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Orion wide-field w/ Canon 28-300mm L

 
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Dec 15, 2010 20:55 |  #1

Tried out the Canon 28-300mm L lens for astrophotography. Always wanted to get a wide-field shot of the Orion complex (including Horsehead and Flame), and it just fit in the FoV at 300mm.

Total exposure: 4hr 36min (80 x 15-sec + 80 x 30-sec + 76 x 1-min + 70 x 2-min)
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Looks pretty sharp even at close crop (almost 100% here):
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Dec 15, 2010 21:03 |  #2

Sweet!




  
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Dec 15, 2010 21:06 |  #3

absolutely stunning.


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Dec 15, 2010 21:55 as a reply to  @ spiralspirit's post |  #4

fantastic. Seen similar done with much more expensive equipment. Good job.




  
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Dec 16, 2010 02:13 |  #5

That is truely awesome - Just what I am planning to do at some stage - Thanks for sharing your settings.


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Dec 16, 2010 04:43 |  #6

Is this a Go-to Mount??


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Dec 16, 2010 07:06 |  #7

Very nice. Is your camera modded?


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Dec 16, 2010 08:32 |  #8

I like the WF shot best , it's great !




  
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Dec 16, 2010 08:45 |  #9

Thanks all for the comments.

markfh wrote:
Seen similar done with much more expensive equipment.

Well, that 28-300mm isn't cheap!

Mark Brim wrote:
Is this a Go-to Mount??

Yes it is.

Edsport wrote:
Is your camera modded?

Nope, just stock.


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Dec 16, 2010 10:32 as a reply to  @ FuzzSummit's post |  #10

Excellent, Your processing skills are honed. Like the way you layered in the exposures to pull the details without burning out the core. I have go back to M42 and do multipule expsoure durations next time weather permits. Focus is spot on! Congrats.


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Dec 16, 2010 10:40 |  #11

great shots!


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Dec 16, 2010 10:43 |  #12

Sorry, but I am not a fan of those spikes that lens is creating. A bit too much distraction for my taste.
I have often used my EF 100-400mm L for astrophotography and have never seen spikes so pronounced as those. Perhaps, it's the aperture you are using, which makes me wonder why you're using f/8 rather than a larger aperture.
a major rule of thumb in astrophotography is that Aperture Rules. Larger Aperture equals greater light grasp and greater resolving power. If you got it use it!

The Orion and Running Man look great otherwise, but the dark points seem to be over clipped. With as much saturation and detail you're showing there should be more dust and nebulosity between the the Running Man and the Horse Head and flame. There is nowhere that is that black in any of that area of the Orion Constellation.
Space is dark, not black!
Just my 2c.


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Dec 16, 2010 10:51 |  #13

tkerr wrote in post #11462961 (external link)
Sorry, but I am not a fan of those spikes that lens is creating. A bit too much distraction for my taste.
I have often used my EF 100-400mm L for astrophotography and have never seen spikes so pronounced as those. Perhaps, it's the aperture you are using, which makes me wonder why you're using f/8 rather than a larger aperture.
a major rule of thumb in astrophotography is that Aperture Rules. Larger Aperture equals greater light grasp and greater resolving power. If you got it use it!

The Orion and Running Man look great otherwise, but the dark points seem to be over clipped. With as much saturation and detail you're showing there should be more dust and nebulosity between the the Running Man and the Horse Head and flame. There is nowhere that is that black in any of that area of the Orion Constellation.
Space is dark, not black!
Just my 2c.

Tim are you upset ? You sound kinda upset there .... , lighten up some it's Christmas .




  
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Dec 16, 2010 11:13 |  #14

Celestron wrote in post #11463008 (external link)
Tim are you upset ? You sound kinda upset there .... , lighten up some it's Christmas .

No, not upset. That's just a little line I've always added when I see a picture that has been over clipped.

Just giving my Honest Opinion.


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Dec 16, 2010 11:19 |  #15

Wow. Stunning!!


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