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  2. Mars

    You're probably the first one to do Mars for the year... nice image for so early in the season.. imagine the July images and views.
  3. Just a Joke Since

    Just a joke since all the captures were made with different catch parameters since I'm still testing the best settings for this opposition. The capture interval should also be different for a more homogeneous film. But when I saw the sequence of photos I could not resist! https://web.facebook.com/avani.soares.5/videos/886267404868665/
  4. Mars

    Syrtis Major prominently in the center of the photo is the dark region. The white region just below that could fool the unsuspecting ones to be one of the poles is actually Hellas covered in frost and winter clouds. Resize 180%. Still far from the opposition that will occur in July, with only 6.1 "of arc, already begins to be possible to distinguish some formations in Mars. https://www.astrobin.com/full/334350/0/?nc=user
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  6. Sky Cam for Obsy...

    Hello all... After completing the build of my observatory, I keep adding to it, slowly inching toward a fully automated system... the latest addition is a sky cam to keep an eye on the sky conditions when I'm imaging and away from the obsy/home which I tend to be quite often, imaging while at or going to work or the gym. Through the VNC I can remote into my obsy computer and, over the mobile network, see the status of my guiding, images and now.. sky/cloud condition.... If, for example, I'm at work and I get a cloud patch go over the imaged object that might take 20 minutes to pass, I can now see when the coast is clear and, if need be, move the guide star back into position and resume guiding/exposing etc. There are a few dedicated Sky monitoring kits available, but, not only am I one of those types that like to design and put things together myself rather than buy ready made (yes the take the long hard way kind a guy)... and I have 2 Imaging source cameras and generally only use one at a time (also the Skyris 618C), so the other (in tonight's case it was the DMK41) can be the sky monitor. I got a $9 C-mount lens for the IS DMK cameras and a security camera dome through eBay and mounted it in the roof. There are a few teething problems, as with every project, but nothing that can't be solved... the first problem was that the street light in the corner of the street refracts with in the dome and faded out the sky view... so as a temporary solution, I gaffa typed a cardboard to cast a shadow on the dome and boom, clear view... the permanent shade will end up being a small aluminium semi circle riveted into place. The other problem is the dew, soon enough there was so much dew on the dome that I couldn't see anything but the brightest stars through a very low contrast view. Initially I'm thinking of heating the inside of the dome to generate a few degrees of heat and top the dew from settling on the bubble. Ultimately my plan... I'm hoping to get the scope to Park & Hibernate, the computer to shut down and the obsy to roll it self over the gear in the event of where it suddenly starts to rain (my scope was rained on a couple of times as I was imaging and fell asleep, waking up at 5 or 6 am to rain, rushing out to close the obsy hut, it was like a cold shower wake up call). I'm using the ICcap software to view the Sky, but if anyone knows of good weather/sky related software for this kind of purpose, please share. Thanks for looking. MG
  7. A beautiful transit!

    Outstanding!
  8. A beautiful transit!

    Stunning.. the celestron SCTs are very good planetary scopes...
  9. Cone & Fox Fur wide field

    That is an awesome result.... so much detail that it makes it look furry.
  10. A beautiful transit!

    Another good image of the king of the planets with plenty of visible details. GRS stands out showing some peculiarities and a beautiful anti-cyclonic system of pink colored near the south pole. But what most caught my attention in this image was the fact of having captured details in Ganymede. I was surprised because there was no separate capture or processing to highlight this moon and yet the Osiris region is easily highlighted in my image. Galilean moons are usually processed separately to highlight details and then glued back into place, which was not done in this case. https://www.astrobin.com/full/334332/0/?nc=user
  11. Jupiter and Oval Ba

    Outstanding work again Avani.
  12. Jupiter and Oval Ba

    Amateur but it's still a C14 Edge!
  13. Jupiter and Oval Ba

    Wait a little longer that the season is just beginning, LOL!
  14. Favourite Class Of Object, And Reasons

    Have to agree with OP, open clusters, for the visual appeal but also the wonder of the physics, there's a lot going on in a lot of those OCs.
  15. 2018 Quiz

    Point of order Michael, how the heck am I supposed to split hairs over 8 questions that are all the same, and not even questions at that. They're instructions man, not questions. I think the sickness might have affected your mental acuity!
  16. SHOW US YOUR OBSY

    Had a bike shelter as an obsy for a while. Worked great but wind and cold got me to go for a proper shed..
  17. Like a Living stack in realtime.
  18. SHOW US YOUR OBSY

    I've got a nice obsy project going too. You can see it at:
  19. SGL 2018 - Save the Dates!

    Look forward to it also.
  20. SGL Mini Spring Star Party

    I booked for Kielder back in October. And it's on the same dates . Shame I woulda loved to have gone, the last SGL was Proper Bo! Have fun , and see you all in October.
  21. Very nice Pip. I notice it with Lunar and Solar images, your eye (brain actually I suppose) performs the same (or similar) averaging function as the stacking software.
  22. Lovely images John. You wouldn't have caught me lugging all my gear down to the beach at Kynance in the dark, but for an image like that you never know!! Loving the Gunwalloe shots too.
  23. Yet another M42...

    and yet, another beauty. I too manually mask out the blown out areas...
  24. M42 SWED80 unguided

    Couldn't help myself: I downloaded your jpeg, and did a little bit of noise reduction + background neutralisation. There was a lot of noise in the red channel. Is your Nikon astromodded? Even if you did background neutralisation in PI, stretching the image will enhance the noise in the background. Easiest way to suppress this is color saturation with a luminance mask. Pin the saturation curve at about 25 % for the offending colours, creating a dip. With the mask in place, apply the process until the background seems neutral. There is a dust bunny to the left of M 42. Taking flat frames would clean this up quite easily. Btw, I rarely ever use ABE. DBE gives me much more control. I place a sample in each corner and along each edge. If needed, I move a few of these towards the middle. Rarely more than 10 samples. But I do make the samples as large as possible in order not to kill any faint dust in the background. (Dust has structure, a gradient doesn't.)
  25. I found that, maybe because the noise changes so fast, it brings out fainter detail in even short exposures. Could swear HH didn't show half as much in stills.
  26. Thanks for sharing, those piccies look so nice... tranquil.. and yes, the night sky looks like something that is a observers dream.
  27. Thats cool.... timelapse videos make astro images come to life....
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