Live Stacks 2-21 / 22-2020

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BlackWikkett
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Live Stacks 2-21 / 22-2020

Post by BlackWikkett » Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:51 pm

Cool clear Friday night in NE Georgia, USA. Started just before 8 PM on 2/21 and last live stack completed at 5 AM 2/22. Everything covered in think layer of frost that would need a good hour to defrost and dry out before storing.

I've moved 100% to saving the live stacks with adjustments. This saves the image as a 16 bit PNG as apposed to how I used to save exactly as seen witch generated an 8 bit PNG. The 16 bit PNG images allow more granular Photoshop manipulation and I think the noise reduction actions i'm using have a more subtle affect that produces a cleaner less blotchy image.

All images were live stacked then edited in Photoshop for crop, color balance, slight additional stretching and noise reduction. The goal was to image objects for 30 minutes but this usually went longer as the live stacked images were asking for more and the end result was worth it.

Click on any image to take you to flicker.com for the full size images.

Equipment:
RC 6 with Astro-Physics CCDT67 reducer. This steps down from f/9 1300 mm to f/6.7 1032 mm
IDAS D1 LPS filter
ZWO ASI294 MC Pro -10c exposures 30 seconds at 300 gain 10 brightness
Using master flat and dark
SharpCap v3.2.6232 64 Bit Live Stacking
iOptron CEM60 mount
Stellarvue 50mm Guide Scope with ZWO ASI290 MM guide camera + PHD2

Thanks, Chris

ImageNGC2244 PS Edit Stack_77frames_2310s by Black Wikkett, on Flickr

ImageM41 PS Edit Stack_30frames_900s by Black Wikkett, on Flickr

ImageM93 PS Edit Stack_31frames_930s by Black Wikkett, on Flickr

ImageM106 PS Edit Stack_120frames_3600s by Black Wikkett, on Flickr

ImageSH2-234 PS Edit Stack_72frames_2160s by Black Wikkett, on Flickr

ImageM3 PS Edit Stack_61frames_1830s by Black Wikkett, on Flickr

ImageM51 PS Edit Stack_120frames_3600s by Black Wikkett, on Flickr

ImageM82 PS Edit Stack_61frames_1830s by Black Wikkett, on Flickr

ImageM97 PS Edit Stack_61frames_1830s by Black Wikkett, on Flickr

ImageM101 PS Edit Stack_74frames_2220s by Black Wikkett, on Flickr

ImageM5 PS Edit Stack_60frames_1800s by Black Wikkett, on Flickr

ImageM104 PS Edit Stack_80frames_2400s by Black Wikkett, on Flickr

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Re: Live Stacks 2-21 / 22-2020

Post by turfpit » Sun Feb 23, 2020 1:30 am

A very productive night Chris. I particularly liked M82, M51, M106 and M101. Saving to 16-bit should give you more processing opportunities.

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Re: Live Stacks 2-21 / 22-2020

Post by nexusjeep » Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:34 pm

Cracking images as usual Chris, optimistically we may have a clear night Monday if we are above water so might actually get to try the ASI2600MC Pro out.

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Re: Live Stacks 2-21 / 22-2020

Post by BlackWikkett » Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:35 am

Thanks Dave!

Nick the 2600 should make for some nice images. I'll be curious to see your results. On paper this camera has some really solid specs.

-Chris

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