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  • MikeOxon
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    I glanced up at Orion this evening and it looked to me that Betelgeuse was much fainter than usual. Photographs tend to even out the brightness of stars but I took a hand-held shot with my 45mm f/1.8 lens. This focal length is almost ideal for Orion, as Betelgeuse and Rigel fit neatly across the diagonal of the frame, with Betelgeuse towards the top-left.


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    The 45mm f/1.8 has excellent resolution, as shown by the following cropped image of the Pleiades cluster (M45), where the smaller companion of the double-star Alcyone, near the centre of the cluster is separated cleanly:


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    Mike

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  • Phill D
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    Yes true Mike, might have a go at that when the weather shows a bit more promise.

  • MikeOxon
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    You could select the sky and process it differently from how you process the moon.

  • Phill D
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    Nicely done Dave. I find it quite difficult to get the moon and clouds in one shot. Tried it the other night and did keep a little bit of the cloud detail only to lose it all when I processed it for the moon.

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  • wornish
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    Spooky Moon in the clouds tonight.


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  • Phill D
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    Just watched the video Dave thats a great tutorial thanks for the link.

  • Phill D
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    Thanks Dave I wasn't sure if I was in the right place and it was the Nebula or just noise. I think I used f5.6 at 3200iso with a range of shutter speeds. I tried 1, 2, and 4s as I'd got good daytime shots at those long times but the stars were just a mess. In the end the one I posted was 1/4s. Thinking about it without using a tracker much over 1s would be too long even on a tripod.

  • OM USer
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    Excellent detail.

  • Ian
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    Very impressive, Phill - especially the Orion one - let's hope we get to witness the suspected Betelgeuse nova!

  • wornish
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    If you are taking moonshots here is a useful video that takes you through the steps to get the best out of them.
    There are many other ways of doing the processing but this method is one of the most popular used.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYLz7mxGHTg

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  • wornish
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    Your Orion shot is way better than my attempt the other night well done.
    Considering its handheld it is superb. What settings for ISO and exposure time did you use?

    You have got the sword and the purple bit is the Orion Nebula.
    If you get your tripod out and take a few shots then stack you will be amazed at whats there.

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  • Phill D
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    Probably the worst astro shot of Orion's sword ever but I was quite chuffed with it if indeed that's what I actually got. If it's just sensor noise then feel free to let me know but gently!
    I was just playing about to see what I could get as the moon looked quite clear last night.
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    Here is the moon shot I got at the same time.
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    Both images shot hand held with the 40-150 at 150 plus the MC20 x2
    I really must stop being lazy and dig out my tripod!

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  • Ian
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    wornish You can get light pollution filters that do make a big difference.
    Here is a good overview and comparison.

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora...ey-really-work
    I've learned something today!

    Thanks Dave

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  • wornish
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    You can get light pollution filters that do make a big difference.
    Here is a good overview and comparison.

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora...ey-really-work

  • MJ224
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    Super photo...………..:-)
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