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15.5 hour exposure!

Discussion in 'The Gallery' started by Builds By Baz, May 13, 2010.

  1. Builds By Baz

    Builds By Baz "Maker of awesome stuff"

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    Here's an image I got after five consecutive nights of capture trough my telescope on a single object this week (Total 15.5 hours) and two nights of processing.

    Name - M20 Trifid Nebula
    Type - Emission (red), reflection (blue) and dark (dense molecular clouds(dust))
    Distance - 7,600 light years away
    Location - Sagittarius (still in our galaxy)

    http://www.asignobservatory.com/images/stories/siteshots/M20MaxIM920min.jpg

    Have a great day while you ponder the enormity of it all.

    Baz.
     
  2. hippyhippy

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    very cool...

    how does the telescope manage to point at the exact location while the earth is spinning about?
     
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    You don't exactly live in times square, do you? It would be nice to be able to see the stars...
     
  4. luked

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    Very nice, well worth the effort :thumbup:
     
  5. dche5390

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    Epic work.

    I have no idea how it is done but it looks awesome.

    Now where are the creepy space monsters?
     
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    Top right hand corner there is an alien starship...

    Awesome pic mate:thumbup:
     
  7. Taceo Corpus

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    A motorised tracking mount on the telescope can counteract the effects of the Earth's spin.
     
  8. OP
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    Builds By Baz

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    Thanks everyone. DFCOWELL is correct, it's on a computerised robotic mount that is aligned parallel to the earths axis to counteract the spin.

    Gone are the days of manual guiding ( I hated that). Imagine 15 hours with your eye glued to an illuminated reticule eyepiece while winding a couple of knobs the whole time to make minute corrections.
     
  9. Squeezer

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    Nice Image..Lucky your not being paid an hourly rate !!
     
  10. xhanatos

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    there's motion blur..




    :D nice one!
     
  11. OP
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    Builds By Baz

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    LOL! Cheeky. :lol:
     
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    Beautiful shot. What does your gear setup look like?
     
  15. OP
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    Builds By Baz

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    Link to my setup
     
  16. Socketvox

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    Amazing photo.

    Would you consider doing a little PP work? Mainly to get a nice black background.

    I played around with this one a little and it really makes the nebula pop.
     
  17. OP
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    Builds By Baz

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    I guess it's all up to the eye of the beholder. The area actually is not black. The entire region is filled with gas and dust. So to change it to black would actually be clipping REAL light data captured.
     
  18. Socketvox

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    Ah right - fair enough. :thumbup:
     
  19. bb7_rider

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    I could sit here playing with the banner on your website for hours!
     
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    Builds By Baz

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    LOL!! Matey, thanks for the giggle. I can just imagine it..:lol:
     

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