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  1. rorymultistorey

    rosette_v2.jpg

    From the album: astrobiscuit pics

  2. rorymultistorey

    New-Veil-v1.jpg

    From the album: astrobiscuit pics

  3. Maxrayne

    Orion Molecular Cloud Complex-1.jpg

    From the album: Widefield

    © Graeme Healey Photography

  4. Maxrayne

    Ursa Major Handle-1.jpg

    From the album: Widefield

    © Graeme Healey Photography

  5. Maxrayne

    Passing Orion-1.jpg

    From the album: Widefield

    © Graeme Healey Photography

  6. Maxrayne

    Messier 42-1.jpg

    From the album: Widefield

    © Graeme Healey Photography

  7. Following on from my other mini-observatory threads, I'm now thinking of a small dome observatory for my widefield imaging rig. Several previous ideas for a mini observatory have bitten the dust! I have a number of thin aluminium sheets the I bought for my earlier cylindrical roof mini obsy that can be bent into the sections of a multi-sided dome. Why a dome? Well, it is more compact, requires less power to drive - this observatory and contents will be fully automated - and a dome provides more protection from wind etc. No space is required inside for a person in this case - just a Raspberry Pi 3 for controlling everything with INDI drivers. Not even a laptop.
  8. The Veil Nebula is a diffuse nebula located in the northern constellation Cygnus, the Swan. Also known as Witch’s Broom Nebula, Bridal Veil Nebula, Cirrus Nebula, or Filamentary Nebula, it constitutes the visible parts of the Cygnus Loop, a supernova remnant in Cygnus. It is located at an approximate distance of 1,470 light years from Earth. In this wide shot you can see the three main parts: the Eastern Veil, the Western Veil, and Fleming’s Triangle (Pickering’s Triangle). Full resolution: http://www.celestialpixels.com/Nebulae/i-zcwHVLh/A Telescope: Telescope: TAK FSQ85 Camera: QSI 683 Filters: RGB + Ha + O3 Total Exposure: 12h Location: Mt Parnon @ 1430m. Greece
  9. alexbb

    Heart and Soul

    Hello all, I think I'm done with this target this season at least. I acquired 2x6h of Ha data with a Canon 300 F4 L lens (~300mm FL F/4), maybe 2x4-5h of O3 data with the a Tair 3s (300mm FL F/4.5), another 2-3h of Ha with a Pentacon 200 (200mm FL F/4), 3h of O3 with the Pentacon, 4h of S2 with the Pentacon and 3x25m (3 panels) for each RGB with the Tair. All narrowband subs were 300s long and the RGB were 60s long if I remember well. All at unity gain, cooled between -10C and -15C. Shot from the balcony under white light pollution. I made a narrowband combination with the Ha and just a bit from the others used as lum and 40S-60Ha as red, O3 as green and 30Ha-70O3 as blue. Combined in StarTools and GIMP. Software used: APT, PHD, DSS, StarTools, GIMP, Registar. The RGB and narrowband images don't cover the same area perfectly so some stars in the left side are a little more bloated as I couldn't control them. Links for better resolution: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByhJ_xuQxcnjejEwN3pCeWR6Znc https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByhJ_xuQxcnjaFlFSDMzSkYzd28 Should I make the them brighter? Any opinions are welcomed. Thanks for watching, clear skies! Alex
  10. Here is my intended setup for widefield but for now until I get the hang of it, I will just use the mount and camera. This setup includes Canon 1100D with RDF mounted to the hotshoe, 9x50 finder modified to a guidescope, QHY5L-II as the guide camera run from a Packard Bell netbook. Lenses are Vivitar Series 1 200mm f3, Panagor 135mm f2.8, F.Zuiko MC 50mm 1.8 and a Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 ultra wide lens. The whole purpose of this setup is portability due to living in a flat and I find my CG5-GT to bulky to cart around. Excuse the poor quality pics as they were taken on my phone.
  11. Here's a couple of quick hand held shots from yesterday (30/6/15) of the conjunction. Not sure why I was too lazy to get the tripod out and do a proper job... anyhow here they are (might need to zoom in a bit on the wide shot to actual see the planets!). Both taken with a Canon EOS700D with a 50mm EF lens. The upload compression does take a bit away from them. Too much wispy cloud to get anything tonight... Cheers, Rob
  12. I took these images on Sat 25th Nov from here in W Oxfordshire. I've got the widefield setup running now using a RPi3 running KStars and Ekos. This controls a modded, uncooled 350d (with Baader filter) and a serial shutter cable, an Arduino motor focuser (as a Moonlite compatible focuser) and the Losmandy GM8 it all sits on. Images were taken through a Canon 85mm f1.8 EF lens at f4.5, exposures were 45 x 300sec (3h45m total) at ISO400 through an IDAS P2 filter. The field is a whisker over 15x10 degrees. Processing was in PixInsight and a bit of work in Photoshop to reduce a bit of amp glow that didn't calibrate out fully. Fairly pleased with this (though the Heart and Soul have come out maybe a little red - the colour calibration uses PI's PCC tool, and the IDAS filter might throw it a bit), but there's some other areas of interest coming through in the image. Annotated image attached but there are a few other bits that PI doesn't grab - there's a small area of reflection nebula (LBN 142.14+01.97) to the left of Sh2-202 that's just coming through. Also, unlabelled are Stock 2 (between the Heart and the Double Cluster) and for the interested clouded out astronomer, galaxies Maffei 1 and 2 are visible in frame just below the Heart (labelled as Sh2-191 and Sh2-197). Thanks for taking a look!
  13. I forgot to share this one last month. Between travel for business and brutally cold weather closing down my nearby imaging location in the mountains I have not had time to image this year. This was taken at the beginning of December and contains a very busy wide field splitting the constellations Taurus and Perseus. The better known DSO's are M45 the Pleiades reflection nebula and NGC 1499 the California emission nebula. The center of the image contains a dark nebula which I am not familiar with and the rest of the region is quite heavily laden in ISM interstellar medium dust. This image was taken with my unmodded T3i Information about this image camera: unmodded T3i ISO:1600 Exposures: 102 x 100s Darks: 5 ugh, mishap Bias:450 frame master Flats:35 Lens:SMC Pentax M* 50mm F1.7 stopped to F4 SQM: 21.1 Seeing: 3/5 Transparency:3/5 Calibrated and partially processed in Pixinsight and finished off in Photoshop CC 2017. M45 and California by Wes Schwarz, on Flickr
  14. From the album: Astro snaps

    Canon 400D, 15s exposure, Gaussian blur in Gimpshop to subtract light pollution. You can just about see the Andromeda Galaxy on here.
  15. From the album: Slynxx Learning Curve

    First try with SW Star Adventurer. 20 x 60sec subs. No Darks. Edited in Photoshop.
  16. Heres my version of NGC 7000 and the Pelican nebula, taken back in 2015, through my William optics zenithstar 70ED with focal reducer. To fit it all in I did a 4 pane mosaic. Think the subs where 15 x 6 mins for each pane..........hope you like.
  17. Hi all, before going comet hunting tonight I went and found a nice vantage point to observe tonights conjunction of Venus and Mercury. I believe I read they were around 1degree separated. They look great hanging low in the dusk sky and Mars was also visible higher up and more southerly. I took quite a few images but this 4sec ISO100 shot was my favourite. IMG_5654.cr2.tif https://www.flickr.com/photos/116958085@N07/16246201211/
  18. Finally managed to have a proper go at Orion Widefield last weekend. 45x240s (3hours) with Canon 6D and 50mm f2.8 at ISO800. No darks/bias/flats. Stacked in DSS and processed in PS. I am pretty happy with the result but now it got me thinking, how do I go from this to this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_Molecular_Cloud_Complex#/media/File:Orion_Head_to_Toe.jpg Is it a matter of longer acquisition, or is that CCD territory?
  19. I'm still undecided which mod to go for. I will only be using the camera with camera lenses and will not be using it for normal as I have another camera for this. Is it worth getting a full spectrum mod if I only intend to do widefield?
  20. Another widefield I took on 25th/26th Nov using my Baader modded 350d and Canon 85mm EF f1.8 USM (working at f4.5). This is 21x5min, so 1h45m total taken at ISO400 using an IDAS P2 filter from here in Oxfordshire. I'm sure the region doesn't need too much introduction. To be honest, it needs a lot more exposure, and arguably taking with something more sensitive with less read noise! Being a bit further south would help me too...there was a heavy dose of DBE to sort the gradients out here. Barnard's Loop, the Bogeyman, M42/3, Flame and Horsehead all relatively easy, and the dusty stuff (part of The Orion Molecular Cloud Complex) that extends between them passing by M78 is reasonably obvious, though the fainter stuff is all a bit noisy still. There's also the bluish nebulosity LBN 915 *just* on the limit of visibility to the right of Sh2-278 that extends around the right of eta Orionis. As I said though, it all needs much greater SNR, and less need to resort to MMT for noise reduction... (any more and it started to adversely affect the image). Both images reduced to 2048px width here for convenience. Thanks for looking.
  21. hi all, thought I'd share a wide field of mine captured on Saturday night (13 Oct) It's another Cassiopeia widefield - is it me or are there loads of us imaging this constellation recently? Shot with my Sony Alpha 200, Sigma 28-70mm F2.8 lens @ 50mm wide open, ISO 800. IIRC it's total of 65 x 20 second lights, 60x 20sec darks and 20x 1/4000sec bias all stacked with DSS and post-processed in PhotoShop CS4. Solved by Astrometry with the following details: (RA, Dec) center:(19.3779150171, 61.1835725999) degrees (RA, Dec) center (H:M:S, D:M:S):(01:17:30.700, +61:11:0.861) Orientation:158.33 deg E of N Pixel scale:44.52 arcsec/pixel Parity:Reverse ("Left-handed") Field size :25.33 x 16.30 degrees Your field contains: The star Caph (bCas) The star Schedar (aCas) The star γCas The star Ruchbah (δCas) The star Navi (εCas) The star ηCas The star ζCas The star ηPer The star κCas The star θCas NGC 129 NGC 281 NGC 869 / Double cluster NGC 884 / Double cluster NGC 896 IC 1795 IC 1805 NGC 1027 IC 1848 Here's the annotated version: and the un-annotated version for the purists: If you think there's more data to pull out, or would like to have a go, I have the raw TIFF file saved from DSS uploaded to my DropBox and can post a link if you want to have a go with it.
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