result of the 'stuff' between these two beautiful nebulae. Fairly happy with the image but always looking for improvement. I hope one day to redo this all with a mono camera and filters. Apart from NGC1499 , M45 and the Baby Eagle Nebula no idea what else is in the picture. If you happen to have an idea feel free to educate me. Some info on image and capturing: Widefield Pleiades to California. Taken over 2 nights with a total of 11hrs 25min integration. With a stock Nikon d610 and Nikkor 85mm 1.8 objective. Tracking was done with the Skywatcher Star Adventurer. Lights and all calibrations frames were stacked in DSS. Processing was done in Adobe Photoshop CC using Adobe Raw, GradientXterminator plugin, HLVG plugin, Nik software plugins and Photokemi action set. Ken
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