A few quick pics

Submitted by swingin

These pics are from my backyard in Gig Harbor WA. Not all that great but I'm working on that, for the rest of my life! :) First one is the Black Eye Galaxy, 2nd is the Cigar Galaxy, 3rd is the Ring Nebula in Lyra. These were all taken with my Nikon D5200 and Backyard Nikon at prime focus. I need to learn how to stack these pictures, these are all a single shot with different time lengths, ISO settings and so on.

Submitted by Naked Astronomer (not verified) on Tue, 06/13/2017 - 12:52

These are so great! Thanks for sharing! I love the Black Eye Galaxy. I was going to go after that one the other night, but the clouds moved in. You know how THAT goes around here! Nice Cigar Galaxy shot, too. I got one of the Cigar several years ago when the Supernova flared up. Good work! I'm waiting for the next clear night (that's not a work night) so I can get back out there, too!


Submitted by Jim Coleman (not verified) on Tue, 06/13/2017 - 12:55

I can help you with stacking if you want to hook up sometime. There are several ways to do it, but I really like Maxim DL. I did use Registax or DeepSkyStacker, too, when appropriate.

Maybe I can post a tutorial soon. But it would be a MaximDL tutorial.


Submitted by swingin on Wed, 06/14/2017 - 13:59

Just looked that program up, WOW! Astronomy is not a cheap sport is it! Looks like they want $400 for the DSLR program, there's just no way I could afford that. I don't even use a guide scope. My CGEM is pretty much at it's limit now I think. I was thinking about a flip mirror but I don't even know if I could use that being I have a GSO 2 speed focuser on my SCT now. I don't know if I could hit focus with it or not?

With my Nikon I have it set to take a dark for every light I take, it just adds it to the light so I don't even have to mess with it. I'm unsure if I can stack photos with Backyard Nikon in this setup or not? Next time out I will be giving it a try though. As for the weather, I HEAR THAT! lol I'm itching to get back out but it looks like were going to get hit head on tonight maybe.

Thanks for the kind words my friends! Keep looking up!  




Submitted by jimwcoleman on Thu, 06/15/2017 - 06:20

The Ring Nebula (M57) is always a favorite target. You even resolved the star in the center of it! That's a pretty feature-rich area of the sky, in general. Rain, rain, go away ...