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MartinB

Let's see your 1st DSOs

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Hi

New here, here's one of mine.

Ring nebula, Skywatcher 130 reflector, 1000d EOS, 1 * 1m30s

Cheers

That is quite good for the first attempt, especially since it's only a single exposure...

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OK, my first just a few nights ago and I'm still processing it.

M31 and M110 (I think), widefield using a Cannon 1000D EOS unmodded just piggybacked on my telescope (no guiding). 50 1 min exposures at ISO 800 stacked in DSS and in the process of being tweaked in a trial version of Adobe CS5

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Hi all,

This was my first attempt at imaging a DSO. Canon 500D attached to a Equinox 80ED, unguided. 26 x 30s subs, (IIRC) three darks, at ISO 800, processed in DSS.

I've just posted a subsequent attempt here : http://stargazerslounge.com/imaging-deep-sky/118562-first-guided-image-m31.html.

Regards,

Carl.

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this is a very eraly one 20x30 seconds rcx10" in alt/asm.

peter

It's shots like this (short subs, early efforts etc) that really keep me enthused about this wonderful hobby. I'll definitely be hunting this one down.

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These are my first attempts with Hyperstar, standard Canon 40D and a CGEM1100.

All taken on 02/03 Nov 2010.

All were processed with Nebulosity (first attempt at using this also) using a master dark from a stack of 6.

Andromeda is a stack of 44

Pleiades is a stack of 14

M57 is a stack of 14

Oiron Nebula is a stack of 15.

I know I have rushed to get to this stage, no polar alignment, very brief collimation of the Hyperstar but I couldn't wait to see what I could do with the setup.

Been held up using the setup for a while now due to being away working then got home to Clouads and high wind and have a bad shoulder, torn tendon, so had to rest a while before I could even move the setup outside at all.

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This was my first attempt... taken using a Meade DS2070 and 5mp Canon Powershot little compact camera. I mounted it to the scope's eyepeice using a toilet roll and some masking tape! hehe.

It took a few attempts, but I managed to get 3 photos using the cameras limited manual settings and stacked them in photoshop.

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I took this pic last year with a Nikon D70s, 70mm lens so I guess this is my first

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Decided to have a closer look and bought a 200 Newt, EQ5 with GOTO. Think it was 1 min @ 800 iso.

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I also took this one of M31 but it's a bit poor ;)

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Looking at some of the pictures posted in this thread, I have a lot to learn :)

It's good fun though :D

Pete

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My very first DSO (gosh...I feel proud...my BABY!!!:)).

Its one of about 40 images I have taken (and also have about 40 darks as well)....so I am hoping to have a play in Registax to see what I can make of this.

I have had a little tweak in PS, but I think that there is a lot more that can be done with this (I hope!).

Canon 50D, prime focus on Nexstar 8GPS. 35 second exposure, ISO800

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Here is my very first image and DSO last week - M45. This was taken on the second or third outing with my 5D2, Skywatcher 120ED and HEQ5 mount. I've had the setup for about 8 months, but only recently plucked up the courage to try the polar alignment etc. This was a number of subs at 45s I think and a couple of darks. With what I have learned about processing in the last week, I will go back and look at it again at some stage, but for the moment, here it is ............

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The Pleiades - M45 by swag72, on Flickr

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Well, he's my very first image, of orion m42. a rather big failure i'd say. taken with a skywatcher capricorn (70mm refractor, 900mm focal), unguided, on an EQ1 mount. unsure about exposures and so.

also a pic of jupiter. same scope. unknown amount of frames (was taken with pics, not video).

then, he's my first dso of M31 from yesterday, in almost stormy winds.

18 light, 6 dark, ISO 800 30 sec unguided. taken with explorer 200P DS on HEQ5 pro and canon 550D/T2I. run trough DSS and tuned a tiny bit on brightness, that's all.

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I'm still looking out my first image (on film in a box, under other boxes).. I thouhgt it would be interesting to look at what they first got from the king of scopes. The HST.

well at least it isn't M42!

Derek

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Oh well, here goes.

I took the plunge of attempting proper polar alignment on Saturday 8/1/11 (a real challenge as it was only 9pm, light pollution is bad, Polaris is above my neighbours house from the limited area I can observe from making the light worse) the plan was to attempt a first DSO using M42 in Orion.

I started with Betelgeuse to check focus and was fairly happy. Tried a 30 second then a 60 second exposure at ISO400 - well the second image was like a Tango advert was being played out the sky was so orange!! So I had to stick to the 30 second exposure.

This is the result using a f5 6"/150mm Skywatcher reflector on a motorised EQ3-2 mount. No filters. File format was Jpeg, 30Secs at ISO400, white balance sunlight. No darks, flats, lights or anything else - I just wanted to try a basic shot. Minimal processing to sharpen slightly and adjust the contrast to reduce the skyglow.

Edit to add it was taken with a Canon400 DSLR coupled direct to the scope.

As a first go I was fairly satisfied but had clearly not got the polar alignment spot on as the stars are starting to trail. Next stop is a darker site where I can see what's going on in the polar scope and end up with a darker image.

Be gentle please :icon_eek:

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As a first go I was fairly satisfied but had clearly not got the polar alignment spot on as the stars are starting to trail. Next stop is a darker site where I can see what's going on in the polar scope and end up with a darker image.

Be gentle please :icon_eek:

I think that's pretty good really, and I bet that if you had taken a bunch of 30s exposures and stacked them, you'd have got something you'd be very proud of.

Regards,

Carl.

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Ok here goes, 17 Lights 10 Darks on a Canon 50D prime focus on my Skywatcher 150P. I've not got the drive for my mount yet although it was put in the post today (thanks FLO) so I kept the exposures to 1 Second at ISO1600 and tracked by hand.

Cheers

Ian

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Maybe I can claim the oldest-technology DSO image here. I took this image of M45 whilst I was at Glasgow University in 1975. We had access to a Grubb-Parkins 20" telescope (on a poor site) which had a piggy-backed wide field camera that took old-style scientific photographic glass plates!

I took this, my very first DSO image, with this camera. It's a manually-guided 40 minute exposure on a Kodak 0.800 pan. 'super-speed' (ISO 25, I think!) plate .... which I still have: here's a picture of it. Amazing to think where technology has taken us since then.

Adrian

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Here's mine from a just a couple of days back. It's the old favourite, the Orion nebula - but I think trapezium would be a better title as those stars show up very well. The stars look best in the first processing whilst the second is better for nebulosity. Taken with a Skywatcher Mak 127 and a modded spc900nc webcam:

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here's a pic from my first attempt at imaging. It was taken in November 2002 near Allendale in Northumberland. It's a 10second exposure at f2, taken with a Canon Powershot G2 and shows a Leonid meteor, the lower half of Orion and the bright star is Sirius. The pic was cropped and the contrast increased slightly in PS7.

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