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First Attempt at Orion Nebula

 
bradn801
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Jan 31, 2009 14:29 |  #1

Took this last night..its just one photo no stacking or anything. My first post of a DSO on here. I am open for improvements so if you have any please let me know

Thanks for looking
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Jan 31, 2009 14:35 |  #2

Wow, nice job for a first attempt. What kind of equipment were you using?


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Jan 31, 2009 14:59 as a reply to  @ Jeff's post |  #3

Orion 100mm AstroView EQ Refractor with a Canon EOS XS attached to the 2" focuser. 30 sec exposure.

Thanks for the comment......where can I improve on this? I would like to try any suggestions tonight.

Thanks again

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Jan 31, 2009 17:06 |  #4

wow First attempt?! amazing!


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Jan 31, 2009 18:37 |  #5

Amazing picture :)

So this was a single 30 second exposure?

Would love to hear the behind the scene actions. As in what you did to achieve this shot.

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Jan 31, 2009 20:12 as a reply to  @ siddr20's post |  #6

LOL you guys are too kind! I guess I just got lucky! I am new to the astrophotgraphy world and i aquired a cheap Orion Refractor to hook my Canon camera to. I have read a ton and processed about 10% of what I have read. Still trying to figure out polar alignment but I think I was close. I had a hard time getting the right focus so I took about 20 pictures of about 10 sec exposures till I got one I liked. Then took about 10- 30 secs photos and picked this one to show you. A little Photo editing in Paintshop Pro.

Thanks again for looking and your comments!

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Feb 01, 2009 06:43 |  #7

That's really good and the tracking looks excellent. Because M42 is quite bright you might not want to go much longer than 30s for now, but stack a few dozen like that and you'll start to show more and more of the nebulosity.

Great start though, better than my best attempt so far I would say!


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Feb 01, 2009 14:32 as a reply to  @ Adrena1in's post |  #8

Nice work! I managed to do this last night with my 100mm Macro Lens (longest 2.8 lens I have) and my 50D. I really need a tracking mount like what you have let alone a telescope. This is done with 81x1 second exposures at ISO 6400. Any more than 1 second and the stars move too much.


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Feb 02, 2009 02:30 |  #9

That really is very good for a single 30 second exposure, you must have good dark skies! If you took several frames try stacking them in Depp Sky Stacker (Google it) which is a great piece of free software for stacking multiple exposures so as to mimic a single longer exposure.




  
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Feb 02, 2009 11:02 |  #10

looks real good for a first time shot!


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Feb 02, 2009 11:29 |  #11

Really good job. My first attempts are pitiful and are unworthy to post ;)




  
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