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Hello... This photo of the Great Nebula in Orion's sword (Theta Orionis) was obtained with my 300mm f/8 William Optics refractor riding piggy-back on my 12-inch Meade LX200. It was my usual formula of 12, five-minute subexposures aligned and stacked. Camera control, and some processing was done using Images Plus. By the way, the effective focal length of the system was 480mm thanks to the 1.6 crop factor of my 500D.

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Wow! thats amazing....

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Are you taking Darks and Flats to use with Deep Sky Stacker?

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your processing gives alot of color noise and oversaturation

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Got alot of detail . Since you have Image Editing OK i worked on the noise some in Cs5 . If you don't like it let me know and i'll remove it .

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Celestron wrote in post #14185721external link
Got alot of detail . Since you have Image Editing OK i worked on the noise some in Cs5 . If you don't like it let me know and i'll remove it .

No, no, please leave it. I like it better than my processing. I still think that some of my biggest challenges are the blue halos around bright stars. Thank you for offering your version!

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Toxic Coolaid wrote in post #14184442external link
Are you taking Darks and Flats to use with Deep Sky Stacker?

Darks yes, flats no... I haven't quite figured out how to do them effectively yet. I have a white board that I illuminate and shoot when gathering flats for the ST-7XME (when shooting a focal length of 1524mm), but the board isn't big enough to use with the 480mm (300mm with 1.6 crop factor) coupled to the DSLR.... Hmmm....

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Celestron wrote in post #14185721external link
Got alot of detail . Since you have Image Editing OK i worked on the noise some in Cs5 . If you don't like it let me know and i'll remove it .

Can I send you some of my pictures!!?!!? ;) just kidding that is great, I wouldn't have thought that was possible.

Post #8, Apr 02, 2012 07:20:47


5D MKII/ 7D/ 100-400 L/ EF-S 10-22 / 100L f2.8 IS Macro / 70-200L f4 IS / Σ 30 f1.4 / 50 f1.8 / Tamron 18-270 / 430 EX II (x2) / Opteka fisheye/ Zoom 1n

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scorpio1155 wrote in post #14194642external link
... my biggest challenges are the blue halos around bright stars. Thank you for offering your version!

You can help that with a Minus Violet Filter in refractors . Check these out by Lumicon but i'm sure there are other brands .

http://www.lumicon.com ...5&cn=Minus+Violet+F​iltersexternal link

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alexg212 wrote in post #14195399external link
I wouldn't have thought that was possible.

I use Topaz DeNoiseexternal link but some others use LR3 but it's a bit more complicated .

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Celestron wrote in post #14195488external link
I use Topaz DeNoiseexternal link but some others use LR3 but it's a bit more complicated .

Thanks, I think I'll give that a try!

Post #11, Apr 02, 2012 08:01:25


5D MKII/ 7D/ 100-400 L/ EF-S 10-22 / 100L f2.8 IS Macro / 70-200L f4 IS / Σ 30 f1.4 / 50 f1.8 / Tamron 18-270 / 430 EX II (x2) / Opteka fisheye/ Zoom 1n

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Nice work ... both of you!!!

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Processing is as important as the shots themselves. I never thought there would be so much involved AFTER the shot is taken...............Ni​ce one by the way.

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Pretty cool!

Post #14, Apr 03, 2012 16:33:31


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scorpio1155 wrote in post #14194655external link
Darks yes, flats no... I haven't quite figured out how to do them effectively yet. I have a white board that I illuminate and shoot when gathering flats for the ST-7XME (when shooting a focal length of 1524mm), but the board isn't big enough to use with the 480mm (300mm with 1.6 crop factor) coupled to the DSLR.... Hmmm....

For Flats just shoot the sky when it's clear. I usually take 50-60 which gives me a nice even master flat. It does not matter that the sky is blue, you just don't want clouds passing by.

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