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Welcome to Galaxy Central: The Constellations pt.1

Discussion in 'Astrophotography and Imaging' started by Orion25, Apr 9, 2018.

Welcome to Galaxy Central: The Constellations pt.1

Started by Orion25 on Apr 9, 2018 at 9:52 AM

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  1. Orion25

    Orion25 Well-Known Member

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    Taking full advantage of a series of clear nights, I couldn't resist some wide-field shots of the sky. Seeing was reasonably good, if not perfect, a few nights after full moon. The temperature was a little cool, but pleasant. Here are the fruits of my labor:

    Orion, 1 second exposure, f/5.6, ISO 1600:

    ASTRONOMY - ORION 4-04-18 SM.jpg

    Auriga, 2 second exposure, f/5.6, ISO 1600:

    ASTRONOMY - AURIGA 4-04-18 SM.jpg

    Canis Major, 2 second exposure, f/5.6, ISO 1600:

    ASTRONOMY - CANIS MAJOR 4-04-18 SM.jpg

    Leo, 5 second exposure, f/5.6, ISO 1600:

    ASTRONOMY - LEO 4-04-18 SM.jpg

    The Great Bear, 5 second exposure, f/5.6, ISO 800:

    ASTRONOMY - GREAT BEAR 4-04-18 SM.jpg

    Clear skies to all!

    Reggie :)
     
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    Hi Reggie, I much like the idea, but with all this white around the images and in a brightly lit room (where I am now) the images look mostly black. I think they need a bit of exaggeration to let the stars shine.

    I took the last image, copied it to several layers and gave them all the blend mode "linear dodge (add)". Each time I tried to leave the darkest pixels unaffected. I also blurred the layers to varying degrees.

    The signature became severely overcooked, and the background turned splotchy in spite of my attempts to protect it, but now I can see the stars with ease.

    I think you have good images to work with, and if you could pull out the stars from the dark background they would become much more impressive visually. Though you should maybe blur them a bit less and definitely protect the background better than I did!

    ASTRONOMY - GREAT BEAR 4-04-18 SM.png
     
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    You can get apps. to turn the forum into any colour you want. That's one good thing about the DLM - dark screen.

    Look for the app. to do this with your particular browser. I have it on both my Firefox and my Pale Moon. And you could ask George to make a "change of theme" a permanent option in the settings here. You have my permission to sign my name to it as well.

    Poor George! He does so much for us, and rarely do people notice!

    Dave
     
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    Wow! Interesting processing! The stars really jump out against the white theme. On SGL, a.k.a DLM, the original images stand out much better. I really need to spend more time processing. I just point and shoot mostly and then, off to observing. Thanks for taking the time to process this!
     
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    @george Kudos for all the hard work you do for us, George!
     
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    @Orion25 great set of pictures again, you put a lot of efforts producing stuff out of the sky very honorable.

    It's fantastic how the great nebula is easy to see, it's there in your orion picture. You also have the bunch of bright stars inside Auriga, there must be some kind of name for them (which i don't know). I am talking about the batch of stars 16, 18, 19, 14 these very bright stars close to the "flaming star nebula", a nebula I can't see visually.

    But I know this collection of stars is a very nice one to look at low power. Another rich place I like to stop by when I can.

    Thanks for these pictures and all these efforts @Orion25
     
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    You're very welcome, Neb. It's lots of fun trying to capture what I see in the sky (and some things that I can't)! I'll be stopping by the Den, soon, good friend!:)
     
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    Your style of capturing a constellation is truly a 'minimalist' approach - and one that works beautifully! I know better than to ask how or what brought you to do it like you have - that 'Muse' has a way to scamper away at the hint of a query! :p

    Tricky lil' fellahs, them 'Muse' critters.....:cool: :p
     
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    Wado, my brother! I let the inspiration hit me and I go with it, haha!
     
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    :eek:?

    :p!

    Yep - I think I know the territory.....
     
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    Good job, It's great to see the forum being fed with quality material like these pictures and many more things we can see.

    I hope I will do astronomy soon..
     
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    Yes, Nebula, please, do some astronomy, soon so you can add your top quality sketches and reports :):)
     
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    Trust me I wish I could do so much more my time has been sucked up my more urgent matters as of late. I do wish to jump back into AC development and upgrades ASAP.
     
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    We know your swamped, George, and could use an assistant. Just so you know - I'll be ready to do such as send myUser Manual collection, and the many other types of materials for folks' to view & enjoy.

    Hang in there!

    Dave

    And now back to our regular show!



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    Thanks I still have to design a proper frontend to some of the existing tools that you guys don't even know about yet :)
     
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