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First guided M51


Uhwaz
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After about 2 months of trying to sort out guiding finally got some results.

Have to say this wouldnt happend without a lot of help from Dave Moulton whom i would like to Thx again here on forums his patience and advices are priceless

guiding been done with Celestrons First Telescope and NextImage CCD all mounted on home made Tension rings.

Image is stacked from 3x5mins subs ( some LP from near by town ) not that great with DSS yet so processing is bit rough :D

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If you have Photoshop try this to bring out the detail and colour........... Isolate the background with the magic wand tool select inverse then simply go over the image with the Dodge tool to brighten the stars and galaxy,do the same with the Sponge tool to saturate the colour............ Quick and simple.

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Marian,

You are most welcome , glad to have been of some help. All credit to you though for coming up with some unique solutions to mounting your kit and making the setup more rigid

Looking at your M51 pic I think you should be proud of tha,t for a first guided stacked attempt, its pretty darn good for such a limited amount of data.

Peter is right in that it is a bit black clipped but it does not detract from what is a great starting point as he said.

Not a bad plan to concentrate on getting good data as the first step, the processing side can wait . Worth keeping all your data too if you can as you can add to it over weeks even years.

Processing tips and tricks will always drag a bit more detail out for you as you progress

Well done

Dave

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  • 1 year later...
If you have Photoshop try this to bring out the detail and colour........... Isolate the background with the magic wand tool select inverse then simply go over the image with the Dodge tool to brighten the stars and galaxy,do the same with the Sponge tool to saturate the colour............ Quick and simple.

Thats a nice quick way of doing but also try this method

http://youtu.be/qYd7loeEXnA

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