Stellafane Artifact

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Stellafane Artifact

Postby NGC7000 » Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:32 pm

I was quite concerned that my images were out of focus and trailing on our one clear night, but I was wrong. Here's my first image- I think I will have three or four once I get the time to get to them. But in any case, I'm just so happy I have material to work with!

Here's the Andromeda Galaxy and friends through the AT 66mm AND an F 6.3 FR which means I was shooting at F/4 or so...

8 images @ 4minutes @ ISO 800 processed in Images Plus with Darks and Flats.

The white slice at top left center is a meteor trail.

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Re: Stellafane Artifact

Postby Bruce D » Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:46 pm

Tom that is beautiful! Way to go!
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Re: Stellafane Artifact

Postby WCGucfa » Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:10 am

Tom, that's just incredible! And you were on Earth when
you took it? :shock:

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Re: Stellafane Artifact

Postby Apollo XX » Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:18 am

WOW! Very impresssive Tom! Thank you for posting it and sharing it with us. Looking forward to your other captures.

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Re: Stellafane Artifact

Postby NGC7000 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 3:08 pm

Thank you all for the ego- boosting right out of the park comments. For my next song I'd like to play an old NGC tune called the Crescent. It's one of my favorites and I hope it's one of yours too. :lol: This one was shot though the C8- 10 exposures @ 4minutes ISO 800. Darks and Flats and processed in IP.

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Re: Stellafane Artifact

Postby NGC7000 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 4:12 pm

And here's another standard, the Trifid M20 in Sagittarius taken through the C8 12 @ 4minutes ISO800. Processed in IP. That southern sky is so fickle and fleeting so anything from there is a keeper. :lol:

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Re: Stellafane Artifact

Postby mrgizmo65 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:33 pm

Tom as the words on the eves of the pink club house say the heavens declair god's glory, you have captured that glory to share with us, well done, and thank you for sharing it with us.
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Re: Stellafane Artifact

Postby Bruce D » Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:45 pm

Sweet Tom, I don't know which I like better- you got great filament detail in the crescent, and the colors are awesome in the Trifid- nice twofer!
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Re: Stellafane Artifact

Postby Rotorhead » Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:05 pm

Geez, Tom, aren't you ever satisfied??? You already have a great M31 in your repertoire, and here you are trying to make it better. Well, maybe you succeeded. You have grabbed a bigger piece of sky here than in your other Stellafane shot (2007? 2008?), but you didn't lose any detail, and the color balance is much more appealing in this shot. But both shots are wonderful. The Crescent always grabs me, and especially when you capture the fine filaments that Bruce mentioned, like the ones on the opposite side of the heavy bow shockwave. Those are often overlooked in this excellent item, but you caught them nicely. I never realized how much the Trifid can look like an angry cat... LOL! Nice color balance there, too. Thanks for all the work.
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Re: Stellafane Artifact

Postby NGC7000 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:00 pm

Thanks guys..Angry cat? Hmmm...I was just at the Pound in Providence today ( big mistake- I wanted to take ALL of them home with me :roll: ) and I was playing with a few cats, so maybe I was subconsciously inspired. :lol: Comments were much appreciated! :P

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Re: Stellafane Artifact

Postby BobSikes » Wed Aug 03, 2011 6:04 am

Hummm. I was only 20 feet from you, but look how much better the skies were over at Camp Tom. When I looked up at M31 from my spot it was a big nice galaxy hanging up there in the sky, but it was much fuzzier. Did you use binoculars or a telescope or something?

Nice, nice work!

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Re: Stellafane Artifact

Postby Rotorhead » Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:01 am

Tom, this is the best I can do to show the 'Trifid Cat'. It would help if cats came in Ha red, but at least this one has a blue reflection nebula of some sort right next to it....ImageImage
An appropriately resized and otherwise plagiarized Trifid has been added to show you the resemblance. BTW, the cat image is 'borrowed' too.
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Re: Stellafane Artifact

Postby NGC7000 » Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:08 am

Thanks, Bob S- We have to get your telescope into imaging mode. That produced some really nice views Saturday night! Stunning!

Bob M- There is absolutely no toppng your Trifid. I'll take Earth Trifids anytime. We definitely need to hear the history of that shot!!! :lol:

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Re: Stellafane Artifact

Postby mrgizmo65 » Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:06 am

Tom as you graciously said about my award I say to you the complements are deserved for the effortul and skills you made to produce these images of unimaginable beauty. Thank you and to all at stellafane that captured these wonderful images. Where did that "trffid"come from???
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Re: Stellafane Artifact

Postby WCGucfa » Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:38 am

O.K. Tom, this is your fault for posting your beautiful shots! Not only that, but we just
adopted another cat (kitten)!
I know you've posted this information in the past, but now that I'm getting serious about
DSLR imaging, I'm paying attention.
My first two questions of many, many future questions:

1. Are you using an auto guider?
2. How are you focusing?

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