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36 of 40 120 second lights in DSS
10 darks
31 flats
30 bias
C-11 @F2 Hyperstar
Autoguided with PHD. Capture software BYE. Post processing in PS CS5.

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Comment by Russ Ruggles on February 16, 2013 at 5:47am

Hi Steve
As you may have read this is a stack of 36 - 2 minute shots. I've seen guys with the Hyperstar only going 30 seconds and getting reasonable images so you should not have a problem.
I'm imaging from by backyard which is in the middle of a city of 60K so LP is always an issue. I use the IDAS LP2 filter for all of my DSLR imaging. Shooting mono with H-a, OIII or SII will not require any LP filters.
What I like about using the LP filter is it allows me to image longer with the HS (up to 10 minutes on a really good night of tracking) which gathers more signal (photons) and thus deeper with more detail.
One of the draw backs of the HS are the spikes caused by the cables and the camera body if it extends beyond the secondary. What I discovered was if I shaped the cables to form a half circle instead of straight lines the spikes would amost be emilinated. The half circle should have a diameter approx the same distance you have between your secondary and the edge of the OAT - in your case about 3 - 3.25 inches. The image above is before I discovered that of course. This one is after I discovered that.... This was done with 4 minute subframes but I took a softer hand at processing so the colors are more pastel and the contrast isn't as harsh.
Good luck and have fun. I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.

Comment by Steve Olson on February 15, 2013 at 8:09pm

Love the photo! have the hyperstar coming this week! Very excited. I have the 8" edge hd scope. I am going to use an Atik 420 mono camera. Hope to get some great shots like this at some point! Looks like I have a big learning curve ahead of me. Do you find with the hyperstar you need to do long exps? If I do anything over 3-4 minutes LP becomes a big factor. Was really hoping to shoot only 1-3 minutes and get some results at F2?? thanks


Comment by Russ Ruggles on February 11, 2013 at 12:11pm

Thanks - hoping for clear weather some day soon to try to improve it.

Comment by Dan Kordella on February 11, 2013 at 11:23am

That's really sharp and clean! Beautiful shot!

Comment by Russ Ruggles on September 20, 2012 at 8:49pm

Ya, we are our own worst critics are we not. :)

The Hyperstar setup caused those flares around the stars (which I now know how to minimize) and I have a bit too much green in it but overall it turned out OK. This winter I'll try for a better one.

Comment by Jeffrey P Nunnari on September 20, 2012 at 6:32pm

A lot of work? Man, you are tough!

Comment by Kirat Gurung on September 20, 2012 at 2:10pm


Comment by Russ Ruggles on August 21, 2012 at 5:32am

Thanks for the kind words Jeff. It still needs a little work but didn't turn out half bad.

Comment by Jeffrey P Nunnari on August 20, 2012 at 10:23pm

Super nice.

Comment by Russ Ruggles on March 5, 2012 at 5:19pm

Thanks Jules. I'm half tempted to try this area again to see if I can improve on it next new moon but the clear skies are few enough this season so I probably will pick another target.

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