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My lovely wife +Tanja Schmitz and I just finished a blog post about our "Big 5" #astrophotography  targets of the southern sky. Hope you like it!
The most spectacular deep sky targets of the southern hemisphere, in our humble opinion, are some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring objects available to amateur astronomers and astrophotograp...
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We are now on Patreon.com! If you like this video and feel like we deserve some cash for it, go here!

THANK YOU! http://www.patreon.com/tcsastro
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Thanks +Fraser Cain !
 
What Part of the Milky Way Can We See?

Here's our latest video, talking about what part of of the Milky Way we can see, and how we even know we're in a spiral galaxy at all. A big thanks to +Cory Schmitz and +Tanja Schmitz for supplying almost all of the photos and videos for this episode. 

http://www.patreon.com/creation?hid=1067461

Made with +Jason Harmer and edited by +Chad Weber. Produced by +Susan Murph.
Guide to Space Ep. 117 What Part of the Milky Way Can We See? Airdate: 10/10/2014
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I don't remember if I've shared this image or not, but here it is.

My first attempt (well first successful) at the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex in Scorpius. Shot with a Canon 60Da at 135mm, tracked and unguided on a Celestron CG-5 ASGT mount, in the dark Karoo desert skies, back in March/April.

More info on Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/schmitzcory/14206448477/

#astrophotography   #astronomy  
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I just went through my feed and realized I'm not seeing enough #astrophotography! And then I realized it's partially my fault because I haven't posted in a while (sorry about that...). 

Anyway, here is one I haven't shared here (I think). 

The Large Magellanic Cloud, as photographed from just outside of Sutherland, South Africa. The favorite dark location of +Tanja Schmitz and I. 

Image details are on my website, here! http://astroshake.com/2014/04/the-large-magellanic-cloud/
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its awesome and amazing
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Dear all,
I'm really happy to announce that after careful consideration, I have decided to open source AstroBin.

The source code available at the following BitBucket repository: https://bitbucket.org/siovene/astrobin/src/.

The code is licensed under the Affero General Public License.

I will personally coordinate the efforts of the people willing to contribute. I came to realize that the list of things that need to be done is much larger than what I can do by myself, so it's for the best to put it all in the hands of the community.

The issue list is vast, as it's visible on BitBucket.

Please get in touch if you wish to contribute, and together we can make AstroBin better and better!

Salvatore.
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* Video Update! *
Beginner DSLR Night Sky Astrophotography - TCS * Astrophotography 

A narrated overview of the presentation on an introduction to DSLR night sky astrophotography given by myself and my wife +Tanja Schmitz at the 2014 PhotoFilm Expo in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Learn the basics of how we shoot the #milkyway and a quick practical primer on shooting beautiful #startrail images.

Youtube link: Beginner DSLR Night Sky Astrophotography - TCS * Astrophotography
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Capturing the Cosmos - Beginner DSLR Night Sky Photography, TCS * Astrophotography 

+Tanja Schmitz and +Cory Schmitz (TCS*Astrophotography) narrate their presentation given at the Astronomical Society of South Africa in Sept of 2014. Learn the basics of DSLR wide-field and telescopic astrophotography and how to capture the night sky using your DSLR camera.

Also -- We are now on Patreon.com! If you like this video and feel like we deserve some cash for it, go here, thank you!
LINK: http://www.patreon.com/tcsastro

Capturing the Cosmos - Beginner DSLR Night Sky Photography, TCS * Astrophotography
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+Viktor Schmidt Thanks!
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+Tanja Schmitz and I have been battling with getting the narrowband colors we want with our CCD for a while now. The problem was that many of the images we've seen that claim to be using the HST color palette, in fact are not. Anyway, while narrowband image combinations aren't that simple, I wanted to show the different between the true HST-SHO palette and what we often actually see in shared narrowband images.

NGC6188 in the southern constellation Ara is a current work in progress right now, displayed using two different color palettes. The partially-processed image on the left is using the true HST-SHO (SII-Ha-OIII/R-G-B) palette, while the image on the right is using a blended-but-mostly-pure OIII-Ha-SII/R-G-B, not the HST palette. 

The problem is, the palette/channel combination used on the right is often shared online and incorrectly called the "HST" palette, which had us pulling hair out trying to get the right colors. We personally like the modified palette better...but it's false color anyway, so do what you like. :)

Note I'm trying to not start a petty argument about what narrowband images are supposed to look like, but just informing anyone else who is struggling to get the "right" color in their narrowband images.

Good luck!

#astrophotography   #astronomy   #narrowband   #nebula   #space   #photography  
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Just a quick animation showing how bad the light pollution is here from our driveway in Johannesburg, as I tried to capture C/2013 Siding Spring, as it moved in between the SMC and 47 Tucanae.
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+Cory Schmitz WHat was magnitude of comet?
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This version of messier 20, the Trifid Nebula, was just a quick target to shoot at the end of +Tanja Schmitz and my last night of imaging at Rooikloof farm in Sutherland, South Africa, back in April 2014. Exceptionally dark and clear skies in the Karoo desert make for lots of data in a short amount of time. I'm way too happy with this image despite the short exposure time. Dark skies matter. Love the desert!

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7x 300s ISO800, 35minutes total exposure time
Canon 60Da
Orion 8" Astrograph, f/3.9
Celestron CGEM DX mount
Orion SSAG + 50mm guide scope

Data acquired with BackyardEOS
Guiding with PhD
Reduced and post-processed with PixInsight
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A very sensitive and detailed portrayal of this nebula.
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I love this project by +Tanja Sund !
 
A 10 panel panorama of the Milkyway, as seen from the top of the Amphitheatre mountain range in the Drakensberg, South Africa.
The tent was pitched 10m from a 1km vertical drop, also the home of the Tugela Waterfall, second highest waterfall in the world.
The hike up to the top of the Amphitheatre took about 3 hours from the Sentinel car park, using the chain ladders to reach the summit. This is the only day hiking trail which leads to the top of the Drakensberg escarpment. We (Cory and I) overnighted next to the Tugela falls to catch the Milkyway, which rises to the east over the local settlements.
Canon 5D Mark III
24-70mm LII f/2.8
Shot at 24mm, F/3.2
20sec single exposures
10x image panorama
Processed in LightRoom & Photoshop.
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+Russell Bateman It was cold, but unfortunately no falls, the river was dry!
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