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Old 22-11-2006, 12:50 AM
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The Constellation of Orion (inner)

Hi all,

This past weekend, I teamed up with Louie Atalasidis and a friend of mine, Greg, and headed to Zane Hammond's wonderful Magellan Observatory.

The weather was fairly kind to us.

Zane so graciously allowed me use of his toys.

After failing to re-image M45 due to not being able to send guide commands to the Takahashi EM-200 (didn't have the Takahashi to GPUSB cable), I used a Meade LXD55 mount and went for this target instead. Would you believe, 5-minute unguided exposures were possible without any evident trailing whatsoever? Amazing piece of kit. Cheap, too!

This is an image that was taken whilst I was trying to battle the freezing conditions. It was easily colder than Coonabarabran.

Read and view here.

Comments and critique welcome.

Warning: file is approximately 1.47 MB in size.

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Old 22-11-2006, 06:47 AM
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Wow H, another truly stunning result from you.
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Old 22-11-2006, 06:57 AM
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Great Work

Lovely image Humuyan.

One question---any special tricks to get the diffracton spikes?

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Old 22-11-2006, 07:36 AM
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Top quality image Humayun.

IMO your images are always head turners.

Well done.
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Old 22-11-2006, 08:21 AM
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IMO your images are always head turners.
As opposed to my images which are always stomach turners.

Great shot too by the way!!
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Old 22-11-2006, 08:33 AM
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Yet another stunner mate, well done.
I absolutely love this part of the sky.

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Old 22-11-2006, 10:13 AM
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WOW, barnards loop, darth vaders mask (lower left, looks like it if you look at the shape of the stars, Ok I failed my ink blot tests), the flame and horsehead, I am awestruck. Fantastic imaging and on a LXD55 mount, was it already polar aligned? or did you borrow it?
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Old 22-11-2006, 10:29 AM
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i had no idea there waqs nebula near rigel!

great shot H.
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Old 22-11-2006, 12:22 PM
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i had no idea there waqs nebula near rigel!
IC 2118, Witch's Head Nebula
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Old 22-11-2006, 12:28 PM
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ah yes, i have heard of that one, just didnt know where it was
silly me.
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Top quality image Humayun.

IMO your images are always head turners.

Well done.
top call that and spot on too!

WOW!
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Stunning image, H! Very impressive.

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Great stuff, H! I love anything widefield, and to see the Horsehead, Flame Neb, M42, Running man etc all in perspective is truly breathtaking.
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and Barnard's loop and the witches head.....wow!!!

another one for printing out as an A3 image
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Old 22-11-2006, 08:28 PM
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Nice shot H ! the field is packed with objects .
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Old 22-11-2006, 09:23 PM
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Mike,

Cheers for the kind words.

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Old 22-11-2006, 09:24 PM
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Ron,

Thanks!

The diffraction spikes are a result of the lens diaphragm. The more you stop the lens down, the less you get, I believe.

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Old 22-11-2006, 09:25 PM
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Lester,

Thank you. I'm glad you like it.

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Old 22-11-2006, 09:25 PM
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middy,

You should see my first shots. They were stomach turners!

Thanks!

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As opposed to my images which are always stomach turners.

Great shot too by the way!!
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Old 22-11-2006, 09:26 PM
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Andrew,

Cheers, dude!

It is a gorgeous portion, that's for sure.

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Yet another stunner mate, well done.
I absolutely love this part of the sky.

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