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One and a half clear nights for me early in the year and I focused on M45. As a naked eye visible target, I think subconsciously I never gave M45 the concentration it deserves, thinking I could always catch it another time.
Anyway, despite lusting after the Horsehead, I kept my refractor pointed at the seven sisters in new moon skies and the result is below.
I actually found it pretty hard to process...the seven sisters themselves were pretty well behaved, but I couldn't decide what to do with the background. I know this is a dusty region so I did not want to put DBE samples everywhere. But at the end the background seems a bit smudgy after tweaking curves - I'm not sure whether to darken the background or leave it as is.
3.4 hours of LRGB integration. Full details on Astrobin.
Thanks for looking!
This is my first shots of Saturn and Jupiter taken the last summer with my new ZWO ASI178MC.
-Sky-Watcher Maksutov-Cassegrain Ø150mm /1800mm
-Sky-Watcher NEQ5 PRO Goto mount
-ZWO ASI178MC camera
-ZWO ADC corrector
-Pierro-Astro electric Focuser Focus v2 controlled by the PC station in ASCOM.
-Imaging Software : FireCapture
-Integration Software : Autostakker 3
-Processing Softwares : PRISM v10 / Registax 6 / PhotoShop CS6 / Lightroom 6
- Wide Gammut Monitor for processing : NEC SpectraView Reference 272 (27") calibrated with x-Rite i1 Display Pro colorimeter
Sequence of 11,000 images.
8,800 added with a sub-exposure of 88ms/image.
Focal length : 1800mm
Sequence of 6,000 images. 4,800 images added.
The exposure time for each image : 40.7ms.
Focal length : 1800mm
Hello. I am using a Orion xt8 reflector telescope. I am wondering what optic / eyepiece set up I should be using for a mix of DSO and planets. I have a couple pictures which I have taken with honestly my cell phone on one of those (Omi cellphone adaptors for telescope) and they pictures don't come out to bad... but I am looking for something that I can actually put into the eye piece that will give decent looking pictures, or even one that I can hook up to my computer and look through it live. Price really is not the biggest issue but not really looking for something over $400. I know there might not be such a thing as I am describing. most of these pictures were taken with a 2x barlow and a 20mm The ones of mars I just took with a 5x barlo and the same 20mm. and I am unsure what this star formation I took a picture of is but It looked pretty cool and I am glad that I was able to take a picture of it.. But just looking for some help choosing what camera would be best. (Obviously using the phone camera the objects appear so bright and there is no way to pull the actual detail of the planet into focus for me) But any help would be great :) Thank you for any feedback you have and I cant wait to become more active on this forum!
So I am new to astrophotography and was looking for some advice on what to buy, mainly the mount as I don't have a huge budget.
I am currently using a SkyWatcher 102mm Telescope (500mm Focal Length) with a Canon 550d along with a EQ2 mount, so no motors as of yet.
Any advice on what mounts to get would be great.
By Cosmic Geoff
Last night I got outside early to grab a chance to observe 3 major planets: Jupiter - could make out little in the twilight with the 127mm Mak. Saturn - seeing still poor - I imaged it but the result is not worth showing.
Mars later on was better - its apparent size has shrunk, but this was the first time this year I have had a result with Syrtis Major facing the Earth. Syrtis Major, the bright area of Hellas and the south polar cap can all be made out in the image. Altitude of Mars was about 11deg - note that the southerly declination is decreasing as it moves North - quite significant if it is roof skimming as here.
Imaged with C8 SE, ASI120MC, ADC, processed in Registax6.