Deep Space

The images taken with the Canon EOS Ra or the Nikon CoolPix P950 are all taken from 2020 onwards. The images taken with the Canon 350d were taken from 2007 – 2009.

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  1. Dear sirs,

    I am contacting you regarding my interest in below star constellations, and would be gratefull if you could help me locating a source for the best available high resolution images of each constellation:

    1) Aquarius
    2) Pisces
    3) Aries
    4) Taurus
    5) Gemini
    6) Cancer
    7) Leo
    8) Virgo
    9) Libra
    10) Scorpius
    11) Sagittarius
    12) Capricornus

    Regards – and happy new year,

    Niels Moller Kristensen
    nmoller@webspeed.dk

  2. Hi the above images have not been labeled in terms of what settings were used and what equipment the pictures were taken with- specifically looking to see which were taken with the P950. I cant find the Orion nebula images that were taken with it which I wanted to compare to mine. The only ones that were labeled were the ones that were taken with Canon. Also could you kindly write a tutorial for Siril? I find the interface difficult to understand. I use Sequator which is easier to use and has a starlight enhance and lower light pollution functions.

    1. Hi Alex, in regards to the constellation photos, The top left one of Lyra was taken with the Nikon P950. In regards to the planets, none of those were taken with the Nikon P950. It is not feasible to to connect the P950 to a telescope.

      I removed some images from the website because I did not want to have the full resolution images available in case I decided to sell some as prints – I have a portfolio up right now with a few images for sell. Some of these images will come back as a year in review type post but not at full resolution.

      I am currently only using the P950 for my moon photos and nothing else.

      1. Thanks, JZ! I’d really appreciate your help with the P950. How do you focus on the stars for the Lyra shots? How many stars can you see on the LCD preview? I’m having trouble seeing anything but the brightest star Sirius on my camera’s LCD. Also I remember you posted some nice shots of Mars with the P950 in the past, how did you focus on it for that? Did you ever try to shoot Saturn’s rings with it or the bands on Jupiter? Also, you no longer have the M42 Orion or M31 Andromeda photos on here do you? I recently shot M42 but it appeared like a red blob lol, not sure how to properly focus on it (I used hyperfocal distances and focused on a distant streetlamp) or how one could focus if all I could see was Sirius in my LCD. Not sure how to get those amazing colors M42 has either. I wonder if these small sensored cameras are capable of showing M42’s vibrant colors? Thanks!

      2. Honestly, for focus, I just put it on infinity and let it ride. Never had any issues and never had to use the manual focus.

        I can usually see Vega (when looking at Lyra) and maybe a few more depending on the transparency of the sky.

        Saturn and Jupiter are too far away and too small in the frame to have effective shots of them with the P950. It is possible to attach to a telescope / eyepiece, but not worth it – will not produce anything of quality. You would be better off taking video with a cell phone and stacking that way.

        Again, for focusing, set it on infinity, do not try to manual focus. You will get some color on M42, but like Jupiter and Saturm, the focal length is not enough to have an effective picture with a decent exposure time. You can try taking it at 2000mm, which is essentially an effective focal length of around 350mm, but your exposure time is going to be less then a 1/4 of a second, and you are going to be moving you camera every 5 shots or so.

  3. Okay so none of the nebula images on here are from the P950, not even any of the unlabeled ones like the North America nebula or M42 or M31?

      1. hanks for all the useful info! I didn’t know it was so easy to just use infinity focus, I had been trying to mess around with manual focus and it wasn’t working. I’m actually going to try the Orion nebula, when you say you can see color, do you mean red or do you think it’s possible to get the beautiful multicolored patterns you see with larger cameras? I shot the picture below with my M43 gear (EM10Mk2 with 75-300 lens at 75mm 3.2 sec exposure f/4.8 ISO 2500 stack of 24) do you think I could get something like this?

        https://www.astrobin.com/full/s5l60i/0/

        Or maybe better than this? The Orion nebula is in the top right but only one color.

        I actually want to get something similar to what my friend got and his image was shot through a window just like mine was.

        He has a Pentax with astrotracer though (built in tracking) 30 second exposures, 26 in a stack at ISO 400 100mm at f/4.

        https://www.astrobin.com/full/8yucij/0/

        As you can see his M42 looks a lot better (more colors) I guess this is because of the longer exposures? I tried combining lots of short exposures at ISO 400…..didn’t get much in the way of stars. I guess finding an equivalent exposure length by combining hundreds of very short exposures doesn’t render the same kind of detail as much longer exposures but with a shorter number of frames in the stack even if the total exposure ends up being the same in both cases.

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