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Thursday, April 25, 2013

New professional printing service in use, the One Vision Imaging UK



I have updated my image portfolio account, Astro Anarchy Zenfolio, with new professional printing service, please have a look
(Images can be ordered only from the first two folders!)

Half a Moon with the Earth Shine by J-P Metsavainio, Astro Anarchy Observatory
The larges print made out of this Moon image was 5 by 5 meters.

The Service

There is now a new, very high quality, professional printing service added, the One Vision Imaging in UK.
They have more medias and sizes available, including metallic photographic papers. The maximum size is now 101,5 x 152,5 cm.  (Large images can be ordered by contacting me directly, astroanarchy@gmail.com )

One Vision Imaging is one of the largest professional photographic laboratories in the UK. For well over 30 years One Vision Imaging have been servicing professional photographers with the very highest standards of processing and finishing.
  • Each and every file is colour graded, density and contrast controlled.
  • Extensive colour stability and life expectancy on all offered papers.
  • Vast range of print options including standard square and panoramic sizes.
  • Choice of Lustre, Gloss or Metallic paper finishes.
Available Photo Papers

One Vision Imaging uses Fujicolor Professional TYPE DP paper. The base support and silver halide crystal control technology work together to produce improved whiteness, highlight and shadow depth qualities, making this an all purpose colour print paper for the photofinisher.

You have a choice of Lustre, Gloss or Metallic paper finishes.

Metallic prints give a distinctive look to most  colour shots, black & white and sepia images are particularly effective. With its glossy finish and metallic appearance, it represents another dimension for creating images with exceptional interest and depth. Metallic paper adds stunning visual impact and a contemporary flair to your photography.

Price level

Price level is between 21.95€ (20x20cm) up to 853.95€ (101,5x152,5cm) with Glossy or Luster finishing on Fujicolor Professional Type DP paper.To guarantee a top quality photographic printing, ICC-color profiling is used with all images. Metallic paper is little more expencive, all prices and sizes can be seen at Right hand side in my portfolio, when image is clicked large.


My image portfolio, please have a look


You can place your order trough the web-shop in the portfolio, or by leaving an email to me directly.






Tuesday, April 23, 2013

An other collection of images, Meade LX200 GPS 12"




My main instrument is an old Meade LX200 GPS 12" telescope. With lots of tweaking, it works as an imaging platform. An original fork mount has a largish periodic error but I'm using the Starlight Express active optics unit, LXV-AO, with it . With an AO-unit, the tracking error is more or less zero. Since I'm using the QHY9, with kind of small diameter CCD-shell, as my imaging camera I have reduced the original f10 scope down to f5 it gives me an effective resolution of about 0.8 arc seconds/pixel. It's done by "misusing" the Celestron f6.3 reducer by adding some extra distance to recommended 110mm. There is some light coma at the corners but I can live with it for now.


A collection of images with the Meade LX200 GPS 12" telescope, Baader narrowband filters and the QHY9 astronomical camera
(Be sure to click the image to see it in full scale)

All the images in this poster can be found from my PORTFOLIO, with some technical details.

A labeled version


The instrumentation
(What a mess...)

More images and info about instruments in HERE

I'm using two camera lenses, with the Meade, the Tokina AT-X 300mm f2.8 can be seen in the image above. Canon EF 200mm f1.8 is my second camera lens for the astrowork.
Image collections with both lenses can be seen in HERE.

Couple of my favorite images with Meade LX200 12" telescope

A two frame mosaic of IC 1805, the Melotte 15 area

More information in HERE

The Bubble Nebula in Cassiopeia








Monday, April 22, 2013

I need more space




I made a small poster, just for a fun.


Image used for a poster is shot back in 2010, more info about the M104 image HERE.

Couple of versions

Original image info: http://astroanarchy.blogspot.fi/2012/12/the-wizard-nebula-reprocessed.html


Original image ifo: http://astroanarchy.blogspot.fi/2012/12/the-ghost-of-christmas-past-ic-63.html




Sunday, April 21, 2013

A collection of images, Canon EF 200mm f1.8 optics



I have couple of high quality camera lenses for astronomical imaging, Tokina AT-X 300mm f2.8 and Canon EF 200mm f1.8.  Both lenses are wonderful instruments for an astronomical work, I always use them both full open. 

Focusing under a  fast f-number is very difficult task due to extremely narrow critical focus zone (At f1.8 the critical focus zone is around 7 microns, 7/1000mm) I have build an automatic focusing system for all camera lenses, images of it can be seen HERE and HEREThe system also compensates the temperature drift.

An other challenge is orthogonality between CCD-shell and optics. With slower optics this is not much a problem but with extremely fast optics a micron scale accuracy is needed. I have done hundreds of iterations with the CCDInspector  software to have my Canon EF 200mm f1.8 optics perpendicular with QHY9 camera. NOTE! There is nothing wrong with any mechanical part in a camera or the lens, the needed accuracy is just so high, that micron scale errors are seen, for example a protective glass over the CCD-array has a manufacturing  tolerance of 1/100mm and that's enough to course problems in orthogonality. (Well... I'm kind of perfectionist and most photographers doesn't see any problems with fast optics, I do.)


A collection of  my images with the Canon EF 200mm f1.8 optics
Images are shot between  2009-2012

Be sure to click the image larger! Note, a large file ~6MB

Canon EF 200mm f1.8

Canon EF lens Modification for the astronomical use

Since the Canon EF 200mm f1.8 lens is electronically focused and I'm using it without Canon camera body, I had to modified the lens to it to work. Be warned, the modification image series, behind the link HERE, is not for a weak minded persons!!!

Lens in use

Largest work with the Canon lens
A 18-panel mosaic of constellation Cygnus

More information and images of this project can be seen HERE.


Cygnus mosaic in frames

More info about the framed photo:



A collection of  my images with the Tokina AT-X 300mm f2.8 optics
Images are shot between  2008-2011

Be sure to click the image larger!
I have made a collection of Tokina AT-X 300mm f2.8 image as well. Images are partly over lapping with the canon collection, since I have used both instruments, Canon and Tokina, to collect the data.





Thursday, April 4, 2013

A new poster out of the images from a season past



The Winter season 2012-2013 starts to be over up here 65N. We'll loose dark nights for about six months, due to high latitude. Past Winter was kind of cloudy but since my observatory locates next to my home, I was able to use nearly every clear moment during the Winter. 

Image count is relatively high since many of the images are just finalized in this season and there have been material from past years to continue to work with.  I have published 24 new images ( Plus color and other versions of them.)

Beside traditional astronomical images, I have done some experimental work by adding a volumetric information to my images. My 3D-work gets widely published by several medias, like Wired magazineSmithsonian Institute magazinePetaPixel and many many others.

At end of the year 2012, one of my experimental 3D-images was selected as one of The Best Astronomical Images of 2012 by the astronomer Phil Plait. 


Collection of my images from the Winter season 2012-13
Be sure to click for a full scale image, 1920x2800 pixels and 4.5 MB




A HD 1080p movie from images above in 
images are in chronological order

Photos of instruments, used for images above, can be seen 

All of my astronomical art can be found from my 


My telescope is not a pretty boy but it works


Please, click HERE to see my gears and info about them.



Examples of my experimental 3d-work 
Movies and GIF-animations



3D-images in different formats
parallel and cross vision free view, anaglyph Red/Cyan 3D










Wednesday, April 3, 2013

It's over... no more astroimaging for me... sigh



The Winter season 2012-2013 starts to be over up here 65N. We'll loose dark nights for about six months, due to high latitude. Past Winter was kind of cloudy but since my observatory locates next to my home, I was able to use nearly every clear moment during the Winter. 

Image count is relatively high since many of the images are just finalized in this season and there have been material from past years to continue to work with.  I have published 24 new images ( Plus color and other versions of them.)

Beside traditional astronomical images, I have done some experimental work by adding a volumetric information to my images. My 3D-work gets widely published by several medias, like Wired magazine, Smithsonian Institute magazine, PetaPixel and many many others.

At end of the year 2012, one of my experimental 3D-images was selected as one of The Best Astronomical Images of 2012 by the astronomer Phil Plait. 


Collection of my images from the Winter season 2012-13 as a poster
Be sure to click for a full size image!

Please note, a largish image file ~6 MB, images are labeled.


A movie from the images
Images are in chronological order, duration 5 min.


To see this movie in full HD1080p resolution in Youtube, click HERE
Select a wanted HD resolution under a You Tube by clicking the gear symbol at lower right corner. Watch the movie in full screen for a best experience.


A slide show
Images are in chronological order

 Please, click HERE to see the folder of images in my portfolio.


Info about equipment used for all of my images 

Please, click HERE to see my gears and info about them.


All my images can be found from my portfolio
With technical details and other information

http://astroanarchy.zenfolio.com/



Examples of my experimental 3d-work 
Movies and GIF-animations

http://www.astroanarchy.blogspot.fi/search/label/animations



3D-images in different formats
parallel and cross vision free view, anaglyph Red/Cyan 3D

http://astroanarchy.zenfolio.com/f359296072