# Our Beautiful Universe - Photos and Videos

chemisttree
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Detail near the interesting bits...

There is a beautiful little crater near the lower right quadrant’s terminator called Picollomini. In its center is a pile of fractured uplift. Actually a mountain of it.
Below, a close-up through a C-6 with a 2X barlowed 25mm plossl. iPhone pic. taken 20 minutes ago (~10:25 CST) that is not quite as nice but it shows the uplift in more detail.

You can just make out the collapsed northwestern wall, fully illuminated in the early morning light. At some point after the crater’s formation, this wall collapsed leaving an irregular edge to the crater and a tumble of fractured rock at its base.

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davenn
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a little bit of deep space

LMC, Large Magellanic Cloud
A southern sky object and one of the Milky Way's satellite galaxies. It has many objects within it.
The largest being the Tarantula Nebula, a supernova remnant

I took the image with a Canon 6D and a 75 - 200mm zoom at 200mm and f2.8. 24 x 30 sec lights
and 9 darks all stacked in Sequator. Processed in Lightroom

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The LMC's mate, the SMC, yup Small Magellanic Cloud. The other bright satellite galaxy of the Milky Way.
Imaging info is the same as for the LMC

The bright object in the lower right of centre is 47 Tuc (Tucana) globular cluster.
It belongs to the Milky Way and is part of the halo of globular clusters that surround the core of the Milky Way.

Dave

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Andy Resnick
Detail near the interesting bits...
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You can just make out the collapsed northwestern wall, fully illuminated in the early morning light. At some point after the crater’s formation, this wall collapsed leaving an irregular edge to the crater and a tumble of fractured rock at its base.
That *is* a cool region- here's a detailed view of the image I took last night:

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chemisttree
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That *is* a cool region- here's a detailed view of the image I took last night:
That’s fantastic. I hope you can catch it again tonight and follow the dawn along the Rupes Altai. It’s raining here tonight and my cloud filter is still lost in the mail, so I’ll miss the show this month.

Andy Resnick
Horsehead and Flame nebulae, 3h observing time:

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Hello, it looks really fantastic..

chemisttree
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What’s it like using that Bresser USB HD camera?

Andy Resnick
Hello, it looks really fantastic..
I assume you are asking me :) My gear is simple- this image was constructed with a 400mm f/2.8 lens and full-frame camera (both Nikon) mounted on a Losmandy GM-8, no autoguider.

Hi and thank you for information. .

Drakkith
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Horsehead and Flame nebulae, 3h observing time
Very nice! Here's my narrowband image of the same target. I had a ton of problems with this shoot, and my results were not nearly as good as I was hoping.

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chemisttree
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Very nice! Here's my narrowband image of the same target. I had a ton of problems with this shoot, and my results were not nearly as good as I was hoping.
This shot taken with an SCT?

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Veil Nebula, in Cygnus, 4 hours viewing time- whole field of view and some zooms:

This nebula is tricky (for me) because it just barely fits in the field of view at 400mm; precise flat field correction is critical across the entire image. It's easier to see the nebula when I remove the stars from the image and stretch out the leftover bit:

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Here's my narrowband image of the same target. I had a ton of problems with this shoot, and my results were not nearly as good as I was hoping.
But it's a very nice photo anyway, I'd say. Nice shades of red.

Drakkith
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I consider this to be my best image. Hope I haven't posted it in this thread already:

Carina Nebula in SII, HA, and OIII narrowband.

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I consider this to be my best image.
Very nice!

Jupiter, 24 June 2020, with 2 bands visible.
Camera settings: ISO 200, 1/10 s exposure.

59 stacked photos processed with PIPP, AutoStakkert and finally Adobe Lightroom (where I could remove a lot of the aberration, and also increase contrast and decrease exposure, if I remember correctly).

The planet was just a yellow blob with atmospheric aberration in the telescope , but the postprocessing brought out at least some detail.

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chemisttree
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Jupiter, 24 June 2020, with 2 bands visible.
Camera settings: ISO 200, 1/10 s exposure.

59 stacked photos processed with PIPP, AutoStakkert and finally Adobe Lightroom (where I could remove a lot of the aberration, and also increase contrast and decrease exposure, if I remember correctly).

The planet was just a yellow blob with atmospheric aberration in the telescope , but the postprocessing brought out at least some detail.

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This afocally with your 70mm inexpensive scope and the plossl it came with? And your camera phone/video? That’s impressive!

DennisN
This afocally with your 70mm inexpensive scope and the plossl it came with? And your camera phone/video? That’s impressive!
Thanks! Yes, a $35 scope and a$132 phone. And a lot of patience...
Now that you asked I don't remember which eyepiece I used.
I have a couple of other cheap eyepieces I bought from China (brand Datyson), and I remember I tried with those too (using a 0.965" to 1.25" eyepiece adapter). But I don't remember which eyepiece I ended up using when I took the photos. I have to start taking notes . And I am considering getting new equipment at the moment too.

If I used one of these eyepieces, it may have been the 10 mm, third from the left in this photo:

collinsmark
Hi,
I send 3 moon images by phone camera (Huawei Y 6) with phone eyepiece adapter , sharpened with GIMP. Anyway your postprocessed Jupiter looks nice .. (up to now I reached worse results with Jupiter..

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chemisttree
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Hi,
I send 3 moon images by phone camera (Huawei Y 6) with phone eyepiece adapter , sharpened with GIMP. Anyway your postprocessed Jupiter looks nice .. (up to now I reached worse results with Jupiter..
This is a great start! Did you use the 25mm eyepiece? You need a fairly large exit pupil to get best results.

Can you use a timer to take the picture to reduce vibration when you touch the phone to take a pic? I have mine on a 3-second delay so that when I touch the screen to take the picture, the vibrations dampen down before the shutter fires.

I also center the eyepiece over the camera objective by looking through the eyepiece backwards after mounting the camera to the eyepiece. I find the Moon by looking at the diagonal until it is illuminated and then drop the eyepiece/camera assembly into the diagonal. This usually guarantees that the camera is centered over the eyepiece and only minor scope repositioning is required to compose the shot. That color you are getting is due to the camera not being positioned directly over the eyepiece.

The contrast is amazing in your shots! This means you will be taking fabulous pictures in no time when you resolve the minor issues!

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