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Mar 30, 2015 17:52 as a reply to  @ post 17498437 |  #181

Wow. That looks great, I enjoyed looking back through the previous versions to see the progress.


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Mar 30, 2015 18:47 |  #182

So...not a total failure then. Thanks NQS.


I'm in Canada. Isn't that weird!

  
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Mar 31, 2015 13:52 |  #183

Color is just right as I remember it and a great job indeed.

Ahhh when thinking of those great nights... And if only I could stay around for another 8000 year to see it again. But then again, there will be a lot more interesting things to watch and I am sure Terry Lovejoy is not going to be retired soon or may be the next comet is going to be name after one of you PONT great astrophotographer?!:)


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Mar 31, 2015 16:01 |  #184

Thanks Samsen. It is frustrating. The comet was taken in a yellow/orange zone with only 30 second exposures. Living in a red zone with 2-4 hours travel to get to a dark sky sucks. That's a huge commitment. One could drive that far and get stuck with cloud cover the whole time.


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Mar 31, 2016 01:48 |  #185

FEChariot wrote in post #17389217 (external link)
I took a crap load of images tonight including blacks and bias frames, but here is my best single frame:

7D 135L F2 1600ISO for 30sec tracked with IOptron SkyTracker


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Beautiful!!!

I got some photos of Lovejoy, too, but didn't have a dark location. I barely got the tail in a much longer exposure, and had to adjust the image a lot to get what I managed to end up with. I had used a home-made Scotch Mount to track the comet, but it worked okay. Now that I have the iOptron Sky Tracker, the Scotch Mount is gathering dust.

I looked for a thread for Comet Lovejoy when posting mine, but didn't find it until now. So I posted mine in "You don't need a telescope". I only found this thread by clicking on your name to see what you had posted. There is a lot of discussion on this thread, and some helpful hints about using DSS. Glad to have found it.




  
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Mar 31, 2016 10:06 as a reply to  @ Roy A. Rust's post |  #186

Thanks Roy. My new job changed my working hours to nights so it's virtually impossible to get any night shots now unless I take vacation. Even on days off I stay up all day with the family and by night time I am out: it's sucking the life out of me. Be nice to get back out and get some more use out of the tracker.


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Mar 31, 2016 11:35 |  #187

FEChariot wrote in post #17955804 (external link)
Thanks Roy. My new job changed my working hours to nights so it's virtually impossible to get any night shots now unless I take vacation. Even on days off I stay up all day with the family and by night time I am out: it's sucking the life out of me. Be nice to get back out and get some more use out of the tracker.

Well, at least I don't have to worry about a schedule - I've been retired for years. I wish I had discovered astrophotography years ago, but before digital cameras, it would have been very expensive and frustrating. I found a couple of shots of Comet Lovejoy that I didn't post on "You don't need a telescope" so thought I'd post them here.

Both of these were taken the night of January 19, 2015. I used a Nikon D5200, with the kit 55mm-200mm lens, mounted on a home-made Scotch Mount for tracking.
The first was at 55mm, exposed for 98.6 seconds at f:4.0, with an ISO of 3200.
The second was zoomed out to 200mm, and exposed for 121.8 seconds at f:5.6, with the ISO at 3200.
Both required quite a bit of post-processing to compensate for the light pollution.

This was one of the first times I had used the tracking mount, and was still experimenting. The camera was also relatively new, and I hadn't quite figured out the live-view focusing thing. I was also freezing my whatzit off, and rapidly losing interest in the comet!


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Mar 31, 2016 14:22 |  #188

Couple nice captures there ! It may have been freezing but wasn't it worth it ?? Just think , you might not ever see that comet again !




  
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Apr 01, 2016 07:37 |  #189

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Couple nice captures there ! It may have been freezing but wasn't it worth it ?? Just think , you might not ever see that comet again !

Ha! Ya think???? It's supposed to be back in about 8000 years, so I might not be able to wait!  :p

And, yeah, it was worth it - NOW... I've forgotten how cold I was then.




  
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Apr 01, 2016 10:25 |  #190

Roy A. Rust wrote in post #17956813 (external link)
And, yeah, it was worth it - NOW... I've forgotten how cold I was then.


That says a lot about heat of the passion in you.
More power to you.

Roy A. Rust wrote in post #17956813 (external link)
Ha! Ya think???? It's supposed to be back in about 8000 years, so I might not be able to wait!  :p

Anytime I have heard this expression in my life (That totally was the truth for the incident) I found I was wrong, in losing once in a life time opportunity, not see something as interesting or even more, in no time. After all the number of astronomical interesting things up there are "Astronomical"!
We will be seeing a lot of interesting things and keep an eye not to miss those important events ahead of you, (That unfortunately happens very frequently) many of which are not even predictable.


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