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Footbag
02-24-2017, 10:43 AM
I posted about my "new" hobby years ago, but here's are some more recent images I took. Needless to say, I've gotten a lot better and now run a YouTube channel helping others to learn how to take images like this. Most of my images are taken from an observatory I build next to my house. Overall exposure times can be as long as 40 hours. The more time, the better the image. There's nothing like smoking a cigar while watching the individual images come in. I just have to keep the smoke away from the gear.

I'd be glad to answer any questions about the images or what goes into taking them. Enjoy!


The Rosette Nebula
http://astrob.in/284250/C/rawthumb/gallery/get.jpg (http://astrob.in/284250/C/)
Skipping Across the Rosette Nebula (http://astrob.in/284250/C/)

The Crescent Nebula
http://astrob.in/257287/0/rawthumb/gallery/get.jpg (http://astrob.in/257287/0/)
Crescent Nebula (http://astrob.in/257287/0/)

The Andromeda Galaxy
http://astrob.in/209193/D/rawthumb/gallery/get.jpg (http://astrob.in/209193/D/)
M31 - Andromeda (http://astrob.in/209193/D/)

My gallery...
http://www.astrobin.com/users/Footbag/

markem
02-24-2017, 10:58 AM
Wow! Would it be okay to take one for my new desktop background? I love pics like these and the quality is amazing. NASA should hire you.

massphatness
02-24-2017, 11:07 AM
Would be cool to see some snaps of the observatory you built -- the space pics are outstanding!

Footbag
02-24-2017, 11:07 AM
Wow! Would it be okay to take one for my new desktop background? I love pics like these and the quality is amazing. NASA should hire you.

Absolutely! I don't mind at all.

NASA doesn't hire us "pretty picture" guys, but they do recognize our work. A few of my friends have been recognized recently. I'm still hoping I'll get my chance. For now, I just love sharing.

Greentud
02-24-2017, 11:08 AM
Excellent

Footbag
02-24-2017, 11:14 AM
Would be cool to see some snaps of the observatory you built -- the space pics are outstanding!

Here's a link to a thread on an astronomy board that I made as I built it...

http://www.cloudynights.com/topic/416471-loose-rooster-observatory/

It's a roll-off roof, not the typical dome that you are used to seeing. For me, the roll off roof made more sense. Domes need more expensive control hardware to move the shutter and rotate. A roll off is simpler and doesn't attract the same attention as a dome.

It was the first time I did any exterior construction, and I'm pretty proud of my work.

massphatness
02-24-2017, 11:50 AM
Just did a quick run through of your observatory build --it's things like this that send me into a deep, dark, 5-thumbs with zero man-skill depression. That is quite the piece of work!

CigarNut
02-24-2017, 12:13 PM
Very cool!

AdamJoshua
02-24-2017, 12:26 PM
Literally blown away. I just moved back to FL and thought it was great to be able to go out at night and see a couple hundred stars instead of the dozen or so you see when living in Boston or other big cities, this though is just amazing, wow.

Footbag
02-24-2017, 12:35 PM
Just did a quick run through of your observatory build --it's things like this that send me into a deep, dark, 5-thumbs with zero man-skill depression. That is quite the piece of work!

Don't give up hope. I had done some very basic interior construction before, but I learned most of the stuff I needed to know about building the observatory on YouTube. The hardest part was starting, then I had to finish or I'd have a bunch of chopped up wood and trees in my yard.

Footbag
02-24-2017, 12:37 PM
Excellent

Very cool!

Literally blown away. I just moved back to FL and thought it was great to be able to go out at night and see a couple hundred stars instead of the dozen or so you see when living in Boston or other big cities, this though is just amazing, wow.

Thanks guys! One of the benefits of photography is you can really see a lot more in light polluted skies then you would ever hope to see otherwise. Through an eyepiece, it's basically just faint fuzzies.

muhren
02-24-2017, 01:05 PM
These are very cool. Well done!

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pnoon
02-24-2017, 01:10 PM
Very impressive, Adam.

yourchoice
02-24-2017, 01:42 PM
I am super impressed, Adam! Very cool.

AdamJoshua
02-24-2017, 02:22 PM
Thank you thank you all, but I really can't take all the credit! oh ... :lv

Porch Dweller
02-24-2017, 02:29 PM
Those are wonderful, thanks for sharing!

Stevez
02-24-2017, 02:51 PM
Wow! can't stop looking at them. Absolutely stunning and thanks for sharing.

Wharf Rat
02-24-2017, 04:11 PM
Fantastic!

jsnake
02-24-2017, 05:01 PM
Stunning and beautiful.

Ogre
02-24-2017, 08:35 PM
thats awesome

Skywalker
02-24-2017, 08:39 PM
Love it!!! Thanks for sharing:tu:tu

Footbag
02-25-2017, 07:51 AM
Thanks again guys! Glad you enjoyed them!

Greentud
02-25-2017, 02:01 PM
I noticed when I tapped on the first one a couple names appear for a couple of the nebula regions. NGC 2238 2237 and one other that is partially cut off. Pretty cool you were able to imbed them.

Footbag
02-25-2017, 02:04 PM
I noticed when I tapped on the first one a couple names appear for a couple of the nebula regions. NGC 2238 2237 and one other that is partially cut off. Pretty cool you were able to imbed them.

Actually the website I use to post them does that. I can do it using different softare. It's really nice for analyzing all objects in a widefield. There is so much up there!

Wharf Rat
02-25-2017, 03:46 PM
I vote for a version of the CA banner with the gang staring into the cosmos!

RUNYYFan
02-25-2017, 06:44 PM
Those are just gorgeous images! The skill... just wow! You are to be commended!

jjirons69
02-28-2017, 10:04 PM
OMG, Adam! You touched a spark deep inside. I had a rough few years in the mid-90s and the only and best thing I had was the cosmos. I made a barn door contraption and with the help of a small circuit board and a few electronics I had my simple creation tracking the sky. I spent many a night with my star charts, 8" Orion Dobsonion, Canon AE1, tripod, barndoor, filters, and hyper film. Got many nice comet, constellations, Messier object, and eclipse pictures. Nothing NEAR what you have! My experience with it has lasted a lifetime internally and showed me I was but a speck in the big machine of our Universe. It was literally life changing for me. Those three pictures are more beautiful than any I can remember seeing in any books I've collected. You've done a great job and have fascinating work. I know of only a little of what you've gone through and done and you've nailed it, my friend! Impressed is such a small word. Andromeda is now my desktop background. Stunning!

jjirons69
02-28-2017, 10:09 PM
The Fox Fur looks 3D.

http://www.astrobin.com/full/235677/D/

Footbag
03-01-2017, 09:16 AM
OMG, Adam! You touched a spark deep inside. I had a rough few years in the mid-90s and the only and best thing I had was the cosmos. I made a barn door contraption and with the help of a small circuit board and a few electronics I had my simple creation tracking the sky. I spent many a night with my star charts, 8" Orion Dobsonion, Canon AE1, tripod, barndoor, filters, and hyper film. Got many nice comet, constellations, Messier object, and eclipse pictures. Nothing NEAR what you have! My experience with it has lasted a lifetime internally and showed me I was but a speck in the big machine of our Universe. It was literally life changing for me. Those three pictures are more beautiful than any I can remember seeing in any books I've collected. You've done a great job and have fascinating work. I know of only a little of what you've gone through and done and you've nailed it, my friend! Impressed is such a small word. Andromeda is now my desktop background. Stunning!

Yup. Similar to how I started! Of course technology is making it easier. Basically I'm 97% automated for my data acquisition. So I open my roof, flip a few switches and click start. Processing is another story. The biggest issue is waiting for good weather.

Glad to hear you've done some AP yourself. It's an amazing hobby and I'm always surprised that I'll be chatting with a Astro Dr from VA one day and an Astronomer from NASA the next. It's just a very open and sharing community.

Enjoy the desktop!