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Lens: Pentax Takumar 200mm f3.5 Preset 
Posted By: Colorado CJ, 09-21-2023, 09:32 AM

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I spent my birthday evening processing 6 hours of data I shot over the past few nights on the Crescent Nebula and its surroundings. The Crescent nebula was formed when a massive star in it's center went supernova and threw off it's outer shell. The hot plasma, dust and gasses glow brightly to this day. It is located 5000 light years away and spans 25 light years across. Think of that, a star can explode SO violently that its constituent makeup can travel so far as to expand 25 light years. Crazy.

Man am I excited! These past two images I have made are (to me) my best yet. And I am using super cheap lenses made in the '70's, a Pentax Takumar 200mm F3.5 Preset. Now that I am imaging in a darker area, I am getting so much better captures compared to where I used to live. I really can't wait to set up my better, larger telescopes and see what they can do here.

Here is the larger version. I REALLY recommend you click over and see it in full screen. Much better on what I can post here. This still isn't full size (full size would measure 54 inches across), but it is good enough to see what's going on:


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Man, I know how to party!
Incredible! Well done and happy birthday
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Wow!!! Just WOW!!!
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Incredible work! I'm happy to see that you are having success in your new location.

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Extraordinary! Amazing!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Colorado CJ Quote
Man am I excited! These past two images I have made are (to me) my best yet. And I am using super cheap lenses made in the '70's, a Pentax Takumar 200mm F3.5 Preset.
You're rightly excited... this is just superb - and with such a humble lens (though clearly a good one). Great work, and thanks for sharing it!
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Love stuff like this!! And obviously so do you - you gave yourself this as a birthday present!!! "Perfectly logical, Mr Spock !!"

"Make it so!!" and "Beam me up, Scottie!"

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GEEEZZZ! What a beautiful astrophotography image. Cannot say enough about this wonderful effort. Many thanks for posting.

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