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Gina

M101 - Pinwheel Galaxy - LRGBHa - 30/4/13

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Finally got the Lodestar guide camera working properly yesterday and managed an overnight imaging run last night.

Scope - SW MN190

Camera - Atik 314L+

Filters Baader LRGB and Astrodon 5nm Ha

Subs :-

Luminance - 10x10m 1x1 - total 100m

RGB - 10x3m binned 2x2 each - 30m each

Ha - 2x5m + 3x15m + 1x30m (then it got light) - total 85m

Guiding - OAG with Lodestar and PHD

Stacked in DSS, aligned in RegiStar, combined and further processed in PhotoShop CS5, cropped to remove framing errors and saved in PNG format.

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Very nice, Gina. Is that an aeroplane trying to spoil the image across the top? I reckon they should be banned at night :)

James

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Well that's a very nice image, pleasing to look at......

Thank you :)

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Very nice, Gina. Is that an aeroplane trying to spoil the image across the top? I reckon they should be banned at night :)

James

Thank you James :) Probably was an aeroplane - we do get them over here.

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I wonder if it might be possible to get DSS to remove it, assuming it's only in the one frame.

James

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That's very nice, Gina. Did you stay up all night to do it or do you have some automatic imaging software? I notice that you used PHD to guide, have you got the hang of the AStro-Art guiding yet? The reason I ask is that I cannot always trust PHD not to crash the computer in the middle of a session....

Chris

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Great effort G. Like the impact of the Ha data. Getting all advanced now aren't you - LRGBHa, with RGB binned. Are you in bed yet (8pm)? I've had two nights with 3 hours sleep (good job the moon came up) and am actually glad it's cloudy tonight. Doubt I'll get to process anything until the weekend, and even then I doubt I'll generate anything as good as this.

Hoping they haven't noticed my attention span in work today.... Looking forward to becoming nocturnal in retirement.

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I really like that Gina.

Do you image the RGB binned or is this done afterwards. I dont get how this doesnt loose you detail in the final image

Mike

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I really like that Gina.

Do you image the RGB binned or is this done afterwards. I dont get how this doesnt loose you detail in the final image

Mike

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That's a great image Gina, not going to post mine now :-(, seriously though i only have 18 x 300 sec subs so far.

Very nice, Gina. Is that an aeroplane trying to spoil the image across the top? I reckon they should be banned at night :)

James

I'm not sure if that's an aeroplane, looks like it could have been a sat, not sure if it's mt monitor setting but there are a couple of green lines left top middle & a red line top left, is this where DSS stacks the channels ? im not picking fault Gina quite the contrary but i'd like to know what to be careful of when i get a ccd & start RGB DSOing, im assuming it's where the RGB subs are stacked ?

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An image I can only dream of taking !

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I wonder if it might be possible to get DSS to remove it, assuming it's only in the one frame.

James

That's the crux of the problem - it's in several frames and these are long subs. That's the only trouble with using a small number of lopng exposures.

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Gina that is a fantastic image the Ha really shows nicely and great detail right into the core.As for the sat trails AA has a very simple tool to remove such lines look in filters,cosmetic remove line

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That's very nice, Gina. Did you stay up all night to do it or do you have some automatic imaging software? I notice that you used PHD to guide, have you got the hang of the AStro-Art guiding yet? The reason I ask is that I cannot always trust PHD not to crash the computer in the middle of a session....

Chris

Thank you Chris :) I use Artemis Capture with it's sequencer to automate imaging. I rely on parfocality of the Baader LRGB filters so I took LRGB without changing focus. I have had PHD cause a crash in the past but I was lucky last night. I took a couple of hours sleep or so from midnight to 2am when a meridian flip was needed due to collision between scope and pier. By this time I had collected 10 LRGB sequences which I thought was aduquate and I wanted to get some Ha before dawn. So I reset the mount and slewed to a bright star and refocussed for Ha (the Astrodon NB filters are not parfocal with the Baader LRGB) then used AstroTortilla to get back on target. Tests showed I needed long exposures to capture enough Ha eventually ending up with half hour subs. I went to bed again about 3am leaving the system taking 30m Ha subs. Unfortunately, it got light rather earlier than I thought. Still, it turned out to be sufficient Ha to do what I wanted.

No I haven't got to grips with AA yet.

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That's very nice, Gina. Did you stay up all night to do it or do you have some automatic imaging software? I notice that you used PHD to guide, have you got the hang of the AStro-Art guiding yet? The reason I ask is that I cannot always trust PHD not to crash the computer in the middle of a session....

Chris

Thank you Chris :) I use Artemis Capture with it's sequencer to automate imaging. I rely on parfocality of the Baader LRGB filters so I took LRGB without changing focus. I have had PHD cause a crash in the past but I was lucky last night. I took a couple of hours sleep or so from midnight to 2am when a meridian flip was needed due to collision between scope and pier. By this time I had collected 10 LRGB sequences which I thought was aduquate and I wanted to get some Ha before dawn. So I reset the mount and slewed to a bright star and refocussed for Ha (the Astrodon NB filters are not parfocal with the Baader LRGB) then used AstroTortilla to get back on target. Tests showed I needed long exposures to capture enough Ha eventually ending up with half hour subs. I went to bed again about 3am leaving the system taking 30m Ha subs. Unfortunately, it got light rather earlier than I thought. Still, it turned out to be sufficient Ha to do what I wanted.

No I haven't got to grips with AA yet.

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Very nice use of the Ha.

Why didn't you stick with Baader for the narrowband filters?

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Gina that is a fantastic image the Ha really shows nicely and great detail right into the core.As for the sat trails AA has a very simple tool to remove such lines look in filters,cosmetic remove line

Thank you Andy :) I'm hoping to get into AA shortly.

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Gina that is a fantastic image the Ha really shows nicely and great detail right into the core.As for the sat trails AA has a very simple tool to remove such lines look in filters,cosmetic remove line

Thank you Andy :) I'm hoping to get into AA shortly.

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Very nice use of the Ha.

Why didn't you stick with Baader for the narrowband filters?

Thank you :) I read that the Astrodon NB filters were better - had this strange idea of going for the best :D

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