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Orion Nebula, 12 Images Stacked
Lens: Tair 3 300mm F4.5 Preset Camera: Pentax K-x Photo Location: Northern Colorado ISO: 1600 Shutter Speed: >6s Aperture: F5.6 
Posted By: Colorado CJ, 03-10-2012, 10:28 PM

Here is my first "real" astrophoto using my new barn door tracking mount I built.

This image was taken with the Tair 3 300mm Lens set at F5.6. This image is a composition of 12 seperate 10 second images staked using Registax software, them post processed in Photoshop. The images were shot at 1600 ISO.

This is only 12 images, usually, you can take up to 60 images to get the most definition and nebulosity, getting a much "deeper" image. I was excited to start processing, so I only took the 12 images

My tracker wasn't aligned exactly right, so some of the stars are a little oval. I need to buy a polar scope so that I can align the tracking mount just right, I just aligned it by taping a laser pointer to the mount and pointing it towards Polaris.


Well, enough talk, here is the photo. I can see how this can get very addicting!



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03-11-2012, 12:20 AM   #2
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WOW!

Wow, great shot, CJ. Where did you take it from? You must have been well away from any "human" light sources.
Nice job, buddy!
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Very cool
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Excellent! I'd love to try this myself.

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Impressive image, look forward to seeing more of your work.
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Wow, great shot, CJ. Where did you take it from? You must have been well away from any "human" light sources.
Nice job, buddy!
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Thanks! It was taken from my backyard, which is pretty light polluted with all the streetlights and neighbors lights out. When I am finished with the mount and happy with the way it handles, I'm going to take it up to the mountains for a weekend camping/imaging trip. I'll get to around 12,000 ft. altitude and be in some truly dark skies.
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Very cool
Thank you Pete.
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Excellent! I'd love to try this myself.
Go ahead, it was VERY easy to construct! Here are the plans I went by.

A Tracking Platform for Astrophotography | Gary Seronik.com

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Impressive image, look forward to seeing more of your work.
Thanks. If it is clear tonight, I'm going to try a large stack (~ 50 images)
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I love your enthusiasm CJ, you are never afraid to try something new, great shot, I enjoyed the view from Earth.
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Thanks Bob, I definitely tend to get a little excited with anything to do with photography , at times it feels like a have a little obsessive-compulsive disorder going . I just wish I bought a DSLR years ago, don't really know what took me so long.

I'll be posting many more astro images, both close up and night landscapes, in the future.
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Heh, the things some people think are "easy"!
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