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    Default Re: is this any good? M81 and M82



    Quote Originally Posted by andymw View Post
    What I am finding amazing and somewhat magical is how you can take a bunch of faint, grey, washed out photos and stack them and post-process them and end up with a colourful view of a galaxy ... I had no idea until my wife bought me this as a present for my 59th birthday last month that this is how people did this stuff ... great fun!
    I didn't start until I was in my early 70's Andy. Nice that you get to start at such a young age.

    Like you, I had no idea I would be able to capture/process images like these. Hope you enjoy this hobby as much as I have. Hats off to your lovely wife for being so supportive. I also have a loving/supportive wife. We are lucky guys!!!

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    Default Re: is this any good? M81 and M82

    Quote Originally Posted by jbrandt View Post
    holy cow, that's your FIRST AP photo???

    [picks up jaw off floor]
    Does that mean it's OK then? To be honest, being in a polluted area and having a camera that only has a maximum exposure of 30 seconds and can't be automatically controlled (i.e. I have to manually trigger it) has its advantages. 30 secs means unguided is do-able and also limits the light pollution issue. I have since bought a CLS filter and an autoguider, but have had cloud cover ever since, so haven't been able to see how much better I can do.

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    Nice work Andy! Thanks for sharing your beautiful image.
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    Default Re: is this any good? M81 and M82

    Looks great! Well done!!
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    Default Re: is this any good? M81 and M82

    Very nice image! Great job! I like the star colors you brought out. I too use StarTools, and still have not been able to get good star colors: always blown out and white.

    Thanks for sharing.
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    Default Re: is this any good? M81 and M82

    Quote Originally Posted by jbrandt View Post
    holy cow, that's your FIRST AP photo???
    Let me echo that one...

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    Default Re: is this any good? M81 and M82

    Took another 20 shots tonight and combined with the original ... not quite as
    sharp, but interesting to see how the colours start to emerge as one adds more frames:
    colourful.jpg
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    Default Re: is this any good? M81 and M82

    Looks great to me! What equipment were you using?
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    Default Re: is this any good? M81 and M82

    Are you sure it is your first one?
    I mean, for most of us, our first astroimage is nowhere like yours, that is a GREAT image. I like the original better, without the extra data ...
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    Default Re: is this any good? M81 and M82

    You ARE KIDDING right???? That’s your FIRST AP??? If you’re not pulling our legs...I can’t wait to see your SECOND AP!!!!👍🏻👍🏻
    Great Job!!!
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