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The Pleiades Cluster by insomniaworks The Pleiades Cluster by insomniaworks
8" Newt f/5
Losmandy G-11
Canon Digital Rebel XT
Starshoot autoguider
Prime focus approx 72 min. total exposure
Dark and flat frames subtracted
Combined with Deep Sky Stacker
Processed with CS2

A reprocess of The Seven Sisters to get rid of some of the halo around it. I like this much better.
Comments welcomed---Let me know what you think
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theSweetestInsanity Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I think I'm seriously in love... (With all of it not just this one image... beyond beautiful) So fascinating! Great work, and thanks for sharing!
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phrostie Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Always one of my favorites
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insomniaworks Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
One of mine as well! :D
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MrDSir Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011   General Artist
You've got some killer shots, and I think this is my favorite. This is an amazing shot, I tried a few times to get Pleiades at the observatory here in Alfred but never got a good one. Keep on rockin' the telescopes.
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insomniaworks Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Thanks so much! Glad you like it/them.
Comming up on the perfect time to try M-45 again.

Clear Skies!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome as always Mark. Can't wait to try this one myself one day.
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insomniaworks Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
You're too kind Greg. Can't wait for you to shoot it either!
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gracie-is-a-pie Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Student General Artist
I love astronomy photographs! <3
I recognized this one right away, I had to know this for a tournament. I like how the starburst-effect is slanted, so it doesn't look rigid at 90-degree angles. Very nice! :D
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insomniaworks Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
So glad you liked it...Thanks much!
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Ahmedqatar Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Is that a real photo?????????????????????
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:iconinsomniaworks:
insomniaworks Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Sure is.
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Ahmedqatar Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I'm amazed with it .. how did you take it?
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insomniaworks Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
Most of the details are included with the shot. I attach my camera to a telescope and take a series of images and combine them to get a final image. It has been a while but I believe they were 3min. exposures combined.
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Ahmedqatar Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Do you live away from the city?
From my background in photography, taking photos for the sky at night can be done by going away in open spaces!
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insomniaworks Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
I live in a smallish city,about 45,000 people. I usually do my deep sky imaging from our club observatory site, about 25 minutes away.
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Suvetar Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
my favourite constellation :aww:
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Tyc01101 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
The pleiades are my favourite star constellation :-)
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:iconinsomniaworks:
insomniaworks Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
One of mine as well. It is a jewel!
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Ekko-River Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011   General Artist
Amazing! You can even see the wisps of gas :D
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insomniaworks Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
Thanks so much!
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EarthKnight Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
So beautiful.
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insomniaworks Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
So true!
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baileysmomentsintime Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011   Photographer
Magical!
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insomniaworks Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
Thanks so much!
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baileysmomentsintime Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011   Photographer
Welcome :)
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Remmick-Photo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Student Photographer
great photo
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insomniaworks Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Thanks so much, glad you like it!
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VileYonderboy Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic as always!
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insomniaworks Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
You're too kind.
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VileYonderboy Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not really but you are welcome!
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RaumKraehe Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, very cool shot. And welcome to Darkside-Shot. :)
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insomniaworks Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
Thanks so much! A pleasure to be here, thanks for having me.
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AlyyBabii954 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Student Writer
This. Is. Beautiful. Such a clear, beautiful shot. :D
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insomniaworks Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
Thanks so much, I'm so happy you've enjoyed it!
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yevvie Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful. Great job~!
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insomniaworks Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Thanks so much! So pleased you like it.
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neodium Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Professional Artist
great work!
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insomniaworks Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
thanks so much!
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neodium Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Professional Artist
your welcome! keep the awseome work up!
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imba1 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
Such a clear shot!
I :heart: Pleiades :D
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insomniaworks Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
I as well. So glad you liked it!
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Elaihr Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I have absolutely no idea about how to do this kinda thing, but I wish I could, it looks really cool!
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insomniaworks Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Thanks alot, there is certainly a bit of a learning curve involved. It is starting to come together for me though.
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Elaihr Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
How long have you been doing it for? And how did you learn, did you take a course or are you a natural? :)
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insomniaworks Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
I have been doing astrophotography for about 4 years. I joined the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada about 6 years ago. After a couple of years of strictly visual observing I decided that I would like to be able to show other people all the amazing things I was able to see with my scope. With the help of many talented club members I have got to where I am now...learning with a long way to go.
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adkiscool Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you told me before... but how exactly do you track so well? I know youre on a telescope mount... but is it moving by a motor that is just set to run a the right speed because you aligned it properly?
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insomniaworks Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
That is what is happening, but --- I also Auto-guide. Which means...A seperate camera and telescope mounted to my imaging scope follow a star, monitored by my lap-top. If the guide star moves my lap-top sends a singnal to the telescope mount to make a correction and keep it centered . The auto-guider corrects for tracking errors in the mounts clock drive.
Hope this helps
Clear Skies---Mark
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adkiscool Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
if I may... How much did this entire setup cost? cause I reallly wanna be able to take pics like yours... theyre absolutely stunning. first camera, first scope (the ones actually taking the picture), second camera and scope, tracking program, etc. and what do you have for each of these?
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insomniaworks Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
I hope that I do not scare you off but here it is:
8" F/5 newtonian reflector $600.00--imaging scope
Losmandy G-11 equatorial mount-- used $1900.00
Canon digital rebel XT -- now approx $450.00
Coma corrector $150.00--a must for imaging with a fast newt
Orion Starshoot Autoguider and a 50mm guide scope approx $325.00
A laptop to run the autoguider in the field. Mine was about $850.00 when I got it. I do my post processing of the pictures with it also.
I also have a programable timer to fire the camera and an AC power supply so I do not have to change batteries.
Approx $250.00 for the both of them.
Guiding Software---PHD FREE!!!works great

Total--- About $4500.00
Man---scares me

Seriously though, you can get away cheaper. Variables in scopes and mounts can really vary in price.
But the SKY can also be the limit. It all depends on how deep you pockets are.
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adkiscool Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow so the tracking mount is really the most expensive thing... so I guess the autoguider is feeding the computer with its pictures and the computer is figuring out how much it needs to move the losmandy equatorial mount to continue tracking your object? Now telescopes are identified both by the mirror size and focal length. I have a canon t2i that I got recently so I know that longer focal length=more magnification... (of course there is more too it than that) but hows that equate to a mirror diam? Hope you dont mind all the questions... I already have a laptop and a small telescope (not quite sure any of the specs bout it (its at home and i'm at college) so I guess what I really need is a good equatorial motor driven mount, larger telescope, and the autoguider. what exactly does the coma corrector do? also have you taken the infrared filter out of your camera? I've heard thats a bit necessary for accurate color representation from deep space. thanks again!
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