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    Default The Pleiades (M45)



    This is my first attempt at the Pleiades, and I would really have preferred to shoot this from our dark sky site, but with the weather the way it's been I decided to stop waiting and just do it from the back yard.

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    Default Re: The Pleiades (M45)

    Awesome!! Great job!
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    Default Re: The Pleiades (M45)

    Great Image , very nice indeed. I was looking at it briefly through the clouds a few nights ago and its a big target. Thanks for sharing it
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    Default Re: The Pleiades (M45)

    Nice image.
    Thank you for posting.
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    Default Re: The Pleiades (M45)

    Very nice! Thats an impressive set of gear you have.
    I see you used 100 bias files for you QHY camera. Is this the recommended amount ? Or do you have a master bias file already which you can use? I have a dSLR, so don't take so many bias files.
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    Default Re: The Pleiades (M45)

    Beautiful work!
    Thank you. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mag95On View Post
    Very nice! Thats an impressive set of gear you have.
    I see you used 100 bias files for you QHY camera. Is this the recommended amount ? Or do you have a master bias file already which you can use? I have a dSLR, so don't take so many bias files.
    Thanks! I took those 100 bias shots and 30 darks at the beginning of the year and created a master bias and master dark that I've used since then. I only take flats for each session. As far as the number of bias frames, the more the better for creating a master bias. I think after 100 the gains are minimal, and taking 100 bias frames doesn't take that long and since I only do it once a year or so, it's not a problem.
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    Default Re: The Pleiades (M45)

    Really nice Gabe - I like how you brought out a lot of the faint blue nebulosity without over processing.

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    Default Re: The Pleiades (M45)

    Quote Originally Posted by STEVE333 View Post
    Really nice Gabe - I like how you brought out a lot of the faint blue nebulosity without over processing.

    Steve
    Yeah, I was going to say. It's similar to your just posted Horsehead -- the detail in both shots is excellent.

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