How this image was made:
I used a Canon T3i to take a 4 minute video on 1080p 30fps 3x digital zoom mode. I hooked it up to a XT8 telescope with a T-ring adaptor and used a 2X Barlow to achieve focus.
I nudged the telescope often to follow the object.
I took the video and cropped and stabilized it in PiPP.
Then I used Autostackert to stack the top 60 percent of the frames.
Wavelets done in Registax.
Any specific questions, feel free to ask!
The biggest thing for me was getting my telescope, it literally changed my life.
My XT8 was 400$ CAD at the time. I started with that and holding my phone up to the eyepiece before using my DSLR with it.
400 can be a lot I suppose, but scopes can easily cost thousands.
If your budget is 200 or less, I’d get binoculars. A pair of those and a star guide app on your phone can do wonders!
If your budget is almost zero, just try and get somewhere dark if you can and look up!
For things like planets, you can see them pretty easily in the city still because of how bright they are :).
Keep looking up! :)
Great result for the total equipment price!
Nice shot! I look at pictures like this and just wonder how the hell do Flat-Earthers even exist on our globe.
RIP. Humanity was lucky to have you.
Yes. He died early in the morning on 3/14
At least he died on pi day...
Is this serious?
This is beautiful! It was the first nebula I had ever seen with my telescope.
Not bad! Always nice to see M42.
That’s where all UFO, grays and aliens are coming from...
I took 150 photos of this same thing ... thanks man
Simple take a short little 34 au trip to space for some more pics with cool filters.
Damn this is a sexy pic
How? How do you upres an image?
You just mantra the word "enhance" while keying your fingers over the keyboard.
Unfortunately the image posted by OP is potato quality.
Here is the 4K colourised image:
More info here:
The image is based on PIA19952 from NASA's JPL Catalog.
Fuck that's good quality.
Pluto just looks awesome. Just an all around fun looking planet. Unlike Mercury... Fuck Mercury.
This one lol
I brought my cheapo telescope to my friends’ house the other week and discovered they had NEVER seen the moon through a telescope before. like they were confused about the craters and everything. It was a surprisingly awesome feeling to be able to show them their first somewhat-detailed view of the moon. Wish I could have photographed it as well as you have!
Cool pic! What planet does it belong to?
I've never seen the moon look so colorful.. This is an incredible photo!
Nebulous Humor: So sad.
To get a big bang with an astronomy joke you need to planet better.
Slightly improved pun: big waist IN space. Sadly, no one can hear you laugh in space.
Bad joke? How do you know he didn't planet that way?
this is sublime, this image is better than the one i remember from the early 80s space encyclopedia.
hard to imagine this is amtuer, pls keep taking more pictures of the sky
Ever wonder what it looks like to resolve the stars in M33? Yeah, I was wondering the same thing. Luckily the 14.5" RCOS at DSW decided to satisfy my new desire to look deep deep into galaxies. This is going to be a fun go around I think. While the gear I use seems to be spiraling out of control, the one thing that also continues to remain constant with every upgrade in gear is just how important processing is. This is some of the best data I have ever worked with. This is the second image I've created on the system, the first image I did not like enough to post here. I wanted my first image with this scope to the sub to be a beauty, I think this one counts. While there are some things I am definitely unhappy with in the image, there is a lot I really do enjoy. This data actually came with a couple hours of HA frames with it, but I skipped adding those. I didn't think the data really needed, you can see how much HA was captured in the L and R frames alone in this image.
If you have any questions about this image, the gear, or DSW, feel free to ask! Also, would really enjoy some feed back on this image since it isn't something I am used to editing. It will definitely take some getting used to I think before I really get all the data is capable of out of the image.
The small, northern constellation Triangulum harbors this magnificent face-on spiral galaxy, M33. Its popular names include the Pinwheel Galaxy or just the Triangulum Galaxy. M33 is over 50,000 light-years in diameter, third largest in the Local Group of galaxies after the Andromeda Galaxy (M31), and our own Milky Way. About 3 million light-years from the Milky Way, M33 is itself thought to be a satellite of the Andromeda Galaxy and astronomers in these two galaxies would likely have spectacular views of each other's grand spiral star systems. As for the view from planet Earth, this sharp composite image nicely shows off M33's blue star clusters and pinkish star forming regions along the galaxy's loosely wound spiral arms. In fact, the cavernous NGC 604 is the brightest star forming region, seen here at about the 4 o'clock position from the galaxy center. Like M31, M33's population of well-measured variable stars have helped make this nearby spiral a cosmic yardstick for establishing the distance scale of the Universe.
RC Optical Systems RCOS 14.5"
SBIG STX 16803
Luminance - 28x1200" and 30x600"
Red – 15x1200"
Green – 14x1200"
Blue – 15x1200"
Total integration time - 29 hours
Taken from the Deep Sky West Observatory in Rowe, New Mexico. A Bortle 2 site.
BPPCombine flats, darks, and bias
R/G/B processingCombine into RGB image Photometric Color Calibration using average spiral galaxy as white reference Masked Stretch
L processingDeconvolution Multiscale Linear Transformation for sharpening Histogram Transformation, not masked stretch (had too little contrast in this image) LHE with modified amounts and different wavelet layers as masks
LRGB ProcessingCombine L + RGB images Curves on RGB/K and along with saturation (probably like 20 iterations before I got the colors how I like them) Final slight noise reduction. This image was practically noise free, I didn't want to ruin any of the data with a noise reduction Convert to jpg
If you feel like looking at some of my other images or following me on social media, here is a shameless plug to my instagram
Trust me, I don't think I'll be stopping any time soon. In reality I'm only putting out more and more images lately. Far too much data to work through, I'm behind!
Breathtaking. It fills me with a bittersweet feeling that we will never know all of the infinite possibilities contained within this one photograph.
For those who wonder, yes, Jupiter DOSE have rings, just not as bright(or pretty) as Saturns
Since Jupiter's gaseous surface has very low reflectivity in infrared, taking photographs in that part of the spectrum reveals rings and small satellites which are undetectable in visible light due to the glare of the planet.
What does this tell us about Jupiter? (not astronomer)