The story with Astro Dr. Ron Brecher and Optolong

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The story with Astro Dr. Ron Brecher and Optolong

 

 

Here is the story with Astro Dr. Ron Brecher and Optolong.

Ron Brecher (http://astrodoc.ca/) has been an avid amateur astronomer for 20+years, and began photographing the sky in 2006. His deep-sky, Sun and Moon images and articles are regularly featured in print and online magazines, scientific journals, CD covers, websites, calendars and more. His image of the Flying Bat and Squid Nebulae is on the cover of the 2019 Observer's Handbook. Ron uses PixInsight for processing his deep-sky shots, imaging mostly from his home observatory north of Guelph, Ontario. He enjoys teaching image processing and other astronomy topics at conferences and workshops. And he is a regular speaker at star parties and conferences in the U.S. and Canada.

I do remember him saying it more than once: “I would not use your filters if they weren’t excellent. We are so lucky to meet Ron who giving us objective comment and valued suggestion on improving our filters.

We are really appreciate for Ron's choice of Optolong filters for imaging always.

 

You can enjoy great work from Dr. Ron.

Flying Bat Nebula and Squid Nebula

Tekkies: 

Moravian G3-16200 EC camera,

Optolong Ha, O3, R, G and B filters, 

Takahashi FSQ-106 ED IV at f/3.6,

Paramount MX, unguided.

Acquisition with the SkyX, focused with FocusMax.

 All pre-processing and processing in PixInsight.

 Acquired from my SkyShed in Guelph.

Gibbous to full moon for Ha, new to crescent moon for O3 and RGB.

Average or better transparency and poor to above average seeing. Acquired July 3 – October 15, 2017.

74x5m R, G and B, 279×10 Ha and 236x10m O3 unbinned frames (total=104hr). 


 

Many of Ron’s image was selected by space.com among their best space photos;

 

 

M8, the Lagoon Nebula

Tekkies:

Sky-Watcher Esprit 150 f/7 refractor, debayered QHY 168C camera, 

Optolong L, R, G and B filters, 

Paramount ME.

Acquisition with MaximDL 6. Focused with FocusMax 3.

All pre-processing and processing in PixInsight.

Acquired from Grand Mesa Observatory, September 9-15, 2018.

13x5m L, 11x5m R, 10x5m G and 11x5m B, unbinned frames (total=3hr45m).

Image scale for this camera/telescope combination is 0.92″/pixel.

Data Reduction and Cleanup
The BatchPreProcessing script was used to perform calibration, cosmetic correction and registration of all frames.

ImageIntegration was used to make the L, R, G and B masters.

DynamicCrop was used to crop all the masters identically.

DynamicBackgroundExtraction was applied to each master.

Synthetic Luminance

 

 

Parts of Ron's works on magazines, including Sky & Telescopes:

 

North America Nebula Region

Tekkies: 

Takahashi FSQ-106 ED IV @ f/3.6, 

QHY367C one-shot colour camera, and Optolong L-eNhance narrowband filter

Paramount MX, unguided.

Acquisition, and focusing with TheSkyX.

 Focus with Optec DirectSync focus motor and controller.

Automation with CCDCommander. Equipment control with Eagle 3 Pro computer. All pre-processing and processing in PixInsight.

Acquired from my SkyShed in Guelph.

Waning crescent Moon, average to above average transparency and fair to average seeing.

Data acquired July 22-26, 2019.

88x10m with Optolong L-eNhance filter (Total = 14hr40m)
Image scale 2.59 arcsec per pixel

 

Ron siad: "The result of Veil Nebula Wide Field is very good. The filter will allow imagers with colour cameras to get great shots of nebulae even in moonlight. I am shooting more on the Veil tonight. This will be a nice photo to show what the filter can do. I have already shared it with a few friends. One said he is definitely buying a filter!"

 

Veil Nebula Wide Field (Equipment Test)

Tekkies: 

Takahashi FSQ-106 ED IV @ f/3.6, 

QHY367C one-shot colour camera, and Optolong L-eNhance narrowband filter, 

Paramount MX, unguided.

Acquisition, and focusing with TheSkyX.

Focus with Optec DirectSync focus motor and controller.

Automation with CCDCommander.

Equipment control with Eagle 3 Pro computer.

All pre-processing and processing in PixInsight.

Acquired from my SkyShed in Guelph.

Nearly full Moon, above average transparency and fair seeing. Data acquired July 13-14, 2019.

55x10m with Optolong L-eNhance filter (Total = 9hr10m)
Image scale 2.59 arcsec per pixel

Data Reduction and Cleanup

 

 

Because of Ron’s personal artistic taste for a more natural look, so he usually images by L-eNhance firstly, then switch to the UV/IR Cut filter. Best would be to take an image with L-enhance and then same thing with UV/IR. Then combine the images to get both nice nebula and more natural star colours.

Apparently, he also uses Optolong LRGB SHO6.5nm NB filers, and all of our generations.

As well as L-Pro filter.

 

M33, Triangulum Galaxy

Tekkies:

Sky-Watcher Esprit 150 f/7 refractor, 

QHY 16200-A camera, 

Optolong Ha, L, R, G and B filters, 

Paramount MX. Acquisition with TheSkyX unguided.

Focused manually using a Bahtinov mask.

Automation with CCDCommander.

All pre-processing and processing in PixInsight.

Acquired from my SkyShed in Guelph. 

No Moon for L, moderate moonlight for Ha and RGB, averagetransparency and fair to average seeing.

Data acquired Nov. 4, 2018 – January 13, 2019.

75x5m L, 24x5m R, G and B, and 7x10m Ha (Total = 13hr25m)
Image scale 1.15 arcsec per pixel

Data Reduction and Cleanup

 

 

NGC 1977, The Running Man Nebula

Tekkies:

Acquisition, focusing, guiding and control of Paramount MX mount with TheSkyX.

Focus with Optec DirectSync motor and controller.

Automation with CCDCommander. Equipment control with Eagle 3 Pro computer. All pre-processing and processing in PixInsight.

Acquired from my SkyShed in Guelph.

Minimal moonlight, above average transparency and average or better seeing.

Data acquired February 21-March 1, 2020.

Luminance: Sky-Watcher Esprit 150 f/7 refractor and QHY 16200-A camera with Optolong UV/IR filter
Chrominance: Takahashi FSQ-106 ED IV @ f/3.6 and QHY367C one-shot colour camera with Optolong L-Pro filter

Luminance:      40 x 10m = 400m
Chrominance:  154 x 3m  = 462m
Total: 14hr22m

 

 

 

Rons images was absolutely selected by Optolong for calendars print.

 

Enjoy:-NGC 7822 Wide Field 

Tekkies: 

Takahashi FSQ-106 ED IV @ f/3.6, QHY367C one-shot colour camera, and Optolong L-eNhance narrowband filter, Paramount MX, unguided. Acquisition, and focusing with TheSkyX. Focus with Optec DirectSync focus motor and controller. Automation with CCDCommander. Equipment control with Eagle 3 Pro computer. All pre-processing and processing in PixInsight. Acquired from my SkyShed in Guelph. No moon, average to above average transparency and fair to average seeing. Data acquired October 13-29, 2019.

129x10m with Optolong L-eNhance filter (Total = 21hr30m)
Image scale 2.6 arcsec per pixel

Data Reduction and Cleanup

 

 

 

Dr. Rons observatory-The Dog House Observatory, Lol...