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  1. 5 points
    I haven't been able to collect more data as yet due mostly to wind on the few nights it's been clear so I have had a play with what I have available so far. Approx 8.5 hrs total LRGB integration, only a quick throw together in PI . Shane
  2. 5 points
    Narrowband Image of dust pillars inside the Rosette. Total exposure time 9 hours, Ha, SII and OIII @ 3hr each. Noise removal in PixInsight, colour balance and layer merging in photoshop (haven't got that far with PI yet). Image still needs to be sharpened and stars also need some attention, I'll work through these over the next couple of nights. This is about half the size of the chip at 2x2 binning, so I'm getting some good printable pics for my wall, not to mention good image scale (the C14 goes deep). Worth doing a quick comparison. Click here for a random pic of the Rosette on Google, my C14 FOV only captures what is below, you can see the image scale of the pillars in that photo on Google. So the C14 is resolving great detail IMO. However at this focal length, everything from guiding, collimation, wind, focus is torturous. Comments feedback welcome. Anyone know how to sharpen stars in PI please? Cough, Erhem, Shane, erhem, Cough. Ray
  3. 4 points
    I am going to start the ball rolling for this Christmas with a photo from my good friend Kerryn Murphy, a very keen photographer and Astronomer. Kerryn holds all rights to this photo. Having said that may I wish everyone on the Forum a very happy Christmas and Great New year from Perth Dave, Valentina and Mark. Image of Fir tree topped out by Venus. Great Stuff Kerryn
  4. 4 points
    Over 25-hours of total imaging time using 10, 20 and 30-minute subs on the Sky 90s and M26C OSC CCDs Greg
  5. 4 points
    And here's the Digital Sundial working for real out in the garden this morning. Compass to point North and protractor to set up latitude Greg
  6. 4 points
    Here is an NB image with no luminance added yet. About 3 hours per channel. Took a while to accumulate all the data and I throw away quite a bit that doesn't cut the mustard. I use CCD Inspector on every sub frame that comes in and I make live focus adjustments throughout the imaging run to ensure focus stays tack sharp. I do PA, collimation before every imaging run these days. My pier will suffer from PA drift as well due to temperature changes at the FL of 4 metres, but I'm overcoming all these challenges and loving it. Admittedly once the observatory is open, I do most of my AP from the couch with Teamviewer on my iPhone. There are some beautiful foreground dark nebulae (top centre, left and right sides and lower left) that come out well because of the bright background. I've done this object before in RGB but never in NB and never up this close, but I'm impressed with how active and dynamic the object is. I could still probably tighten up those stars and reduce the red halos but I'm happy with the result. C&C's welcome as always. Ray
  7. 4 points
    Noel Carboni added another 9 x 40-minutes to the previous data: Greg
  8. 4 points
    Hi all, Thought I'd give this a go to try a few things as I rattle my brain trying to remember imaging. This planetary is way too small for my set-up. I know it's not centred and far from great, but I just wanted to check the edges of the image using a basic star field with a bonus small object. Plus I've never looked at this object either. I'm going to try my 0.85x focal reducer to see if it helps or makes the edges worse. At least the guiding seemed to be alright. Dan
  9. 4 points
    Narrowband image shot with QHY9M.
  10. 4 points
    Hi all, Been a long time. New hobby of fatherhood has been consuming. But anyway...trying to get back into it. Here's my first attempt for ages. I've discovered a few issues. My memory for starters. Plus a bit of focal tilt. Got some time off work to sort out though. Sorry - Not sure how to upload a better quality pic either. What's the max file size again? My original sizes are approx. 350,000 KB. Talk soon, Dan.
  11. 4 points
    This panorama depicts the emission nebula along the edge of one of Milky Way's giant molecular clouds, is part of a larger mosaic which can be viewed here Imaging telescope or lens: Vixen VSD 100 f/3 Imaging camera: Sony ICX814 Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX Guiding telescope or lens: Vixen VSD Guiding camera: sx loadstar Software: Sequence Generator Pro, Photoshop CS5, PixInsight 1.8, PHD Filters: Chroma OIII 3nm, Chroma Ha 3nm Locations: Home observatory, Valencia, Spain
  12. 4 points
    It's been some time since I have visited (something like 4 years or there abouts). I thought I might post one of my recent images of the Eagle Nebula. Taken in NB and RGB wash. Only 12 hours in total but acceptable levels of noise in my opinion. Click here for large resolution image.
  13. 4 points
    Got bored of not getting any practice in with the moon so prominent at the moment so shot a quick 30 sec of each LRGB Shane
  14. 3 points
    The old NEQ6 has been sold and moved into her new home. The new owner is absolutely loving it and having a ball learning to drive it, as evidenced by the numerous messages I get on a daily/nightly basis. Like myself, Leon, the new owner, has made a huge leap in equipment coming from a EQ2/3 to a goto mount. I well remember the overwhelming feeling with such a huge jump in technology. Shane
  15. 3 points
    Here's the reprocessed image using up to date calibration files. The two bright red stars over to the left are both Carbon Stars. Greg
  16. 3 points
    Planets. Finally, a 'sort of' clear night. Started off shortly after sunset with a nice view of our Earth's shadow projected onto the atmosphere. Then was able to revisit Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Not much detail on the side of Mars that was facing me at the time due to a very large dust storm currently in progress. Cheers, Tim.
  17. 3 points
    Finally had some clear weather. I was so out of practice when I started these (and a few glasses of wine in) I completely forget to take notice of my histogram on my first run of Jupiter, so rather than embarrass myself, I will only post Saturn, Mars and Venus (and not in that order). Hopefully tomorrow night will be clear and I'll do some more. Each image is approximately 500 frames per RGB channel (I should take more notice of that). Regards Ray
  18. 3 points
    I think it has something to do with the Moon being upside down at your place Greg
  19. 3 points
    The New Forest Observatory at 5:30 p.m. after a day of snow - and it's still snowing!!!
  20. 3 points
    When I was in the Norfolk County Constabulary, (1957 - 1968) standing outside the Norwich Gates at Sandringham House for 4 hours at a time and within the grounds, surrounded by 6ft drifts of snow it was not amusing, especially when the Superintendent in Charge of Sandringham Division (Lt Col R B Mitchell) drove up in his heated car, winding the window down and saying ..."But think of the honour chap!" I spent 9 Christmases and many other occasions at Sandringham House being one of the "honoured" chosen few. Dave
  21. 3 points
    Clear from 7:30 until 9:00 p.m. last night, intrusive Moon, so went for Ceres. 18 x 15-minute subs from the Sky 90 array. Will go for this again tonight if it is clear even though the Moon will be even worse. Greg
  22. 3 points
    Very quick and very dirty process of current target, NGC 1365. approx 9hrs integration RGB. Still need Luminance data but needed to see progress as I haven't done any processing for a while. Shane
  23. 3 points
    From 15/02/2018 here are 36 x 10-minute subs on the Sky 90 array of beautiful blue star Gomeisa (Beta Canis Majoris). The averaged data shows a nice bright asteroid near centre (not visible in this SDMask stacked image which is used to get rid of the hot pixels). Greg
  24. 3 points
    Zoom-In original Hyperstar on a C11 with an H9C OSC CCD. Zoom-Out Sky 90 with an M25C OSC CCD. Greg
  25. 3 points
    Its not easy being an Astronomer here in Australia. Below is a screenshot of the homepage of Australia's new space agency,,,,maybe. Someone went to a lot of trouble building that site. You can view the site by clicking here Pretty good humour IMO. Ray
  26. 3 points
    Zoom-In - Single frame original Hyperstar on a C11 with an H9C OSC CCD. Zoom-Out - Single frame Sky 90 with an M25C OSC CCD.
  27. 3 points
    I spent the evening up on Hergest Ridge in Kington Herefordshire again last night as the weather was good. I knew that it had been raining up there earlier in the week and I was hopeful that there were going to be some pools of water to catch some reflections from the stars during the time lapse. I found one pool which is where I set my Sony A7Sii and Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 zoom lens on my Rhino Camera Gear Evo Carbon slider with motion and arc. I shot two short time lapse videos during the night shooting a total of over 700x30 second exposures with the zoom lens at the 15mm setting and f2.8 and at ISO 25600. Although it was quite breezy the water in the pool remained calm allowing for some nice reflections. In the second clip the very bright areas are from the light pollution in Leominster and Kington The video can be seen at the link below and is best viewed in at least HD Best wishes Gordon
  28. 3 points
    The missus brought these home for dinner. But as they are such a beautiful example of fractals in Nature they had to get macro'd first Here we have the wonderful Romanesco Broccoli. Greg
  29. 3 points
    Zoom-In - Original Hyperstar on a C11 with an H9C OSC CCD. Zoom-Out - Single frame Sky 90 array with M26C OSC CCDs. Greg
  30. 3 points
    Zoom-In: Single frame original Hyperstar on a C11 with an H9C OSC CCD. Zoom-Out: 4-frame mosaic using the Sky 90 array and M26C OSC CCDs. Greg
  31. 3 points
    I've got heaps of reptiles where I live. Mostly good ones. But every winter I have to save many of these marbled geckos in my firewood. My little daughter and I gathered quite a few on this occasion and relocated them to another old tree stump with lots of hides and moisture. They are slow and sleepy this time of year. They are so cute. But have to be careful as they drop their tail in defence. I was told their tail is the source that gets them through winter without the need to eat. Summer is a completely different story. So many jacky dragons, lace monitors, brown and black snakes and even turtles, yet, hardly see these geckos.
  32. 3 points
    This is a 2-framer with the Canon 200mm lenses and the M26C 10-Megapixel OSC CCDs. So this is a BIG field of view. Just flattened this image using new flattening software that Noel Carboni is about to release. I tell you this software is REALLY impressive and REALLY fast too Greg
  33. 3 points
    As I had the full 11.5 hours for IC2087 it made sense to remake the 2-framer with the 10-hour frame to the right. So the new process Taurus Molecular Cloud image - all 21.5 hours of it - now looks like this. Greg
  34. 3 points
    Captured a decent Saturn despite the high humidity we've been having. Used both of my cams, this time the ASI120MM won out over the Skyris. Tim.
  35. 3 points
    A 5-minute pass this time, caught this side of the cloud bank moving in from the West. Greg
  36. 3 points
    Yes Tim. In fact I have the following EOS film 300 500 1000 1nHS EOS digital 500d 750d PS A75 and A520 I recently sold my 350d Also in the bag Olympus OM1n Pentax sp500 and PZ film Last but not least Kodak Box Brownie 120 Dave From my Kobo tablet:
  37. 3 points
    Jupiter came pretty close to a 12-day old Moon last night Main image is a fisheye lens view over the New Forest Observatories, and the inset top/left is the telescope view. I was amazed to see the Moons of Jupiter when I hit the curves on the telescope view, didn't realise I would pick those up as well - live & learn Greg
  38. 3 points
    Got this last night (09/03/2017) around 8:20 p.m. at the New Forest Observatory. Photobombed by a military helicopter which was tailing another military helicopter that had NO LIGHTS showing!! Greg
  39. 3 points
    Finding guys that will do small one off jobs are becoming very scarce. I had a mate at Willeton (next suburb) who had a decent sized CNC machine and he did a number of mods for me for focusers and scope adapters. But they jacked up his rent so high they put him out of business and he went back to being an employed CNC machinist. I think he sold his CNC to the company he went and worked for. Even hard to find a GP Welder, had one of those at Willeton, same routine, rent increases and he took off back to New Zealand. Yeah, Willeton used to be great area for small business, but the property owners got too greedy and now half the properties are empty. I have all the parts etc to build a small CNC machine, I need a round tuit and enough enthusiasm to build it. We also have a small MIG welder here which I used to build rotator cages for my ham radio masts, they went reasonably well. Dave
  40. 3 points
    Here's a piccie for tomorrow Greg
  41. 3 points
    I would comment but I am having a problem re-attaching my lower jaw to my skull! Eric
  42. 3 points
    NGC1555 in Taurus. 65 x 20-minute subs on the Sky 90 array and M26C OSC CCDs. Greg
  43. 3 points
    Notes from imaging session "I'm here at our clubs dark site all alone and freezing! No one else bothered to show up....to cold for them maybe? OAT is 22°F. Wind about 5 MPH. T3i chip temp is 38F. QHY5 guiding to ±1.5 AS. Shooting B33. It's funny because our dark site is a pasture on a club members horse ranch! Have 30 subs now at ISO 800...3 minutes ea. Frost is all over everything but heaters are keeping optics quite clear. Now going to shoot 30 more at ISO 1600....2 minutes ea. Using heavy dithering with APT @ 5 and PHD2 multiplier @ 2. AT72ED FOV with T3i is 3° X 2°. Resolution is 2 seconds of Arc / Pixel. Hope it's all worth it." Set the PC to processing and went to bed at 2:30 AM 1-1-2017. Got up this morning to this image. Stack of 43 images with mixed ISO's of 800 and 1600 with Canon T3i unmodded. Had to toss out about 20 subs due to satellites, and planes. AT72ED refractor on SWEQ6GT. Guided with QHY5II through a Celestron 70mm F10 guide scope. Captured with APT and dithered. No calibration frames were used. Processed using DSS, PS elements 14, and Canon Digital Photo Professional. I tried not to get heavy handed with the NR and color saturation. I wanted to try and remain faithful to what the camera actually saw and not what I wanted to see. Froze to the bone getting these images from our clubs dark site. While imaging not much to do but look up, and man is my neck strained! The milky way was glorious extending completely from horizon to horizon E to W. What a great way to ring in the new year! This is no way near the quality of Dr. Parker's work but for a $399 scope, $600 camera, and my limited skills, I am quite pleased. Eric
  44. 3 points
    Another one that will have gone missing with the closure of Flickr. Sky 90 and M25C OSC CCD. Greg
  45. 3 points
    I did a pretty crap job of putting the two 200mm frames together (IC2087 and SAO76573) to give a 2-frame mosaic, so you will have to wait until Noel Carboni gets around to looking at this one for a decent image. But the crap job is here below Greg
  46. 3 points
  47. 3 points
    Feel free to JOIN our SOLARACTIVITY GROUP on Facebook! Solaractivity is home to solar imagers, solar observers, pro-am collaborations, worldwide outreach events and all things solar astronomy! We're happy to welcome solar imagers to this forum and to our facebook page! Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/solaractivity/
  48. 3 points

    From the album Paul C Swift

    Finally complete after seven nights of photography: Sh2-119 the defuse emission nebular in Cygnus only a few degrees away from the North America Nebula. The object consists mostly of hydrogen, with some sulfur-II and faint amounts of oxygen-III. This is a two panel mosaic. Imaging telescope or lens: Vixen VSD 100 f/3 Imaging camera: Sony ICX814 Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX Guiding telescope or lens: Vixen VSD Guiding camera: sx loadstar Software: Sequence Generator Pro, Photoshop CS5, PixInsight 1.8, PHD
  49. 3 points
    I need to brush up on my narrow band imaging processing (more like learn how to do it). This is 40 minutes each through Ha, OIII and SII. I've tried to reduce the star bloating in photoshop a bit. I'll gather more data (once these storms clear again Shane!), and keep tweaking the final product. Overall, I'm happy with the result considering how out of practice I am. I've got a luminance channel to add to it later. Feedback on reducing star bloating and removing the red hue from the background (and anything else) welcome. Ray
  50. 3 points
    Most, (I think) are feeding their egos on FB. Almost no one explains the images they post, people who know absolutley nothing about what they are looking at are 'ooohing and awwing' their pics like they work for NASA. Everyone's an expert, noone offers suggestions to the poster on how to make their images better, details are non-existent on what they did /used, I could go on and on with my personal OP, but somehow it seems counter productive. I like this site, (the much needed remodel especially.) I like the current 'active' members and I will continue to post, comment/contribute and be an occasional pain in the arse. I get around to several other 'genuine' astronomy forums, (mostly lurking) but I've also noticed a fall off in posts in general (by date/time etc.) nearly everywhere. Tim.