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#1 Cezar

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Posted 04 December 2018 - 02:05 PM

Hi all,

This is my first attempt to take a picture of a dso.
On my LT-8 I used the Fuji X-A1 mirrorless camera. From my balcony, under a heavy polluted sky (max star magnitude is 2), I tried to capture M15. I took 30 light frames at ISO 5000 with 30sec exposure and 5 dark frames. There were only 6 lights to be processed in DSS. The resulting image was adjusted in StarTools. The picture was taken at around 7 p.m. from Bucharest, 2 weeks ago.
I really want to test my telescope on a nice dark place. From my balcony, I have to wait warmer weather, as my flowers will be put on a very low temperature stress :) and my wife is not happy with this.
Recently, I have discovered this topic on Alt-Az mount astrophotography: https://stargazerslo...-dso-challenge/.

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#2 MistrBadgr

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Posted 04 December 2018 - 03:47 PM

Hi Cezar!

 

I think you have taken a great picture....especially for your first one and under some pretty extreme conditions!  I look forward to seeing your work as you learn more about the process and your equipment. :)

 

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 11:33 AM

I have tried two new objects: M81 and M52. I am not so proud of what I have achieved, I had worse light pollution than previous image of M15 (there is a construction site near my bloc, they keep a reflector up all night) . I am still waiting for the 2 inch to T2 adapter, in order to try my Optolong L-PRO light pollution filter. On both images I used Antares 6.3 focal reducer and 15 sec exposure on ISO 1600.


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Posted 18 January 2019 - 11:34 AM

I have tried two new objects: M81 and M52. I am not so proud of what I have achieved, I had worse light pollution than previous image of M15 (there is a construction site near my bloc, they keep a reflector up all night) . I am still waiting for the 2 inch to T2 adapter, in order to try my Optolong L-PRO light pollution filter. On both images I used Antares 6.3 focal reducer and 15 sec exposure on ISO 1600.


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Posted 18 January 2019 - 01:41 PM

Hi Cezar!  Glad to hear that you are enjoying your LT and are having success with your imaging activity!  I enjoyed your image of M15 that you posted and hope you will do more. :)

 

Best Regards,

 

Bill


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Posted 16 February 2019 - 12:22 PM

These are the pictures.

M52.jpg

M81 & M82.jpg


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Posted 16 February 2019 - 02:47 PM

Hi Cezar!

 

Great Job on the images!  M81& M82 are some of my favorites, especially M82, the cigar shaped one that someone lit in the middle.  I know I have not seen the wide swinging arms on M81 through an eyepiece and do not remember seeing them in an image, but may have.  Having both galaxies in the same image with that much detail is something to be proud of, and I hope you are. :)

 

Thanks for sharing!

 

Bill


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Posted 17 February 2019 - 11:00 PM

Thank you Bill. I am at the beginning of the astrophotography road. I do not like equatorial mounts, for me they are bulkier and not as easy to setup. I am enjoying my LT-8 very much and I am amazed how well it finds and tracks objects.

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Posted 04 March 2019 - 01:16 PM

Hi,

New pictures from my light poluted skies:
NGC869
NGC869.jpg
M51
M51.jpg
M101
M101.jpg

Thanks,
Cezar

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Posted 24 March 2019 - 02:14 AM

I have made a new picture of M81&M82 (50x30sec, 25 darks, 50 bias, 60 flats, ISO 1600, f/5 reducer) and M106 (48x50sec + 48x35sec, ISO 1600, f/5 reducer).
M81&M82
M81&M82.jpg
M106
M106.jpg

I like that on M106 image I have captured also some NGC objects (according to astrometry.net).
M106 plate solved.jpeg

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