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Hello everyone,
                   I've got the new telescope up and running the last few nights and this is one of the images.
It's the Iris Nebula in Cepheus,
  hope you like it,........clear skies Kevin.
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Replied by lunartic_old on topic First Images with New Refractor

Lovely image, Kevin.
What is the equipment you are using?
Was the image taken from a dark sky site?
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Replied by Astrokam on topic First Images with New Refractor

Hi Paul,
I'm using an Omegon quadruplet apo refractor 100mmx580mm,on a Skywatcher EQ6 mount and the same Canon DSLR that I used with the LX200,subs were 2mins unguided and I had no bad ones.
The site where I am  is just outside a small village according to the map it's Bortle 3-4.
I'll post a picture of the scope,
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Here's another image I got the other night,M13 in Hercules,
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Replied by flt158 on topic First Images with New Refractor

That's some scope, Kevin. 
Both these images are top notch!
You also have a galaxy in your M 13 globular star cluster image. 
It's called NGC 6207. 
Super job

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Replied by Until_then-Goodnight! on topic First Images with New Refractor

Hi Kevin,

Very well done on producing those brilliant images - M13 looks stunning!

Wishing you many a clear night, and I'm looking forward to seeing what else you produce with your new refractor.

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Replied by Astrokam on topic First Images with New Refractor

I also captured an image of IC1396 The Elephants Trunk Nebula in Cepheus,
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Replied by Until_then-Goodnight! on topic First Images with New Refractor

Hi Kevin,

Really nice image...congrats!

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Replied by Astrokam on topic First Images with New Refractor

Hi all,
         It's been a while since I've posted any images,due to the lack of clear skies and the fact I was setting up my guiding and dithering in APT and PHD.I also spent a lot of time using PHD to drift align my scope.
Having accomplished  all those tasks I was ready to image something but it's only the last couple of nights that I really managed to do so.
My target was M31 again,this time using the refractor,as I had previously imaged it with the stock zoom lens that came with the camera.
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Replied by flt158 on topic First Images with New Refractor

Hello, Kevin. 
What a spectacular image you have given us of the 3 galaxies M 31, M 32, M110!
I greatly admire the blue hues surrounding M 31, the foreground stars and the orange stars too. 
Welcome back and thank you!

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Replied by Until_then-Goodnight! on topic First Images with New Refractor

Hi Kevin,

I love your image of the Andromeda Galaxy...it's stunning. I think this is your best image yet. Very well done! 

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Hi everyone,
             It's been a while since I posted any images mainly due to the weather.
However I managed to get a new image of M42 with the refractor for the first time a few nights ago,the wider field meant I also got the Running Man Nebula in the frame as well.
It was quite late at night so I only managed to capture twelve two minute subs but overall it came out ok.
I also got an image of M33 in Triangulum,it was slightly misty but it came out resonably ok.
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Replied by Until_then-Goodnight! on topic First Images with New Refractor

Hi Kevin,

Very nice images - well done. 

I never realised that refractors produced such nice diffraction spikes - I always thought the ones in your image were caused by the spider arms on reflectors - every day is a school day as they say.

Keep your images coming!

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Replied by Astrokam on topic First Images with New Refractor

Hi Darren,
                Those diffraction spikes are actually put there with an add-on for photoshop called Starspikes.
I know they're not everyone's cup of tea but I've always liked spikes I think they give more depth and perspective to images.
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Replied by Until_then-Goodnight! on topic First Images with New Refractor

OK that makes sense. As I focus on the visual side of astronomy I wasn't aware that one could add diffraction spikes in using photoshop. 

I second your opinion that adding them make a nice image. 

Great stuff, and more clear skies to you Kevin. 

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Replied by Astrokam on topic First Images with New Refractor

Hi everyone,
I also revisited M45 The Pleiades with the refractor last time was with the stock camera lens.
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Replied by Until_then-Goodnight! on topic First Images with New Refractor

Very nice indeed Kevin!

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Hi everyone,
                  Last year I tried to photograph M78 with little success,I tried again with the refractor a few days ago and the result was much better.
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I also managed to get the Western Veil and the Flame and Horsehead in the last few days.
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Replied by Until_then-Goodnight! on topic First Images with New Refractor

Hi Kevin, 

Well done with thrse images; the veil nebula looks really nice. 

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Hi Everyone,
                   I got some shots of NGC1499 The California Nebula tonight,using a new filter designed for one shot colour cameras and DSLRs.
It's the Ooptolong L-Extreme Dual H-Alpha/Oxygen III Narrowband filter and I find it excellent for light pollution while enhancing those rich reds that are produced by hydrogen emissions. 
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Hi everyone,
I recently purchased the Omegon veTec 571 Color camera and here are my first images with it.
I decided to go for the familiar to compare with my previous efforts with the DSLR and I have to say I am very pleased with the results.
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Replied by michael_murphy on topic First Images with New Refractor

Great shots Kevin.

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Replied by Until_then-Goodnight! on topic First Images with New Refractor

Hi Kevin,

Exquisite shots... That one of 'Seven Sisters' is amazing. 

Very well done! 

Clear skies and all the best with your new camera! 

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