Hey Sara, looking good, love the rooftop obsy. :-)
Thanks Roger. The design was fraught with potential problems, but so far ........ it's been OK!
I'm so glad you've put this website together. Seeing your work gives me hope that one day I might get around to building my own observatory and having a go.
Thank you for sharing the pics!
I hope that you do get up and running one day Mark. You showed such enthusiasm.
Agree, what a nicely thought out website! Love the simplicity and the amazing photos!
Looks very impressive. Something I always wanted to do but (so far) have not had the time. Hope you and Steve are well.
Thanks Ian. This is a real time monster of that there is no doubt! In real terms each image takes many hours - Just as well I have nothing better to do! We are both well, thank you!
great looking site with some stunning new images
Thank you Peter - I certainly hope to be adding to this on a regular basis!
Wow Sara! What a truly amazing hobby! Your observatory is impressive and you are taking some awesomely beautiful photographs. Love it. Love you! Xxx
Thanks for looking Helen, I'm glad that you like the images. Keep an eye on the site for new images as and when the weather allows!!
hi great shots i can only hope to aspire to these heights wow
Thanks Colin. Much appreciate your comment. I look forward to seeing some of your work.
website looks good Sara. I'm a weebly fan as well, makes the whole process very easy
Thanks Jake, I'm glad that you like the site. There's more being added all the time - Images as the weather permits and also I keep thinking of new things I want to add!
if you'd like i can add a link to your site on the home page of my site ?
Cheers Jake, that would be good. Your website looks very good - A different template, but very effective.
I came armed with my sunglasses and wasn't dissapointed
I aim to please Martin - I just hope that the images didn't burn into your retina too much!!!
Hi Sara, Love your narrow band work and you are certainly rewarded by putting in the imaging hours.
Thanks Dave - I like taking the time with an image and it's good to see how it progresses!
Hi Sara, Absolutely stunning work your doing, I know where to come the next time i need inspiration. Superb.
Thanks Craig - I hope that you come back and check the site out. Weather permitting all new images will be on here!
I took a look at your website! Looks very good! You' ve a very nice setup! I am looking also forward to your posts on Astronomy Inside.
Thanks Will. I'm glad that you like the site and hop you will come back and check out my work from time to time!
Lovely website Sara, impressed by everything from the obsy to the images, keep supplying us with those amazing images
Thanks David for your comments - I'm glad that you like the site and the content. As long as the weather cooperates I'll keep imaging!!
Nice website. I like the observatory very much. You have a awesome view. You must have very nice dark skys over there. Wish you lots more fun.
Glad that you enjoyed the website Bert. The views are good, but I don't think that the skies are that dark really - Little better than rural on the Bortle scale.
Great site Sara. Fantastic images.
Many thanks Andy - Glad that you like the site.
I'm watching this site get better and better. Following the progress of the Helix very carefully. Nice work.
Thanks Dave - The Helix is coming on slowly, only a maximum of 3, maybe 4 subs a night due to it's unfavourable position - I hope it's worth it!!
just amazed by your images, superb. I live in the uk but now have a remote imaging set up in nerpio in spain at astrocamp. your images are something for me to aspire to. br chris
Thanks Chris for your kind words - I really look forward to seeing your images from Astrocamp.
Really nice set of images, and a nice clean design for the site.
Thanks for looking - Glad that you like the site format!
Sara, stunning images as ever! Really well put together site and boy, what a helpful partner!
Thanks Gordon, I'm glad that you like my images and the site. My husband is very helpful and understanding - He reads these comments too!!!
Very interesting build. Love the pics, hoping to get there myself. with my DSLR one day. Ken
Thanks Ken - The obs, while potentially fraught with issues has worked out perfectly. Good luck with your imaging.
I love your site and your observatory! You have done some very impressive work. Keep it up. Thanks for finding me on flickr.
Cheers Kirk - The observatory has worked out really well. Thanks for your kind words.
I am using an ATIK 314L+ on my TEC140 and am considering the 460EX mono. I'd be interested in whether you find the latter to be step up in narrowband sensitivity-Thanks! Bob Hertel, New Jersey
While the 314L+ is an excellent camera, I do find the 460 more efficient and also with a far more pleasing field of view. Coupled with the 3nm Astrodon filters, I find the 460 a winning combination for sure.
Thank You Sara. I ended getting a 5nm Ha, and 3nm SII and OIII. I also am interested in capturing planetary nebula, and I believe the 5nm Ha will help me to achieve that goal.
Thanks for all your help.
Keep up the good work with your astrophotography, it looks fantastic.
Thanks David - I hope that you find some folks near you soon ...!
Very neat website, very good observatory, fantastic photos! Wish i could be like you!
Best regards, Pavel.
Thanks Pavel, your comments are most kind. We all start from the same place though!
Hi Sara great pics carry on the great work, look forward to more. brena
Thanks Brenda, glad that you like my pics! I will definitely be carrying on, so pop back and see my new stuff from time to time!
Fantastic images there, How I envy your clear skies ( nothing like the UK)
Thanks Roger - Sadly my clear skies have been lacking of late - Fingers crossed for some clear, windless nights soon!
Hi Sara, What amazing pics, keep up the good work B x
Thanks! Glad that you like them!!
Love the site, have looked at many obsy builds but on top of another building must be the most difficult of them all - well done !!
Am enjoying your work with the C9.25 and can't wait for you to turn it to some galaxy work.
Thanks for your comments Paul - The observatory really wasn't too tricky, coupled with the fact that there was no where else it could go, so it had to fit! I hope to do some galaxy work soon, just finishing off the SII data in SII for IC417.
Congratulation for AAPOD Sara!
Hi Sara, only just found your website, don't know what took me so long. Like it a lot. It's good to see you keeping a record of the astounding progress you have made in such a short time.
Thanks Dennis - I'm glad that you found me .... eventually!! You know that without your help and advice I wouldn't be at this point now. I really do appreciate the time that you give me.
Wow Ms. Sara, I was unfamiliar w/ your work until I saw an image via Atik's Facebook. I was their N. American rep for two years. Anyway, I'd be pleased to trade links to one another if you like my site. Keep up the most impressive work! Appreciate you telling new imagers about our educational resource www.ip4ap.com.
Many thanks for your kind words Warren, that sure is something coming from someone as renowned as you in the field of AP. I have never looked at your tutorials. If you want me to take a look at some and make recommendations from there I will gladly do so. You can contact me via the site if you are interested in taking this further. I have added your site in my links section. I look forward to hearing from you!
Sara,Absolutely fantastic images, very impressed. ;)
Many thanks for your kind words Alan.
Great images! As a newbe with version 1.0 gear, I enjoyed (and learned) reading about your progressions with priorities and equipment.
Thanks Stephen - I'm glad that you found the equipment section useful. Good luck with your imaging, we all start from the same place!
What a nice site you got here, good story not to mention your fabulous images. I look forward to follow it.
Greetings from your Finnish friend,
Many thanks Clas for visiting my site and I'm glad that you enjoyed it!
Good Day Sara,
I really enjoyed your site. I'm getting ready to transition into Narrowband and I'm on the fence regarding going with a 3nm or 5nm Ha filter. I realize that I loose the NII lines with the 3nm, but I gain contrast with the 3nm. Based on your experience do you personally have a recommendation?
Keep up the great work!
Hi Michael, I really do rate the 3nm Ha filter and having some from a 7nm originally I really did notice the extra contrast and clean look to the images. If you are starting from scratch, then I think the 3nm is a good starting point. It's a super filter.
Hej Sara,I do only observing, mainly because you can´t beat Hubble. But having seen your work, I am really impressed! Not unlike Hubble:)
Many thanks Wim, I'm glad that you like my work!!
Not a member of stargazers.com, so I cannot post there, but saw your comments at http://stargazerslounge.com/topic/194811-very-simple-rain-sensor-required-any-pointers/ . FYI, Noticed the following at Target. http://www.target.com/p/wireless-rain-gauge-black-ws-9004u-it-cbp/-/A-10721465 Please pass it on.
Thanks Brian, this isn't quite what I was after, but it certainly looks useful for a wireless rain gauge.
Thanks for the welcome over at the lounge. I am so impressed by the knowledge, helpfulness, and kind welcome so many afforded me there.
You astrophotography is beautiful. You have a good eye.
FYI love Espaina was fortunate enough to visit the Costa Brava area one trip.
All the best
Many thanks for your comments. SGL is a good place to seek help and advise, most of what I have learnt has been through the forum! Spain is great, I love it!!!
Your work is wonderful!
Thank you Robert, that is most kind!
Your presentation is fantastic! The temperature fluctuations between day and night are impressive as well. Out of 365, what percentage approximately are your nights satisfactory for astrophotography?-Jack
Hi Jack. Thanks for your comments, glad you like my work. I think I probably get between 15-20 clear nights a month on average. It's very difficult to gauge.
You have some wonderful images, especially the areas in Cygnus.
Also there is a hidden secret in the Crescent Nebula widefield!
Thank you for your comments - I'm glad that you like my images. The hidden secret in Cygnus is the Soap Bubble I presume? Very clearly shown in my Crescent shot!
Great work! Thank you.
Thank you Robert!
Hi, great looking website with some nice images. Read through your equipment upgrades page - sounds just like myself.
Perhaps we can link exchange between our websites?
Thanks Daniel - Have added your link to my site!
Hi Sara, i am setting up a very similar setup as your (AO + QSI), but not sure how to connect both together to the most nearest position. Just email Starlight Xpress (Terry) and told me that the BFD is 50mm, but found impossible with given adapter, if its not too much to ask, can you tell what adapter did you use to connect both units, and also the other end of the AO (i also have a celestron 9.25" HD) adapter. Thanks
The SXAO unit comes with a T thread adapter - I screwed that directly into my QSI. That's it, no adapters or spacing needed. AT the scope end of the AO I use a 2" nosepeice that goes directly into the focuser.
Hope that helps.
Hi Sara thanks for the tip, I have the train connected, but need some help on the cable setup, How did you connected the cables to the Lodestar, AO and the mount. Did you connected the AO to the lodestar and the AO to the mount guiding socket???
Finally, in Maxim DL setup, did only used the setting up of only Camera 1 given that the second camera is in practice
part of the QSI.
There's a serial cable from the AO unit that needs to go to the computer. I have a serial USB adapter for this. The other cables goes to the mount. The Lodestar goes into the USB. The Lodestar and SX don't connect between themselves. Have you seen this? http://astro.azurewebsites.net/Article/ArticleContent/5
In Maxim I have the capture camera set up in 1 and the Lodestar in camera 2, set as universal SX. From there you need to enable the AO unit. It's all explained in the blog link above. Hope that helps.
Great work, as I mentioned on Facebook. When you get your first FIT images ... Are they monochrome? Are they 16-bit or 8-bit image depth? When you process in Photoshop is the image already reduced to 8-bits per RGB channel? Sorry about all the questions.
Thanks William, The fits images when they come from the camera are monochrome - The camera is mono, so has no way of producing a colour image as it stands. They are 16-bit depth and I work with 16-bit throughout the processing stage, I never reduce to 8-bit as it loses detail.
Thanks Will, The fits images when they come from the camera are monochrome - The camera is mono, so has no way of producing a colour image as it stands. They are 16-bit depth and I work with 16-bit throughout the processing stage, I never reduce to 8-bit as it loses detail.
I appreciate your dedication to obtaining crazy amounts of narrowband data before integrating. Awesome images Sara...
Thank you Tyler - I like crazy amounts of data, it makes everything much easier!
Awesome photo's. I'm really impressed at what you have accomplished. Hope you are having the time of your life. Love to all and keep on "flashing"!!!
Sharrrrron, what's taken you so long to find me?!!! Glad you like my pics, keep smiling!!
Hi Sara, as mentioned previously I using a very similar imaging setup as yours, Its composed of the following:
QSI 632 (wsg)
In Celestron website they have the BFD as 146.05mm from the tube rear end flange to the imaging sensor, and from the SX-AO the optimum distance to the sensor is 108mm, if its not too much asking is this more or less the distance that you have with your imaging train??
Hi Charles. I don't have the C9.25 any more to check. I had a Baader Clicklock adapter in the focuser, the SXAO went straight into that using a nosepiece and the QSI screwed straight into the SXAO. I have a picture of it on the equipment section. I didn't take any measurements at all, so have no idea about them.... Sorry.
Hi Sara, never noticed your guestbook before so a big hello from me, love the site btw, it's great. Video tutorials next? lol
Thanks Tony - No video tutorials from me :)
Hi Sara, do you ever do workshops or talks to astronomy groups or perhaps a small number of people trying to have a go at astro photography? You can see from our groups website that they are having some success.
Hi Christine. I haven't done anything like this before, but I'll drop you an email about some possibilities.
hello Sara I have looked at the books you recommend and have decided that for Xmas my wife can but me 'making every photon count'. I am just starting in the DSLR field so what every I can get to give me decent instruction I'll get. Thanks
It's a great book Melvin, you'll not be disappointed.
That RC scope is looking damn good ! I have a feeling it will be producing some killer shots really soon. Nice :)
Cheers Dave - I don't think it's going to be the nightmare that I was expecting with collimation and to be able to run both scopes on the Avalon is a bonus. Poor mount!!!
hello Sara I am an absolute novice at the astrophotography game and as I live in a very light polluted area seeing (when we have clear skies) anything such as your pics has never happened to me although I go to my local golf club to escape some of the pollution I can only dream of seeing the universe as others in the World can. Thanks for posting them.
Many thanks Melvin - We all started from the same place, none of us were born astronomers. With patience and perseverance you'll get there. Good luck.
Thanks Melvin - With patience I am sure that you will get there. Good luck!
Your images are an inspiration Sara. Hubble quality from Earth. Great to see all your pics in one place. Keep them coming.
Thank you Pat!
Enjoy visiting your website and also seeing your images on Astrobin and Flickr. Its been fun watching your equipment changes over time - it seems we always need to tweak things just a little more... :-)
Looking forward to seeing more images from your 8" RC!
Thanks Bruce! I'm hoping I've reached the end of my tweaking for a little while ... LOL!! Does it ever end? I am enjoying the 8" RC. It's a great scope.
You have captured amazing images. Love the ones you post on SGL too. Just saw your Christmas Tree Nebula featured on Sky@Night on 14th December. Congratulations.
Thanks Mary - It was really nice to be featured on S@N!
Beautiful work. Can't wait to pass on from this miserable existence here in earth to perhaps become one passing around these stars.
Cheers Steve - How different it may all seem from within?!
Wonderful images, Sara, I love seeing your work on SGL. I hope you keep them coming, truly inspirational stuff!
Many thanks Ian. I keep my website updated and also post my images on FB so you can keep up with my progress!
Nice shots in the gallery. How close du you get with the first equipment you had ? As compare. I thinking about buying somthing similar, is it recomended or should I spend some x1000€ more direct or wait some times before and get bored with the beginners stuff. The eveloution in yor system growth pretty quick:) and also the investments I guess :)
Ho Richard, It's hard to recommend any kit to others. I would suggest that you spend some time with the various field of view calculators out there and really get a feel for the different scopes / camera combos.
I imagine that here in Sao Paulo, Brazil , EVEN Clean sky, Would not Be Possible such amazing photos !
Thank you glad that you like my images!
Sara you are incredible, I enjoyed reading each part of your site, I could not stop reading it. if at any time you want to post an article on " The Observers " please feel free to do so. I do not want to take away from your sales, I would like to think that it just might increase your sales in stead. I do not care for promoting sales on the page, however if you were to include your web sites URL in the text such as a contributing editor, well now how could I say any thing.
Many thanks Terry. I will certainly put something onto 'The Observers' and then people can ask any questions that they have. Thanks for your support.
Incredible work, congratulations. And thank you for letting us see the Universe
Thanks - Glad that you like my work!
Great work Sara , and the website is wonderful too
Thanks Paul - Glad that you like it!
Your site is very informative. I enjoyed it and learned some new things. Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge and experience.
Thanks Ricard - I'm glad that you found it informative - I have tried to add stuff that I thought people would find useful along the way.
hi Sara I would like to vote for the astrophotograph but I cannot speak Spanish. Point me in the right direction so that I can vote. Some great pics you have.
Many thanks Melvin - The link for the voting in English is http://www.astroshop.eu/advice/star-of-europe/c,9164
Just browsed through - some lovely images on here. The one in the gallery of M51 is the most stunning picture I've ever seen of that object (and I've seen a few!). Amazing. Thanks for sharing.
Hi Paul, many thanks for looking and glad that you like my images. Much appreciated!
Love your site and setup. In regards to #8 on the equipment page, I hope you never stop making improvements to your setup, as your journey is a guide to the rest of us.
Thank you Greg - You'll be pleased to know there are a few more changes in the pipeline!!!
Your web site is an inspiration. I seem to have followed the same path as you but I am not quite there with an observatory yet. I have just bought a Starlight Xpress Trius SX814 mono CCD and have begun my first narrow band images. Your images are fantastic and something to aspire to.
Thanks Jean - I'm glad that you've found my website useful. I wush you lots of luck!
Great website, very well set out and presented with adequate details about the many superb images, both of your equipment and celestial objects. Very easy to navigate, all a credit to you. I love good presentation.
Thanks for your kind words - Much appreciated. I've revamped the site a little, so I hope you like it just as much!
Post Script, My journey has been a very long one, starting in the early 60's building my own scopes and cameras etc. when film and darkrooms were the norm for advanced amateur astronomers. I was fortunate to have the friendship and support of people like Sir Patrick Moore, a driving force in astronomy if ever there was one.
A bit of my history via a few images. https://picasaweb.google.com/109921669020426367250/HistoricalTelescopesSomeMediaArticlesVarious?authuser=0&feat=directlink
That's really interesting and great images and information in your link - Thank you so much.
Thanks for the detailed info on books and equipment. I've actually just ordered all the image processing ones from Amazon to start learning that first.
Between living conditions and budget considerations, the APO/CCD will come in about 2-3 years. Currently sticking to visual and might try a bit of AP with my EQ6/EdgeHD 9.25, but doubt I can tackle that much focal length as a beginner.
Wishing you the best
Good luck with the processing!!! There's no rush, the stars aren't going anywhere !!!
Hi Sara, it seems I actually visited your site some time ago but memory being what it is...
I must say you have come on in leaps and bounds. The time you put in and the attention to detail is really paying dividends. Rarely have I seen so much benefit from equipment upgrades, you are really getting your full mileage. Absolutely stunning collection of nb images , you can hold your head up with the best. No doubt.
Thank you for your kind words. Many of the improvements are down to the help that people such as yourself have offered. Without you then things would have taken so much longer and been much more painful!!
You know that I always value your input and thoughts.
Sara !! One of the best astrophotographers today!!
Thank you Juan - That is kind of you to say!
Congratulations on your APOD image, Sara.
I have really enjoyed watching you progress with your astro-imaging and although you don't need an APOD win to seal your success, it is great to see your work honoured in this manner.
Many thanks for popping by and leaving your comment. It means a lot to me, especially as you know how important you have been with regards to my progress.
I hope that I can be as helpful as you have to me for other people in the hobby.
It took my addled brain ages to find this APOD. Glad I persevered, typically wonderful piece of work.
Sara is well known for the superb quality of her images, so I felt very privileged to spend 2-3 days with Sara at her home in Spain recently being taught how best to edit the raw data.
I learnt so much, and Sara approaches the task in a very easy non-technical way.
Nothing was too much trouble, and Sara was always willing to go over things again for numpties like myself.
One also had the opportunity to look over her observatory, and if the weather was kind to actually do some imaging.
Sara’s husband Steve is an excellent cook, which was an added bonus.
Sitting out on the terrace in the warm sunshine after a lovely meal with a glass of wine (or two), was one of the most memorable parts of an all too short a visit.
Many thanks for your comments David. I am glad that you enjoyed your time and found it useful.
It was great to meet you and look forward to seeing you in 2016 !!
Have looked in a few times - but never got to actually leave any comment before now. I was following Sara's work long before I had the opportunity to meet up. She certainly has inspired me to keep going and as someone mentioned above - her attention to detail is what makes her images stand out. One thing I have learned from her...one or two hours won't cut it. Still, I have a way to go to display the patience she does in capturing the photons.....just still can't figure out how she can wait so long before publishing her shots.....but therein lies her true talent for fantastic images. Just now, reading how much effort she has put in for testing a new mount....well, that says it all.
Hope to meet up again in 2016 Sara.....here is wishing you clear skies....as long as they stretch just a little further south also :-)
Many thanks for your kind words Brendan! Lets hope we do meet up again in 2016 and meanwhile, if you can just stay out of Spain a little longer as you really seem to bring the bad weather
Just looking at your new mount, I must say it looks massive. Looking for flow ups
Cheers Terry - It's all ongoing and I hoe to add to it along the way :)
Thank you for sharing with the rest of the world. Enjoy everything you have done and all that you do share. Have a Happy New Year and clear skies.
Thanks Robert - Wishing you a great 2016!
Well, I started with the intention of having a look at a couple of your images - then read the whole site lol. Not content with that, I spend a further couple of hours annoying my wife with...OMG, WOW and "come n ave a look at this one"...I dunno, what can I say...I can't find a superlative that matches the majesty of your work. It is inspirational, especially for an AP beginner like myself.
Many thanks Arry, I'm glad that you enjoyed the site and found it useful. If I can help at all with your AP journey then just give me a shout - None of us were born knowing this stuff and I think we should share it with others :)
Hi Sara, I have I have taking images of the heavens for many years with varying degrees of success but your images of nebulae are some of the best I have seen which I first spotted in Astronomy now magazine, so I had to check out your website. keep up the good work
Many thanks for your kind words Simon. I'm glad that you enjoyed the website - I am adding to it all of the time ...... when the weather and conditions allow LOL!!
beyond the shadow of a doubt who made the universe is a great artist
Really espectacular images Sara! I am also in Spain, in the Tarragona region. And I'm also thinking on going forma CCD in a near future due to hot summer temperatures. We'll see...
Thanks for sharing all your activities.
Are you a professional astrophotographer? Or it's "just" a passionate hobby?
Thanks for your kind words. If I can help at all with your CCD choice then drop me an email. You need to get one with good cooling, so that rules out a few.
I'm just a passionate hobbyist!!!
Dear Sara, thanks for sharing your experience with us on the web. Very nice website, like it. Congratulations to you for the Job achieved until today ;) Take care Fabio
Thank you Fabio! I'm glad that you like the website, I try to put as much information on the site to help others :)
Hi Sara ... am just starting out with my newly acquired 14" SCT and am based in Herefordshire on the edge of the Brecon Beacons.What an inspiration your work is ... this will give me a new direction to look at when I get set up if you have any tips,with ccd`s to give they will be welcome Steve
Thanks Steve for your comments - I'm hope that you continue to find my work useful and the website as well. I've got lots of thoughts about CCD's, so if you have any specific questions just drop me an email through the 'contact me' page :)
Great website Sara and loving the content from the tutorials to your blogs
Thanks Ian for your kind words...... If there's anything you can think of that you'd like to see on my website, then just let me know and I'll see if I can add it :)
Great Site--I particularly like your assessment of binning and # of subs. The biggest surprise, however, was encountering the word Pixinsight on your web site ;)
I did try Pixinsght for a while Rodd!!
Your pics are amazing. I dream of this quality and beauty. Ty for sharing this. Can't wait to see more.
Than k you Allan for dropping by and taking the time to write a comment. If you subscribe to my blog you'll see all the new stuff as well as ongoing projects as they happen!!!
I saw you "liked" one of my images on Astrobin and looked you up. Holy crap you're amazing! What an honor!
Thanks for your kind words ..... remember we all started from the same place :)
You advised me on my disheartened thread on SGL.
I would just like to thank you very much for the guide, it will prove most useful.
Glad I was able to help Mark :)
Sara you put a lot of time in to your photos and it shows FANTASTIC
Thank you Terry - Very kind of you to say.
Hi Sara. I didn't see a lot of comments congratulating you for your APOD on October 11. So...congratulations! It's well deserved, you've been doing excellent work for a while now.
Thank you Steve for your kind comments!! The APOD was a very nice surprise indeed :)
Lo que haces me parece maravilloso, descubrir el universo es fantastico, excelentes fotos, gracias!
Muchas gracias Juan!!
Congratulations on your APOD this week!
Many thanks Nick
I love your work, I always came here to drink your knowledge.
Thank you very much for keeping this website up and running and share so nice hints,
Thanks Fernando! If I can help anymore then do contact me. I'm glad that you find the website useful.
I just finished reading your tutorial on mosaic AP, and I am sooooo glad that I followed the link to your web site. Wonderful info for me, a newly enthralled astro-photographer. Thank you for the great insight.
Thanks Jim, I'm glad that you've found my site useful...... I try to make it accessible for people at all levels with different articles etc
Wow.Just followed your link from stargazerslounge.I'm amazed.I didn't even know this was possible. Truly stunned.
Cheers Dominic - I'm glad that you like the images, I hope that it can inspire you along the way :)
your pictures are very nice.
If I have more time then I perhaps also as beautiful pictures as you.
My English is not that good.
Thank you Dieter - Your comments are very kind.... I wish you luck in your imaging also :)
Amazing pictures and superb processing skills, it is one thing to obtain the data and quiet another to make it look fantastic. You set the bar very high indeed, a great inspiration for beginners like me. You website, the layout and all the information is commendable and appreciated . Thank You.
Thanks Tim for your thoughts. I'm really glad that you have found my website to be useful.... that's really the main aim, to pass on information about things i have learnt during the last few years :)
You are getting fashinating results! This is helpfull since it validates my own ambitions pursuing this endeavour. It can be done!
In the face of the mounting costs and the required time to get somwhere one can start felling being lost and discouraged. Thank you for publishing also ways of doing it, Janez
Thanks for your comments Jenez and I'm glad that I'm able to help you see the way forward :)
Congratulations for your new "dream setup". 2 FSQ85 x 2 KAF8300 CCD on a solid Mesu 200.
To double the exposing time it's a great idea. Specially for those long, long, narrowband exposures.
Thanks for sharing all your progress. It has helped me a lot to choose different parts of my equipment (for ex: my FSQ85).
Best wishes and clear winter nights,
Thanks Aleix for your comments - I'm glad that my progress has helped you!
Your photos made me say "wow!" They are beautiful! The only thing I have ever photographed was the moon and a few planets - but not zoomed in more than 40x. They were also not colorised. Be assured more people will be stopping by to view your photos as someone posted a link to the Witch's Nebula on an online course at FutureLearn.com relating to Orion. I will be stopping by again and again as I get the free time. Just so many beautiful photos! Thank you.
Many thanks for your comments Jim :)
Fantastic site and images Sarah. Thanks for taking the time to share your art with us all, it really is inspirational.
Thank you Ray - I'm glad that you enjoyed the site :)
You have a beautiful website,Sara, with a magnificent collection of images. Excellent work!
Thank you very much Ruud - Glad that you enjoyed the website :)
Fantastic images. It must cost a fortune to have the necessary equipment to photograph what can never be seen by the naked eye. After all, your 'subjects' are continually on the move, which must mean long, long exposures! Lovely!. Clearly you are a passionate, and gifted observer. Keep up the good work.
Many thanks for your comments John - I love astrophotography.... it is so interesting and dynamic.... Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment :)
Stumbling in on your website I realize how much I need to do and buy to get this stunning results you have managed to catch, very impressive work. Just getting a CCD cam will probably not work for me as the weather is more or less bad all the time nowdays (Sweden) and CCD meaning triple time...
I will come back here and learn from your tips and tricks and just to admire your pics. Thanks.
Thank you Jimmy for your kind words..... I hope that you can continue to find my site useful..... There's always a colour CCD :)
Good luck with your imaging :)
Saw your blog address on Astro shed and just had to take a look. Wow a roof top obsy. Hope to make my own one day, at the moment light street lighting pollution is proving a major problem for me. However we plan to move in a couple of years to darker skies.
Thank you Roy - I'm glad that you found my blog and website. The roof top obsy was more necessity than design as we had no where to put anything else. It works well and narrowband always helps to combat light pollution :)
Wow, and Wow again! Absolutely stunning images.We are more than impressed. More please!!
I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the website and looking at the images! Just think you'll even get to see the 'engine room' in September!!! More will be in their way soon I promise!!!!
Amazing work Sara, just WOW! thanks for share your point of view of Astrophotography!!! its really amazingl!!!
Many thanks Javier - I'm pleased that you are enjoying my astrophotography :)
Hello Sara , very impressive work you got there! keep it going! ;D
Saludos desde Barcelona!
Thank you Hector - I'm pleased that you have enjoyed the website :)
Sara, many thanks for sharing your images and information on the AP ! Your work is really inspiring ! Constantine.
Thanks!! I've tried to make my website accessible and informative for people :)
Oops! I accidentally unsubscribed (with the help of my 3-year old granddaughter). Had to reply to something so I could continue receiving updates. Thank you for such beautiful photos.
I find your MCM intriguing. Often times it has happened that I could not finish a target in 1 year due to weather and position. This method provides for a way to create a colored image where one could not be created before. However, the procedure for accomplishing this is not discussed...anywhere (that I know of). Is this a PS thing, performed using stock PS tools, or did you have to write your own script or something?
I have never published the procedure as I became concerned that people would use it to try to create a Hubble palette looking image without full disclosure about the fact that it was nothing more than an artistic rendition..... I know that IF I do it then I will do everything I can (including text across the image saying what it is) - and I feel that we have responsibility to keep things as true as we can.
Hello Sara - Your images are stunningly beautiful. I am looking for advice re an astrophography book for my son's birthday. He has just finished a Master of Astrophysics and is also a Volcanologist. He does not have any special photography equipment but has told me that the next he wants to do is astrophotograhy. At the moment he cannot due to young children, finances, work etc. I am so confused about what book would be suitable for him as my knowledge consists only of gazing at the stars from my back yard.I would appreciate specific advice for my son who is a passionate and knowledgeable astrophysicist and amateur photographer. Thanks in anticipation - Mary
There's a few different disciplines in astro imaging, Deep Sky (galaxies and nebula), planetary, Solar and Lunar..... It sounds silly but these all require different equipment. I can only speak for Deep Sky (I'm not sure if this is what your son wants to do?)
A good book is 'Making Every photon Count' - This takes you through the complete process of Deep Sky imaging. It breaks it all down and makes the whole subject very accessible. It's also worth noting that anything that you currently know about photography is worth forgetting for astro work!!
I have a couple of other caveats... It can be very time consuming! Depending on the level you want to reach, each single image can take me 8-10 hours worth of processing!!
Depending again on what level you want to reach it can be very expensive......
Hope that helps :) If you have any other specific questions then feel free to ask.
Thank you so much for your prompt and helpful reply Sara. Much appreciated. Your photos enable me to gaze into the sky from the desert in Australia and from Southern Tasmania and see it in a different and deeper way. Regards - Mary
Congratulations on your work being selected for the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day. After viewing your website, it is apparent that many of your images would have qualified.
Thank you James - Very kind of you to say :)
Wow , Amazing amazing photography pics, Love these beautiful pics
Thank you for sharing your knowledge and skills. Having started deep sky imaging a year ago at 75, I'm a little late to the game. It has been an enjoyable struggle trying to learn both the imaging and processing techniques. The Internet has been very helpful. Your site is superb, and your images are beautiful. I've decided to try narrowband imaging because of severe light pollution, and your discussions are most helpful. Those 30 minute exposures scare me though. Thank you for the APP tutorials as well.
Don't let age ever be a barrier Richard - Astro imaging is great at any age!! I'm glad that you found the website useful..... I've always tried to add things that I think will help others
Impressive as always Sara, but that's not new ;)
I recently discovered your website and blog after looking for some interesting astro-photographer/astronomer blogs to follow. I find you content inspirational and most interesting.
I share your hobby, I have a small observing shed with a fixed pier and modest equipment (8" SCT) working from North Yorkshire in the UK. I long to expand my setup and dip my toes further into the world of astronomy and astro pics. I've dabbled with Lunar and planetary, deep sky, asteroid occulations, and recently got a quick look at SN2017eaw supernova. I find there is so much to learn and its such a challenge to spend limited resources cafefully to move forward. I look forward to continuing to follow your blog and wish you every success with your work. Mike.
Many thanks for your kind words Mike - It's great to know that my website is helpful :) Good luck in your own astro imaging journey :)
Congrats on todays APOD Sara. Well done.
The new website looks great! Congratulations on this new design. And, as always, thanks to share your experience. I can say that part of my achievements are thanks to your support.
Hello Sara. Thanks so much for sharing your work. We are on the verge of acquiring lakeside land in Down East Maine, with as little light pollution as most of us can hope to have these days, and a roof-top observatory is now on the priority list for the builders. Thanks for the inspiration.