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The Horsehead and The Flame by CapturingTheNight The Horsehead and The Flame by CapturingTheNight
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The Alnitak area in Orion is one of my favourite areas of sky. The star Alnitak is the brightest star in this image and is the eastern most star of Orion's Belt or the bottom of "The Pot" as it is sometimes called in the southern hemisphere where Orion 'The Hunter' is upside down.
Below Alnitak is The Flame Nebula (NGC 2024) and to the right is one of the most famous nebula in the sky- The Horsehead Nebula (Barnard33) in the emission nebula IC434 (The pinkish area surrounding The Horsehead)

I'm not entirely happy with this one. The seeing was not the best with a bit of wind and a warmer air temperature than my Orion Nebula shot a few nights ago. I'm also dissapointed with the lens reflection caused by the bright star. I will certainly be revisiting this area of sky many more times over the years, but overall I'm pretty pleased with this first attempt at it.

3/09/2011
Canon EOS 1000D
Baader Coma Corrector
10 inch (25cm) F/4 Newtonian Reflector Telescope
NEQ6 PRO Computerised Goto Mount
Orion 80mm ShortTube Guide Scope
Synguider Autoguider
13 X 5 minute exposures (1 hour 5 minutes total exposure time)
ISO 800
Dark Frames subtracted (10 X 5min)
Images stacked and alligned in Deep Sky Stacker
Final processing in Photoshop Elements 8.0
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tsahel Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wooaaw ! Wonderful, beautilful ! 
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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silverfernn Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
it's your work and your opinion that counts -for you.
me - I can admire this piece in total.
you know, deep sky pictures make me loong for going there myself... and that really makes me hurt.
the doghnut here makes me giggle and that washes the almost-tears away with a grin ;)

my daughter once drew a picture with crayons. lawn, a dirt path, a tree and a dog. on DIN-A 4. it was gorgeous in itself, I thought. but she, age 7, felt something was missing.
so she added a tiny but very detailed spiraled pile of dog poo on the path, slightly hidden behind the tree so you'd discover it only on second glance. then she felt "complete".
and I admired her sense of humor and bravery in it. :boogie:
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
HaHa :D Your daughters picture sounds awesome. Thank you once again for the great feedback. The doughnut was certainly not intentional. It is caused by light from the bright star reflecting of components in my imaging train on my telescope
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Artful-DnB Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Professional Photographer
Superbly stunning! ;)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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Artful-DnB Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional Photographer
:)
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bhalstead Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011   Photographer
I would be very pleased indeed to achieve this result!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm gald you like it :D Thank you. I'm going to revisit this section of sky again as soon as the weather cooperates and see if I can do an even better shot for you.
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bhalstead Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011   Photographer
Can't wait!!
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no-soap-was-harmed Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
I think its freakin awesome! :headbang:
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha! :D I'm glad you like it. Thanks Greg.
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dev-shooter Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wooooooow! :D
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D I'm glad you like it.
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athoa-adelfi Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011   Photographer
truly wondrous. 8-)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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princevlad39 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
looks great to me. I have yet to image this section. too bad about the storm season coming. We too have had a change in the weather. For weeks it has been in the low 40's (110F) here which means it rarely cools to below 30 at night. This causes many problems with heatwaves in the air for me. This morning it was 15 !!!
cheers!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much mate :D Good to hear things are starting to cool down for you.
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GemmaGreen Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
wow,you should not be disapointed with this...its amazing!!!!!!!!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much Gemma :D I'm not dissapointed with it at all, just not entirely happy. Call it 98% happy ;-)
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GemmaGreen Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
well that is as happy as most photographers ever are with their own shots, usually less!!! I love it anyway xxx
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insomniaworks Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
Another Great Shot Greg! Really starting to envy your run of clear skies.
I have to ask, this is the second shot now where I notice that the diffraction spikes are doubled. Did you by chance have to change your battery during your session?
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much again Mark :D You can stop being envious now. Looking at the forecast I won't be doing much for a while now as it is coming into storm season here (Got some lightning pics last night), but yes I have had such a great run of weather coinciding with the new moon phase. Very lucky :D
I've been wondering about that and I'm glad you noticed the double spikes as well and I would really value your thoughts on what has caused them. It is really noticible on my last two images as they are the two brightest stars I have come up against so far. I actually like the effect and I am not to fussed if I can't work out what's causing it. I didn't change batteries. All the images were done in a single sequence. I don't think it is a slight focus shift during the session as I have had that before and the spikes got further away from each other, which to me suggests its in the optical train. The veins holding the secondary mirror are about as thick as a hacksaw blade and appear to be very slightly twisted. I think this is the main culprit. I'll see if I can adjust them and take some test shots one night.
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insomniaworks Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
The only times it has ever happend to me I had either changed batteries(before I switched to AC)which is why I asked. There is always a small amount of slop in the T-Ring, and many times the camera will move just slightly when you make the switch. The other when I added more data from a different session and did not have the framing exact.

It looks to me like your focus was great. I had never noticed it in any of your other shots. The spider veins may be the culprit, but I suspect just a small image shift.

Regardless a great shot of not an easy target. Alnitak can be a real B.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I thought you were onto a winner there with the T-ring as there is certainly a little bit of play in mine, but I just checked all the subframes and it is a double spike in every single one. It must be something with the spider veins then I think. My question now is- Do you think it's a bad thing? As i said before I actually like them on a really bright star like that. If they were on all the stars I might think differently.
Thanks again :D I posted this on an astronomy forum and all the feedback from it has been along the same lines. I have done well on not an easy target and reflections are very common on images of it.
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insomniaworks Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Check and see if you can get rid of the twist in the veins, should not be much of a problem. Either way I do not find that they detract or distract much.

Mark
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Zeroth57 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It is interesting that when we get better at whatever style of photography we use, that we we get 'unhappy' with the results. We see the flaws and what we 'could' have done. Like your comment on the lens flare. Reminds me of when I used to play golf at a higher level ... I would shot an 82 and be unhappy as I remembered the three shots I screwed up and coulda shoulda cracked 80.

And yet, when I looked at this, it is a truly amazing shot and as good as anything I have seen online or in magazines. So give credit where credit is due and this is very well done. And hopefully next time yo get that flare out of the way ... ;-)

p.s. I gave up golf for about 10yrs and only play 4-6 times a summer now and enjoy the game a lot and 'happy' if I crack a 100. So as for golf, I be a different person, but I can still appreciate the level of perfection we try for in photography as I too sometimes can't get past the flaws.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the nice feedback :D Very true words Re flaws. I am nitpicking with it. I do indeed love it and I am proud of it. Thanks again.

Ah golf..... I miss it. I used to play fairly often as a teenager (My best score was 88) but just after leaving university I broke my left elbow, and despite the best intentions of doctors and physios I am unable to straighten my left arm fully anymore. So now when I play golf (maybe once a year) if I don't deliberately setup for a hook, I slice all my shots as my left arm is now effectively shorter than the right.
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facefromdream Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional Filmographer
damn i see The Horsehead Nebula
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
This one is amazing Greg! Highly poster worthy :highfive:

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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive: Thank you so much Shaun. :D I might have to do a bit a PS trickery to remove than reflection before I get it printed though.
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GradyArt Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I really like it! You have some awesome equipment to be able to get the dark cloud in there, so clearly. wonderful photography! The flare might detract from the subject in a technical sense, but as art photography, it's beautiful!
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GradyArt Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
May I suggest this as a feature in #Sky-club?
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much James :D It's not the flare (diffraction spikes) that concern me. In fact I love them. If you look between the top spike and the left hand spike of the brightest star you will see a reddish donut shape. That's a reflection of the optical tube.

As for the feature- Sure. If you want, that will be great :D
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