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  1. Evening All, I thought I hadn't collected enough data on this one but having spent some time processing it I think I may have enough data after all. SHO processed, with 16x 600s of each channel. Overall I'm pretty happy with the results. Wyvern
    17 points
  2. M42 and NGC1977 - The Orion Nebula and the Running Man Nebula. Imaged 10th Feb 2021. 3 hours Luminance in 600 second subs binned 1x1. 45 mins each of RGB in 120 second subs binned 2x2. 4" frac and Atik mono camera. Processed in Pixinsight with a full set of calibration files.
    15 points
  3. LRGB and Ha The Horse Head Nebula In Orion. Imaged with the 12.5 RCOS @ f9 and FLI 16803 36x 600 in Luminance and 12x 900s in each RGB total 15hrs. High haze effected some of the data but the weather in Spain hasn't been at its best. Another one of my favourite scopes...This scope I did a complete strip down and refurbish including a nice shiny recoat of it's stunning Zerodur optics ...that was a very nerve racking day I can tell you. Thanks for looking… Peter Shah Just updated it with a new revision. Ive done some work on NGC2023...I knew there was more colour and detail i
    13 points
  4. My perseverance in the cold paid off thankfully on wed night. 2 hours 51 minutes of 180s guided exposures with no moon!! Like, when does that ever happen?! The core needs some shorter subs but I'm not too worried at the moment because just look at all that dust! It's so pretty. I'm just totally blown away with the performance of this camera, I love everything about it. I have almost 2 hours of Ha from my quad band filter also to add at a later date. Hope you like it. SW72ED, HEQ5 PRO. Lightwave 0.8 reducer/ flattener, Hypercam 269c pro TEC. (SharpCap) Starwave 50mm and GPCAM2
    13 points
  5. My recent attempt at the flaming star nebula in narrowband was one I like, but the reflection component of the nebula had failed to come out. I liked the way Ha on red and Sii on green turned the highlights bright gold on a rich orange background, with faint tendrils of nebulosity in the background. I captured a matching blue layer on Wednesday, which I blended into the Oiii layer (to keep the stars tight) and used this instead, which brought out the reflection component nicely but took away some of the contrast and drama from the rest of the nebula. I settled for blen
    12 points
  6. Although having an Observatory, I don't like to mess what is working perfectly but I really enjoy testing equipment and often there are targets in the zone at the same time as other interesting targets. About a year ago I purchased as a spare mount for travelling an iOptron 40EC as I was already using and impressed with the 120EC in my dome. Finally I was tempted by some of the images I had seen with OSC and the speed of obtaining quality data, so I bought an Altair Astro 26c as I had never used a CMOS before and wanted to play. Wow is all I can say, after setting up my focus point
    12 points
  7. I have been sitting on this data since August as was never really happy with it. But in the absence of any other imaging ATM I took another look at it. This was taken at Astro camp in East Sussex Bortle 4 during the short respite from Lockdowns. Samyang 135mm @ F2.8 Atik460EX HEQ5 Lum 12 x 500 RGB 4 x 300 each Total imaging time 3 hours.
    12 points
  8. This was back at New Year When I still had the Hypercam 269c. A bit short in time at 78X180s but not too bad. C&C welcome full res image here https://cdn.astrobin.com/thumbs/m_1n8_dJny_I_16536x0_JXczOqwr.jpg
    12 points
  9. Can't really say this is a shot on M81 and M82, although they are both smack in the centre of the field! Ultra wide field Integrated Flux Nebula around M81 and M82. Imaged from Spain with the 105 sigma Lens and the ZWO2600 OSC, 5hrs total exposure, 300s subs. I've also reprocessed my old data set taken with my AG12 from the UK, I merged the two to bring out some colour in 81 and 82 Thanks for looking Peter Shah
    11 points
  10. During the unrelenting cloud that was November last year I bought some time on Telescope Live. I then used that time on their Takahashi FSQ-106EDX4 and FLI PL16083 set up (SPA-3) based in Spain. Now, it is not cheap and I found that my purchase, which included some extra credits from special offers, was going to get me about 2 hours imaging time on this set up. And, frankly, I did not really think that was going to be enough to get something decent - with my 80ED and 700D set up at that time I needed to be getting +4 hrs before I could say it was looking reasonable. Anyway, I used Stellariu
    11 points
  11. Last Wednesday eveing the skies cleared while I was out walking the dogs - so instead of Wednesday lockdown film night with my wife - I dissappeared outside to see what I could image in about 2-3hrs - that was not Auriga !! Started looking at Horsehead with Bernards loop as a frame - but at this time of year Orion is rapidly heading down west and the hedge and trees have, as is their want, grown taller and were in the frame - so a rapid rethink took me up and east to The Rosette - a lovely nebula that I have imaged in RGB braodband - but I thought a quick hour Ha and hour OIII would suffice
    11 points
  12. This isn't the usual golds and blues that is seen in the Hubble Pallet but I have processed it in SHO. Data acquired September 2020 from light polluted Bortle 7/8 Telescope William Optics ZS103 with x0.8 flattener/reducer Camera ZWO ASI183MM 40 x 3 minute Ha at Gain 111 Offset 8 40 x 3 minute OIII at Gain 111 Offset 8 27 x 3 minute SII at Gain 111 Offset 8 Processed in PixInsight, Photoshop CC2021 and Topaz Denoise AI
    10 points
  13. At last, after 7 weeks with not a star in the sky I got a short break and managed to get the new ASI2600mc out. I only got about 90 minutes before The Hunter started to drop too low but at least I got some data. Trying to get some feel for the camera I split it up between 60, 120 and 180s exposures on the SW 80ED, NEQ6, L-eNhance . This is a very quick hash through just to see what I've got and it will benefit from more work (and much more integration time). But for my first try out with it and at only 90 minutes I'm happy and I feel it looks promising. C
    9 points
  14. HaLRGB image of M81. I really needed more blue data for this image. I have twice as much red and green as blue, and more Lum would be useful too, but my prospects of imaging any time soon, seem remote to say the least. Overall I'm happy with it, but my galaxy processing definitely needs more improvement. Brian
    9 points
  15. Well its snowing so back to reprocessing some data. Hopefully it will be clear tomorrow night and I can get some more Ha and Sii data for this https://www.flickr.com/photos/157066819@N04/50923773106
    9 points
  16. With absolutely nothing doing for the past three months, I thought I'd rework some old data from last March to try and bring out the outer spiral arms of M101 from the background murk... Comments and criticism welcome...
    9 points
  17. This is an LRGB image of NGC 5906. Total integration was 2 hours on each filter.
    9 points
  18. Imaged from Spain, The Lion Nebula taken with the William Optics FLT132 at f5.6 and the QSI-660WSG Imaged in the Hubble palette. 2.8hrs in Ha and OIII, 3.5hrs in SII, just over 9hrs total. Processed in Pixinsight and Photoshop. Thanks for looking Peter
    9 points
  19. This is 5 hours in H-alpha on the nights of 22 and 23 Jan with the ODK setup. Calibration with Dark, Flat and Dark-Flat frames. Sigma Add stacking, DDP and mild Unsharp Mask in AstroArt 7 I have no idea when, or even, if I'll be able to get the [OIII] and [SII] to complete a HST palette image.
    9 points
  20. After many weeks of inactivity, I managed to grab 4.5 hours of Ha data on IC 405, the Flaming Star Nebula. The seeing was horrible, and my stars are a little funky, but I'm happy to be out again. I posted this in the January "Anyone Imaging Tonight" forum, but it was the 1st of Feb when it was posted, now it looks like it has been orphaned. . Brian
    8 points
  21. On Christmas eve after my imaging session on IC 1396, I thought it'd be rude not to get a quick snap of the bright waxing gibbous. She looked beautiful in the twinkly backdrop. A stack of just 50 frames and quite a crop. It would seem, this camera is pretty nifty for lunar imaging too! SW72ED, HEQ5 Pro, 0.8 reducer/flattener, 269c pro TEC SC,AS3, Registax and Photoshop
    8 points
  22. NGC2403, taken mid January from my garden. I'm fairly pleased with this result. I was hoping to get more of the fine spiral arms, but the light pollution here meant that the S/N was just not strong enough to pull them out. If you want more info the Astrobin link is https://www.astrobin.com/rb1cgm/0/
    8 points
  23. I had a bit of a fight with the clouds last night but I did manage to grab 20x6mins on the Flame and Horsehead Nebula at ISO 800. Not the best example in the world but at least it's something. I am not sure I handled Alnitak particularly well and perhaps I should have rotated the camera further? I would like to try this again at some point - any tips or advice for next time would be welcomed 😄
    8 points
  24. Evening All, I'm sure I've moaned about this target before on here... Due to trees I can get about 1h/night so I've not done a long integration on this one. So a total integration time here of 5 Hours. 12x 600s Ha 12x 600s Sii 6x 600s Oiii Really happy with the way this one turned out, even with the limited time available on this target. Wyvern
    7 points
  25. Managed to get some good imaging time last night. 2 hours on The leo triplet. Which is starting to take shape although I realised I had no calibration frames for 240s exposures so currently they are uncalibrated. Also captured some more on the Rosette nebula but trees cut my imaging time on this very short. Other targets included IC410 and Markarians chain.
    7 points
  26. After humming and hawing for years, I finally pulled the trigger on a 35mm lens for my old astro modified Canon 600D. I wanted something portable for 'grab and go' widefield full constellation and MW shots. My 600D has barely been used in the past 5 years since I moved over to mono CCD imaging, in fact I sold the camera a few years ago, then bought it back a year later and still have not been using it. The lens I purchased was 2nd hand off mpb.com, and is the EF F2 35mm IS USM. It arrived in excellent condition as advertised. I had a couple of hours clear sky last night between 11pm and 1
    7 points
  27. NGC 2174 - The Monkeys Head Nebula. 5 hours Ha in 1200 sec subs binned 1x1 from a couple of weeks ago and 3 hours OIII in 600 second subs binned 1x1 from last night. The OIII was weak and sketchy and it clouded over before I had as much data as I really wanted. If its clear again tonight I will grab a few more hours of OIII and reprocess it as I had to push the OIII really hard (too hard). Or I might image it in SII and make a 'Hubble' pallet image.
    7 points
  28. Date: November 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 15-16th. 2020 Equipment: ATIK 460EX with EFW2, Skywatcher f5.5 Esprit 100 ED refractor, Avalon Linear mount, guiding with Lodestar X2/PHD Subframes: 47 x 600s Ha, 10 x 600s each for RGB (2x2 binned), flats, no darks (hot pixel removal in Astroart) The last completed image I have managed: not a sniff since mid-November. I notice Another Forum has posted some data of this area for folk to play with, but this is all my own - hence the grainy, noisy background. The only workable narrowband data was in H alpha: I got zip from my Bortle
    7 points
  29. Hi, I am not normally someone who starts threads like this, I'm usually in the background somewhere trying to learn and grow my knowledge, but hopefully there are views out there that can advise if this is an aceptable way to process image data and present to the community. So what this is about is that I have been generally using my Samyang 135mm lens and ASI1600 camera - good widefield views at about 6.5arcSec/pixel - so straightforward to guide and get 'good' star shapes etc... I also have a AT106EDT APO refractor and use that with same ASI1600 camera - I also have a FF/
    7 points
  30. I could write a novel regards the aquisition of this (nominally) 4 panel mosaic. I say nominally, as its 6 panels because during the long cloud fest we have endured since beginning of December, I tried to capture Barnards loop during one of the very brief clear events. However the sensor frosted up, I foolishly (as I now realise) unscrewed the camera to work out if I could save the session - answer no - and once the camera had a week or two in a sealed tupperware box with dessicant tins surrounding it - the next time it was cooled - no frost, but the original orientation was gone, so Spaghetti
    7 points
  31. Acquisition details William Optics GT81 ZWO 1600MM TEC SkyWatcher EQ6R Pro Altair Narrowband Filters Finally managed to get a couple of clear nights in Feb so added loads more data and played around with some new processing workflows in PixInsight. I decided to leave a level of green in the image as I think it helps, totally removing the green looks a tad bland to me. Still need to work on pulling out some of the fainter details and cleaning up the stars
    6 points
  32. I did some quick processing of the spider and I need much more data. Plenty of Ha, quite a bit of SII but very little OIII received. Next time I get clear nights I'll collect more SII but for now this is what I have. The halo around the star is on the OIII data.
    6 points
  33. M81 evenings of 25th and 26th January 2021. 173 x 180s, ISO800 + Darks/Flats/Bias, Canon 600d (Non-Mod), 152 f5.9 TS, IR/UV cut off. Stacked in DSS and manipulated in GIMP. Bit rough and ready but first image for months.
    6 points
  34. I went over some old data that I took in August/September 2020 of the Crescent Nebula in my Bortle 7/8 skies with no real darkness. Telescope: William Optics ZS103 with x0.8 flattener/reducer Camera: ZWO ASI183MM Mono 154 x Ha subs at 3 minute duration. Gain 111. Offset 8 90 x OIII subs at 3 minute duration. Gain 111. Offset 8 43 x SII subs at 3 minute duration. Gain 111. Offset 8 Processed as HOS with PixInsight and cropped. I tried HSO and SHO but liked the HOS much more.
    6 points
  35. Date: March 22nd, 23rd, 2020 Equipment: ATIK 460EX with EFW2, Skywatcher f5.5 Esprit 100 ED refractor, Avalon Linear mount, guiding with Lodestar X2/PHD Subframes: 30 x 600s luminance, 10 x 300s (2x2 binned) each for RGB, flats, bias as darks (hot pixel removal in Astroart).
    6 points
  36. Please don't be too harsh. lol Maybe i am mad for even trying this with a small 72mm refractor and an uncooled camera and a moon at 70% . I literally polar aligned did a goto, platesolved and then left the AsiAir livestacking 120s exposures for 3 hours lol. No calibration frames at all, processed in Startools and Paint.net.
    5 points
  37. Taken with my ODK12 and AA 294 ProTec Osc cam. 25% of around 800frs @ 6frs a second. [thaught i would try color to] Bob.
    5 points
  38. I've mostly just been lurking in recent weeks. The lack of clear skies was becoming depressing. Last night I had the first clear sky of 2021. I'm going to be honest I wasn't ready. It was very windy, I rushed the setup and didn't plan anything. My original target was going to be the witchhead nebula, but with limited time and a moon I thought it wise to stick to something I could hit with the L-eNhance. As a result the framing is an abmomination and overall it's really not my finest hour. I do want to reprocess because I think I've inadvertantly clipped the blacks a little.
    5 points
  39. Managed to capture 6 hours of Ha data on NGC 2403. The seeing was excellent for most of the night, but I was limited to Ha, as the half moon, and a deep covering of snow, meant collecting RGB data was out of the question. Brian
    5 points
  40. Not done any astro for months either through work, or just couldn't be bothered given the current situation. Forced myself to do something last night, its not amazing but managed to grab 60x 30s exposures of M45. Used the AsiAir pro and Azgti. First time polar aligning since i got a william optics wedge, so much smoother and easier to adjust than the old star adventurer one i was using. No calibration frames at all used. Thanks for looking.
    5 points
  41. I have been re-processing some old data from last September (2020) and decided to have a go at Pickering's Triangle also know as Williamina Fleming's Triangular Wisp. Telescope: William Optics ZS103 Camera: ZWO ASI 183MM Exposures: 40 x 180 seconds Ha Gain 111 - Offset 8 40 x 180 seconds SII Gain 111 - Offset 8 40 x 180 seconds OIII Gain 111 - Offset 8 Processed with PixInsight and finished in Photoshop CS 2021 I have done three versions of this as they are all interesting. First the HSO image
    5 points
  42. Bloated stars fixed .....
    5 points
  43. I had the chance for another go with the 269c. It was a bitterly cold evening in January, which threw up lots of gremlins, so I only managed a couple of hours on this, but pleased nonetheless. There was a first quarter moon nearby too. I cooled to -5 degrees, set exposure at 180s and got on my way. I have started to pull some of the finer dust so, with more exposure, I think this has great potential. SW72ED, HEQ5 Pro, 0.8 reducer/flattener, 269c pro TEC, Quad band filter Starwave 50mm, GPCAM2 290C for guiding
    5 points
  44. My only decent image from January 2021. Hopefully this will embed. Ah.m y website isn't HTTPS... this one is hosted in another place.
    5 points
  45. NGC7822 in Hubble Pallet images acquired in September 2020 Telescope William Optics ZS103 with x0.8 reducer flattener Camera ZWO ASI183MM Filters Ha, OIII and SII 60 x Ha 180 seconds Gain 111 Offset 8 80 x OIII 180 seconds Gain 111 Offset 8 40 x SII 180 seconds Gain 111 Offset 8 Processed with PixInsight, PhotoshopCC, Topaz Denoise AI Bortle 7/8 with lots of local neighbourhood light polution.
    4 points
  46. Hi all, getting late but been working on this all evening - didn't thinkn I would get an image out of the data aquired last Wednesday night as something has gone a bit wrong with my setup and focus is not consistant accross the image plane - think it may be that the lens has moved and the scope ring I use to stabilise it slipped so there is tlit somewhere. So the image has a few dodgy stars around center and right - but if you dont pixel peep - the widefield experience is still available 🙂 I have also mixed in some higher resolution Ha taken of Cone Nebula and Rosette with my AT106ED
    4 points
  47. Ah Arp214, I remember it well, I think I had nearly 20 hours on it and it was a real pig to process, which I don't think I did very well with it: - I plan to only grab about 6 hours on M108 as I want to swap over the scopes in the dome, so if it stays clear then can hopefully get this all done tonight, it looks a bit rough and ready: - There some nice stars around it which hopefully I can hopefully get the HSV script to do its magic.
    4 points
  48. The images do not seem to have migrated across with the updated forum. Maybe this is because these were linked elsewhere. Can't edit original post, so inserted new URL N.B. Original post now amended (edit button has reappeared)
    4 points
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