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  1. Back at the planetary

    That is so cool, how they are getting sharper. Those last two deliver nicely. Give me image capture software, and image processing. I was doing some solar work last week, using Registax. But seeing as Jupe and Saturn are returning, I might have to dust off my planetary camera. Ray
  2. Beautiful little critters Greg. Not sure if it is the angle, but that bee's wing (in the second bee photo) has seen better days. The orange butterfly appears to have fur as well. Nice work. Ray
  3. Canis Minor

    Incredible amount of nuclear furnaces out there. Awesome photo Greg. Ray
  4. M33

    Wow, very jealous. Looks amazing Prof. Ray
  5. V1331

    Tim very interesting. My C14 would be able to zoom right in on that. Cygnus unfortunately is a tad low for me. I did shoot it once, but I drove out to the bush, and then up onto a monolith called Kokerbin Rock, which gave me super views of the Northern horizon. Ray
  6. V1331

    Very cool. Circumstellar disc (a mostly depleted accretion disc,,,posssibly). Ray
  7. Great Image Opportunity

    We all know that feeling. Winter is in full swing out West at the moment, but I'm hopeful for the next new moon. Fingers crossed. Ray
  8. Vixen Optics is shutting down

    Thanks for letting us know. Ray
  9. Great Image Opportunity

    Dammit, I missed this post Ken. Would have been awesome. Did you get any shots? Ray
  10. I haven't been spending as much time as I should in my dome lately due to work and study commitments, but I certainly intend to soon as winter targets once again start to pop into view. I note that some of my latest work needs better noise reduction and being out the loop sometimes, I am wondering what software or techniques others here use for noise reduction? I used to use a program called Noise Ninja in PS, and it worked a charm, but the plugin stopped working with a PS update. In fact, why don't I whine a bit more by posting an image I feel is noisy. Feel free to experiment or recommend software- Tarantula by Raymond Palmer 50 Percent.tif Thanks and look forward to the feedback. Ray
  11. Removing Noise

    Thanks Prof. This is why I thought I'd ask, because its been a few years since I've done any research on noise removal and figured that there might be a new standard. If both you and Ken are both doing it, then it is most likely quite effective (and the results also speak for themselves). Ray
  12. Removing Noise

    Thanks Ken, I'll check that out. Ray
  13. M87 Jet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    lol, i thought you may have had software that showed it was a galaxy behind his galaxy or something (and not a jet). Okay, now I understand. Woops! Ray
  14. M87 Jet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hi Ken, I imagine when Greg has made the background completely black (like in the expanded view), the jet becomes visible, but with the lighter background it is not, too faint. That's my thinking, but may be wrong. Ray
  15. Street Lights For and Against

    Ouch. Unfortunately most leaders are completely scientifically illiterate. The universe is governed by the laws of science, certainly not gods or prophets from the stone age, iron age or bronze age. I guarantee most leaders can recite paragraphs from religious texts from 1000's of years ago, but would struggle to quote most well known scientific principles. Ouch again. Ray
  16. Well its obvious I am against it. Most kids these days can't point out and name one constellation due to our local governments allowing the sky to be polluted. I know streetlights also mess with animals mating and feeding times. And I did read that some streetlights could cause cancers due to the melatonin levels we should have during sleep being incorrect. I've been told by my local council that streetlights give people a sense of security. My response is, if you are scared, get some sensors and cameras installed, they are super cheap these days, and we shouldn't have to pay for people's fears. IMO, streetlights are a huge waste of money and waste huge amounts of energy as well, because 99% of the light is never actually seen. What is better, streetlights that have sensors which are pretty cheap and easy to use, or turning them off at 10pm? What's the solution? How do we convince councils and local governments to take this seriously? Ray,
  17. Street Lights For and Against

    I spoke to my local councilor this week about doing an energy saving initiative combined with a kids chance to see some stars around new moon. My councilor is very accepting of the idea. I also discussed how artificial light is causing disease in animals and humans and needs to be looked at. I'm going to compile and make a small dossier for her fellow councilors to see if they can progress forward. Stay tuned. Ray
  18. 1st Images from my new 450d

    I know I will eventually purchase a DSLR for landscape, widefield, meteor showers, etc. I can't see myself hooking it up to my telescope, however I also know curiosity killed the cat and I most probably will. But I certainly miss widefield shooting like star trails etc. Ray
  19. 1st Images from my new 450d

    Tim can you do narrowband with it? It is obviously shot colour though, but I know some cameras can disregard two channels and shoot monochrome. Ray
  20. Street Lights For and Against

    This is interesting Greg. I know my council have infrared cameras everywhere, so hopefully if people complain, they may be able to use that as a comeback. Ray
  21. Street Lights For and Against

    Thanks guru. I am going to see if I can get my council to turn lights off a few nights a month (around new moon time) to save energy and assist kids with learning the sky (a forgotten art). Ray
  22. Street Lights For and Against

    Ken do you have those findings? Be handy to show my local councilor (whom I know very well). Ray
  23. Cheers Ken. And you are right, it is worth starting another thread. Ray
  24. 1st Images from my new 450d

    Does EOS require a laptop? Or is this the firmware? I've actually kept a ton of Elite Chrome 200 slide film in my freezer, so once I get a small tracking mount, I'll have to use those as well. But certainly will check eBay Ken and checkout those earlier Canon's. 450d sounds like a bargain. Ray
  25. 1st Images from my new 450d

    Yes, I remember that setup. Once I purchase a DSLR (which I've been wanting to for years), I think a little tracker mount for travelling would be well suited for me. I used to travel with full kit, but the setting up and pulling down at 3a.m, plus the drive home (and the easy convenient observatory in my backyard) put rest to those days. Ray