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SolarisDate: Tuesday, 09.10.2012, 21:39 | Message # 61
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M 31 and M 110, and M 81 and M 82, and I might try to capture M 51 and NGC 5195 if I can.

cool can't wait to see that. It could highly motivate me to spend some money...
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I want to try to build a barn door tracker soon too

Great project! Good luck with that.
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though light pollution will still be a limiting factor.

I guess the barn door could be transportable, allowing you to get even better quality on some occasions.
 
HarbingerDawnDate: Tuesday, 09.10.2012, 21:45 | Message # 62
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It could highly motivate me to spend some money...

I'm selling my old camera (body only) for $250 + shipping to anyone who wants it, so if you are ever interested and can't find a better deal elsewhere let me know.

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Great project! Good luck with that.

Thanks smile

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I guess the barn door could be transportable, allowing you to get even better quality on some occasions

The problem is that there is nowhere that I can go to get away from the light pollution. The nearest dark skies are many hours away by car, and I don't have a car (and could not afford to drive that far if I did) sad





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SolarisDate: Tuesday, 09.10.2012, 22:32 | Message # 63
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so if you are ever interested and can't find a better deal elsewhere let me know.
I've noted that.
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The problem is that there is nowhere that I can go to get away from the light pollution. The nearest dark skies are many hours away
What I mean is, maybe this situation won't stay all over your life and maybe one day you'll travel whatever the place with clear sky. smile
Anyway, see a galaxy or other celestial objects through your own lens has to be tremendous experience.
 
HarbingerDawnDate: Tuesday, 09.10.2012, 22:36 | Message # 64
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What I mean is, maybe this situation won't stay all over your life and maybe one day you'll travel whatever the place with clear sky

I hope so

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Anyway, see a galaxy or other celestial objects through your own lens has to be tremendous experience

It's challenging because you actually can not see these galaxies and things through the lens, they're too dim (the lens does not gather a lot of light like a telescope does), so you have to be familiar with where these objects are in the sky, take a picture with a wide angle first and look at the image on the camera to see where the object is in your FOV, then as you refine the position of the object you can zoom in more until you have the level of zoom you want.

But yes, it is very rewarding when you get to see the images of them afterward smile





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Edited by HarbingerDawn - Tuesday, 09.10.2012, 22:37
 
SolarisDate: Wednesday, 10.10.2012, 02:27 | Message # 65
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It's challenging because you actually can not see these galaxies and things through the lens, they're too dim (the lens does not gather a lot of light like a telescope does)

Off course, I was using a expression (Clearly not the good one in such a case.. dry ), I meant through your own material, your everyday camera. Telescope is another level, I have to get my eye on one of those before I die, there is plenty of "amateurs" who have cottage/space farm/hotel with nice homemade telescope(s), you rent a room, and the telescopes are free to use with help of course..
 
HarbingerDawnDate: Wednesday, 10.10.2012, 03:08 | Message # 66
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I meant through your own material, your everyday camera

Okay, I thought you might be meaning that. I just wanted to address both possibilities.





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HarbingerDawnDate: Wednesday, 17.10.2012, 20:13 | Message # 67
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Not technically an astrophoto I suppose, but this seems like a fitting place to put it.

My first ever photo of the International Space Station! biggrin Artificially enlarged by a factor of 3





A new one from last night





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Antza2Date: Wednesday, 24.10.2012, 19:19 | Message # 68
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I tried photographing the moon with a spotting monocular and my phones camera.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/dwm9d9q1dsbef5y/2012-10-24%2020.09.37.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/b2jajaj2j1f6wnr/2012-10-24%2020.16.43.jpg

I think that i was moderately successful.

Edit: I was testing some night sky photography. Results: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5fwxsevrxokzw25/gxagrwudJF





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Edited by Antza2 - Wednesday, 24.10.2012, 20:51
 
SpaceEngineerDate: Thursday, 25.10.2012, 01:01 | Message # 69
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A new one from last night

Wow, even Alcor is resolved off Mizar!





 
HarbingerDawnDate: Thursday, 25.10.2012, 10:54 | Message # 70
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Wow, even Alcor is resolved off Mizar!

Indeed. Both are fairly bright stars and they have a relatively large separation between them compared to most visual binaries, so this is not difficult.

I find it remarkable that distinguishing Mizar and Alcor should be seen more noteworthy than photographing the ISS huh It's interesting to see what fascinates different people (for instance, I find the LMC to be a more fascinating galaxy than any picture-perfect spiral like M 101 or M 51).





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Antza2Date: Thursday, 25.10.2012, 15:52 | Message # 71
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I find it remarkable that distinguishing Mizar and Alcor should be seen more noteworthy than photographing the ISS

I agree. It's easy to distinguish Mizar and Alcor, but taking a photo of the ISS must be pretty darn difficult.





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SpaceEngineerDate: Thursday, 25.10.2012, 18:48 | Message # 72
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It's interesting to see what fascinates different people

Then you should show them resolved Mizar A and B, or more easy-to-resolve binaries like Epsilon Lyrae.





 
Antza2Date: Thursday, 25.10.2012, 19:19 | Message # 73
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I took some more pics.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/s5gk7b11376njbm/LYcnQNhLMz



Attachments: 1875486.jpg(491Kb) · 3025671.jpg(503Kb)





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Edited by Antza2 - Thursday, 25.10.2012, 19:20
 
HarbingerDawnDate: Thursday, 25.10.2012, 19:48 | Message # 74
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Then you should show them resolved Mizar A and B, or more easy-to-resolve binaries like Epsilon Lyrae.

I do intend to try to image some double stars sometime. Albireo would be a nice one.

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I took some more pics.

They look nice. You should try editing them with GIMP/Photoshop too to try to get the best look possible, and try different white balance settings on your camera. Keep pushing the envelope.





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Edited by HarbingerDawn - Thursday, 25.10.2012, 20:01
 
Antza2Date: Saturday, 27.10.2012, 19:08 | Message # 75
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I tried to take pictures of the full moon


Attachments: 8766930.jpg(183Kb) · 5448497.jpg(185Kb)





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Edited by Antza2 - Saturday, 27.10.2012, 19:19
 
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