# Our Beautiful Universe - Photos and Videos

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1. May 18, 2016

### DennisN

A new clip from Babak Tafreshi with music by Ali Raini:

2. May 18, 2016

### 1oldman2

That is "MagicalMedia" I loved it. Thanks for the post!

3. May 18, 2016

### 1oldman2

4. May 19, 2016

### DennisN

5. May 20, 2016

### Andy Resnick

Hercules is now coming into view- got this one last night- the whole field of view and a 100% crop (800/5.6, ISO 1250):

My technique is finally good enough that I needed to program periodic error correction (PEC) on the motors; my first attempt wasn't great but I could still nearly double the exposure time (5 s to 8 s). Presumably, as I keep refining the PEC, the performance will continue to improve.

6. May 23, 2016

### Andy Resnick

Up to 28 minutes total exposure time- image quality and colorimetrics significantly improved:

7. May 24, 2016

### 1oldman2

You know, when I came across this image all I could think is, this belongs on the OBU thread. So here are the Spanish peaks in Colorado, along with credit where credit is due.

http://martinpughastrophotography.id.au/

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8. May 24, 2016

### 1oldman2

9. May 24, 2016

### Andy Resnick

For the next few days, (from left to right) saturn, mars, and jupiter are all visible at night:

And a little zoomed in (the red spot is visible):

Tonight, 9pm- midnight, Europa is transiting Jupiter and the shadow may be visible (midnight - 3am, EST)... fingers crossed for good viewing conditions!

10. May 24, 2016

### davenn

the image in the previous post was better, colour wise ... you have gone back to a very green hue in this one The star sharpness in this one is much better

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11. May 24, 2016

### 1oldman2

You guys sure make me want a nice "Scope" I'm feeling motivated but I have a lot to learn.

12. May 24, 2016

### DennisN

I feel exactly the same . I've been thinking about a scope for years now, but I've had other things to do, and if I get a scope I want to put it to good use. I have been very tempted by this entry level scope, which have got some pretty good reviews (e.g. it won the comparison with other scopes here: http://telescopes.toptenreviews.com/telescopes-for-beginners-review/celestron-cosmos-review.html [Broken])...
And a clip here:

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13. May 27, 2016

### Andy Resnick

I can speak from experience- people here are excellent resources for learning this stuff. Go for it!

14. May 27, 2016

### 1oldman2

15. May 28, 2016

### 1oldman2

Another investment opportunity missed.
http://www.celestron.com/browse-shop/astronomy/telescopes/cosmos-90gt-wifi-telescope $400.00 US http://telescopes.toptenreviews.com/telescopes-for-beginners-review/celestron-cosmos-review.html -Discontinued Amazon$670.47 US

That would be a nice starter.

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16. May 31, 2016

### Andy Resnick

Now that I have PEC working fairly well, I'm able to acquire many more useful images- here's 40 minutes total integration time, with fairly strict thresholds for image acceptability based on DSS 'score' and 'FWHM':

A small section of the total field, showing NGC 6207:

And a 100% crop, cranking up the saturation ('cuz I can...)

Thanks to davenn for helpful hints...

17. Jun 1, 2016

### 1oldman2

18. Jun 4, 2016

### DennisN

Simply s-t-u-n-n-i-n-g...

Page source: http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/hubble-s-high-definition-panoramic-view-of-the-andromeda-galaxy
Full size image is here (click twice to zoom in order to see the enormous amount of stars as small pixels...)

19. Jun 4, 2016

### 1oldman2

20. Jun 5, 2016