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Uranium235

Deep sky imaging showcase 2017

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Uranium235    6,214

Finally, it's here! :) (my apologies for the delayed start of this one)

Please use this thread to showcase your best images captured during 2017. Just one post per member but you can include up to 5 images if you want.

The thread is for all imagers, both 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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MikeODay    1,230

 

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The Great Barred Spiral Galaxy in Fornax ( NGC 1365 )   image details here )

 

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The Silver Coin or Sculptor Galaxy ( NGC 253 )   image details here )

 

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A Peculiar Galaxy in Centaurus, Centaurus A ( NGC 5128 )   image details here )

 

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A Million Stars in the Deep South, The Omega Centauri Cluster ( NGC 5139 )   image details here )

( a version of this image was selected as NASA's APOD for 11th July 2017 )

 

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The Fighting Dragons of Ara ( NGC 6188 )    ( image details here )

                

Edited by MikeODay
All are HDR images taken with an unmodified Nikon D5300 except NGC 1365 which was with a D7500
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Uranium235    6,214

Another year of mosaics!

Rho Ophiuchi from 52 degrees North

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Bubble to Cave

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Pelican to North America

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IC1396

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Cone to Rosette

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Here are my very first forays into digital deep-sky imaging. Nothing special, but is a start. All taken with my modded EOS 550D and Carl Zeiss Tele-Tessar 200mm F/3.5 (which I have since replaced by a Canon 200mm F/2.8 L). Keeping stars tight was not the greatest strength of the Zeiss lens, unfortunately.

November 22, 3hrs of data, 60s subs at F/3.5

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November 17, less data, at F/4.0 showing tighter stars, but also diffraction spikes (and more noise).

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Victor Boesen    382

Here is my image from the summer of 2017.
Taken with a star adventurer, unmodded nikon d3300 with a 50mm lens

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Victor

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Magnus_e    247

Here's my best from 2017. More pictures at observatory17b.com

Scope SkyWatcher Equinox 80 PRO APO.

Camera ZWO ASI 1600mm-cool

Baader NB filters, and ZWO LRGB

 

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California nebula in Ha. Featured in Norwegian magazine 'Astronomy' in March edition.

 

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Leo triplet LRGB. Featured in September edition of 'Astronomy'.

 

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Monkeyhead nebula Hubble pallete (SHO). Featured as full page, back cover of 'Astronomy' magazine.

 

2017 was the most rewarding season for me so far, and first season with observatory. Hope to ceep improving, and hope you like the results :)

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moise212    623

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Canon 300 F4 L IS lens, 12h Ha, 10h O3, 7h S2.

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Canon 300 F4 L IS, Tair 3s, Pentacon 200 lenses. 30 hours of Ha, O3 and some S2. Some hours of RGB for stars. 2 panels mosaic.

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This a 4 panels Ha mosaic with the 130 PDS + some hours of Ha and O3 with the Canon 300 F4 L IS lens.

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130PDS. 12h of LRGB and Ha.

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Canon 300 F4 L IS. 22.5h, 4 panels mosaic. I have this with O3 too, but I finished the acquisition of O3 this year.

All of them were shot with the ASI1600MMC on an AZ-EQ5 mount.

Except the last one, all were shot from the city center under heavy light pollution and very poor seeing.
The last one was taken under better conditions, still under light pollution, but orange-red zone and usually better seeing.

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DaveS    2,705

Put these in their own thread by mistake. Here they are where they belong. Roughly in order of when they were captured.

Leo Triplet, HaLRGB

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M13, Straight RGB

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The Witch's Broom, NHO, 2 hours each.

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Pickering's (Flemming's) Triangle, also NHO, 2 hours each

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Lastly, The Dear Lick Group and Stephan's Quintet. HaLRGB, very much WIP, but will have to wait for next year now.

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All captured with the 130mm f/7 TS Photoline Apo triplet from my back garden in Ruislip, borderline Bortle 7-8. No LP filter used.

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Scott    4,830

Very poor year for me. Just the one worth posting and that's a team effort.
Oiii- Steve Richards (Steppenwolf)
Ha- Me

Rossette Nebula_S.R. and S.P.WORK IN PROGRESS

 

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wimvb    2,208

Like many of us, I had few clear nights. Last summer I got a new camera, mono cooled cmos replaced dslr.

This one with a Pentax K20D on a SW EQ3 PRO, 135 mm fl, f/5.6 (I think).

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The following are all with the mono camera.

SW Explorer 150PDS on SW AZ-EQ6, ZWO ASI174MM-Cool with ZWO LRGB

First light, M27

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Iris neb, ngc 7023

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M110 (ngc 205)

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ngc 6946

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(Click on an image to view a larger version)

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Stub Mandrel    6,364

imageproxy.php?img=&key=bdf8b2134cef9d8bA frustrating year for me. I cooled my camera and started guiding, but too much to learn and not enough clear nights to get the knack of everything. All of these with a 450D and 130P-DS, except M27 which may have been the 150PL.

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Oops that was six...
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swag72    5,696

2017 was a fun year for me.... a selection is below. I like to do a montage each year to see what I've been up to in one place! This isn't all of the images, but a selection of what I felt was the best. 

 

 

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MartinB    1,285

A very lean year for me.  Away a lot and also spending more time on night time landscape photos.  Need to get my dome automated!

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StargeezerTim    3,051

Here are a few from me. The main changes last year are that I got a Star 71, a great scope that is so easy to use, and I also got a Ha filter and started experimenting with that.

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Xiga    392

Here are my 5 best of 2017. Actually, aside form a couple of others, it's pretty much my entire output from 2017, lol. 

The biggest change for me this year was, getting the D5300 modded and picking up an Ha and OIII filter.

I also picked up a cheap mono camera (IDS UI-6250SE) 2nd hand for doing Lunar work, which i used for the mosaic below. 

 

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NGC 1499 (California Nebula) v2.jpg

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Moon Mosaic 74% v3.1.jpg

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ollypenrice    18,144

IC348 and friends imaged with Mr and Mrs Gnomus and with the participation of Tom O'Donoghue. HaLRGB.

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The large, faint IC342 with an inset showing M101 at the same scale.

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A head-banging attempt to find the tidal loops around the Sunflower in the TEC140. When I learn more about inverse masking I'll try to improve this!

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And finally two 'improvers' where substantial new amounts of data have helped older images. M42 is LRGB. The Rosette is HaOIIILRGB.

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Olly

 

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gorann    1,758

So here are five images from my triple rig taken with a Samyang 135mm f/2, a Canon 300mm f/4, or an ES 127ED, or a combination of them (all with Canon 60D cameras). Then I take the liberty of throwing in an additional one, which is my processing of the Dumbbell nebula centre from data collected by the Liverpool Telescope, a 2 m RC scope on a mountain top so I dedicate that one to pixel peepers since it may be the most detailed RGB image ever taken of the Dumbbell. You find technical details about the images on my Astrobin site.

Cheers

Göran

 

 

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almcl    209

IC1369A

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M8
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M17
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M20
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