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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:11 am 

Joined: Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:00 am
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Location: Canada
the first two and the last one are stacked using DeepSkyStacker i still don't realy know what i am doing but i am starting to tease out some detail in the star fields. i know it seems silly but the tecnial ones i am must proud of but if you ask my friends all they see are white dots has anyone encountered this problem

all i am using is a tripod and my 50mm prime from my old film camera any sugestion would be welcome i would love to tease out some color eventuly is that even possible with my set up

the artsy ones i think are correct minus the noise (the star fields)

orion 10 pics 100 seconds by darthkindy, on Flickr[/url]

the w by darthkindy, on Flickr[/url]

DSC_9536 by darthkindy, on Flickr[/url]

DSC_9524 by darthkindy, on Flickr[/url][url][/url][url][/url]

the begining of the milky way by darthkindy, on Flickr[/url]

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 1:15 pm 
You're off to a good start, in my opinion. :)

If you still have the original DSS result (minus any tweaks) in .TIF format, what you can try is using Iris.
It's a good program, but has a very steep learning curve. However, there's only one feature that you'll use this go-around - and its easy :)

- Load the .TIF into Iris
- In the box with the 2 sliders (the "Threshold" box), hit the "Auto" button
- The result should look a fair bit more pleasing.
- Save it as a .JPG, and do further tweaks with Photoshop, etc.

Here's a link to easy Photoshop tweaking:
(What you want is on the second half of the page)

I'm by no means an expert, but it's the route that I take with my pics now, and it takes maybe 5 minutes to do. I'm sure that there's better ways to do it, and hopefully I'll learn them someday, but I think that my pics look better now than they did when I started.
I think that's half the fun of astrophotography - always searching for a better result, more detail... always learning.

Hope this helps!


BTW - I think that the 3rd one is really nice - really captures what the eye can see.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:16 pm 

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Location: Bristol, UK
Some nice shots there. I particularly like the 4th shot, there is a hell of a lot of stars there and looks like Pleiades at the bottom right.

Lee Diggle
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