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by rray6
Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:13 am
Forum: Monthly Imaging Contest
Topic: June 2012 Astrophotography Contest
Replies: 22
Views: 21713

Re: June 2012 Astrophotography Contest

What an awesome shot. It's amazing when this happens - planes are usually well focused when doing solar imaging. I have a friend who caught a white light image of a jet in the solar disk right at the beginning of the annular eclipse. Yours is double spectacular because of the Ha and the Venus disk. ...
by rray6
Tue Jun 12, 2012 2:23 pm
Forum: Images
Topic: Venus Transit 2012
Replies: 6
Views: 2875

Re: Venus Transit 2012

How about Flikr? I can put video over there. If not, I can try YouTube even thoughI haven't used it before.

Robert
by rray6
Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:59 am
Forum: Images
Topic: Venus Transit in Hydrogen Alpha
Replies: 1
Views: 1333

Venus Transit in Hydrogen Alpha

I finally processed one of my Venus Transit photos. I only had a short interval - clouds were covering the sun the first hour and a half. Then I only had an hour before the sun went down behind some buildings before sunset. Taken 1-1/2 hours after initial ingress (approx 18:30 CDT) on June 5, 2012. ...
by rray6
Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:01 pm
Forum: Images
Topic: Venus Transit 2012
Replies: 6
Views: 2875

Re: Venus Transit 2012

Looking good, Doug. You had some good looking skies. Like that video setup, too. I was amazed that I could see it without a telescope (but with proper shielding, of course). I was able to get about an hour's worth of imaging (starting about 1-1/2 hours after initial external ingress) - a big black c...
by rray6
Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:52 pm
Forum: Images
Topic: Solar Activity in May
Replies: 5
Views: 2874

Re: Solar Activity in May

Thanks, Guys! I am ready but the weather forecast is iffy - partly to mostly cloudy :darkcloud: although it could improve in the waning hours of daylight. :clearsky: All I can do is hope I get lucky with the clouds. I plan to image in white light and hydrogen alpha.

Robert
by rray6
Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:52 am
Forum: Images
Topic: Solar Activity in May
Replies: 5
Views: 2874

Re: Solar Activity in May

Here is virtually the same image (few hours later) but taken with a 0.5 FR so the entire disk is displayed.

Robert

Image
by rray6
Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:56 pm
Forum: Images
Topic: Solar Activity in May
Replies: 5
Views: 2874

Solar Activity in May

Solar_052512_web.jpg I took this solar image with my new Lunt LS80THa hydrogen alpha scope on May 25, 2012 around 3:00 PM MDT at my observatory in New Mexico. My camera was the Imaging Source DMK41 and this image is the combination of about 100 stacked frames. A big prominence dominated the upper l...
by rray6
Fri May 04, 2012 9:13 am
Forum: Images
Topic: NGC5055 work in progress
Replies: 8
Views: 4163

Re: NGC5055 work in progress

Great job, Doug! Fantastic detail and color.

Robert
by rray6
Fri May 04, 2012 8:16 am
Forum: Images
Topic: More Solar from Texas
Replies: 1
Views: 1446

More Solar from Texas

Hi Gang, Another more recent solar shot - taken April 22, 2012 from Missouri City, Texas (19:45 UT). This is a full disk shot with my Lunt 60mm and a focal reducer. I shot it with my DMK 41 B&W camera and stacked 100 frames with AviStack2. I added color and did some sharpening in PS CS5. North is up...
by rray6
Fri May 04, 2012 7:19 am
Forum: Monthly Imaging Contest
Topic: April 2012 Astrophotography Contest
Replies: 10
Views: 11137

Re: April 2012 Astrophotography Contest

Thanks for the kind comments. My love for deep sky will never go away but solar observing and imaging has definitely taken an important place in my astronomy endeavors. The upcoming annular eclipse (May 20) and the Venus transit (June 5-6) will challenge my imaging skills but I hope to have some sho...
by rray6
Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:31 am
Forum: Monthly Imaging Contest
Topic: April 2012 Astrophotography Contest
Replies: 10
Views: 11137

Re: April 2012 Astrophotography Contest

Thanks, Doug and Mike. In answer to your comment, Mike - I used gradient tool in PS until I saw something I like (a lot of this is trial and error) - that gave it a 3D, almost surreal effect. Doug, the Lunt 60mm will almost capture the entire disk without a reducer. I have a few full disk images wit...
by rray6
Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:39 am
Forum: Monthly Imaging Contest
Topic: April 2012 Astrophotography Contest
Replies: 10
Views: 11137

Re: April 2012 Astrophotography Contest

Hello Gang, It's been a while since I have posted anything here because I have spent the last year (+) getting my rolloff observatory overhauled and a new AP1200 mount set up in New Mexico. Living in Houston, TX makes this a long and slow task so my deep sky observing has suffered. But not my solar ...
by rray6
Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:07 pm
Forum: Monthly Imaging Contest
Topic: May 2010 AstroPhotography Contest
Replies: 15
Views: 26519

Re: May 2010 AstroPhotography Contest

Doug,
I really liked 'Big Orange' and those were amazing readings on your SQM. At TSP this year, the best I got was 24 and we had a decent year (great year for my mount to go out - what is now fixed, by the way).

Robert
by rray6
Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:03 pm
Forum: Monthly Imaging Contest
Topic: May 2010 AstroPhotography Contest
Replies: 15
Views: 26519

Re: May 2010 AstroPhotography Contest

Ditto! Beautiful image, Gordon.

Robert
by rray6
Sat May 29, 2010 8:25 am
Forum: Monthly Imaging Contest
Topic: May 2010 AstroPhotography Contest
Replies: 15
Views: 26519

Re: May 2010 AstroPhotography Contest

This shot of M81/M82 was taken at the 2010 TSP on May 10, 2010 at 11:15 PM. Due to a mount failure, only one light and one dark frame of 300 seconds were taken. No flats were used. My focusing was not too sharp either. Camera used was a new SBIG ST8300C through my WO 110 FLT f/7. A Stellarvue 70ED a...
by rray6
Wed Jan 06, 2010 5:11 pm
Forum: Monthly Imaging Contest
Topic: December 2009 AstroPhotography Contest
Replies: 8
Views: 7986

Re: December 2009 AstroPhotography Contest

Beautiful images. Hard to choose, once again. Means that the skies are decent in some parts of the country.

Robert
by rray6
Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:12 am
Forum: Monthly Imaging Contest
Topic: October 2009 AstroPhotography Contest
Replies: 18
Views: 18922

Re: October 2009 AstroPhotography Contest

Pristine sky conditions in New Mexico helped. Thanks.

Robert
by rray6
Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:59 am
Forum: Images
Topic: New Images from New Mexico
Replies: 3
Views: 2368

Re: New Images from New Mexico

Thanks Doug. With all my equipment maladies this year, it is gratifying to capture anything at all. Finally, I feel confident that auto-guiding for longer than 2 minutes can potentially work for me. But I am not so naive to assume that I won't have trouble the next time out.

Robert
by rray6
Thu Oct 29, 2009 5:59 am
Forum: Images
Topic: New Images from New Mexico
Replies: 3
Views: 2368

New Images from New Mexico

Here is one of several successful images (for me) that I got last week at my Redshift Observatory near Cloudcroft, New Mexico. I was there for a week and had overall good skies for 3 or 4 nights. This first one is M31 (and M32 & M110) taken with my StarShoot Pro ver. 1 camera through my WO 110mm FLT...
by rray6
Wed Oct 28, 2009 1:09 pm
Forum: Monthly Imaging Contest
Topic: October 2009 AstroPhotography Contest
Replies: 18
Views: 18922

Re: October 2009 AstroPhotography Contest

I have a third entry, also taken at my Redshift Observatory on 10/22/09 with my Orion SSPro v.1 through my WO 110mm FLT f/7 (no FR). I took 5 exposures at 600 sec. Captured with MDLE and stacked in DDS. Minimal processing on PS CS3. This was my first reasonably successful set of 10 minute exposures....