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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
    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
  15. 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.
  16. 3 points
    How's that for click bait, lol. Been a while. Been a busy beaver, new to me home, new pier, new neighbors security light 30ft away from my 'second' pier installment. Lots of remodeling has passed, but I think I finally have things under control till spring comes back around (for us northern folk anyway.) I'll probably post several updates in their appropriate locations around the forums, but for now here is todays folly. Mercury transit. Got started about 5:45am with getting out 'the required stuff', I used the ole CG-5 mount as I did for the 2017 eclipse. Canon utilities still had my settings for full Sun, (NOT full btw,) and focus was still almost spot on. AFTER mucking around with the mount for about 30min because apparently some of the jacks had corroded since it's last use (only 2yrs ago, wtf?) Finally I got power and a late start. Long story short, clouds, clouds, clouds, and a few lucky captures. Finally, jeeze! S quick GIF of the session. I'll try and catch up with you fellers, sorry about the walk-about/haciades/absence. Tim.
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 3 points
    I think it has something to do with the Moon being upside down at your place Greg
  22. 3 points
    The New Forest Observatory at 5:30 p.m. after a day of snow - and it's still snowing!!!
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 3 points
    Zoom-In original Hyperstar on a C11 with an H9C OSC CCD. Zoom-Out Sky 90 with an M25C OSC CCD. Greg
  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
    Object: NGC 6769 Object Info: NGC 6769 (upper), NGC 6770 (lower) and NGC 6771 (right), Interacting galaxy trio, Located towards the far southern constellation of Pavo (the Peacock), this cosmic tango is happening 190 million lightyears away. While NGC 6769 seems pretty intact, its neighbour shows heavily disturbed spiral arms. All three galaxies display a similarly bright central bulge. Number of Subs: L 30 , R 30 , G 30 , B 30 Sub Length: 10 min Total Integration Time: 20hrs Imaging Camera: Moravian G2 2000 Imaging Telescope: GSO RC8 CF Focal Length: 1233 Image Scale: 1.24 arcsec/pixel Field of View: 25 x 33 arcmin Mount: SW NEQ6 Pro, belt modded Guide Scope: Orion ST80 Guide Camera: Prostar LP colour (toupcam) Capture Software: APT Astrophotography Tool Guide Software: PHD Guiding 2 Processing Software: PixInsight Shane
  28. 3 points
    The brightest star in the sky together with the brightest star in the Northern Hemisphere Greg
  29. 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
  30. 3 points
    And here's the 3D print collection so far Greg
  31. 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
  32. 3 points
    Zoom-In - Original Hyperstar on a C11 with an H9C OSC CCD. Zoom-Out - Single frame Sky 90 with M25C OSC CCD plus H-alpha and SII narrowband data. Greg
  33. 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.
  34. 3 points
    This one has taken a bit a work. About 25 hours of narrowband and luminance all up. Because of my F11 focal ratio the signal to noise is low, so I need to acquire massive amounts of data to get smooth results. The long focal length mountain has really grown on me though, I really love getting up close to these things. The full scale image is 3177 pixels across and looks good IMO. Apart from the four major plumes of dust and gas that I've framed this photo on, the"EGGs" (evaporative gaseous globules) floating centre top and far right are what I really enjoy catching. Every star in that photo (and in the universe) first started off as one of those obscure looking EGGs, until gravity took hold. Low res jpeg below and also a higher resolution tiff file below. Eagle Nebula MASA.tif Comments welcome. Ray
  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
    Nice one ! I have been watching them getting closer, but timing was all wrong at night so missed out. Nights getting cooler here and not conducive to crawled out of the sack !! Dave
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  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
    Got a couple more hours on IC2087 with the Canon 200mm lenses last night. Still needs a LOT more data to get the noise down. Not sure if I will get more on this or move onto something else. Or even, get more Sky 90 data on it. Decisions, decisions. Greg
  47. 3 points
    Eta (blue) and Zeta (orange) Aurigae. 5 and a half hours of 5-minute subs on the Sky 90 array: Eta (blue) and Zeta (orange) Aurigae by Greg Parker, on Flickr Greg
  48. 3 points
  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
    Mercury Transit 2016 by Greg Parker, on Flickr Greg