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Old 02-09-2008, 08:39 PM
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Hi All. I'm new to this forum and Hyperstar imaging. I was wondering if being in severe light polluted areas (downtown area of a large city) affects the use of a Hyperstar setup. I've heard that it is difficult to use the Hyperstar in light pollution. I hope this is not true, because I have a Nexstar 11 on a fork mount, and this type of imaging is very exciting to me. Thanks for any info you can provide.
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Old 02-10-2008, 10:46 AM
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Welcome! Hyperstar does work better in your area compared to other methods of imaging. Obviously the Hyperstar system is still affected by light pollution and the darker the skies are better. I use a IDAS LPS-V3 filter to cut down light pollution for my images and it works great but I live in more of the out skirts of town so I have much less light pollution then most people.

Living more in town really limits what you can do as far as exposure time. I am limited to about 30 seconds most of the time. Also when shooting in Alt-Az like I do with my Nexstar 8 GPS I am even more limited due to field rotation. But using a larger chip camera like a QHY 8 or Starlight Xpress M25C makes field rotation very small due to the large field of view.
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Old 02-10-2008, 04:24 PM
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Thanks, Kevin, for the welcome and the reply to my question. I'm living under Mag 4 skies (on a dark night) and it is just getting worse it seems. As you said, getting to darker skies would be better, but I can't do that often enough. It seems that with my present equipment, the Hyperstar system is the most economical way to go, if I want to get into imaging. I see you have the new Hyperstar 3. How do you like it?
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Old 02-12-2008, 02:31 PM
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Hi Carol,

Check out this image taken Saturday night here at Starizona in pretty light-polluted conditions:

http://www.hyperstarimaging.com/gall...hoto=174&cat=2

I think it gives an idea what can be done in lousy conditions!

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Old 02-13-2008, 08:06 PM
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I love the Hyperstar, I do believe it is the best way for in city imaging. As you can see from the link Scott posted, the Hyperstar is the way to go. Just remember that you are going to need Photoshop to get images like that.
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Old 02-13-2008, 08:52 PM
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That is an awesome picture, Scott! Thanks for sharing. I really think the Hyperstar is the way to go. I just can't decide if I should wait for the release of the Hyper 3 lens for my NS 11''.
Kevin, you are right about photo processing. That is something I really need to work on.
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Old 02-13-2008, 10:27 PM
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I would wait for the new C-11 Hyperstar which is only a few weeks out. Photoshop is something that no one seems to mention until after you get into imaging. I believe people need to know before they get into it. Photoshop is harder to master then taking the actual shot.
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Hi Scott,

Were your narrowband images made with the QHY8 color camera?

thx,

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Old 02-21-2008, 04:34 PM
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No they are with a SBIG-10XME
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Scott Tucker,

Is your light polluted sky shots made through an HA filter and the QHY8, or?

thx,

Paul

QUOTE=Scott Tucker;99]Hi Carol,

Check out this image taken Saturday night here at Starizona in pretty light-polluted conditions:

http://www.hyperstarimaging.com/gall...hoto=174&cat=2

I think it gives an idea what can be done in lousy conditions!

Best regards,
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