Steve Paxton's photos

Close up of Tarantula Nebula NGC2070

23 Sep 2021 10 4 25
When the moon is out and you have finished all your trials. You go back and try and learn just a bit more from old data. I know I want to do this again properly not just a trial shot but quite impressed how it worked out none the less. This is right next to the LMC The white Dot top right In the PIP. Here is 35 shots @ 5 min subs. ZWO ASI183MC Pro @ -10c Prima Luce Essato Focus , Optolong LeNhance filter, Skywatcher Black DiamondED80 OTA Skywatcher NEQ 6 Pro Guided PHD2, SGP Pixinsight, Ps.

Swan River

18 Sep 2021 9 15 32
In a Part of town I have never been to on a bus trip for a day, helping my brother inlaw find the place. great park and spot on the river but the wind was a killer so I had to just sit and wait for the fall in the wind to get stillish waters. This is a trip to the Swan Valley the wine region of Perth the grapes are in the field behind those trees.

Major part of the Small Magnallenic cloud.

19 Sep 2021 8 11 48
I had for gotten I took this on the last free night before it rained. This is an area of the sky there are just so many stars and as you can see a huge number of Nebula's in such a small space. This is the New CMOS camera giving me a view of around about 1560mm. Looking at the few trial photos I have taken looking forward to a moonless night and to get a good target. Testing has gone well. 29 shots 10min each @-10c. QHY 183C @ -10c Prima Luce Essato Focus , Optolong LeNhance filter, Skywatcher Black DiamondED80 OTA Skywatcher NEQ 6 Pro Guided PHD2, SGP Pixinsight, Ps & Lr.

M20

16 Sep 2021 6 19
In Pixinsight I found a way to remove the moon light that effects the other photo but cant replace the photo In Ipernity 18 shot 10 min each till the tree got in the way. QHY 183C @ -10c Prima Luce Essato Focus , Optolong LeNhance filter, Skywatcher Black DiamondED80 OTA Skywatcher NEQ 6 Pro Guided PHD2, SGP Pixinsight, Ps & Lr.

Sculptor Galaxy NGC253

15 Sep 2021 12 8 43
The very first shots(3) I took with Carlos guidance then I had to take the rest on my own the very next night., October 2020. a lot better editing with more knowledge in 2021 Its bucketing down outside... 47 shots x 10 min each @-10c ZWO ASI071MC Pro @ -10c Manual focus Optolong LeNhance filter, Skywatcher Black DiamondED80 OTA Skywatcher EQM35Goto Sequence Genorator Pro Guided PHD2, Stacked DSS. Processed PixinSight , PS and Lr.

Trifid Nebula M20

14 Sep 2021 14 10 49
This was my Focus and Plate solve trial. the other CCD camera has a higher Gain 111( ISO ) than this camera that is 11 so every thing had to be made higher in times to work. from 8 sec to 27 sec for focus and plate solve from 10 to 60 sec. see if you can pick the Moon side of the photo.... As we are not able to replace photos I was able to mostly remover the moon light( In PixInsight) and get a better colour so have added this just below. Plate solving:- Plate solving is a technique that measures precisely where the telescope is pointing by taking a CCD image and then using various pattern matching techniques, matches the stars in the image to a given star catalog. ... Successful plate solving is essential for automated imaging. In other words is the target that I chose is that what the camera is taking. The higher times worked for this camera. 18 shot 10 min each till the tree got in the way. QHY 183C @ -10c Prima Luce Essato Focus , Optolong LeNhance filter, Skywatcher Black DiamondED80 OTA Skywatcher NEQ 6 Pro Guided PHD2, SGP

Helix Nebula NGC7293

13 Sep 2021 13 12 47
This is a second look at this Nebula with a whole new Camera QHY183C a replacement for the ZWOASI183MC that was faulty. I could focus automatically with this camera hence the detail in the eye is much better than the first one with the ZWO. This camera took a bit to get use to as I had to change wires and ports on the computer to get this to run and download photos. 35 shot 10 min each till the tree got in the way. QHY 183C @ -10c Prima Luce Essato Focus , Optolong LeNhance filter, Skywatcher Black DiamondED80 OTA Skywatcher NEQ 6 Pro Guided PHD2, SGP

Fences - Mt Dale

05 Apr 2016 27 50 87
the over view is west to Perth but you will never see it bellow those footy hills. you may wonder why I would ever go there 24 km on a dirt road . look below. Mt Dale use to be the fire watch tower for all the country side as it a high point with a commanding view of the whole surrounding area. comes in handy at night as well. 32° 7'35.18"S 116°17'58.36"E

Small Magellanic Cloud NGC292

08 Sep 2021 13 10 54
I had four night clear so I thought would try a 4 shot panorama of this cloud SGP showed me a nice square mosaic but in reality the end result was more like + sign than a square. 4 night 82 shot each night to make a panel out of each night, 4 panels added to PTGui to get the final panorama of the area. this is the end result the main center part only. I would have been better taking the area with my Nikon 300mm lens as a single shot than try and make a mosaic again. I will try to do that as the SMC is sitting in the right place. 82 shot 7 1/2min each in as much clear night as I could get. ZWO ASI071MC Pro @ -10c Prima Luce Essato Focus , Optolong LeNhance filter, Skywatcher Black Diamond ED80 OTA Skywatcher EQM35Goto Guided PHD2, SGP DSS, Pixinsight, Ps.

The Bee

17 Aug 2019 4 19
The Information board for the day roving about the flowers.

Flower Power

17 Aug 2019 5 2 55
Nannup Tulip festival Mascot getting very friendly. If you look at the crowds you will note this is pre- covid times but by in large WA has remained covid free.

Chinese Elm

07 Sep 2021 11 8 41
This is one of the few plants that have been gown from seed From my 16' street tree bonsai. once we sold the home the street tree no longer looks any thing like the tree I had. In homage to that tree I have tied to keep it to the same shape.

Elm Top view.

01 Sep 2021 8 2 39
Note the placement of branches no branch is on top of the other unless different heights on the tree.

Elm Back view

01 Sep 2021 5 2 28
Note the placement of branches are staggered all around the tree. start of life on the rocks.

Melaluca Incana Nana

01 Sep 2021 6 2 23
This year spring has brought a a whole fist full of flowers.

Heron:- Mandurah Crab Festival

16 Mar 2019 6 4 72
Mandurah Crab festival well before Covid struck us. Day and a night. despite the colours I believe this is the Heron that frequents the water ways of Mandurah. PIP's views of the festival and the fire works.

One in a million chance

23 Aug 2021 15 18 69
I have been suffering from a bad knee my Doc said given my age we should get it Xrayed to check. I fronted up at 8:30 in the morning on Monday and was sitting down to fill in the paperwork in the chair you see. My wife was sitting on the right in a chair right beside me. All of a sudden the was a almighty bang I looked around to see the glass all shattered my wife followed my lead as I jumped away from the window. The overriding sound was a car reving well past the red line which gave away the cue to the whole story. The lady put her foot not on the brake but the accelerator . She hit the small brick wall and that brought her to a stop if not for that my wife and I would have been in a very bad way. never will I just sit any where with out thinking on this kind of result. Thankfully the glass held as there was a film of dark window tinting on the out side surface. Yes my knee is old but it is Ok it was the strains on the surrounding tissue

If a bird in hand is worth two in the bush

25 Jun 2021 21 38 81
The 28"s where happy to come get the seed from a persons hand

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