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Sorry for not uploading any illustrations lately.
I'm a little busy right now.
But i decided to share some pictures i made with my telescope. I know they are not the best in terms of quality, but I'm still happy that i managed to make them.
because of my laziness i will skip description on these pictures :D Basically you can see here surface of Moon, Jupiter with it's moons, Saturn, Mars, Venus and those two little bluish dots are Uranus and Neptune... 
BUT if you have any questions about them, feel free to ask :) 
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TheBoomerKuwanger Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
Woah! That's so cool how you could see Uranus and Neptune and their colors so clearly!
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JustV23 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was quite surprised as well. I didn't expected to see their colors at first.
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TheBoomerKuwanger Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
'Tis very amazing, good sir. Thanks for sharing these pictures!
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ValentiniaK Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
wow, photography! how much did your set up (telescope + camera) cost? 
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JustV23 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm let's see...
My telescope was about 700 USD + Canon EOS450D about 460 USD and some extra accessories ~50 USD
About 1200 USD :)
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ValentiniaK Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
cool thanks for the info, now I know what to get
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JustV23 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, what you will be getting? :)
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ValentiniaK Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I would say a decently powerful camera and a telescope, I live in the city so I'm not sure how well the pictures will turn out with the city lights.
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JustV23 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would recommend Canon camera. It's the best for astrophotography (newer models are better since they can do videos which are needed for planetary photography).
And if you are planing to take pictures of planets, moon, double stars and brighter star clusters, city light will not affect your pictures.
It would be difficult to take some pictures of deep sky objects, such as galaxies and nebula's.
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ValentiniaK Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
ok cool ty! =)
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JustV23 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem!
I am not a specialist at this, but if you will need anything regarding astrophotography, feel free to ask :)
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boshimi336 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beyond epic! :-)
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JustV23 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thx! :)
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za4em9 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely; what is the crescents down on the bottom?
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JustV23 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's Venus.
This planet have phases just like our Moon.
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow, nice photos, I guess a 6 in. will show you quite a bit. :) I like the ones of Jupiter and Mars- I couldn't see any detail on Mars last time I found it. :/ Right now I have an old Orion Shorttube 90 achromat, and it isn't a bad scope (certainly not a toy), but I do find it somewhat annoying.  With these short focal length achromats you are stuck at low powers, doing your best to ignore the purple haze around Jupiter...

I want a bigger scope that will show me more, so I've been plotting to build my own Newtonian reflector starting by grinding my own mirror ever since I ran across Stellafane's mirror making page. :D This is so cool I've just got try it!!
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JustV23 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Observing universe trough a telescope you made yourself is the most fulfilling feeling in astronomy.
At least that's what i think.
Good luck with building your personal reflecting canon :D and don't give up on it!
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I totally agree. ;) And thanks!  I won't, right now I have other priorities but when I have the chance I'm gonna try my hand at pushing some glass. :D Have you ever considered doing any ATMing yourself? 
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JustV23 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was constructing a refractor in my early teens.
But i failed to find needed high quality optics for it.
Well i did found them, but they cost more than buying a brand new telescope :D
So i decided to wait and buy a decent telescope when i will have enough money...
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, ATMing is not always the cheaper option with all the commercially available scopes on the market today.  And high-quality refractor optics aren't exactly cheap, take a look at D&G Optical, and Istar Optical.  Building a big refractor is a worthy goal, though!  Istar Optical is more affordable in the smaller sizes, it looks like.  I've daydreamed about building a big refractor like a 6 in. f/15 (I want a long focus to avoid false color).  I like looking at the planets. :)

I also know that you can make a refractor objective using the same techniques used to grind and polish a mirror, but not as many people do it because you need a few more specialized tools (like a spherometer) and the optical glass is harder to find.  Besides, Newtonians provide the most aperture for your cost and effort.  And too avoid too much false color, a large achromat has to be loooong (7.5 ft. for a 6 in. f15!), leading some ATMers to build folded refractors.  Still, a traditional long-focus achromat is beautiful.  Or look at this one.  One thing is clear- anyone who attempts to make their own achromatic objective had better know what they are doing. XD
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JustV23 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
After some simple calculations i find commercial scopes to be more cheaper solution :D
And me to! I love watching planets!
Deep sky objects are cool,
but to me nothing can conquer a view of Jupiter with moon shadows falling on it's cloud layers, Venus phases, Saturn's rings and of-course moon's surface :D
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I've been bitten by the glass-pushing bug so I'm set on making my own optics. :D But that is as much for the experience as for having a telescope.  I know it will take a long time and much effort to make a good mirror- but in today's world, where everything seems to be promising "instant" results, it is nice to find an activity that requires patience, care, and a lot of mental and physical effort to produce an exquisitely refined result.
I haven't observed enough DSOs to say for sure whether I prefer deep sky to planets or vice versa- so far I've enjoyed looking at everything, but just can't see enough to be satisfied. 
I can see Jupiter's moons and just a hint of the cloud bands, but not the detail you describe.  I've seen Titan and the other moons of Saturn change positions from night to night, but I couldn't spot the Cassini division. I love Venus's phases.  The Moon is great fun even in the smallest scope, which is why we all love it- but I still want to see more. :D
Should I succeed at making Newtonian primary mirrors, I would like to try building a Classical Cassegrain reflector for observing planets at high power.  Not as many amateurs build Classical Cass's- this one and Mike Lockwood's Cass are examples of amateur-made Cass's, though.
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JustV23 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, building your own instrument is achievement by it's own.
And the views you will see trough it will be your reward.
So don't give up on this like i did :)

I prefer solar system bodies as live observing material and DSO as a material for astrophotography....
Well it's always nice to take a look at some globular star clusters, or brighter galaxies and nebulae,
but they can be more rewarding if instead of yourself you set your DSLR camera to look at them for couple hours :D
Photographing planets is also easier. It does not require a very precise alignment or tracking.
While DSO require perfect alignment and perfect tracking and dark sky far away from city lights.
It requires lots of patience and effort, but when you process your pictures and end up with bright colorful view of for example Orion nebula...
Well that is very rewarding :D

I have seen a video of a guy who made this... i don't know how to call it. Well it's like binoculars made of two identical huge reflector telescopes.
He made them himself and he installed a chair in between those two reflectors.
So you sit in the middle and look trough this binary lens installed between two telescopes.
It's hard to explain but it looked as huge binoculars :D 
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tsahel Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing !
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Havoc40k Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Absolutely stunning! Makes me so jealous :P

I have prehistoric 4" Newtonian Reflector that has no tracking tripod, No aiming sight (have to eyeball it along the body and hope for the best) and no extra lenses!

Your shots of the Jovian system and Mars are fantastic!
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JustV23 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Trust me, i feel your pain!
I also had horrible refractor with horrible optic, no scope and childish tripod.
It was such a pain :/

After some years i decided to finally sacrifize some money for normal telescope.
It's still can be considered as beginner's instrument, but i am happy with it!

Thanks and i wish you also to get a decent telescope in the future! :)
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Digitalheavens Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Photographer
This is awesome stuff, may I ask what telescope/setup you used?
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JustV23 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
Nothing fancy: Meade LXD75 6" Newtonian telescope + 3X barlow lens and my Canon camera :)
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Digitalheavens Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks, I'm looking at getting a telescope for astrophotography :)
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JustV23 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do that!
Astrophotography might be expensive hobby, but if you have and can spend money on it, go for it.
Sometimes it can be even character building activity, because it needs lots of patience. 
But the results are very rewarding :)
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Babymanbear Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
How do you get such good photos of Jupiter, but not Mars?
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JustV23 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The quality of view strongly depends on the atmosphere's stability.
When i was capturing Jupiter, atmosphere was pretty stable. But when Mars was at it's opposition atmosphere was very unstable all the time.
And because of that it was very hard to get a decent view of Mars...
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Lordofstarfall Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing pictures.. just a quick question. what are the couple black boxes on the first moon images for?
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JustV23 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
That first image is a composite of twelve pictures.
Then i completed putting pictures together i discovered that i didn't took a picture of that region.
So it was left as a empty black part :)
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Lordofstarfall Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow that just makes me appreciate your the skill even more. great work
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JustV23 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks man!
Appreciated :)
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MonolithHyena Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
How much was that telescope
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JustV23 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was about 700 USD.
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Dygee Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Unbelievable! 
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JustV23 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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endeppa Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Mars and Uranus look so cute

~WOOSH~SPACE~
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JustV23 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep! I will try to take some new pictures of Uranus soon :)
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philorion7 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student General Artist
awesome!
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JustV23 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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zwxART Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I have no words. These are wonderful captures. T_T
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JustV23 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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cw3brett Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Breathtaking stuff.
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JustV23 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thx!
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