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Nov 14, 2006 19:22 |  #1

I am not sure where to post these but nature seems appropriate. These are a few examples of some of the astophotography I have done.

Lunar:

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The straight Wall
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Planetary:

Saturn and moons
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Jupiter and moons
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Deep space:

The Orion nebula
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Solar:

Narrow bandwith Hydrogen alpha
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White light
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Nov 14, 2006 19:46 |  #2

Wow, beautiful, I am impressed, how about a picture of your setup!


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Nov 14, 2006 19:55 |  #3

WOW, very nice. Especially saturn & moons...

So, if I get like a 1.4X teleconvertor could I take shots like this too?

Just kidding :D

Amazing work!

EDIT, I'm curious about your setup too...although I may be looking for a "dumbed-down" version, being a bit new a lot of this. How are you able to achieve snaps like this? crazy expensive gear? Can you recommend any good websites for it? (I could google it of course, but it's better to get references from an actual person vs a search engine) :)

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Nov 14, 2006 20:04 |  #4

Very nice work!


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Nov 14, 2006 20:15 |  #5

Yes, these are great! What telescope are using?


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Nov 14, 2006 21:35 |  #6

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Not the greatest photo but that is me standing next to my main scope. a 10" reflector on an EQ6 equatorial mount. When attached to my 300D in a prime focus configureation it is the same as using a f/4.7 1200mm lens.

I use it along with my 300D for most of my images. The two exceptions being planetary and h-alpha solar images. For the planetary images I actually use a webcam instead of my 300D and the h-alpha images of the sun require a seperate telescope made specifically for solar viewing. For the white light solar images I use my 10" scope plus a full apature Baader solar filter.

Andy astrophotography gear can be extremely exspensive, to the point that some of it makes Canon L-series glass seem cheap in comparison but it is possible to get started without spending too much. I would recommend doing a lot of research before you buy anything.

The big considerations will be your budget and the types of images you plan on taking. You also have to take into consideration portability. If you live in the middle of a large city and you want to image faint galaxies you will have to transport your gear to a remote location. If this is the case you will probably want something more compact then what I have.

Then there is setup time to consider. My 10" takes about 30 mins to setup in my backyard, then at least another 30 mins to cool down to the ambient temperature. Then add another hour to dissassemble it and store it away when I am finished. Compare that to my small 40mm solar scope wich I can have outside and ready to go in about 2 minutes and packed away just as quickly.

the forums on http://www.cloudynight​s.com/ (external link) are by far the best on the web for anything to do with amature astronomy there are plenty of very knowledgeable people there that will be happy to help you find the right setup.



  
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Nov 14, 2006 21:41 |  #7

Damnit. Now i wanna do this. Uhggggg. Pics are incredible man.


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Nov 14, 2006 21:44 |  #8

Incredible....NICE setup...

sounds like fun, thanks for the inspiration....see you over at cloudynights I'm headed that way now to sign up :D

please share some more! :)

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Nov 14, 2006 23:04 as a reply to  @ Miyagi-san's post |  #9

i love your m-42 picture! i can't believe that came from a 300d. i have an 8" reflector and no i'm starting to "think" lol.

here here on your comments about optical instruments for astronomy costing the big bucks! and how about resolution, like a televue 102 with 163 line pairs per mm compared to the best canon L glass.

i recall observing saturn through a 6" astrophysics telescope with a friend of mine and commenting that it was better than _any_ picture i've ever seen. geez, when you start to pour on the power high-res helps!

do you have any shots of m-57?




  
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Nov 15, 2006 06:47 |  #10

woah great shots
something im getting interested in
but like wouldnt have the means...


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Nov 15, 2006 07:32 |  #11

i love the nebula one man. Its amazing


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Nov 15, 2006 11:11 |  #12

Awesome ~


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Nov 15, 2006 11:14 |  #13

Some great shots. Thanks for sharing.


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Nov 15, 2006 13:25 |  #14

IMPRESSIVE! I have always enjoyed looking at these type of images...


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Nov 15, 2006 14:35 as a reply to  @ Rhinotherunt's post |  #15

LOL, that is a typical photo any astronomer would offer of himself.:D

Very nice photos. Expensive set up indeed.

Hey, my first post!:cool:




  
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