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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 September 2022 at 09:09
Very nice - is it feasible to plan a stitched photo from several frames? It might be hard for software to align the bigger picture, I guess, with no or few obvious reference points.
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Latest attempt at a moon shot (single frame)



A7RIV, Coulter 8" Dobsonian Reflector, 2x barlow
no crop, JPG only, processed mainly in GIMP, downsized from 61MP
edit: ISO 2000, 1/250s

Edited by alpha_in_exile - 04 September 2022 at 04:57
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Post Options Post Options   Quote WestCoastCannuck Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 December 2022 at 16:05
Lovely shot there Matt!

Just for fun last night, in VERY poor viewing conditions I put my A99ii on my most recent scope - a CPC1100. Its a monster, and I love it. Have not had much chance with it since the first weekend I had it in October. (wet coast ya know!) My phone did a better job than the A99ii the week before with a single snapshot through an eyepiece But that is the way of it for this hobby. How steady the atmosphere is sets the limits on what is possible. I currently have 4 astro cams that are all much better at this than a DSLR.... but I still want to use my A99ii as well!

A99ii plus Celestron CPC1100 (2800mm-F10). The moon did not QUITE fit in the frame so I had to use a reducer. And after stacking and processing the mushy files as best I could, I reduced image much more. Click for "full" size.


Here is the A99ii on my new rig. Scope looks pretty scruffy with all that reflectex wrap I put on it. It helps keep the mirror of scope from changing temperature too fast when acclimatizing to the ambient temperature.


Here is the view on the A99ii at "prime" (WithOUT a reducer). It did NOT quite fit on, though it would for smaller phases of moon. Will most certainly try again on the full sensor when the seeing is good!



And.. lol, here is my SINGLE snap from the week before through my eyepiece with my phone. (Pixel 6 Pro). My phone is making fun of my A99ii! Its the seeing. It was better this night. (But WAY too cold to stay out)


Cheers all! Clear skies!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote skm.sa100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 December 2022 at 22:04
That's quite an impressive shot, especially given the mushy conditions.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Coast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 December 2022 at 05:35
Mind boggling Photo, your are one dedicated person. You have to be to get results like that. I keep wondering what you would be capable of in a dark sky (no light pollution area)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote WestCoastCannuck Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 December 2022 at 14:44
Thanks much to you both! @Coast.... Actually dark sky is irrelevant for Lunar thankfully - the moon is very bright. It's a steady atmosphere that determines what you can capture on the moon!!   I will be sure to try again with my Sony some time when seeing is better!!

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Francis, that's a super image of the silhouetted blackbird singing against the backdrop of the blue hour night sky and the full moon.
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Phase: waning gibbous, 99.1%

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Post Options Post Options   Quote alpha_in_exile Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 February 2023 at 04:06
Thank you to WestCoastCannuck for the kind comment above.

I've returned with a different target, the Orion Nebula:



A7RIV, Tamron 70-200/2.8 LD Di IF (A-mount lens adapted via LA-EA5), 76 frames of 1 sec. exposure each at ISO 1600, stacked in DeepSkyStacker and processed in Photoshop.

I'm still trying to learn how to process deep sky images. I have some shots of the comet c-2022 E3 ZTF but I'm not happy with the processing I've done on them, yet.
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A little more success, this time, maybe:





This time, there were 464 light frames, and I processed it differently, still with A7RIV, Tamron 70-200/2.8. I shot some exposures at ISO 640 and some at ISO 1600, combined, as in the previous post, in DSS and Ps.
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