A&P Deep Space Photography by Baz

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  1. ASIGN_Baz

    ASIGN_Baz New Member

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    Rightyo, here we go......

    This image is a week's worth of work in capture and processing.

    The object is 7000 light years away and is called M16 Eagle Nebula.

    It is a HUGE cloud of Hydrogen and other gasses and dust, which is prime real estate for star birth. You can even see a couple of dark, coalescing globules where a star is likely to be forming.

    The photograph is comprised of many 15-minute exposures, darks, flats and lots of stacking and subtraction, calibrating, colour balancing etc, to bring out as much detail as is possible.
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    That's awesome, the colors and detail are great. Well worth the wait :bigthumb:
     
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    Thanks chaps.

    Here's the observatory in my front yard where it all happens..[​IMG]
     
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    ASIGN_Baz New Member

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    And here's the new rig.
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    Wow that is simply amazing. I was going to ask why you're posting pics you didn't take but then I saw the observatory in your front yard. Amazing.
     
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    Thanks mate.

    Here is one of my first with the new camera a few months ago.

    This is called the Flame and Horsehead nebula.

    I can't wait to go back to this one and get 6 hours on it instead of the two or three that it is.
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    Amazing stuff...how do you mount the camera to the telescope?
     
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    Its an Orion Starshoot Pro III deep space colour imager. It is a CCD chip that is thermoelectrically cooled.

    The camera is about $2700AUD, the 120mm Scope $3200, the autoguide camera $500, the 80mm guide-scope $600, the mount about 2 grand I think from memory.

    My last scope and gear was about $10k all up for an 11 inch Schmidt Cassegrain (SCT). I had a couple of grand worth of Canon EOS 400D with lenses and other accessories on that one.

    Everything runs into the laptop(I think you guys call it a notebook).

    I bought them from a little shop in Sydney called Bintel.
     
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    Because I used recycled materials to build the observatory, the most expensive part was fibreglass and resin (about $600), I reckon the whole thing over a year cost me about $3 or $4K total.
     
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    I call it a laptop :dunno:
     
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    very nice :bigthumb:
     
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    this is flipping awesome
     
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    Good to see we are on the same sheet of music...:wiggle:

    Thanks champ!
    I was flipping when it came out of the camera!

    Here's the Rosette nebula from the same rig.
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    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    wow. simply amazing.
     
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    Cheers ace.

    I am out in the observatory again now, shooting 15 minute exposures for the rest of the night of M17, the Omega Nebula. (AKA the Swan.)

    The temperature is falling rapidly here, already steaming breath. Lotsa blankets and layers of clothes....ahhhhhhh, this is what it's all about.

    I guess when I get old and crusty i will remote desktop run it from inside and automate the dome as well....
     
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    amazing stuff man. astro photography is tough... but these are great quality!
     
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    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    where are you located?
     
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    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    simply amazing. :bowdown:
     
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    Thanks guys.

    I am in Canberra, Australia, freezing my butt off ATM....:nuts:

    www.asignobservatory.com
     
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    Great pics!
     
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    :bowdown: keep it up!
     
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    I'm guessing you are hosting with aww kittah aww? I cant see pics at all here, that site is blocked here :(
     

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