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Lucky Imaging with Neptune

Discussion in 'Astrophotography and Imaging' started by Orion25, Nov 25, 2023.

Lucky Imaging with Neptune

Started by Orion25 on Nov 25, 2023 at 4:59 PM

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  1. Orion25

    Orion25 Well-Known Member

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    It was quite a challenge, but I was up for it, and with a clear night calling I couldn't resist! Same setup: 180mm Mak, ASI 224mc, Celestron 2x Barlow, Firecapture, Registax 6, and Photoshop. The most difficult part was getting such a dim target (especially using Barlow) onto the sensor:

    ASTRONOMY - NEPTUNE (ZWO) 11-24-23 GAUSSIAN.jpg

    For comparison, here is the recent image of Uranus using the same setup:

    ASTRONOMY - URANUS (ZWO) 11-18-23 GAUSSIAN.jpg

    To the ice giants!
    Reggie :D
     
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    thanks Jeff. Nice pic
    I have never seen Uranus before in a photo like yours... oops. did I say that properly?
    That is one big Mak.
     
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    Excellent job Reggie!
    Now you just need to try for Pluto before it gets further away.
     
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    Good job on such a hard planet. I checked my Neptune sketch from 2017 and it is very similar to your image, not much, if any detail observable. This is one tough planet.

    Long ago I did go for Pluto, back when it was a planet and the sky was much darker. All I caught was the movement of a faint little dot across the sky over a period of days. I did pat myself on the back for that accomplishment. (The NASA pics are much better - LOL)
     
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    LOL, depends on how you say it ;). I love my Big Mak (in fact, that's its nickname)!
     
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    Thanks, Ed. I also went for Pluto several years ago and I believe I did see it. I checked all my charts and barely made out the tiny blip's movements against the background. Tried to image it but nada. Won't try again unless I upgrade my aperture, lol.
     
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    Thanks, Gabby. Pluto's a bit out of my range for now. I tried several years ago for a visual observation with mediocre results, lol. I do believe I saw it though, moving through the background stars in Sagittarius, which I guess is an accomplishment in and of itself
     
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    Oh, and the name's Reggie :p
     
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    Jeff/Reggie... they both have two consecutive consonants to them.. :p

    Sorry about the faux pas
     
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    Naux problem, lol!
     

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