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8472 posted a topic in Widefield,Just got back from our family break in Lanzarote a couple of days ago, and I'd wanted to image the Galactic core while we were there, if at all possible.
As I was precluded from taking my regular imaging setup, my smartphone, a bluetooth remote shutter and mini tripod were all I packed. So limited to 10 second static tripod subs, i still wanted to see what was doable. The resort was Bortle scale 5 thanks to the local lighting, so no better than my backyard, but with the upside of the core being just about visible as a vague smudge to the naked eye at a good height.
The phone's lens I believe is an effective 26mm, taking into account the crop factor (Samsung S7, for what it's worth).
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Peter Shah posted a topic in Deep Space Objects (DSOs),This is another version of NGC281 the Pacman Nebula in Cassiopeia. Going over all my old data to produce a combination of narrow band and RGB. Exposure time was 3 hours in each RGB and 7 and a half hours in H-alpha 1 hour 20mins in both OIII and SII. Total exposure time was 19 hours 10 mins. Imaged with my AG12 Newtonian and H35 camera by Starlight Xpress and My AG8 and H16 for the narrow band data.
Quite a complex process in Photoshop first combining the RGB as doing the normal curve stretches. Adding a separate layer in the Ha to get a real nice deep emission across the field. Then processing the S2, Ha and O3 and giving a soft layered blend to accentuate the core detail. Image data acquired with Maxim dl and CCD Autopilot.
Thanks for looking
Tweedledee posted a topic in General Astronomy Discussion,Get your scopes ready. Last chance to see it for 161 years! The transit will be visible for nearly 10 hours though!
On Thursday 12th July 2018 the earth and moon transit the sun - as seen from Pluto. 😉
With Pluto's orbital period and inclination, I thought this would be a much rarer event than it actually is.
Some interesting info in this article...
Graham posted a topic in Solar,After seeing Steve's brilliant images I just could not let another day go by without doing some Solar.
I spent the morning fitting the antiquated motor drive back onto the new scope and trying to get my head around the wiring.
Eventually got it sorted with the only casualty being my power supply which decided it could not handle the load and went pop.
Back up twin power supplies installed and I was off.
I must say for a DC motor drive it is really pretty good.
Having said that I still cannot wait to get the stepper motor drive up and running.
It took a while adjusting the motor speed to get it tracking correctly but I got there in the end.
I was fighting a fair amount of haze and high cloud but for a first light with the new scope I am very pleased with the result.
Doubled stacked 60mm Lunt
Black fly camera.
Captured in Firecap
Stacked in Registax
Tweaked in PS 6
False colour added in PS 6
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