February 2020 Beginner AP'r award.

Special recognition for our beginner astrophotographers.
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Post by Gordon »

I have been 'slacking' on the Beginner AP'r award. (Thanks to KingClinton for giving me a kick in the behind!)

We will do our best to keep on top of it!

Our winner for this month is member Kerry C. (Kerry). Here's the post that caught our attention. viewtopic.php?f=66&t=7417&p=63726#p63726

A big thanks to Ivo from StarTools for helping TSS members improve their images!

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For more information on the TSS Beginner Astrophotography program click here: viewtopic.php?f=92&t=1344
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Post by Dragonsfire »

Congrats Kerry ! :)
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Post by bladekeeper »

Congrats, Kerry!
Scopes: Apertura AD12 f/5; Celestron C6-R f/8; ES AR127 f/6.4; Stellarvue SV102T f/7; iOptron MC90 f/13.3; Orion ST80A f/5; ES ED80 f/6; Celestron Premium 80 f/11.4; Celestron C80 f/11.4; Unitron Model 142 f/16; Meade NG60 f/10
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Post by Juno16 »

Congratulations Kerry!

Startools is pretty amazing stuff!
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Post by Thefatkitty »

Nice deal Kerry, good for you and great image as well!
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Post by JayTee »

Good for you Kerry. Keep going!

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Post by KingClinton »

Well done Kerry!

Star tools will help take your images to the next level. Great software!
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Post by bobharmony »

Congrats, Kerry. I started with StarTools with one of these beginner awards, and loved it so much I paid for a real license down the road. Ivo is always working hard at improving the software and the latest versions he has come up with are really special. Enjoy!

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Post by Kerry C. »

Thanks for this soooo much!!
I have been watching YouTube videos about it and the Star Tools tutorials also.
I'm excited to get it installed and start learning with it.
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Post by Voyageur »

Well done, Kerry! Congratulations!
Scopes: Vixen VMC200L, D=200mm, F=1950, f/9.75; Televue 2" Everbright diagonal. Coronado PST; AstroTech EDT 80mm, F=480, f/6.
Mounts: Vixen SXW/Starbook (original); Stellarvue M2C alt-az.
Eyepieces: Televue: 55mm Plossl, 22mm Panoptic, 17.3mm Delos, 13mm Nagler, c. 1980, 11mm Plossl, 7mm Nagler, 5mm Radian; Meade 15mm Super Plossl; VERNONSCOPE 2.4X BARLOW
Binoculars: Leica 8x32 Trinovids, circa 1997; Orion Megaview 20x80, Orion Paragon Plus mount.
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