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  1. crimbfighter

    North American Nebula

    I've been on a roll the past couple weeks woth imaging. This is the North American Nebula. Located 2200 light years from Earth, in the constellation Cygnus, this emission nebula gets its name from its resemblance to the North American continent. -Nikon D610, astro modified -Optolong UHC...
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    Crescent Nebula

    Last night turned out to be great conditions for imaging the night sky. Two nights in two weeks! Here is my image of the Crescent Nebula, in the constellation Cygnus. Located 5000 light years from Earth, this nebula formed when a star ejected a ton of mass when it transformed into a red giant...
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    Veil Nebula

    Last night was a pleasant treat, seeing as how it's been months of not being able to get out under the stars to do any imaging. I went after a target I've never shot before. The Veil Nebula! A supernova remnant located 1470 light years from Earth, in the constellation Cygnus. -Celestron AVX...
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    Lunar Eclipse, 5/15/22

    My image from last night's Lunar eclipse. Single exposure captured just before totality. Captured from south central Wisconsin. Nikon D500 Nikon 200-500mm @ 500mm f/5.6 1 sec exposure at ISO2000
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    Jupiter and Saturn

    Images of Jupiter and Saturn I captured last week. Both planets are currently very visible in the southern sky after dark. Jupiter appears as a very bright star, and Saturn is a bit to the right of Jupiter, about as far apart as your two fists put together and at arms length. And no, these two...
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    Andromeda Galaxy 9/6/21

    My first night out under the stars in a while this week, so I picked a nice big target! When I was in northern Wisconsin in early August, I could see the Andromeda Galaxy naked eye. It was really amazing! Nikon D610 - astro modified Nikon 200-500mm lens @ 500mm 100 sec exposures at ISO 640...
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    Milky Way from 8/10

    I am once again in the north woods of Wisconsin, and took advantage of a clear night. There is still quite a bit of residual smoke in the atmosphere, and storms were still lingering on the horizon. This made processing a challenge. All images were shot with my astro modified Nikon D610 amd...
  8. crimbfighter

    M13 and M27

    Last night was the first night in the last 45 days it's been clear AND I was free for some imaging time. So, I had to take advantage! I wish I could have stayed out another 3 hours... Equipment: Celestron 8" EdgeHD scope Celestron AVX mount Nikon D610 astro modified Orion 60mm guide scope Orion...
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    Rosette Nebula and Whirlpool Galaxy

    Last night was first light for my newly astro modified Nikon D610. I bought it used from KEH, then sent it to Spencer's Camera in Utah for the modification. I'm mad I hadn't done it sooner! Having an astro modified camera makes a world of difference. Equipment: Celestron 8" EdgeHD scope...
  10. crimbfighter

    Recent Astro Images

    It has been a long and brutally cold winter, so I have not been very active lately in astrophotography. Now that the cold finally broke, I have spent a few nights outside under the stars. Here are my latest images. Gear used: Celestron 8" EdgeHD telescope Celestron AVX go-to mount, guided Orion...
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    Tonight's 95% Moon

    My sister-in-law asked for a photo of the moon on her birthday (today), so how could I say no? This was a two panel mosaic. Celestron 8" EdgeHD Nikon D500 1920 x 1080 videos, 600 frames each Stacked in AutoStakkert! and processed in Photoshop Noise reduction and sharpening with Topaz Labs...
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    Question about in camera image size reduction

    Does anyone know exactly how DSLRs capture the image data when you choose a reduced image size? If, for example, I select the smaller image size (ie selecting the 24mp option) in my D800, does the camera simply ignore or turn off some of the in between pixels, or does it capture the full 36mp...
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    My 2020 Solar System astrophotography targets

    While the deep sky objects are great fun to shoot, so are targets within our own solar system. Here's a look back at my 2020 solar system astrophotography targets. Moon Jupiter Saturn Mars Uranus Milky Way Comet Neowise ISS transit of the Sun Comet Neowise ISS flyover...
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    A look back at 2020 deep sky astrophotography targets

    With this challenging year coming to a close, I have enjoyed looking back at all the deep sky astrophotography targets I shot this year. I've learned a lot, and not only about the photography side of things, but about the cosmos themselves. Here are my best of 2020 deep sky objects. Rosette...
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    Horsehead and Flame Nebulae

    I imaged this last night while freezing my butt off.. Located in the Orion constellation, the Horsehead and Flame Nebulae are next to each other and flank the lowest of the three main stars in Orion's Belt, Alnitak, which is the biggest and brightest star in the image. The Horsehead Nebula gets...
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    Orion Nebula and Pleiades

    Last night had some wonderfully clear skies. It was a bit chilly, but not unbearable. While I waited for the Orion constellation to rise (which was my primary target for the night), I spent some time imaging the Pleiades cluster again. This time I was able to spend a lot more time on it, so I...
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    The Pleiades constellation

    I imaged the Pleiades constellation last night, which is an open star cluster about 440 light years from Earth. It rises in the east after sunset this time of year. Last time I tried imaging it was in the spring, which put it in the west after sunset, and directly over the light dome of a...
  18. crimbfighter

    Our Planetary Neighbors

    Well, my addiction to astrophotography continues... Last night was a great night for viewing several plants in our solar system. I managed to capture my best yet image of Jupiter. And, a first for me, I found Uranus! (let the jokes commence) It was a hard target to find. Mars is just past it's...
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    Triangulum Galaxy

    The Triangulum Galaxy (M33) is a large spiral galaxy containing some 40 billion stars that sits almost face on to us. Situated 2.7 million light years from Earth, this galaxy is 60,000 light years across. This time of year, it rises in the east just after sunset. Imaged last night from the...
  20. crimbfighter

    M27, Dumbbell Nebula

    I shot the Dumbbell Nebula last night. Situated 1300 light years from Earth, this planetary nebula was first discovered in 1764. -Nikon D500 Celestron 8" EdgeHD w/.7x reducer -Optolong L-Pro light polution filter -120 sec light frames at ISO 2500 -42 min total exposure -5 darks, 10 bias, 10...
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