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Friday, January 29, 2010

One more test with a 3D-animation of nebulae

The current version of  an animation algorithm seems to broduce some artifacts to stars,
not at every time but now and then. After all, this algorithm is originally ment for regular images.
I made a test with a IC 410 nebula image with supressed stars, the actual nebulosity is much more clear and since there is no stars, animation is clean.

Please, let the images load for few seconds to see them!

A starless version of IC 410 delivers an artifact free image. (Looks like a Baroque painting.)
Original 2D-image HERE
Other 3D-formats HERE


A 3D-animated version of M45, even though there is a dense star field,
just few artifacts can be seen.
Original 2D-image HERE
Other 3D-formats HERE

This service is used to convert a stereo pair images to an animation: http://www.start3d.com/

Thursday, January 28, 2010

New 3D animations from deep space objects

I have made several stereo images from the astronomical targets to a different stereo 3D formats.
You'll find many of them from here: http://astroanarchy.zenfolio.com/f359296072
Due the distance, we can not have enough parallax to create real stereo pairs from deepsky objects.
I have developed, some time ago, a method to add volumetric information to a 2D astro images.
This information is based on some known facts and an artisic impression.

Here are samples of my 3D-visualizations.
This time a special technique is used to turn two slightly different images from a stereo pair to an animation.

Please, let the images load for few seconds to see them!

Tulip nebula 3D-animation

Original 2D-image and details HERE
Stereo pair can be found HERE
An anaglyph Red/Cyan 3D can be found HERE
A Zoom out 2D-movie HERE


NGC 281 the "Pack-Man Nebula" as a 3D-animation

Original 2D-image and details HERE
Stereo pair can be found HERE
An anaglyph Red/Cyan 3D can be found HERE


Closeup of a "soul Nebula" as 3D-animation

Original 2D-image and details HERE
Stereo pair can be found HERE
An anaglyph Red/Cyan 3D can be found HERE
A 2D Zoom in movie HERE


Rosette Nebula as a 3D-animation

Original 2D-image and details HERE
Stereo pair can be found HERE
An anaglyph Red/Cyan 3D can be found HERE

All animations here are made by using an experimental web service. It'll turn Left and Right images from any stereo pair to a smoothly animated picture. If you'll like to give a try, please, go here: http://www.start3d.com/

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Anaglyph 3D astro images and movies

I have just updated my Zenfolio "Volumetric 3D images" anaglyph folder. There is now direct links to an anaglyph 3D-movies in YouTube! You'll need Red/Cyan Eyeglasses to be able to see images right. NOTE! If you have Red & Green filters, you can use them instead! Red goes to Left eye. Please, click HERE to see an anglyph image folder in Zenfolio service. Edit. I add direct links to a 3D-anaglyph movies in this post for your convenience. Zenfolio 3D-folder has 3D-still images from all targets, if you like to see them too, click the link above. Sh2-240 3d-anaglyph movie California Nebula 3D-anaglyph movie Pelican Nebula 3D-anaglyph movie IC 410 Nebula 3D-anaglyph movie North AmericaNebula 3D-anaglyph movie Rosette Nebula 3D-anaglyph movie Tulip Nebula 3D-anaglyph movie Butterfly Nebula 3D-anaglyph movie Moon 3D-anaglyph movie IC 1396 Nebula 3D-anaglyph movie M27 Planetary Nebula 3D-anaglyph movie NGC 281 Nebula 3D-anaglyph movie Soul Nebula 3D-anaglyph movie ! If you have a slow connection speed, please, press pause and wait some time for video to load. Note! Movies are in 720i HD-format. Press the HD-symbol in lower Right corner in YouTube to see movie in HD.

PK 164+31.1, Start of the new project

PK 164+31.1, the "Headphone Nebula"
A false color H-alpha image of PK 164+31.1

I started a new project with this planetary nebula at January 22, the same nigh as I shot the IC 410.
This planetary locates in constellation Lynx. Magnitude is 14 but it has a very low surface brightness. The 16.8 magnitude central star can be barely seen in the image. Distance is about 1600 ly. This is a large object to a planetary nebula, dimensions are 6,7 x6,7 arcminutes. This object is not too commonly imaged.

Seeing was very poor at that night and I shot this target only to see if it can be captured at all. I shot H-alpha frames binned down 2x2, image scale is 1,5 arcseconds/pixel. I'll shoot more frames to this when weather allows and hopefully in better seeing. I have plans to expose O-III and S-II too to make a three band color image out of this target.
Processing work flow:
Image acquisition, MaxiDL v5.07.
Stacked and calibrated in CCDStack.
Levels, curves and color combine in PS CS3
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Telescope, Meade LX200 GPS 12" @ f5
Camera, QHY9
Guiding, SXV-AO @ 8Hz
Image Scale, 1,5 arcseconds/pixel
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Exposures:
H-alpha 7x1200s Binned 2x2
This exposure time is way too short for this low surface brightness object!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

A Stereo animation

For those who has difficulties to see stereo pairs, there is a clever service in http://www.start3d.com/
It'll turn any stereopair to a smooth animated file.
Original 2D-image and details can be found HERE
Normal Stereo pair and an Anaglyph versions HERE

Please, wait few seconds the animation to load!
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IC 410 and IC 405 as a Zoomin Movie.

I have shot this area back in 2008 with a 300mm camera lens. In this movie the latest image of IC 410 is embeded in an older wide field image and animated to a still motion movie. By this way, I can show both, wide field and a high resolution in a same image.

Klick HERE to see this movie in YouTube, please, klick the HD-symbol at lower Right corner to see it in HD-resolution.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

IC 410 as a 3D Stereo pair

NEW!
For those who has difficulties to see Stereo images, there is a new service http://www.start3d.com/
This clever service turns Left and Right images, from a stereo pair, to an animated image.
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Parallel vision
Cross vision
NOTE! This is a personal vision about forms and shapes, based on some known facts and artistic impression. Viewing instructions can be found from a Right hand side menu.
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Original Image with details can be found HERE
Much more stereo images can be found HERE
Here you can find an Anaglyph, Red/Cyan, Stereo image.
You'll need Red/Cyan Eyeglasses to be able to see images right. Note, if you have a Red and Green filters, you can use them! Red goes to Left eye.
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NEW ADDITION!
An Anaglyp Still Motion movie

Klick HERE to see this movie in YouTube, please, klick the HD-symbol at lower Right corner to see it in HD-resolution.

Friday, January 22, 2010

IC 410, a cosmic fertilization




HST-palette




Natural color composition from Narrowband channels.

After many technical and weather problems I managed to get enough data for this image.
IC 410 is a beautiful object next to a "Flaming Star Nebula", IC 405, in Auriga.
Ambient temperature was about -21 celsius degrees and the transparency was good.
Seeing was really bad all night long, about 5 FWHM, so I shot H-alpha frames binned 2x2 to have a image scale of 1,5 arcseconds/pixel.
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Processing work flow:
Image acquisition, MaxiDL v5.07.
Stacked and calibrated in CCDStack.
Deconvolution with a CCDSharp, 30 iterations.
Levels, curves and color combine in PS CS3.
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Telescope, Meade LX200 GPS 12" @ f5
Camera, QHY9
Guiding, SXV-AO @ 8Hz
Image Scale, 1,5 arcseconds/pixel
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Exposures:
H-alpha 7x1200s Binned 2x2
O-III 4x600s, binned 3x3
S-II 3x600s, binned 3x3

A starless image of the IC 410. This looks now like a Rococo painting, very 3D!


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Frustration

EDIT.
I mentioned about hardware problems in this post. Problems I ment are in a telescopes electric, not in my camera. I like to clear this up.
QHY9 will have soon a software update and it'll work without flaws in my extreme conditions too.
Bottom line.
QHY9 has been a bigest upgrade for my equipments ever!

We have now clear up here 65N and temperature is nice -30 celsius (-22 Farenheit).
Seeing looks good, transparency is not too good though.

Can't do any imaging since my equipments are not working due many hardware issues.
I have spend countles hours fixing things and now there is only couple of issues left.
I just have spend six hours to do some power measurements to pinpoint failure(s), three hours of them outside.

I feel really frustrated to be unable to use clear night(s)... what a shame.

NOTE
I made a small face lift to my Blog. There is now larger preview images and both columns are wider, hope you'll like!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Cloudynights forum October 2009 winner


This post is somehow late, since I noticed this just now.

Original image and technical details can be found HERE.


Friday, January 1, 2010

Three new Zoomout Movies


Tulip Nebula Zoomout.
Two images was used to make this, a wide field and a high resolution image, details are with images.
Klick HERE to see this in YouTube, please, klick a HD-symbol to see this in HD-format.


Two images was used to make this, a wide field and a high resolution image, details are with images.
Klick HERE to see this in YouTube, please, klick a HD-symbol to see this in HD-format.


This technique gives a new life to an old Moon image as well!
Klick HERE to see this in YouTube, please, klick a HD-symbol to see this in HD-format.

I have found out, that with this tech. I can combine a high resolution details to a wide field experience.
Seeing the "big picture" helps the orientation and shows the context.





Heart Nebula Zoomout


I made a Zoomout video from a Heart Nebula as well.
Klick HERE to see this in YouTube, please, klick a HD-symbol to see this in HD-format.
Movie is made by stitching together a wide field image and a detail image from a same target, in this case the heart (Melotte 15) of the heart nebula.
Original images can be found here:
http://astroanarchy.zenfolio.com/p62690868/h2254fd41#h2254fd41
http://astroanarchy.zenfolio.com/p1072219942/h12bae2d9#h12bae2d9

Bubble Zoomout


Bubble Nebula and a Sh2-157
This video shows the Bubble Nebula in a larger context.
Klick HERE to see this in YouTube, please, klick a HD-symbol to see this in HD-format.

Movie is made from two images stiched to gether. Image of the Bubble Nbula is atken with a Meade LX200 12" telescope and a QHY9 astro camera, larger field of view image of Sh2-157 and a Bubble is taken with a Tokina 300mm lens and a QHY8 astro camera.
Bubble details:
http://astroanarchy.zenfolio.com/p1072219942/h3b6799c6
Sh2-157 details:
http://astroanarchy.blogspot.com/2008/11/sh2-157.html