Featured: 'Orion Nebula, best I managed yet' by MadMarco

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by MadMarco, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. MadMarco

    MadMarco Mu-43 Veteran

    298
    Oct 30, 2014
    Guildford, England
    I've tried to capture Orion Nebula on quite a few occasions with a variety of success. Living in a busy town, 30 miles away from London doesn't provide the best skies and the English weather is rarely ideal for astrophotography. This is by far my best yet and probably about as good as I'm going to get unless I relocate to another country.

    16195599966_453fca4781_b.

    30x 30 second exposures @ISO800
    30x 60 second exposures @ISO800
    Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker with Dark, Bias and Light then process in Photoshop
     
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2015
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  2. wanderenvy

    wanderenvy Mu-43 Regular

    153
    May 11, 2012
    Wonderful!
     
  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Fantastic capture
     
  4. dwkdnvr

    dwkdnvr Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 8, 2012
    Denver
    Very nice, particularly with relatively short total integration time. What scope?
    Edit - ah, see the info in flickr. 71mm f/5.9
     
  5. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    Very nice!
     
  6. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    That's really good. Maybe move to AZ for retirement?
     
  7. D7k1

    D7k1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 18, 2013
    Very nice detail and good processing.
     
  8. Phlash46

    Phlash46 Nikon Refugee

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    Jul 1, 2014
    Montrose, NY
    Bruce Gordon
    Uh, I'm impressed. WOW!
     
  9. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    Was this with your william optics telescope? Very nicely done.
     
  10. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Superb. Stuff like this makes me tempted to get a tracker but I'm intimidated by Southern hemisphere alignment difficulties.
     
  11. kimo

    kimo Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 4, 2013
    Colorado
    kimo
    Simply fantastic. What a beautiful thing to photograph. And done very well. Thanks for revealing those gems that we otherwise cannot see.
     
  12. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    Magnificent! It's fascinating to think how long it takes that light to hit the camera sensor...

    GX1•EP1•GF3•9mmBCL•17mm2.8•30mm2.8
     
  13. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    You and I both. I have what is now an obsolete tracker and have always had a devil of a time trying to get it aligned. It's been exceedingly frustrating, especially as every guide refers to the northern hemisphere.
     
  14. Levster

    Levster Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Page 16 of this manual provides a Southern Hemisphere guide:

    http://www.vixenoptics.com/PDF/POLARIE Manual.pdf

    It does not look easy though!
     
  15. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    I find some phone apps are pretty helpful, "Google sky map" isn't bad you just need to remember to hold the phone the right way up (or it will point in the wrong direction... it isn't that smart). Makes finding the pole a bit easier as it gives you more stars to reference to nail it down which can really help.

    It also lets you "time travel" to check the positioning of stars/planets/whatever on a date/time which can be quick and easy if you were not planning on anything however just want to check what was around later that night anyway (I'm sure there is far better methods, however it does the job for me with the caveat that you look a tad silly spinning in circles looking around with your phone).
     
  16. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    I use Stellarium to locate objects, but it doesn't help to set up the tracker.
     
  17. MadMarco

    MadMarco Mu-43 Veteran

    298
    Oct 30, 2014
    Guildford, England
    Yes the William Optics ZS71, it's a lovely little scope and ideal for doing deep sky. Thanks for the kind comment.
     
  18. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    I've got an 8" reflector I use for visual only. Have you had a chance to view the Lovejoy comet?
     
  19. MadMarco

    MadMarco Mu-43 Veteran

    298
    Oct 30, 2014
    Guildford, England
    Viewed, imaged and videoed (well images sequenced into a video) :)

    https://www.mu-43.com/showthread.php?t=72360

    P.S. Your reflector will be much better for visual work than my refractor.
     
  20. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    Just saw that. Excellent job.