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    OK-but.jpg First astrophotography photo ... 84x30 sec lights, 10 darks, 10 bias, 8" Newtonian, Sony NEX-5N via T2 adapter, unguided, quite polluted sky as in suburbs, DSS stacking and StarTools. Please critique as I am very new to this (2 weeks experience)
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    Default Re: is this any good? M81 and M82

    Did you take the image off?
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    Default Re: is this any good? M81 and M82

    Quote Originally Posted by andymw View Post
    OK-but.jpg First astrophotography photo ... 84x30 sec lights, 10 darks, 10 bias, 8" Newtonian, Sony NEX-5N via T2 adapter, unguided, quite polluted sky as in suburbs, DSS stacking and StarTools. Please critique as I am very new to this (2 weeks experience)
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    Default Re: is this any good? M81 and M82

    That's a great first image Andy. Look forward to many more from you.

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    Default Re: is this any good? M81 and M82

    A nice image, it did not appear for me the first time.
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    Default Re: is this any good? M81 and M82

    Heck yeah, it's a good image. Look at the detail you got on M82. Nice colors, too. I'm looking forward to more from you.
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    Default Re: is this any good? M81 and M82

    It's a great image! Even better as your first. I imagine you spend some time looking at the work of others on this site. Do yourself a service and never compare yours to theirs, measure your images as compared to the last one you took.

    As you get more advanced and your eye for imperfection gets more and more critical, consider how many people that live or have ever lived on this planet have taken a picture of a galaxy. You're part of a very tiny minority. Anytime you take a picture of a DSO you've done something amazing.
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    Default Re: is this any good? M81 and M82

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

    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!
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    Default Re: is this any good? M81 and M82

    holy cow, that's your FIRST AP photo???

    [picks up jaw off floor]
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