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 Post subject: Deep Sky - First attempt
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:08 pm 
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My first attempt at photographing a Messier Object

M3 captured last night using my 127 MAK and the Canon 600D
6 images all at 26sec at ISO 6400

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Still more work to do, better focus, exposure and more time using the software but pleased with my result, working on M57 the Ring Nebular, hoping for some colour this time

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 Post subject: Re: Deep Sky - First attempt
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:21 am 
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We can't make out much from that little thumbnail image, Bill - why not upload the full-sized version to our Gallery?


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 Post subject: Re: Deep Sky - First attempt
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:32 am 
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OK will have a go

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 Post subject: Re: Deep Sky - First attempt
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Hi Ross

Looks I needs a password and the normal login password will not let me in..

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 Post subject: Re: Deep Sky - First attempt
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:11 am 
Hi Bill,

Nice work on captruing M3. I know how much you wanted to image a few things and now you're on your way. What does the wife think of the image? :lol:

Have you decided on your next scope yet?

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 Post subject: Re: Deep Sky - First attempt
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Hi Lee

Yep on my way, still a lot to learn, but getting there with the help of the members.

Gloria was very impressed with the image. When she it through the eyepiece she said "have you been out here all that time all I can see is a smudge" :lol: Once I get access I will put it in the Gallery

No still not sorted it out, been looking at the 200PDS, the Skywatcher MAK180 the C8 and only yesterday the Mead LX200. What ever I get it has to work well with my HEQ5, I'm still very interested in getting better images of the planets but these DSO are amazing I never though I would be able to see / capture any of them. So the hunt for my new addition goes on,

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 Post subject: Re: Gallery password
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:09 pm 
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bbones wrote:
Looks I needs a password and the normal login password will not let me in.

Carl sent you two passwords when you first joined: one for the Forum and the other for the Gallery. When you first login, it's best to change them both to be identical.
If you can't find the original, he'll be able to re-set your account and issue you with a fresh one.


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 Post subject: Re: Deep Sky - First attempt
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Cheers, I will go through my mails first, not very good with password :oops:

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 Post subject: Re: Deep Sky - First attempt
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Sorted, I have put 2 in the Gallery


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 Post subject: Re: Deep Sky - First attempt
PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:01 pm 
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Bill,
Pretty good for first attempts - not easy is it!!!!

It looks like focus needs a bit more care as the stars are small doughnuts. Use 10x magnification with live view on a first magnitude star as close to the target as possible. Focus in and out quickly and you will soon see when the star is smallest. Gerald and Dave W use a bhatinov mask but I find 10x live view is sufficient and you don't run the risk of leaving the mask on!
I hope you are shooting raws and taking calibration frames - they are well worth the effort.


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