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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-03-2020, 10:59 PM  
Comet & Castle
Posted By Pete_XL
Replies: 19
Views: 258


Comet Neowise rises above the baroque Westerwinkel Castle.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-18-2020, 02:20 AM  
Astrophotography
Posted By Pete_XL
Replies: 1,218
Views: 284,140
Wow, what a beautiful witch! Very well done!
Pete
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-06-2020, 01:54 PM  
Nature Jewels - Nebulas in Orion Constellation with Pentax-M 200/F4 from 1982
Posted By Pete_XL
Replies: 26
Views: 2,289
Hi Jetze,
The differences are a new better workflow and a higher position on the never ending learning curve. In the past my skills in holding the noise down without affecting the faint Signal and detail too much were not so good. I learned a bit in the past two years.

Glad you like it!

All the best
Pete
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-01-2020, 02:59 PM  
Night The Leo Triplet of Galaxies
Posted By Pete_XL
Replies: 6
Views: 338
Thanks! Glad you like it. My scope stands on my balcony In a small town in Westfalia, Western Germany
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-01-2020, 10:51 AM  
Night The Leo Triplet of Galaxies
Posted By Pete_XL
Replies: 6
Views: 338
The so called Leo Triplet in the constellation Leo consists of the galaxies NGC 3628 (left, also called Hamburger Galaxy), NGC 3627 (lower right) and NGC 3623 (upper right). The camera was a stock Pentax K3II attached to a TS 130/910 mm apo telescope.

The Leo Triplet (2020 version) by pete_xl, auf Flickr

The full resolution with technical data can be inspected here: The Leo Triplet (2020 Pentax Version) ( pete_xl ) - AstroBin.

Cheers
Pete
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-02-2020, 11:23 AM  
Nature Jewels - Nebulas in Orion Constellation with Pentax-M 200/F4 from 1982
Posted By Pete_XL
Replies: 26
Views: 2,289
So I did my best to reprocess the old data with new sotware and more "experience". The stars are more and the field is deeper. But I am not sure if the DSOs are really better now.:confused:

Orion-Region by pete_xl, auf Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-30-2020, 02:07 PM  
Nature Jewels - Nebulas in Orion Constellation with Pentax-M 200/F4 from 1982
Posted By Pete_XL
Replies: 26
Views: 2,289
I'll have a go at it if I still have the data....

Cheers
Pete
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-30-2020, 11:53 AM  
Nature Jewels - Nebulas in Orion Constellation with Pentax-M 200/F4 from 1982
Posted By Pete_XL
Replies: 26
Views: 2,289
Hi Andrew, if you say it would be of interest for others I could search for the old data and give it another try. It really might be that APP plus starnet++ and two years more of spent living time in front of the computer might give better results....:)
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-27-2019, 12:09 AM  
PentaxForums 100 Year Giveaway - December/January - General Raffle Entry Thread
Posted By Pete_XL
Replies: 385
Views: 11,849
...and this is mine!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-27-2019, 12:06 AM  
Nature Spires
Posted By Pete_XL
Replies: 19
Views: 450
Super!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-26-2019, 09:44 AM  
The Grid
Posted By Pete_XL
Replies: 38
Views: 534


Tiny droplets in a spider's web that hung beneath a guard rail form a grid of little landscape-planets.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-24-2019, 10:00 PM  
Abstract Picture
Posted By Pete_XL
Replies: 7
Views: 279
Very interesting!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-20-2019, 05:57 AM  
Abstract Surface Tension - The Net
Posted By Pete_XL
Replies: 16
Views: 971
Thanks :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-20-2019, 12:31 AM  
Abstract Surface Tension - The Net
Posted By Pete_XL
Replies: 16
Views: 971
Hallo Loyd,

maybe we have a misunderstanding because I am not a native speaker ans misinterpreted you initial question "How did you keep your image out of the reflective spheres?" and I have choosen the wrong English words.

I thought you meant that you miss the reflection in the spheres like they would be seen e. g. when you take a photo of christmas tree balls. These are reflective and it is not avoidable that the imaging camera is visible in the balls like in a mirror.

Here we have an image of tiny water drops clinging to a spiders web. The are not reflective but transparent and show the landscape behind the web. The drops are refractive and behave like extreme wide angle lenses.

Cheers
Pete
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-18-2019, 11:42 PM  
Abstract Surface Tension - The Net
Posted By Pete_XL
Replies: 16
Views: 971
Glad you like it! 😁
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-18-2019, 11:41 PM  
Abstract Surface Tension - The Net
Posted By Pete_XL
Replies: 16
Views: 971
The waterdrops are not reflective but refractive. They work like microlenses and show the scene in front of the camera like a wide angle lens.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-11-2019, 11:44 PM  
Nature Surface Tension - Arcs
Posted By Pete_XL
Replies: 7
Views: 540
thank you :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-11-2019, 11:43 PM  
Nature Surface Tension - Arcs
Posted By Pete_XL
Replies: 7
Views: 540
...you may look here for the bug...Drowned | pete_xl | Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-10-2019, 10:54 PM  
Nature Surface Tension - Tension
Posted By Pete_XL
Replies: 4
Views: 749
Yes it is a spider web.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-24-2019, 11:07 AM  
Macro Crop Stadium
Posted By Pete_XL
Replies: 6
Views: 508
Thank you:)!

At that time I travelled a lot by plane. I processed some more compositions aerial/macro which are here
Bug World | Flickr if you are interested in such stuff.

Cheers
Pete
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 10-25-2019, 05:49 AM  
PentaxForums 100 Year Giveaway - October - General Raffle Entry Thread
Posted By Pete_XL
Replies: 458
Views: 14,618
to be in or not to be in...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-23-2019, 06:58 AM  
Night BlueTorch - Horsehead & Flame Nebula 2017
Posted By Pete_XL
Replies: 21
Views: 1,300
Wow! so much feedback and nice comments!!

Thank you all very much and glad that you like it!!

Cheers
Pete
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-19-2019, 05:52 AM  
From Blue Horsehead and Rho Ophiuchi to Jupiter and the Milky Way with Astrotracer
Posted By Pete_XL
Replies: 12
Views: 330

From the Blue Horsehead and Rho Ophiuchi to Jupiter and the Milky Way
by pete_xl, auf Flickr

With Pentax alone under the night sky....

The colorful Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex near the yellow star Antares is one of the most beautiful regions in the night sky for me. The image shows the Blue Horsehead Nebula (upper right), the Rho Ophiuchi region (middle right), the bright planet Jupiter and part of the Milky way on the left side of the image.

I shot this image on a green field on the island Naxos (Greece) with just the built in Astrotracer function of my Pentax K3ii. The camera was set on a normal travelling tripod. 67 half minute exposures were combined for the final image.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-13-2019, 10:55 PM  
Nature Nightwash -The Whirlpool - Messier 51
Posted By Pete_XL
Replies: 18
Views: 980
Yeah, this is a wonderful hobby!

Cheers
Pete
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-12-2019, 06:28 AM  
Nature The Melotte 15 Complex
Posted By Pete_XL
Replies: 10
Views: 657
Thank you all! I'm glad you like the image and really appreciate your comments!

Have nice sunday!

Pete
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