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Nighthound
6th of October 2008 (Mon), 13:21
A couple of single exposure DSLR shots. Canon 20D / 10" LX200

Saturn with processing tweak:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y67/Nighthd/Astrophotography/test/sat052B-1.jpg

Mars:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y67/Nighthd/Astrophotography/test/mars22x-1.jpg

markjpcs
6th of October 2008 (Mon), 14:17
Nice work Steve!

drevilsmom
6th of October 2008 (Mon), 18:30
Yeah, you can even see the polar icecaps on Mars. Cool!! And Steve, I'm probably going to get the 40D body this next week. Bought one off of here with only ~2500 clicks. You say to get a lens that is around 200-300 mm for some astroshots, so what is a decent one that is less than $700-800, and would also be a decent wildlife lens as well. I already know I'm getting the 100mm macro and also the nifty fifty.

Celestron
6th of October 2008 (Mon), 21:57
WTG Steve ! Very nice ! Mars looks great ! Polar Caps are small but looking great ! When did you take these ?

Jeff
7th of October 2008 (Tue), 11:12
Was this prime focus or through an eyepiece? I've been trying to get decent shots of Jupiter with only marginal results.

Nighthound
7th of October 2008 (Tue), 11:18
Thanks everyone.

Ron, I believe these are from 2004 or 2005.

Jeff, these were taken in prime. I used a 2X Powermate for Mars. Both were taken on exceptionally steady nights, rare around here.

KaseyK
24th of October 2008 (Fri), 16:22
great shot

liquidstone
25th of October 2008 (Sat), 00:07
Wow.... both great shots!

EasyPic10D
19th of February 2009 (Thu), 15:42
that is really big and clear what gear did you use to get the shots and were they in the same night?

ejicon
19th of February 2009 (Thu), 16:19
wow. Incredible. Very detailed as well. They look like candy.

Nighthound
19th of February 2009 (Thu), 22:48
that is really big and clear what gear did you use to get the shots and were they in the same night?

Thanks I was using a Meade 10" LX200 and a TeleVue 2x Powermate to further boost magnification. Camera was a 20D. These were taken on different nights.

Nighthound
19th of February 2009 (Thu), 22:52
wow. Incredible. Very detailed as well. They look like candy.

Thanks. I didn't spend much time or effort trying to improve my planetary shots. I moved into shooting deep sky and haven't gone back to it. I used to shot a lot of Lunar photography with my scopes but haven't done that for years either.

ssracer
19th of February 2009 (Thu), 22:57
WOW!! Stunning shots. One day I am going to get me a rig capable of this kind of image.

PolynesianMedic
20th of February 2009 (Fri), 00:02
Simply brilliant!

Nighthound
20th of February 2009 (Fri), 13:30
Thanks Sean and PM.

ebann
20th of February 2009 (Fri), 13:46
Yeah, you can even see the polar icecaps on Mars. Cool!! And Steve, I'm probably going to get the 40D body this next week. Bought one off of here with only ~2500 clicks. You say to get a lens that is around 200-300 mm for some astroshots, so what is a decent one that is less than $700-800, and would also be a decent wildlife lens as well. I already know I'm getting the 100mm macro and also the nifty fifty.

I'd recommend Canon's 400mm f/5.6L!

ejicon
20th of February 2009 (Fri), 14:34
Thanks. I didn't spend much time or effort trying to improve my planetary shots. I moved into shooting deep sky and haven't gone back to it. I used to shot a lot of Lunar photography with my scopes but haven't done that for years either.

Honestly, it's very inspirational. I wish I had the patience + skills to pull this off.

EasyPic10D
20th of February 2009 (Fri), 15:24
thats cool my dad has the 20D I'm still running with the 10D and still loving the shots i get with it.

Celestron
20th of February 2009 (Fri), 23:38
I agree with Steve ,it's hard to get a good Planet shot . Sometimes i wish i hadn't mess with them as much but i do love to try Planet imaging ! Heres a couple i took last night with my Celestron C8 SCT but not with a Canon camera . I've had a Celestron NexImager (http://www.astronomics.com/main/product.asp/catalog_name/Astronomics/category_name/WXLJ7FDCPFDL8JAVC3G7TW75W3/product_id/NEXIM) for a yr now and never tried it til last night . Not sure i could have done better with the 300D because seeing wasn't very good even tho it was perfectly clear and this is my first try with the NexImager . One image is Saturn which is edge on right now and the other is Venus in the western night skies . Both look good in the scope but kept jumping all over the place and hard to keep steady .