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Old 06-03-2012, 03:51 PM   #1
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Slim's Astro Images

Thought I'd start my own little gallery thread to keep a record of my endeavours to take photos of stuff out there in the cosmos.

First up is the first ever astro image I managed to take, Jupiter and one of it's moons Io. I've become better at processing the raw files over the past few months and this has been reprocessed in the last couple of days.

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Next up is a close up shot of the limb of the moon which was taken a couple of nights ago.

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I'm hoping to be able to capture Saturn and Mars in the coming weeks and then it'll be onto some of the fainter stuff.
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Nice - I have a work collegue that has a DSLR connected up to telescope that produced some reasonable results.

Just out of curiosity, how do you know that moon is Io?
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Nice - I have a work collegue that has a DSLR connected up to telescope that produced some reasonable results.

Just out of curiosity, how do you know that moon is Io?

I'd like to get a DSLR but you're talking 400 and then you really need to get one of the filters removed for best results which is another 200, unless you have a go at removing it yourself

I know it's Io because of this cracking piece of free software Stellarium . Just stick in your location, the current time and date and it'll show where everything is in the Sky. So I knew from looking at Stellarium that Io was in that position at the time I captured the footage.
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I know it's Io because of this cracking piece of free software Stellarium . Just stick in your location, the current time and date and it'll show where everything is in the Sky. So I knew from looking at Stellarium that Io was in that position at the time I captured the footage.

Ah, I thought you had identified it from the photo somehow That makes more sense.
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Excellent, keep em coming slim, I think they are good.
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Cracking shots mate but if you didn't use a dslr how did you take the images as i am quite interested and have been thinking of getting a telescope, something like a 6" refractor minimum, would like an 8" but bit big for being mobile etc and expensive , what do you think slim.
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Cracking shots Slim

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Cracking shots mate but if you didn't use a dslr how did you take the images as i am quite interested and have been thinking of getting a telescope, something like a 6" refractor minimum, would like an 8" but bit big for being mobile etc and expensive , what do you think slim.
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I actually use a phillips web cam that has been updated with a better firmware and has had a long exposure mod done to it. Much cheaper and still gives good results.

As for a scope, aperture is everything! Get the biggest aperture you can afford. I've got a 10" reflector on a pretty serious goto mount and that's at the absolute limit of being mobile, only just fits in my C5 Tourer with one of the back seats down. But there is a lot to consider such as, where you'll be using it and what for. Take a look at this forum Stargazers Lounge - Astronomy Forum lots of great people and advice there. I'm just a beginner but if it's all a bit bewildering just pop across a PM and I'll do my best to help you out. Another great site is Astronomy Shed Home Page they have an excellent video tutorial section with loads of vids that explain stuff for us beginners.
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Next up is the Orion Nebula a star forming region at the tip of Orions sword. The field of view of my camera is fairly small so this is quite a zoomed in image of the core. Can see some good nebulosity as well as four of the five stars of the trapezium being resolved. This is my first bash at a faint deep sky object. It's a bit like black magic trying to get the best out of these faint objects and I'm only at the start of a long journey in learning how it's done.

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Crack on Slim , i down loaded that star chart thing and it is the nuts really easy to id the planets etc just got to learn to use it properly but looking forward to warm clear nights. That's another great image as well its amazing whats out there if you know where and how to look, makes your head hurt if you try to think of the vastness of space and the universe .
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makes your head hurt if you try to think of the vastness of space and the universe .
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I've been reading a lot of books recently about the universe and how it was formed and it's a complete head feck at times. The numbers are just mind boggling and some of the concepts when you get into the theoretical physics side of things are really hard to grasp. Very enjoyable though, so much so that I've actually been looking at a couple of distance learning astrophysics degree courses. Do that and then see if I can go an get a ride on the that large hadron collider thing, they reckon it goes dead fast
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Ok talking scopes now slim what do you think to this as a starter kit to sort of suck it and see, its only a 114mm lens but it does have a motor drive etc, i honestly know squat about this stuff and dont want to buy a pup.
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what do i need n how much to look at that kinda stuff? im well impressed
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Keep the pics coming, pretty impressive seeing these kind of shots as normally only look up when it starts raining...no idea why....
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Ok talking scopes now slim what do you think to this as a starter kit to sort of suck it and see, its only a 114mm lens but it does have a motor drive etc, i honestly know squat about this stuff and dont want to buy a pup.
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Originally Posted by Slim View Post

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Very impressive this one - I can only imagine how hard it is to image a nebula bearing in mind how hard they are to see in the first place (at least with the naked eye). You've definitley made me look forward to going back to Yorkshire and it's clear skies rather than the sodium glow we get down here.
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I don't think i've ever been anywhere without loads of light pollution, so never seen the night sky in all its glory.
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I don't think i've ever been anywhere without loads of light pollution, so never seen the night sky in all its glory.

It's a nightmare. Luckily I can drive about 20 miles to a local reservoir to find pretty dark skies but only do it now and again when it's guaranteed to be clear. I used to live in Saudi Arabia and some of the nights camping in the desert were absolutely astonishing, didn't need a telescope

@all If you have reasonably dark skies and it's clear between 10 and midnight tonight get yourself out and look up. There is a huge solar storm hitting the earth as we speak and there's a good chance of seeing the aurora.
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It's a nightmare. Luckily I can drive about 20 miles to a local reservoir to find pretty dark skies but only do it now and again when it's guaranteed to be clear. I used to live in Saudi Arabia and some of the nights camping in the desert were absolutely astonishing, didn't need a telescope

@all If you have reasonably dark skies and it's clear between 10 and midnight tonight get yourself out and look up. There is a huge solar storm hitting the earth as we speak and there's a good chance of seeing the aurora.

there was a program on bbc four last night, an extended "The Sky at night" about ameteur astronomy. They went to a few places to view the skies, 1 of then was Kielder Forrest.


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Originally Posted by hOnG k0nG fu3y View Post
there was a program on bbc four last night, an extended "The Sky at night" about ameteur astronomy. They went to a few places to view the skies, 1 of then was Kielder Forrest.


BBC iPlayer - The Sky at Night: Citizen Astronomy

I was up at Kielder with the family a couple of weekends ago. We had a few sessions at the observatory up there but it was foggy both nights so no chance of looking through the big scopes they have got. Did have a few excellent talks from the lead astronomer Gary though about the Universe. Absolutely fascinating stuff. I highly recommend it to anyone who is in the area. And if it's a clear night you will be in for an absolute treat as they have the darkest skies in England. It's about 47 miles from where I live so I'll be going up again in the future.
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Couple more images I took recently. First up is M51 the Whirlpool Galaxy. This was taken with a modified webcam and is a pretty difficult target for this camera. I didn't get enough data to end up with a brilliant result but I'm pretty happy with it.

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And second we have the Orion nebuala. This was taken with a Canon 350D DSLR which I have borrowed from a guy I work with. I didn't many subs of this before it went behind a tree and I didn't get a very good focus.

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And finally our nearest galactic neighbour Andromeda. Once again nor enough subs but it's the first night using the camera so I was just messing about really.

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cool. Iso is fixed at 400 in the auto modes on that camera. If you have experimented with manual then you can really use the camera to its full potential, just takes a bit of getting used to. How are you connecting the camera to the scope? There is a dedicated lense to scope eye piece for the Canon. Shame the 350d lcd display cant be used as a viewfinder unlike on the later cameras.

Amazing to see whats above our heads.
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cool. Iso is fixed at 400 in the auto modes on that camera. If you have experimented with manual then you can really use the camera to its full potential, just takes a bit of getting used to.
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Those were taken at an ISO setting of 800. Camera is in manual mode with lots of other settings played about with. I was only taking 10 - 30 second exposures. Will be pushing that upto 300 when I get a light pollution filter and get the scope guiding properly.

I use a T piece which screws directly onto the eyepiece holder. Yeah it is a bit of a nightmare with the 350 not having the live view funtion but I'm looking on ebay for a 450d or 1000d as we speak.
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Took this a while ago but only just found it again.

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Took this a while ago but only just found it again.

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nice, im always underwhelmed when i take a pic of the moon, even with my 300mm lens its just not big enough.
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Another new pic M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy. I'm not happy with it but there is a pretty steep learning curve with this DSLR lark so not bad for a first effort. Need to build a light box a I can take some flats and get much much more data.

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This is going to be my final posting of M51 as I think I've overdosed on it a little. Re processed my data and cropped the final image so more of the galaxy can be seen.

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is that 2 galaxies merging? kinda like what will happen to us and andromeda in the distant future?
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Couldn't resist another pic of M51 as I'm learning this processing lark all the time.

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