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ChickenKen

First attempt at astrophotography

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I've had my Celestron 8SE telescope for about 5 years but never delved into astrophotography until last night.  Being a novice at both astronomy and photography,  it was quite intimidating. After a lot of research and some trial and error I was able to shoot this image of the Orion Nebula. I had the telescope on a wood deck which is prone to movement. I'm hoping the blurriness of the stars is due to this. Tonight I will attempt again on concrete.

The camera settings were (as best I can remember) were  f4, ISO 1600 for 30 seconds.  (I really need to write this stuff down)

I must admit I didn't expect to see color. I am absolutely thrilled and encouraged with this image.  I look forward to many more awesome pictures in the future.

Any pointers are greatly appreciated.

Ken

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Nice first image and way better than my first attempt. I'm wondering what is the cause of the misshapen stars though. Possibly a collimation issue? I'm sure somebody much more experienced in these things will offer better advice. Well done though.

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Nothing like your first astro'photo to inspire you, I remember the feeling, many years later and thousands of pounds poorer it's still difficult to match :grin:

Dave

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That's a super first image, great stuff.

I'd wait to you have another image to compare before thinking about your star shapes.

I think you used your 8SE so the f is as your telescope.

You'll probably like the No ""EQ" DSO Challenge thread.

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Nice 1st image Ken, I wish it looked like that with colours when observed.

Sorry I can not be much help, I am a visual observer not an imager,
but I truly admire anyone who has a crack at imaging.
 

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Hi. great first attempt. keep it going and you will surprise yourself how quick it all improves. solid base is best. look forward to seeing your progress.

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Excellent image Ken.   Imaging with such a long focal length will amplify any wobbles or vibrations and is difficult, so well done.  

You are probably right, a wooden deck will bounce quite nicely if you move on it and explain those stars.  Once you get a-thinking about the next image and the next image ..ie. to make it better, then you are hooked........

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Nice first shot! If you post more details folk can help you better.

Eg camera type, mount or tripod, single shot or several stacked, processing if any? 

Concrete base definitely a better bet!

Good luck!

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5 hours ago, Pete Presland said:

Very nice first image Ken, was it taken through your 8SE?

Yes, through my 8SE

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11 hours ago, ChickenKen said:

Any pointers are greatly appreciated

Hi. Nice image. Perhaps the best way to improve the shot is to take several -good idea to move onto concrete- 30s snaps and stack them. The more frames you take, the better the image. HTH.

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