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Orion (yet again) from last night brrrrrrrrr

Discussion in 'Astronomy & Astrophotography' started by Skywatcher, Nov 23, 2008.

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    Better focus than last time and many more subs means a cleaner smoother image, unfortunately some of the improvement is lost in the compression to jpeg for photobucket

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    And finally they said it couldn't be done :D the horsehead and flame nebula with only 90 second shots - noisy to be sure butconventionstates you need at least 10minute subs to reign in the horsie

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    So cold at 2 am that I stopped as my marrow had turned to ice took me 2 hours to thaw!
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    absolutely superb!!! Can really see the horse head there!

    I tried to look but totally cloudy last night :(
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    Chris, you have NO idea how perfect these photos are. Perfect timing! Thank you!
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    WOW theyre like the posters you can buy, wonderful
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    Have saved the first one to add to my desktop background pictures! These are so beautiful. I'm so glad that you take these photos as I sometimes forget how fantastic the universe is. :D
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    Thanks chaps - very kind - why was the timing so perfect Tink? :unsure:
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    Oh my....those just give me the most amazing sense of smallness...

    Stunning, mate....really.
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    marrow :unsure:


    those are just incredible Chris! you must have been freezing!
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    awesome photos chris, thx for posting

    when i said i saw orion in the last thread, it was the 3 inline stars i see all the time, not the 1st one on here :)
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    Wow! Wow! Those are amazing!!!
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    :lol: bone marrow

    I laid in bed for 2 hours afterwards just shivering -its tru what they say aboutwrapping an icecube in a blanket
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    Just got home so I had to see them. Top notch Chris..well done.

    Great one of the Trapezium.
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    Those are truly brilliant, it's amazing what is out there
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    Hi this is lozzy's son,
    what telescope do you use to get those images, and is it one you connect straight to your laptop or camera ?
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    OMG, were those just shot through the camera's eye or through a telescope? They are fabulous.
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    Hello ' Lozzys Son' :D

    Those were taken with a Skywtcher ed80 pro refractor telescope - it is apochormatic which means it has extra lenses to bend all the light wavelengths together which is important for decent pics - so although its only a small scope you can get decent pictures. It is mounted on a HEQ5 sysnscan pro equatorial mount - the camera is a simple DSLR canon eos 350/rebelxt with the lens off and a conncting t-ring to put it where the eyepiece would go. No laptop was used - but my next project will need one

    The nebula picture is 25 x 90second shots and the horsehead is 20 - next time it is clear i will go and take a load more to add to bothstacks to smooth out the images.

    :unsure: waws that too much information?
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    :jawdrop:OMG WOW, Thanks, i'll get mum to have a look for me, next years xmas prezzie... :tongue:
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    welcome my friend - the scope itself only costs about 250 but the mount is expensive at about 600
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    chris is that skywatcher around the 300 quid mark?
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    Yes Mick but from the look of it they are updating them so they may cost a bit more soon

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