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Friday, February 29, 2008

Litle test, jus for fun

This is a sample about 3D-transform.
In the left side image the great galaxy of Andromeda is seen as normally.
On the right side image the same galaxy is twisted,
so that you are able to see it as seen from above.
Original image was not very high quality, but even tough, more
general structure can be seen in this manner.
It looks like the spiral structure is more visible in the right hand image.
I'll like to try this to some high resolution, nearly on edge galaxy, later.
I did this tarnsform under PhotoShop this time. by
using simple tretch.
Better results can be archived with real 3D-software, where I can project the image
to a real 3D-surface and rotate it to an any angle i like.´I'll try that later.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules, M13

M13 image is from 27.02., same night as previous IC 405 & IC 405 image.
Picture is scaled down about 50%
This one was hard to process doe massive light pollution defects,
gradient, LP noise and weak S/N ratio.
Imaging telescope:
LX200 gps 12" @ f6.3
SXV-AO @ 10Hz
QHY8 for imaging
Lodestar for guiding
9 X 900s = 2h 15min.
I did a new version.
This time I skipped two frames doe the bad quality.
Now there is 7x900s.
I also used CCDStack positive Constrain deconvolution,33 iterations.
Images are updated.
Gropped image from center.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

IC 405 & IC410

Flaming Star nebula and its companion forms a beautiful pair.
Image is quite deep doe the fast 200mm f2.8 lens and three hours of exposures,
there is lots of nebulosity visible around main objects.
I'll shoot color for this later.
This is a emission nebula but in the Flaming Star part there should be
som bluish reflection nebulosity as well, lets see if I'm able to pick it up.
I had a lot of technical problems last night. There is a heater strip in the camera assembly to prevent dewing. In some state I managed to destroy the power plug.
I can tell, it's not a nice job to do soldering at snow with freezing wind and darkness.
After that I dropped some essential parts in the deep snow and did spend an hour to looking for them.
Image info:
Canon FD 200mm f2.8 lens coupled with QHY8 6mb cooled color camera.
7nm H-alpha filter
Exposures 9 x 1200s = 3 hours
Guiding and platform LX200 GPS 12" with QHY5 guider.
Processing in CCDStack and PS.

Monday, February 25, 2008

NGC 2683 "Sanp shot"

This is a dim galaxy in constellation Lynx.
I managed to capture less than two hours of data before
the clouds rolled in.
There is some details visible in the core.
LX200 GPS 12" and QHY8
Guided with SXV-AO and LodeStar camera
IDAS LP filter
10 x 660s + Flats and Bias frames
IRIS Drizzle function was used to bring out some details.
(Light pollution more or les destroy this image.)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Horse head nebula, IC 434

I'm not happy with this image at all, but since
I finally managed to capture this nebula with some color I put it here.
Up here the maximum elevation for IC 434 is about 21 degree and when target is in its moust Southern point, the view is blocked by the buildings.
That means lots of turbulent air between target and telescope.
When I was shooting the RGB channels, target was only 10 degrees abowe horizont.
There is a way too few exposures for this relatively dimm object, only two hours of H-a.
6 x 1200s for H-alpha and 4 x 660s for RGB channels with IDAS LP filter.
Actually I shoot half of the frames between neon signs at top of the opposite building.
Telescope LX200 GPS 12" @ f6.3
Camera QHY8
Guiding SXV-AO, active optics unit.
Here is the H-alpha channel only

Friday, February 15, 2008

Second light for Canon FD 200mm f2,8 lens

Rosette nebula is located very low in the horizont at my location.
The maximum elevation is about 29 degree.
Last night I shooted one hour of exposures to RGB channels, with UHC-s
filter 6x600s.
Hevay light pollution coused strong gradient and very weak signal/noise.
Then I shooted 9x1200s for H-alpha channel, but thin upper clouds ruined 5 exposures.
Final image is composed from 6x600s RGB and 4x1200s H-alpha.
This lens is fast enough to capture a nice amount of photons in that time,
not very deeb image but tolerable.
Here is pure H-alpha version:

Thursday, February 14, 2008

First light, Canon FD 200mm f2.8 lens

Last nigh was very windy, almoust a storm. Normaly I do not shoot under that kind of conditions. How ever, this time I wanted to test my 200mm f2.8 Canon lens under the stars. "HARTH & SOUL" IC 1805 & IC 1848 in H-alpha light. Only 6x1200s, this is a fast lens. Flats and Bias, guided with LX200 and PHD-guiding. Camera QHY8 + QHY5 guider.

I added some color, but there was problem with camera orientation, so image is clipped.

Color data: only 3x600s with UHC-s filter

I shoot California nebula as well. Elevation was very low at the end of the exposures,

only about 28 degrees.

H-alpha 4x900s, same setup.

Color version:

3x600s trough UHC-filter added.

Over all, I'm veryhappy with this lens. This is very first time to me use camera lens

for astro photography.

I was expecting severe distortion in the image edges, there is none!

I was expecting severe color aberration, there is none!!!

This lens was unexpencive, doe the old FD model, about 120€.

Here is the link for moreinformation: All the images are shooted with full f2.8 aperature.

The front lens aperature is 72mm.

FOCUSING Fast lenses are very difficult to focus manually, it's pure luck to reach sharp focus. 200mm f2.8 lens has about 20 microns sharp focus area! I build a simple autofocuser to my lens by using TCF-s temperature compensating focuser. I'll send real pictures about that later. Here is a picture about principle. This system solves allso problems with focus temperature shift! TCF-s focuser is easy to move back to the main telescope at anytime. I was able to use FocusMax with the lens and reach sharp focus in 30 seconds.