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Here is my attempt on July 18, 2015 to image Pluto as it moves through the northeastern part of Sagittarius. If you zoom in really, really, REALLY tight you may see the dim blip of light (depending on the compression of the photo in this post). LOOK DEEPLY INTO THE RED CIRCLE, haha.  I took this shot (a composite of 5-30s exposures) at f4.2 using a zoom lens at 300mm on my Nikon. Sorry the image of Pluto isn't bigger but it's a scant 3 BILLION MILES AWAY, lol. Go, New Horizons, go! 

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Cheers and clear skies!

Reggie

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Here is a closer-up image that will hopefully make Pluto a little easier to see: 

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I cant see it either, what i would suggest is uploading the file in PNG format the compression artifacts are not so bad.

Alan

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Oh, man, sorry you guys can't see it. I may try your suggestion, Alan. I was afraid that the compression would "eat" the little dim image.

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I boosted the contrast and cleaned up the image to make it easier to see Pluto. I included an inverse image as well. I'm sorry you couldn't see it in my first posts.

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Great result its amazing what modern tech can acheive.

Alan

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Great result its amazing what modern tech can acheive.

Alan

Thanks, Alan. We do live in amazing times  :laugh:

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You have to take another photo to then see it has moved a bit just like the amazing man did

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Great result.

I hope you don't mind, I played with your image some more. Just a bit of interpolation, stretching and a close crop...

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:D

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You have to take another photo to then see it has moved a bit just like the amazing man did

Yeh, you're right. The amazing man is truly amazing! Just these darn clouds...

Haha :p

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Very well done.

Thanks, laudropb. I only used my old Nikon D50 and aimed it at the sky for 30 seconds on a tracking mount (with a CLEAR SKY, haha).

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Great result.

I hope you don't mind, I played with your image some more. Just a bit of interpolation, stretching and a close crop...

pluto.jpg

:D

:grin:  WOW! I did THAT?? I need to get a job at NASA or the ESA!  :p  Nice one, Paul

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great catch mate. thanks for sharing. charl.

No problem, charl. This is very exciting!

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Well for capturing such a distant object it sort of completes the set even though its not a planet anymore.

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Well for capturing such a distant object it sort of completes the set even though its not a planet anymore.

Yeh, bunnygod1. It will always be a planet in my heart :smiley:

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Thanks, laudropb. I only used my old Nikon D50 and aimed it at the sky for 30 seconds on a tracking mount (with a CLEAR SKY, haha).

Oh, yeh, and did I mention at least a 7-inch scope? Haha!

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Yeh, bunnygod1. It will always be a planet in my heart :smiley:

Yep me too!

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Are you going to let new horizons get a closer shot? Show NASA how it's done... Perhaps a 2X Barlow, coupled with a 3X on a 5X powermate with a 1mm eyepiece projection on a 5mm diagonal CCD would get you close if you crop your image and resize it using a interpolation drizzle algorithm.

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Are you going to let new horizons get a closer shot? Show NASA how it's done... Perhaps a 2X Barlow, coupled with a 3X on a 5X powermate with a 1mm eyepiece projection on a 5mm diagonal CCD would get you close if you crop your image and resize it using a interpolation drizzle algorithm.

Oh, Mars, I'm not that advanced, haha. Thanks for your suggestion; you must be an experienced astroimager. I just take a few shots here and there when there's good seeing. Have you tried to image Pluto yet?

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