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Rho Ophiuchus Project - WIP by octane2 Rho Ophiuchus Project - WIP by octane2
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There's a first time for everything.

I gave a talk on DSLR astroimaging at the inaugural Australian Astro Imaging Conference up on the Gold Coast last week.

I was inspired by several other presenters there and I decided to process some data.

This composition is my second "proper" image ever taken with my SBIG CCD, and, the very first time I've ever indulged in a mosaic. I believe in diving into the deep end and learning how to swim.

Presented here is a rough-as-guts work in progress, consisting of six panels of luminance frames, totaling about 11 hours of data thus far. The goal is to capture a 4x2 mosaic, giving 8 panels and approximately 70 hours of exposure in total. I'm not sure if I will reach that goal this season, but, you can rest assured I'm trying to get out to dark skies every chance I get.

I am very pleased with my messing about with PixInsight over the last two days. It is a mammoth bit of software and its power is seen through pretty much every operation that you ask it to perform. I look forward to getting to grips with its minutiae that will hopefully allow me to create pleasing images.

Note: the panel in the bottom right sticks out like a sore thumb as it has less data than the other panels.

SBIG STL-11000M, Takahashi FSQ-106N 530mm at f/5
bin 1x1 -30 degrees

Cheers for looking.
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Yukihoshi13 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is absolutely brilliant and stunning photo! :) 
ChrisDonohoe Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
Super job!
Intro71292 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist
Wonderful photography.
WolvenIllusory Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning. Truly dramatic. Can't wait to see what's next.
lunarying Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
I like that!
Very nice!
theninja42 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Student Photographer
Truly fantastic H,
Hope to see more data soon
calisto-lynn Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Captain-Marmote Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks very promising, I'm really looking forward to seeing your finished image, good luck on clear skies! I'm just jealous that this "rough-as-guts work" would have me jumping with joy if i could produce something like that! haha
Hameed Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful noise free image, my only complaint is that there is no colour, not that that's any real issue, the vista is entirely dazzling all the same.
octane2 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Professional Photographer

My friend, colour will come next year, when Scorpius is in a favourable position, hopefully -- if the weather ever clears.

Do not fret, this image will be epic, if I get the chance to complete it.

Dreena Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
oh my god... Beautiful...
RareEarthGallery Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Most Excellent Image. It is truly amazing that we see less than 10% with the bandwidth of our own vision in the universe. Space is truly fluid.

That is quite the project you have and looking forward to seeing more.
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July 14, 2011
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