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06-12-2013, 07:16 AM - 1 Like   #616
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06-12-2013, 07:25 AM   #617
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Milky way under the High-level lightpollution. K5+DAL18-55



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QuoteOriginally posted by oneeyedhawk Quote
Here is a shot with My k01 on the first clear night in a long time

M13 came out quite nicely hard to capture because it is so bright the center overexposes
to the left is spiral galaxy ngc 6207 at 12 mag
5- 30 sec exposure 6400 iso attached to a stellarvue 102 mm scope
stacked with deep sky stacker

I usually use my K5 The k01 is very comparable and lighter on the end of the scope
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This is also a nice image with good resolution of the stars inside the globe. But it looks as whether you've got a slight misalignment?

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Nice images everyone, thanks for sharing.

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@tony - excellent images.
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Hello all again!

Hello All! I haven't posted here in a while but I have been reading and trying to keep up. Great pics everyone! I FINALLY got some clear skies after rain season here in Japan. I'll be back in the States this September but I'm being stationed in Pittsburgh, the 3rd cloudiest city in USA...ARGH! Enjoy!


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Beautiful sky over our campsite on Oshima Island, Yamaguchi Japan.
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More of a test photo to test how large M33 would be in my setup. I live fairly north and the sun sets at 11:40 but twilight never 100% goes away this time of year. Also it was just over the tree line so no the best location for imaging. Over it made me look forward to imaging in darker skies.
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I thought that you guys might appreciate the following link.. some absolutely astonishing shots to be found there.

2013 CWAS Astrophotography Exhibition and Competition - "David Malin Awards"

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QuoteOriginally posted by bossa Quote
I thought that you guys might appreciate the following link.. some absolutely astonishing shots to be found there.

2013 CWAS Astrophotography Exhibition and Competition - "David Malin Awards"
Thanks for the link and you're correct, fantastic shots!
The movie was stunning in every way, and all of them very good. Some of the pics even had a very basic equipment list so it's not always about gear.
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I tested how many stars I could capture on cloudy Swedish nightsky before over-exposing. Answer, not too many.

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I was happy to be able to get some really decent images without having to stack anything. Does anyone here use PixinSight? I remember talking to one member here about and I just now checked the price. It seems really expensive but DSS is driving me nuts. Think I'll download the trial soon.


M27, The Dumbbell Nebula.
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M17, The Swan/Omega Nebula. The white streak to the left is a satellite.
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I use PixInsight.
I have been playing around with calibration within the tool. It should work, once you have a good set of dark files in a library.
Don't be put off by the odd colors once calibration, registration, and stacking are complete. You can adjust the color balance pretty easily with a preview swatch and assisted color calibration.

While I still calibrate using Maxim DL and stack using DSS, I do all my processing afterwards in PI.
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Frustration...

QuoteOriginally posted by smigol Quote
I use PixInsight.
I have been playing around with calibration within the tool. It should work, once you have a good set of dark files in a library.
Don't be put off by the odd colors once calibration, registration, and stacking are complete. You can adjust the color balance pretty easily with a preview swatch and assisted color calibration.

While I still calibrate using Maxim DL and stack using DSS, I do all my processing afterwards in PI.
That's right, I forgot it was you and I that were talking about this before. I just didn't realize how expensive the program was. My frustration is always trying to get the pic looking decent with the settings in DSS after I stacked it. That's why I want PixInsight to hopefully assist me with those steps after the photo has been stacked. I'm sure it's all just user error and me not fully understanding what the heck is going on.
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If you want to send me one of your DSS stacked FIT files, I'll run it through PI and see what I can get.

I'm still happy with DSS for my stacking even though PI is getting better with doing the same job. Advantage that PI has over DSS is better control over debayer and it can handle much larger canvas sizes. DSS has the advantage of a much easier interface for stacking parameters.

Yes, PI is expensive, but not too dear given what it can do.
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QuoteOriginally posted by smigol Quote
If you want to send me one of your DSS stacked FIT files, I'll run it through PI and see what I can get.

I'm still happy with DSS for my stacking even though PI is getting better with doing the same job. Advantage that PI has over DSS is better control over debayer and it can handle much larger canvas sizes. DSS has the advantage of a much easier interface for stacking parameters.

Yes, PI is expensive, but not too dear given what it can do.
Ok, I will get one for you within a day. Thank you!
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