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Nice! Would love to see the first image in black and white...Have been swamped at work, but still managing to get my daily photo in.. closing in on the 365 goal day by day. Nothing special here, but had time to visit the forum so figured I'd share a bit. All with the CFV2 50c and 45P.
265 / /LIVING ROOM by Brandon Harris, on Flickr
261 // AUTUMN by Brandon Harris, on Flickr
270 // MINI PUMPKINS by Brandon Harris, on Flickr
Remarkable and astonishing, Craig. Mightily impressed!I've posted similar photos before but I thought this might be of interest. I took this photo of the Orion Nebula last night from a fairly large city under a 50% illuminated full moon. The secret was using a strong light pollution filter. Unfortunately the filter cuts down the light quite a bit so it took a 3 minute exposure to capture the detail. The camera was a Phase One IQ4150 on a Cambo body with a Canon EOS mount which made it easy to attach to the telescope (a SkyWatcher 8 inch Newtonian). This is actually three frames stacked to reduce noise.
I also included an unprocessed frame for comparison. You can see the light pollution filter added a very strong blue/cyan color cast. I've found that Capture One is the best tool to process the RAW files, whether from the IQ4150 or my Sony a7r2. Lightroom seems to make a mess of the files as you try to neutralize the color. You can also see in the RAW that there is an extreme dynamic range in the nebula and most photos use some form of HDR processing to capture detail in the bright central core as well as the more faint dust lanes. The IQ4150 did an admirable job of capturing all of the range in a single exposure.
One lesson I learned the hard way. I started the back taking 3 minute exposures using an intervallomter and went to bed, but the power management was set to turn the back off after 15 minutes. Apparently it doesn't count exposures taken with a remote as activity and it turned off after only capturing 3 frames. I'll know better next time.