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« on: January 08, 2013, 12:29:02 PM »
I'm blaming it on the Mayans...
Seriously though...yeah it seems to be strange here as well. This week we are supposed to get in the upper 60's (and perhaps 70) with THUNDERSTORMS!! Sounds like Spring - and the prediction is 2-3" rain in as many days! But the long-range forecast is calling for some incredibly cold air to pour down (they are talking single-digits - highly irregular here).
« on: January 06, 2013, 08:04:59 PM »
« on: January 06, 2013, 12:51:29 PM »
Hey Bob - oh I have a solution for your framing!! Flip the filter over to L and frame with it. When you are ready to go, flip back to Ha and take off!
« on: January 06, 2013, 12:15:17 PM »
No way!!! Thanks much David - and all who voted. Sure hope the weather improves for everyone. It's nice to have lots of entries.
« on: January 06, 2013, 12:12:33 PM »
Outstanding Bob!! The new rig looks great and you appear to be well over the learning curve!
« on: January 06, 2013, 09:12:20 AM »
That looks great Les! Lots of really interesting nebulosity (out wide) that isn't normally seen!
« on: January 05, 2013, 01:01:11 PM »
That is very bool Bob! We were setting up a few weeks ago, when the Geminids were peaking, and I got to see a VERY bright one that lasted a good 2-3 seconds...slow mover too. Unfortunately T missed it. Those are great moments!
« on: January 05, 2013, 12:59:23 PM »
Very nice David!! Love the wide field presentation - lots of outer nebulosity. Wonderful detail too, and the tadpoles show up very well!
Mod HST looks great on this one too.
« on: January 04, 2013, 10:19:15 PM »
OMG!!! Did the local Home Depots sell out of generators & snow shovels?
« on: December 31, 2012, 10:07:43 PM »
Here is our M1 in modified HST palette.
Telescope: Celestron 8” EdgeHD @ f/10
Accessories: Dew control by Dew Buster
Mount: Takahashi EM-200 Temma2
Camera: QSI583wsg CCD @ -10.0C
Guiding: Starlight Xpress Lodestar via PHD
Filters: Astrodon 5nm Ha, OIII, SII
Exposure: 8 x 30min.(Ha); 8 x 30min.(OIII); 8 x 30min.(SII); all frames binned 1x1
Acquisition: ImagesPlus Camera Control v5.0
Processing: Calibration, DDP in ImagesPlus 5.0; Registration in RegiStar
Post-processing: ImagesPlus 5.0; Adobe Photoshop CS5; Gradient Xterminator, Noise Ninja
Date(s): November 25, 2012; December 11, 12, 13, 2012
Temperature (begin - end): N1:41.7ºF – 36.5ºF; N2:31.5ºF – 26.1ºF; N3:37.9ºF – 28.8ºF; N4:37.0ºF – 30.6ºF
Capture conditions: N1 - transparency: Above Avg 4/5; seeing: Poor 2/5; N2 - transparency: Above Avg 4/5; seeing: Avg 3/5; N3 - transparency: Above avg 4/5; seeing: Avg 3/5; N4 - transparency: Above Avg 4/5; seeing: Excellent 5/5
Location: Hendersonville, TN, USA
« on: December 31, 2012, 10:05:41 PM »
yep - that's correct
« on: December 30, 2012, 07:49:25 PM »
And becomes f/6 too
« on: December 28, 2012, 04:18:39 PM »
Looks like we'll extend the challenge to January
« on: December 28, 2012, 04:17:54 PM »
Thanks Bob!! The 30min. subs were nerve-wracking to say the least!
« on: December 25, 2012, 07:27:48 PM »
It actually doesn't look like "blooming" in the traditional sense... it looks more like a pimple on one side of the brightest stars. It will be on the same side of all of them too (in our case, it's always on the right side)
« on: December 24, 2012, 09:34:45 PM »
Here is the result of our latest endeavor - M1 The Crab Nebula.
Taken with our 8" EdgeHD at f/10 and QSI583wsg. This is the first time we've tried 30min. subs! 4hrs. each in Ha, OIII & SII all binned 1x1. We generally bin 2x2 when using the Edge @ f/10, but noticed what looked like horizontal blooming. Turns out this is a known anomaly with the 8300 sensor when binning > 1x1.
Anyway, here are the results - click the images for larger views with full details. Thanks for looking!!Standard HST palette:Modified Hubble palette:CFHT palette:Synthetic RGB:
« on: December 24, 2012, 09:13:48 PM »
Lookin' good Dave!! Don't see too many shots with all of that faint outer nebulosity!!
« on: December 24, 2012, 09:13:05 PM »
Wishing all of our friends here at ECA a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
(Oh, and better weather!!!)
« on: December 18, 2012, 10:01:11 AM »
Wanted to get an idea of everyone's thoughts about extending the December Image Challenge through January...
Not sure if folks are getting enough time to spend on the challenge with the holidays.
Respond to this thread with your comments...
« on: December 10, 2012, 08:40:12 PM »
Hi Roberto - I see no reason you couldn't get 30min. guided subs. We get 20min. guided regularly with just a quick polar alignment and have round stars. If you go the extra mile and drift align, you most certainly can go 30min.
« on: December 10, 2012, 02:12:00 PM »
The thing I fear the most,
Our skies will never clear.
Last we imaged was a ghost,
Maybe I'll just drink a beer.
We've spent all these bucks,
To capture images of the night sky.
Dang this weather sucks,
I may just break down and cry.
One night the stars will shine,
Of this we both forsake.
But we seriously must draw a line,
Our backyard is not but a lake.
« on: December 08, 2012, 09:34:26 AM »
Very nice Gordon! This looks great in the HST palette!!
« on: December 08, 2012, 09:32:46 AM »
The target for December, 2012/January, 2013 is Sh2-275, The Rosette Nebula in Monoceros
RA (approx): 6h 31m 38s DEC (approx): +05° 02' 10"
Information from SIMBAD
is HERE*** You may need to search for the stellar cluster NGC 2244 to locate this object ***Challenge Rules:
1. Objects are to be captured and processed entirely by the user. Equipment on loan to a user is allowed providing the rig is setup and aligned by the user and the target is acquired, framed, focused and captured by the user. Internet and/or rent-a-scope remote imaging services are not allowed.
2. Data acquired 90 days prior to the challenge deadline may be used to create the entry.
3. Images are to be posted to the corresponding monthly thread with max dimensions of 800 by 800 pixels.
4. Images must be in jpeg format and may not exceed 1 Megabyte in file size.
5. Images must be attached to this challenge thread. Direct linking to an image on a server is not allowed. However, adding a link to a larger image is allowed.
6. The contest will run from the 1st of the month to the last of the month and submissions are due by 11:59pm est.
7. Once an image has been posted to the monthly Image Challenge thread, it is considered final and can not be modified in any way.
« on: December 06, 2012, 09:36:28 PM »
Congratulations Bill!! Very nice display!
« on: December 06, 2012, 09:33:40 PM »
Thanks guys!! Agreed - nice images!!
« on: December 06, 2012, 12:54:16 PM »
Thanks David!! Really great images this month!!
« on: December 06, 2012, 12:53:04 PM »
The poll is now closed.
Congratulations to David for his winning entry!
Nice submissions from both
« on: December 04, 2012, 08:55:27 PM »
Welcome to ECA!! I think you will find lots of help & advice here. Lots of great folks! Be careful, as AP is quite addictive
Glad to see you here!
« on: December 01, 2012, 08:25:24 AM »
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