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new to imaging few pictures

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hi all i have been a member on here for a while just not really posted much ,anyway I have been imaging now for a few months and thought I would share a few pictures of mine with you hope you all enjoy .


all taken with 

Heq5 mount

Skywatcher 130pds 

Nikon d3300 

Zwo asi 120mc usb3  guide camera  

but also just purchased a canon 450d modified to take over from my Nikon 


any advice is greatly appreciated thanks pid













hope you all like and any advice is greatly appreciated thanks pid


double cluster.jpg

jpeg orion.jpg

leo triplet single.jpg

virgo photoshop.jpg

whirlpool jpegf.jpg

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Good start!  Some lovely images there.  Advice, not sure, they are pretty dam good, focus is bang on and so is guiding.  Maybe you could have a look at talking and subtracting flat frames for a few of the images as that would get rid of some of the uneven illumination but really, they are very nice images and you should be proud of them.

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Nice pics but one piece of advice I will suggest....post them in deep sky imaging not observing...can we move these pls mods

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These are incredible - do you mind if I ask you for the details of the leo triplet (subs length etc)? I only ask cos my first attempt was garbage!

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Nice images, I really like the image of the double cluster. Only a few months in the hobby, thats a great start.

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Great images.

A bit more time in time in post processing and they could be really good. Here's my 30 second re-process version of your Pleiades image minus the gradients and with a neutral grey background for instance:


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Thanks all yes I need to Learn to take flats and get the back ground right as I am actually In a dark sky area in Northumberland  so I am really lucky and as for the double cluster picture that is one single exposure of I think 2mins and the Leo was the same maybe a little longer It was taken late winter just as Leo was getting higher in the. Sky 

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Hi, welcome and a good start.

My advice as a first step would be to get the hang of colour balance. M42, the moon, the Rosette and M27 are high in green. Green is a problem colour in DS imaging and at least two prgrammes address it. There's a PS plug-in, Hasta La Vista Green, free or donation from the Deep Sky Colors website of Rogelio Bernal Andreo. Or Pixinsight has SCNR green in its toolbox.

The Triplet and Markarian's have the opposite imbalance - too little green tipping the images into the magentas.

The first thing, if you use Photoshop, is to use the eyedropper colour sampler tool set to 3X3 or 5X5 Average, to measure the background sky in red, green and blue. Personally I aim for a value of 23 or a bit less in each channel. You can do initial adjustments in Levels, moving the black point slider in individual channels to get the top left of each histogram peak aligned. However, the best tool for the job is in Pixinsight. Dynamic Background Extraction. There is a good plug in for Ps called Gradient Xterminator. Not free but pretty good. You can also train your eye to pick up these imbalances.

And the other advice would just be to take much, much more data to transform the quality of your images. There are no short cuts in this game...


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Thanks Olly I will give that a go there is only a few which are short subs most are over 1 2 hours which I no is probley still top short. 


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