My very first attempts at astrophotography
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27-10-2013, 03:46 PM
RE: My very first attempts at astrophotography
(27-10-2013 03:43 PM)Logisch Wrote:  Binoculars are actually great for astronomy! Most finder scopes are the equivalent of a pair of binocs, and you can see a lot of stars through them. Sometime, check out the Pleiades with a pair of binoculars.

This is your best friend for looking at the day and time something is available to you in the sky: http://neave.com/planetarium/

Look for a constellation that looks like a small club, a tiny version of the big dipper. Alternatively if you have a phone with gyro sensors, get "google sky maps" - I use it EVERY TIME I go out with my telescope.

But I'd say with a nice pair of binocs, you can find some great stuff. Orion nebula is visible through binocs, pleiades (at least the cluster) can be seen, andromeda (slightly) and often times you can spot jupiter and the moons (although they'll look like tiny dots in binocs, teeny tiny ass dots).

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27-10-2013, 05:20 PM
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Logisch, your pictures are great.

I feel so lucky when I manage a relatively decent photo, I envy your knowledge and the eye to get such amazing shots.

Seriously think that when I get done with school in the spring I am going to take a class in photography...starting with extra basic, of course.

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24-12-2013, 11:32 PM
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Christmas Eve shot of the Orion Nebula courtesy of yours truly Smile I'm pretty proud of this one.
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25-12-2013, 01:42 AM
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Very clear shot!
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25-12-2013, 08:07 AM
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Thanks LadyJane Smile I'm quite happy with it. I'm going to try and reprocess it again when I have a day off and sharpen it up a tad. I did absolutely no sharpening or filters. I just adjusted the color and exposure. I normally go with an 800ISO, this was actually 21 shots at 90 seconds at 400ISO and I'm incredibly happy with the results.

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25-12-2013, 08:18 AM
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Astrophotography? Why would someone want to take pictures of George Jetson's dog? And isn't that a cartoon anyway?

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25-12-2013, 08:26 AM
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(25-12-2013 08:18 AM)Brian37 Wrote:  Astrophotography? Why would someone want to take pictures of George Jetson's dog? And isn't that a cartoon anyway?

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25-12-2013, 09:27 AM
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(25-12-2013 08:07 AM)Logisch Wrote:  Thanks LadyJane Smile I'm quite happy with it. I'm going to try and reprocess it again when I have a day off and sharpen it up a tad. I did absolutely no sharpening or filters. I just adjusted the color and exposure. I normally go with an 800ISO, this was actually 21 shots at 90 seconds at 400ISO and I'm incredibly happy with the results.

You're getting pretty good at this. Thumbsup

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25-12-2013, 09:33 AM
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Thanks my friend! Smile It's a steep learning curve, but I'm learning bit by bit. My next thing I want to learn is getting proper color. Baader modification tends to go overbearing with red due to the Ha introduction. I tried adjusting the camera itself, made it worse. I guess I need to calibrate it and then figure out what to adjust in post image processing.

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25-12-2013, 09:33 AM
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What a wonderful photo to wake up to on Christmas morning. Thanks Logisch!!! Big Grin
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