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Deep sky imaging showcase 2016

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Please use this thread to showcase your best images captured during 2016. Just one post per member but you can include up to 5 images if you want.

The thread is for all imagers novices and advanced.

Please keep details to a minimum - scope and camera possibly along with a few comments.

The thread needs to be packed with images so please don't respond to the postings

 

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NGC 2070 - Tarantula Nebula - 161220 - RE-PROCESSED 2 COMPRESSED.jpg

Tarantula Nebula ( NGC 2070 ) - Orion Optics CT12, Nikon D5300 unmodified

 

The Great Nebula in Orion ( Messier 42, NGC 1976 ) g compressed.jpg

The Great Orion Nebula ( Messier 42 ) - Skywatcher Quattro 10", Nikon D5300 unmodified

 

The Wishing Well Cluster ( NGC 3532 ) - small frame - compressed.jpg

The Wishing Well Cluster ( NGC 3532 ) - Skywatcher Quattro 10", Nikon D5300 unmodified

 

The Silver Coin in Sculptor ( NGC 253 ) - IPAD pro - compressed.jpg

The Silver Coin Galaxy in Sculptor ( NGC 253 ) - Skywatcher Quattro 10", Nikon D5300 unmodified

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All taken with the Atik 383L+

Gamma Cygni and Beyond: 16 panel mosaic, 56 hours (Star 71)

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Pelican Ultra: 200pds

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Dusty M45: Star 71

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Belt to Sword - Mono version: Star 71

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Virgo Supercluster annotated: 9 panel mosaic, Star 71 (click for fullsize, so you can read it)

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An unusual look and feel to this one. Sh2 126, 2 panel HaLRGB, twin Takashashi FSQ106/fill frame CCD, Mesu 200.

Sh2-126 HaLRGB 24 Hrs.jpg

The 'Breaking Wave' extension around Gamma Cass, down to the Pacman. 3 panel, twin Taks.

Breaking Wave with Pacman BEST smaller jpg.jpg

 

NGC 2170 using twin Tak and TEC 140 data. 35 hours.

 

NGC 2170 36 HRS 2FL WEB2.jpg

 

Beverly Hills here we come. A joint effort with Mr and Mrs Gnomus. HaOIIILRGB, 35 hours.

California HaOIII LRGB 35Hrs smaller.jpg

 

And finally IC447, LRGB TEC 140. An eleven hour quickie!

IC 447 11 HRS LRGB WEB.jpg


 

 

As ever, the kit is co-owned by myself, Tom O'Donoghue and Yves Van den Broek. Thanks guys and guests, a good year.

Olly

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Didn't do a huge number of images this year, these are probably the 5 best ones:

IC410 Tadpole Nebula (Taken from SE London)

Dual rig, ED80/Atik460EX & WOZS71/Atik314L

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Pacman Nebula NGC281 (taken at an astro camp)

Dual rig (but put cameras on wrong scopes as was a bit out of practice):
Atik460 & WOZS71 
Atik 314 & ED80 

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The Bubble Nebula NGC7635 (Taken at Kelling) 

ED120 & Atik314L

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Melotte 15 (taken from SE London)

First Light with SW150P & Atik314L

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M45 Pleiades Cluster 

First Light with SW130PDS & Atik460EX

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Carole

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5 hours ago, ollypenrice said:

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And finally IC447, LRGB TEC 140. An eleven hour quickie!

 

Have you any idea how annoying that sentence is?  Eleven hours takes about a month where I am.  :icon_salut:

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Here's mine from my first year in astrophotography, all with 150p on eq3-2, and canon 1100d, no tracking except the last 2 images of M42 and Bodes galaxy.  Looking forward to seeing my 2017 efforts now with tracking. IMG_0061.JPG

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Pacman Nebula NGC 281Pacman neb.jpg

Cocoon Nebula IC5146

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Cone Nebula NGC2264

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Iris Nebula NGC7023Iris neb.jpg

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A few of the ones I took last year

New to astrophotography and scope is a skywatcher200p eq5 pro mount Nikon D90 unmodded around 30 -45 seconds exposure unguided

regards Baz

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Five images from 2016 - all taken with my Trius 814 and SW Evostar 80ED DS Pro:

M51

Final M51.jpg

 

M33

7. Final.jpg

M31 - (my first mosaic)

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M106

16. picture frame reprocess.jpg

NGC6888

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Alan

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Let's lower the mean:

2 taken with the ASI 1600 MMC and a Tair 3s lens, Ha only; 1min subs, guided. IC434 and NGC2237.
2 taken with both Canon 450D and 550D, both on their Tair 3s lens. 5min subs, guided. M31 and M45.
1 taken with both Canon 450D and 550D, on their Tair 3s lens, 30s subs, unguided (laptop battery went out) + some Ha addition taken with the ASI 120 MM with a 135 CZ lens and one Tair 3s. M42.

Alex

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NGC2237-F300-2017-01-02-Ha_p03.jpg

M31-F300-2016-summer-p12.jpg

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It's not up to much, but as it's the only image I managed to bring to "completion" in 2016 I'll post it.

M33 in Trangulum. 

R+L, G+L, B+L (90 min each I think) no Ha (It was bloating out the red channel) gradient and vignetting removal, DDP and histogram stretch on each layer then final histo stretch and saturation boost. All done in AstroArt 5

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TS Photoline 130 f/7 / Baader RGB filters / Trius 694, ASA DDM60 Pro, 5 min subs (LP). An object lesson on the futility of galaxy imaging from London.

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2016 for me was about getting to know my gear. Biggest improvement was setting up a permanent pier which i control from my living room meaning i can make the most of any clear skies.

All images taken with Skywatcher 80 ed and Asi 1600mm, mounted on an AZ EQ6.

 

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NGC 1499, Jan 2016, SW EQ3 Pro, 135 mm @ f/5.6 Pentax K20D (unmodded) 4 minutes subexposures, unguided

 

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M31, Jan 2016, SW EQ3 Pro, 135 mm lens, Pentax K20D, 3 and 4 minutes sub exposures, unguided

 

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NGC 7000, Aug 2016, SW 150 PDS on AZ EQ6 with Pentax K20D (unmodded), 4 minutes subexposures, unguided

 

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NGC 7635, Nov 2016, M52, SW 150 PDS on AZ EQ6 with Pentax K20D, 10 minutes subexposures, guided

 

On my drive I have data from a grand total of 41 imaging nights during 2016. That's an average of 5 nights per month (May - August it's too bright to do any imaging).

In August I upgraded my mount (from EQ3 to AZ EQ6) and in November I started guiding.

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1.5 years into AP now. For 2016 I ended up with 8 nebulas that I am rather pleased with and since I found it too difficult to select the best five, I take the liberty of posting all of them (hoping that it is better to ask for forgiveness than permission). Basically they are all RGB data from my Canon 60Da put on a ES 5" Apo on a EQ8 mount. Five are with additional NB data (primarily Ha) kindly provided by  friends on SGL and Astrobin: Ole Alexander Ødegård, Francois Theriault and Jim Matzger (as indicated in the signatures).

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IMG2028-53+2120-49NyPS9+JMHaPS6sign.jpg

IMG2073-85+2193-2208 PS21sign.jpg

Wizard NB + HaRGB NyPS2sign.jpg

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These are my two current best from the back end of 2016.

Both taken with an LX90 8", f6.3 reducer, sxvr-h9 and lodestar guidecam.

Sometime in 2017 I'm hoping to add colour filters and maybe narrow band but given how much cloud we've had of late it'll take me a while to be happy enough with my mono images to up the complexity.

M1 Crab Nebula - Link to Original thread

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M27 Dumbbell Nebula - Link to original thread

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some blooming great images up there well done to you all.

i don't know where the rest of you get your skies from but i need some, its been a terrible year. i struggled to get 5 let alone complete them lol but here they are.

 

1-MonkeyHead-HOO-HaRGB 50-50 at 1X jpg-HLVG.jpg

christmas tree cluster.jpg

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Rosette jpg.jpg

NGC-281-SEPTEMBER 2016-HOO-RGB-jpg.jpg

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Mainly WIP, but that's a given, weather in the UK and life getting in the way! :happy11:

HEQ5 used for all capture.

Orion's sword HaRGB, first taken with dual rig - QHY9M + Nikkor ed180 + Baader 7nm for HA, QHY8L + SMC Takumar 200 for RGB. M42 and B33 detail added from QHY8L and SW ED80 (approx 1 hour each plus lum on B33 from DSW) Base image around 2 hours so far...

Orion-M42-B22-HARGB-wip.jpg

M31 captured with QHY8L + SW ED80

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Cygnus HA 9 panel mosaic WIP captured with QHY9 + Nikkor ed180, Tamron SP90 and Pentax 135, Baader 7nm

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Elephant Trunk and Flying Bat HA captured with QHY9M, Nikkor ed180 and Baader 7nm

Elephant-Trunk-Flying-Bat-Nebulas-Hydrogen-Alpha.jpg

 

 

 

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Cripes, it's a challenge to upload anything after seeing that lot, especially the narrowband stuff! Still here we go, some of the highlights from my second year at this game, see signature for gear ...

Horsehead.jpg

 

Pacman_Crop.jpg

 

M33_Best.jpg

 

North_America_Nebula.jpg

 

M42_Ultimate.jpg

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My first full year of astro imaging. Not much compared to some of the crazy good images above, but not to bad considering I am using a very old DSLR.

Pelican Nebula 2017 feb reprocess v33.jpg

Bi-color Veil V4 copy.jpg

Autosave004-2 bicolor channels 3.jpg

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m31 2017.jpg

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Impressive. Never seen such a red pelican.

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51 minutes ago, wimvb said:

Impressive. Never seen such a red pelican.

Thanks, not sure if that is good or bad then, what color is it normally lol.

Edit: Probably the CLS Filter clipping the green out.

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