Deep Sky Astrophotography

scyrene

EOS 5D MK IV
Dec 4, 2013
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I feel a little embarrassed about posting this, but I think it illustrates that one doesn't need specialist equipment to do deep sky astrophotography.

This is a section towards the core of the Milky Way, centred on Scutum (just above Sagittarius). Fixed tripod, no tracking, no filtering. The 100L macro lens wide open. A panorama of four stacks of 18-27 shots at 10 seconds each, ISO 4000. So not a huge amount of data, pushed to the max.

It's always a race up here, the galactic core only rises in summer, when there's precious little darkness. I'll try for something more official, using my tracking mount, if I get chance, but all the same - I'm amazed how much detail can be pulled out of a sky that appeared featureless and dark to the eye.

Some banding, colour imbalance, due to the camera and the different sky conditions on different nights.
 

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telemaq76

EOS 80D
Jan 16, 2014
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nice pano, especially with only 10 sec exposures. With a skytracker and 1 or 3 minutes exposure it will be super awesome. you must have a good sky to see the core like that.


2 hours around sadr with canon 500f4 is and canon 700da
25*2 min subs + 11 darks, flats and offset
 

james75

EOS T7i
Jun 9, 2016
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telemaq76 said:
nice pano, especially with only 10 sec exposures. With a skytracker and 1 or 3 minutes exposure it will be super awesome. you must have a good sky to see the core like that.


2 hours around sadr with canon 500f4 is and canon 700da
25*2 min subs + 11 darks, flats and offset

Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing.
 

alexthegreek

EOS M50
Apr 17, 2015
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can someone enlighten me about https://www.lightpollutionmap.info ?There's VIIRS 2017 and now a new option, ATLAS 2015, and there's a big difference.Places that are in cyan/dark cyan in viirs are orange in atlas.I know viirs is about light sources and atlas is about light polution at the zenith (which I consider more relevant for imaging).Which one do you use?
 
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Handrews said:
Amazing work, Tony!
Would it be possible to share some details?
Regards,
Andrei
thanks Andrei!

yes silly me forgot the deets

heavy crop of wide field Orion (760D mod + 70-200L II @200mm), ~200 lights 30sec f/2.8 ISO1600, shot in bortle 5-6 sky (suburban backyard)

currently playing around with the Astro Pixel Processor, from what i read seems to do a fair bit of what PI does but more intuitive (and frankly i agree considering what a noob like me could get out of it already), it has light pollution/gradient removal which seems very similar to PI's DBE among few other things (some people are saying it's ability to do mosaic is easier and better than PI)

i think the software is only about 6 months old so the developer is still adding things to it (he responded to me that he's planning to add things like star reduction and what not in the future) from what i've seen so far does amazing job for integration then light pollution removal and colour correction, before moving over to like PS/LR to finish off the edits

my few days use so far i feel like this is a great software for people that wants some of the things that PI does but don't have the time or dedication to learn PI properly

hope that helps :)
 

Click

I post too Much on Here!!
Jul 29, 2012
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basketballfreak6 said:
testing out new software...short version is shut up and take my money

crop of wide field Orion (to just Horsehead and Flame)

Awesome. Beautiful picture.
 

Hector1970

EOS 6D MK II
Mar 22, 2012
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I find this Deep Sky Astrophotography amazing.
I live in a country with alot of cloud cover and rain so I think its difficult to get into this genre.
(I think it would be easier to learn if you were more guaranteed clear skies).
At some point everyone is a beginner.
The level of knowledge of techinique, gear and processing abilities appears to be quite high.
I've done wide field astrophotography (Milky Way) and the Northern Lights and star trails but nothing Deepsky.
Alot of the books written seem to be a few years old (they may still be valid).
Any suggestions where to start?
I have most of the photographic gear required (camera, lens, tripods) but not an up to date guider or others pieces of equipment required or the know how to do it.
Are there any good tutorials on the topic?
 

TheJock

Location: Dubai
Oct 10, 2013
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Has any of the incredible Astro specialists on here had a look for Mr Musk's space-borne Tesla vehicle???
 

hne

Gear limits your creativity
Jan 8, 2016
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Stewart K said:
Has any of the incredible Astro specialists on here had a look for Mr Musk's space-borne Tesla vehicle???
The car is moving away from earth at a speed that is most usefully measured in kilometers/second. Since it was launched a day or so ago, it'll be only a couple thousands of an arc second by now. If you are lucky enough to find the direction with a 1200mm lens on a 24MPx APS-C camera, you could catch it as about 1% of a pixel wide.

The ISS is a different story since it is using one of the lowest possible earth orbits and is more than 100 meter wide in its longest dimension. Looking for that you could easilly get dozens of pixels on the target if you know where to aim: https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/437901-images-of-international-space-station-moon-transit/#entry5654989