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2019-01-11 28% Waxing

opens to 1600px view

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Here is a different interpretation - also returned to actual sky angle

This with A77ii+300/2.8+3X+1.4X (1260mm)



Edited by WestCoastCannuck - 13 January 2019 at 05:23
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2019-01-12 39% Waxing

This with Sony A77ii + 400/4.5 + 3X + 1.4X (1680mm)

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Post Options Post Options   Quote clk230 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 January 2019 at 06:38
Originally posted by WestCoastCannuck WestCoastCannuck wrote:

Here is a different interpretation - also returned to actual sky angle
I really like all these shots but this one stands out for me with its sharper angles between light and shadow and the larger amount of negative space. It's great to see what your stack-up of lens and tele-converters can achieve, please keep them coming!

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C & C always welcome
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mikey2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 January 2019 at 21:57
Yes, keep them coming!   They have been keeping my motivation alive for a clear night....   It's been almost 100% relentless night cloud since 25th Dec (when I received my new/2nd hand 8" 1000mm f5 reflector scope.)

There have been a few moments of clarilty but it takes about 10-15 mins to set it all up. By which time, it's either cloudy again or the oven timer is beeping to get the food out etc, etc, etc. On the occasional 60 mins clear spells there was no moon but I managed to snatch a few quick sessions of some distant nebulae, which I will post in due course.

Still, it was clear for about 30 mins tonight and the moon was nice and clear. Terrible seeing (truly jellified...) with strong wind but I managed to run off a few grabs.   They are busy processing now.
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote mikey2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 January 2019 at 22:52
    Here we go... My first pics of 2019!

    M81 Bode's Nebula in RGB

    48 mins total exposure in R G and B only. It was a little hazy too, so a little grainy

    M42 The Great Nebula in RGB +Ha +Oiii

    15 mins of combined R G and B plus 6mins of Ha plus 6 mins of Oiii. Only 27 mins total exposure!

    Both with Skywatcher 200PDS on EQ6-R mount, ZWOASI1600 mono astro camera. Sadly, not a sony sensor :-(

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    Post Options Post Options   Quote clk230 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 January 2019 at 23:02
    Originally posted by mikey2000 mikey2000 wrote:

    M42 The Great Nebula in RGB +Ha +Oiii
    Simply stunning! I take it the Skywatcher 200PDS is very effective at collecting light because there appears to be a lot of detail in the nebula and 27 minutes I understand is quite modest for some astrophotography subjects?
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Coast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 January 2019 at 23:41
    I was wondering at what elevations your taking these photos? Because they are spectacular.
    I've been to Lowell Observatory in Arizona at 7,000ft and on top of the Sierra Nevada's at 10,000ft and can only imagine your capabilities at such altitudes

    Maybe these photographs were taken at such elevations. I don't know

    Great photos, they look on par w the professional photos in my astronomy books. Congratulations

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    Edited by Coast - 14 January 2019 at 03:13
    Sony a6500, Zeiss 16-70, Rokinon 12/ 2, 21/1.4, Rokkor MC 58/1.4, Sony 16-50, 55-210
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote mikey2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 January 2019 at 23:51
    Thanks!

    No fancy observatory locations for me- just my back garden, 90m amsl, not far from the bright lights of Milton Keynes.   My scope is definitely a 'light eater' photonbucket!   The orion nebula is quite bright (almost naked eye bright) so it soon stands out through any light pollution. Fainter stuff still challenges me though. Eg, the arms of that Bode's galaxy are rather noisy. I won't be challenging the Hubble space telescope any time soon but it's still very satisfying to see these distant things for oneself

    (more to follow! The PP involved is very time consuming....)

    I'd love to take the kit out to a nice clear mountain top somewhere truly in the middle of nowhere....
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote skm.sa100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2019 at 02:11
    Love the second one, Michael!
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2019 at 02:35
    Mike,
    These are a revelation. Not the sort of result you'd think possible from a light polluted location in highly urbanised England. More what you'd think would come from the Hubble!
    Keep them coming, and looking forward to seeing what you come up with when you do get away from the urban setting.
    With those long exposures do you have a tracking mechanism on the telescope or mount to compensate for the spin of the earth?
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote WestCoastCannuck Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2019 at 04:09
    Originally posted by mikey2000 mikey2000 wrote:

    Yes, keep them coming!   They have been keeping my motivation alive for a clear night....   


    No worries there.... I am still a Lunartic!   

    Originally posted by mikey2000 mikey2000 wrote:

    ......when I received my new/2nd hand 8" 1000mm f5 reflector scope.)


       Congrats!! I am sure you will have fun with that!!


    And lovely work you have shared above! I still know nothing of that sort of shooting - perhaps when I retire in another dozen years or so I might take up yet another "sub" hobby and shoot for other astro subjects than the moon. lol
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Coast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2019 at 04:47
    Originally posted by mikey2000 mikey2000 wrote:

    Thanks!

    No fancy observatory locations for me- just my back garden,

    ((for the quality of the photos I find that almost unbelievable))

    I'd love to take the kit out to a nice clear mountain top somewhere truly in the middle of nowhere....


    I'm going to try to encourage you to come out here by showing you my little album I photographed at 10,000ft w zero light pollution. Only my a6000 and Rokinon Ultra Wide and I'm sure, relative to you I didn't even know what I was doing. At that altitude and zero light pollution you might not even need pp

    Milky Way @ 10,000ft
    Imagine what you could do

    Not only is the photography great but seeing the sky and stars in a complete still like that, not even the moon, in itself is almost a life changing experience. Every star is like a diamond.
    I'll help in every way I can

    Edited by Coast - 14 January 2019 at 05:05
    Sony a6500, Zeiss 16-70, Rokinon 12/ 2, 21/1.4, Rokkor MC 58/1.4, Sony 16-50, 55-210
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