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  1. 3 points
    Been a while since I posted a photo, but having some spare time has allowed me to process some data I have. This was processed mostly in PI and some minor adjustments in PS. Shot at 4000mm, Focal Ratio F11, and probably spent about 50 hours acquiring the correct subs. The total imaging time used is more like 10 hours, but this object sits over the city lights from my observatory and many subs were unusable. C/C's welcome. Ray
  2. 3 points
    Walked outside last night about 11pm, and noticed this action going on. It was cloudy earlier, so I didn't bother trying to do any imaging. But anyway just a quick snapshot a Mars and the Moon hangin together. Tim.
  3. 2 points
    Playing about on Photoshop 2020 I put together everything I had on the Pelican nebula and then also added DSS data from the same region. Everything stitched together using REGISTAR. Greg
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    I combined all my Sky90 data of this object together with the DSS data from the same region. Barnard's "E" is a dark nebula lying close to the star Tarazed. How many stars do you think are in this image?? Registar says there are 165,000 Greg
  5. 2 points
    Mizar & Alcor in Ursa Major taken with the Sky90 array. Greg
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    And here's a Noel Carboni process of JUST the Sky90 data. Greg
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    I hope it sells quick mate. Need to get some cash back in the bank after paying for the van. Lol. Shane
  8. 2 points
    Tim I know you’re right it needs a fridge and bar but it already has a man cave sign. Shane
  9. 2 points
    Haven't seen one of these little fellas in a while. Hung out a bit then went his own way. Tim.
  10. 2 points
    I took this a few months ago, but I need to add luminance to it. The weather hasn't been cooperating on my nights off. First image in a while, but figured I should post it to prove I am still alive. The image is grainy and needs star reduction and a few other things done to it, but it is headed in the right direction. Ray
  11. 2 points
    Found an SD card with a few shots from the 10" / EOS 500D. And went thru them in PS. I think this one is worthy of pasting here. A rare occasion where the focus is reasonable and terminator clean. Currently its very hit and miss to find a break in the perishing cloud over W.A. Plus the temperature is not conducive to elevating myself off the electric blanket ! Cheers Dave.
  12. 2 points
    Orchid over the New Forest this morning. Greg
  13. 2 points
    Hi For those that have been interested in my astroimages and time lapse videos, I had a website called "Imaging the heavens" Unfortunately the hosting site has announced that they are "pulling the plug" on June 30th and will no longer be hosting any websites so I've been having a go over the last 4 days at building a new website using Wordpress and Elementor and have managed to get something up and running, it will have a new name but the theme is largely the same ie night and astrophotography. It is called "In the still of the night". It is largely finished now apart from a few tweaks or possibility of extra pages in the future. If you'd like to have a look at how far I've got so far it can be found at the link below. There was no ".com" available but I did get a ".space" which I thought was very apt https://www.inthestillofthenight.space Best wishes Gordon
  14. 2 points
    As I had the macro out for the Bee - I also took some flower pics. Greg
  15. 2 points
    Great work guys! An inspiration to those of us in the city to aspire towards!
  16. 2 points
    lol, I know, I'm just looking for the easy way out, but its time to clean them anyway. I have had a long hiatus from AP (work, study, family, broken observatory computer). So I am looking forward to getting some photos right after this full moon goes away. I am thinking Sombrero is well positioned at the moment. Ray
  17. 1 point
    Hi Ray & Tim - thanks, & good to hear from you two! I was thinking of you two (& Shane) when I dropped in here yesterday...a fairly hot day today & I've replaced the wheels with new tyres on the van a few minutes back - time for my senior's nap now..!
  18. 1 point
    Minimal processing done Tim. Greg
  19. 1 point
    Yep - to get the whole thing in it's a 2-framer with the Sky90s, that's like trying to image IC1396 (which is also huge). Greg
  20. 1 point
    Both epic work my friend. Ray
  21. 1 point
    Not too bad of a night last night. I thinks it's time to search for a bigger OTA though...16"or maybe 20". Yeah right!
  22. 1 point
    This is last nights effort. Hope to get some better images as it's beginning to get colder at night. Might steady things up a bit. Tim.
  23. 1 point
    Got a few clear nights. Trying to get in some imaging time. A little soft, but better than to overdo it. Cheers, Tim.
  24. 1 point
    The above data combined with some very old original Hyperstar data - came out well Greg
  25. 1 point
    At someone is getting some action. Nice Tim. Shane
  26. 1 point
    Added some more shelves today and a drawer under computer desk. Now to get everything back in and stored in appropriate places. Still working out proper fused power but that will happen when my sparky mate can come around. Shane
  27. 1 point
    Today’s quick update. Computer desk done, computer back in and working. Will probably move the top monitor so it sits directly over the other one but we shall see. Also put in a small shelf for model display. Abrams and millennium falcon paper models, type 59 and tiger plastic models. Unfortunately I still have to find a small leak. After several hours of rain a couple of days ago I checked just to make sure and there is a small area still getting water in. It’s obviously not a huge leak but I still need to fix it. Shane
  28. 1 point
    Wow, now that's a Pleiades! Ray
  29. 1 point
    There is a loss of colour in my ultradeep Pleaides image (the one with several 1-hour long subs) due to color bleaching from effective over exposure. So I mixed the ultradeep image with an intermediate exposure image (that had better colour) to get the result below. Greg
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    Certainly can be imaged from Perth. Here is a film image from around 2006. http://www.thecosmicartgallery.com/NorthAmerican.php Ray
  33. 1 point
    I've finally gotten familiar with my new CEM 70. I'm thinking it's going to be just fine. Any-who, a few assorted pics. From the 20th. Smoke from the California fires came into play on this one. Sky had cleared a few days later, jet stream sent the smoke northward. Mars a little smoky as well. A Jupe from a few days ago, (still smokin.) And last night's venture. Not too pleased with any of the above, but under the current circumstances with the weather, I will just quietly grumble under my breath. I'm probably done with Jupiter and Saturn this apparition as they're easing toward the west. Could be worse, after buying a new mount, and, building an obs, I could be totally clouded out for months! Tim
  34. 1 point
    Awesome Prof. That neb extends so far out of frame as well. That is an object that I can shoot on my northern horizon, I need to be elevated though. The Pelican is as far north as I can shoot. Ray
  35. 1 point
    Amazing result Greg. I've always loved this region. Cygnus is loaded with eye candy. (Images are much better on here than FB.) Tim.
  36. 1 point
    Good to see you Professor. Great shot. Just starting to warm up here, hopefully get some nice starfields like yours soon. Ray
  37. 1 point
    Sorry guys, I know I haven't been posting much lately, but, life happens sometimes... Anyhoo. Hopefully things will start going in my favor, (except for the clouds and torrential rains I have caused.) I began here last year. Well, back in July the CGE Pro died. After much hem-hawing about what to do, escalated by the lack of available stuff out there to choose from. due to whatever? A buddy of mine, (and a member on here (Tony,) suggested a Ioptron mount. So, I am now using a CEM 70. Which seems like it's going to work out just fine, (planetary images pending in another thread.) And so things have went like this over the last week or so... And DONE!!! Hopefully, soon as the skies clear, I can get back to it! Tim.
  38. 1 point
    Dude, you've got something going on there! Should be a real looker when you get finished with it. Tim.
  39. 1 point
    Try this Ray as per message and phone conversation the other day. If you have trouble gimme a ring mate. Shane LRGB.xpsm
  40. 1 point
    Not the type of orchid I’m used to seeing. Shane
  41. 1 point
    So far mate I’ve not had moisture issues with pc in obs that I’m aware of anyway. In the years I’ve had the obs the first pc died but it was nearly a decade old when it went in. These days I have a desiccant type stuff in there just as insurance. I think the Prof has a dehumidifier in each of his obs. He’ll chime in when he sees the post. Shane
  42. 1 point
    Beautiful colours on it either way. Ray
  43. 1 point
    They are over engineering their software. Programmers needs to justify their jobs I guess, and by creating new features all the time gives them the work they need. I recently had to fill out my address on a website contact form, and as you start to type, the AI on the site tries to predict your address (anywhere in the world) and inputs your address incorrectly and prevents me from writing it in. Great example of over-engineering and programmers coming up with software that is not necessary and just makes things more annoying to use. Could give you ten other examples. Frustrating, ahh! Ray
  44. 1 point
    Noted Ken, I have a number of Canon Cameras, including film versions plus the last one made by Canon H1n film cam. I have used the range from 350D to the 7D. At Present I have the EOS 500d 750d and 7d. Each have their pros and cons. Basically I judge their performance on the results I get and and personally not particularly interested in what some of the "Rivet Counters" think -- Also there is a lot of bias between brands, each one trying to outdo the other. Over the years I have handled Pentax and Canon film and Canon Digital. I cannot speak of Nikon as I have never used one. but there are two very divided schools between Canon and Nikon. The later model I have of the 7d, I use mainly for Terrestrial use and birdwatching. having a very wide range of EF lens also keeps me to the Canon brand
  45. 1 point
    Great work and well presented. So good to see images like these. Dave
  46. 1 point
    Grabbed 13 x 5-minute subs with the Hyperstar last night (that's why it's quite noisy) of Arp214 in Ursa Major. Really interesting region with tons of faint fuzzies. Greg
  47. 1 point
    Same for me. Good news for me thouogh, I just got my Ob PC fixed up, just reinstalled all my software, so hopefully shoot some DSO's this week (first time in ages). Ray
  48. 1 point
    Hi Ken - good to hear from you...haven't been travelling regularly to Melbourne for a long time, not since Pat's Mum died around the time of the last Venus transit, except when we visited our eldest son the year before last... We did have a great week of imaging at Natimuk just out of Horsham last year & I remember coming back from Ballarat not that long ago & looking out for the Snake Gully turn-off on the road that heads S-W of Ballarat - can't remember when that was but probably the visit to our son - nobody doing much moving around atm though! Hi also Ray - everyone please take care!
  49. 1 point
    Even though I already have flop stoppers on my C14 the mirror still shifts sideways, and not just a little bit, enough to make my astrophotography efforts worthless. Recapping that the problems with mirror flop are poor photos not matter how good the guiding, poor pointing model, loss of focus and collimation. The standard flop stopper config is to attach screws through the rear cell of the telescope which attach to the bottom of the mirror. This mostly only prevents movement front and backwards and will remove a small amount of sideways inertia, but sideways inertia is still detectable. When you are dealing with a heavy piece of glass like the C14 mirror you will still experience some sideways shifting and this is amplified greatly by the awesome focal length of the C14. My solution to this is three M6 nylon screws at 120 degrees apart placed through threaded holes in the rear cell that push up against the side of the mirror holding it in place (very similar system to how we hold guide and finder scopes inside guide rings). I chose M6 screws because their rigidity will increase their holding power. Nylon instead of metal so that we don't chip or scratch the side of the mirror. I was able to use two existing holes and only needed to drill one more. All three needed to be tapped for the M6 thread. I will report back tonight with my results. Fingers crossed. Ray
  50. 1 point
    There seem's to be no limit to what that Paramount ME can carry! You must name it "Hercules" . Eric