A&P M51 Galaxy pic

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  1. EWhytsell

    EWhytsell New Member

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    Here's a pic of the "Whirlpool Galaxy." Not a terrible photo for only 9 x 90 second exposures. I was shooting at 2032mm so I was at the limit of my gear without a more advance guidance system and only got 9 keepers out of 60 frames.

    Next time I'm gonna back down to 1300mm and try a different process to see what result I get.

    [​IMG]
     
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    f*kin NICE :cool:
     
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    Jonny Chimpo OT Supporter

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    I really hate photos like this.

    Why, you ask? Because of all the unbelievably cool shit that has to exist in that galaxy that we can NEVER know about. :hs:
     
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    Yeap that ones 23million light years away. We ain't getting there anytime soon.
     
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    kill_turu_kill Turu the Terrible OT Supporter

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    Great colors Evan.
     
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    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    Evan... I want to see this set up sometime...
     
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    that's really cool how it's sort of connected to that other cluster and their swirls are conjoined
     
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    I know EXACTLY what you mean :wtc:


    Oh, and dude...2000+MM WTF I'd like to see what the moon looks like at that range. I liked what i got on my 300mm. I couldn't imagine what that would look like.
     
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    I'm out almost any clear night since we get so few here in ohio. Just PM me sometime. Got a 5DmkII? I really wanna try out the HD video on Jupiter or Saturn sometime. That should produce a much better result then the web cams.
     
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    Where in ohio are you from?
     
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    Man, nice astrophotos! What gear are you using?
     
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    I'm about 30 miles north of Columbus.
     
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    I'm using a Celestron C8 telescope on a AS-GT computerized mount. I use a 40D for the images.
     
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    kill_turu_kill Turu the Terrible OT Supporter

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    Were the subs for the original photo guided or unguided? Also, are you using the polar scope to align or star drifting?
     
  18. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    it's pretty clear most nights now out at my place. Do you get much light pollution from columbus? no 5DmkII, I wish I had one... maybe next year.
     
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    always love your threads
     
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    On a perfect night I get almost no light pollution from anything except the truck stop at Exit 140 on I-71. Columbus is to far away still to really effect me. On the other hand if there is high level thin clouds or higher humidity I get a lot of light from Columbus, but towards the northwest, northeast, east, and southeast I get very dark skies.
     
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    cool b ro
     
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    thats so damn cool !!!
     
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    Black levels + noise reduction FTW??
     
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    Wow ^^ noice.
     
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    I tend to agree with you on the black levels and for print I'd do a final adjustment to make the background pretty close to black. My peers in astrophotography typically don't like doing this because they feel it clips data from the image Notice my image has the red "hydrogen lines" within the spirals much more defined.) To me it depends if the image is for eye candy or research and I lean towards eye candy myself screw research.

    As for the noise, I didn't apply any noise software because astro photos again lose detail from using noise software much like skin tones become plastic looking. The process of stacking many frames reduces noise on an inverse square curve so once you get up around 30-40 frames noise is under control very nicely. This one having only 9 frames isn't good enough to bother when I know I can do much better with more frames and a better sky.

    Very nice edit though and if it were being printed thats how it should look IMO.
     

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