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  1. Ray Sorry to be negative but I don't think sharpening the stars is going to help you much. In my experience good data leads to good images and you have a problem with focus. Just sharpening significantly out of focus stars usually winds up looking worse so I think you have to address why you are out of focus in the first place. Do you use an autofocus routine (Focusmax, Robofocus) or do you just eyeball the focus? To reiterate, it's virtually impossible to manufacture a good image out of bad data and believe me, I've tried. On the plus side everything else (colour, contrast, etc) looks pretty good. Cheers Steve
  2. NGC 6231 area

    Thanks Trevor
  3. NGC 6231 area

    Thanks Brent
  4. NGC 6231 area

    Here's a quite pretty area in Scorpius roughly centered on the open cluster NGC 6231 Cheers Steve http://members.pcug.org.au/~stevec/ngc6231_STL11K_FSQ106.htm
  5. Ngc5128

    I reckon that's one of your best Trevor Cheers Steve
  6. Ngc 6231

    Thanks Trevor. I thought I might have overdone it but people seem to like it.
  7. Ngc 6231

    Thanks Brent
  8. Ngc 6231

    Here's a wide field shot of the open cluster NGC 6231 showing plenty of surrounding nebulosity. Cheers Steve http://members.pcug.org.au/~stevec/ngc6231_STL11K_FSQ106.htm
  9. The Eagle has landed

    Nice Eagle Trevor Cheers Steve
  10. Looks very good. The colour is excellent. Cheers Steve
  11. Here's a couple of recent images: one using Dean Salman's observatory in Arizona and one from my back yard. The first is the iconic galaxy pair M81 and M82. I blended in about 5 hours of Hydrogen Alpha to bring out the H II regions in M81 and the hydrogen in M82: http://members.pcug.org.au/~stevec/m81_m82_Maknewt_QSI.htm The second one is IC2948, The Running Chicken nebula in Centaurus: http://members.pcug.org.au/~stevec/ic2948_STL11K_FSQ106.htm Cheers Steve
  12. M82

    Thanks Radar. I can't say I'm an expert given that M82 is in the wrong hemisphere but no, there's no quasar involvement but there is an intermediate mass black hole. The emission is driven by supernova explosions. However, there was a recent discovery of strange radio emission which some astronomers have termed a "micro quasar". It's obviously a strange galaxy and I can only recommend googling it to find more detail. Cheers Steve
  13. M82

    Thanks Brent. Interesting you say that because I did have trouble with the colour. Cheers Steve