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ethannik

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  1. Well, hopefully I can find a night where the spot is centered on the planet. Then I will test out different color filters to see which works the best.
  2. Hello, everyone! I would like to upgrade from my small Nexstar 4SE, and I feel like a deer in headlights picking out a new telescope. I am willing to pay anywhere from $800-$1200. I already have eyepieces ranging from 4mm to 32mm that I used with my 4SE, so I'm only looking to buy a scope. I plan on using the telescope for both planetary and deep-sky viewing, and possibly some pictures from a cheap CCD camera I own. My current telescope is GOTO, but I am much more knowledgeable now and do not need one. I would also like reasonable portability; to be able to carry it in and out of the house with relative ease (I leave my current telescope in my living room all set-up, so all I need to do is carry it outside and align it). Hope that all helps. Thanks in advance!
  3. I took the picture at 7:00, I believe. I found out that it was centered on the planet at 7:30PM, and I'm sure I captured the spot, but it's very hard to see. If I overexpose the image, you can see a red circle, but just barely.
  4. I used Stellarium and other Great Red Spot transit calculators online and I know for a fact that the Red Spot was visible during the time I took this image. I can see other details on the planet, so it confuses me why the red spot isn't clearly shown (it actually can be seen, but it's very faint. Look on the right side of the SEB). I've seen some images that clearly showed the spot, but were lacking in other surface details. Anyone have any tips? I used a Celestron NexStar 4SE with NexImage to take a 2 minute video and RegiStax to edit the image.
  5. I usually use 10 fps, and adjust the settings from there. Jupiter shouldn't be that bright and detail should be seen, like spaceboy's image. But don't worry, my first image wasn't very good either! I recommend that you take the best video you can with Jupiter as clear as possible. Then, save the .avi and try editing it different ways with your image processing program (I use RegiStax). There are so many options in those programs that it's hard to know what to do! Experimenting is the best way to figure it all out.
  6. I've been watching those two in Stellarium for quite some time now! I've never been able to locate Uranus with my go-to scope before, because I live in a light-polluted area (so I cannot confirm that what I'm looking at truly is Uranus). Hopefully I can get a view of it tomorrow!
  7. Maybe the pics of Jupiter I was looking at were during opposition. Too bad I missed it! Hopefully Saturn's opposition will make up for it.
  8. A lot of questions! I'll try to answer them. I have a goto scope and I've found that it's easiest to align it with the moon or a planet, since Jupiter is twice as bright as any other star (venus is 4x as bright!). However, if it's easy for you to locate stars, then go with that. I never needed coordinates - my telescope has cities built in with the coordinates. However, I would think that they need be as accurate as possible, as neither the tracking nor the locating will work without them. With a 32mm eyepiece (smallest magnification I have), you can see Jupiter a bright disc with a red stripe across it. Zoomed in (lets say, 10mm), you will clearly see the red stripe and the 4 Galilean moons. Also, you may observe shaded polar regions. Of course, if you were to take a picture of this, you could edit the image and see many more details. The barlow lens will work with most eyepieces, but will appear to get blurry at around 6mm (with your size telescope). 4mm just doesn't work for me at all, with or without the barlow. The best way to find out is to experiment, though. I use contacts/wear glasses as well, and although they help clarify the stars/planets in the sky, I see no difference while looking in the eyepiece. They are unnecessary, but they can't hurt. It's good that you're beginning astronomy! Some easy targets for your scope would be Venus, Jupiter, Saturn (approaching opposition in early April), M31 (andromeda galaxy), and M42 (orion nebula). Have fun, and good luck!
  9. Thanks for the help! I need to get my barlow lens set up and have a better focus next time. Through practice, I think my pictures will improve.
  10. I have a 2x barlow lens, but I've only used it once because it put black spots on Jupiter (dirt I guess). I clean all of my lenses before I use them, and it confuses me how it would be dirty. I'll try again on the weekend, when this never ending cloud leaves us . I think for Saturn I used "Drizzling" and for Jupiter I didn't. Is it worth using it even if the image is a little distorted? Saturn turned out well, but Jupiter was blurry after drizzling.
  11. I just started using a cheap solar system imager (NexImage) with my Celestron 4SE telescope to take pictures of the planets. However, after seeing pictures taken by other people (some with my scope), it seems that my pictures are less clear and smaller. For some reason, my pictures of Jupiter aren't as big as the one of Saturn. I crudely constructed this image in paint with my pictures of Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn lined up next to each other. For Venus, I probably didn't focus it enough. But why are Jupiter and Saturn sub-standard? I read through many tutorials for RegiStax, I just don't know what I could have possibly done wrong. If it helps, I used AMCap to record all three planets at 10fps. Thanks in advance!
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    All pictures were taken with a NexImage Solar System Imager.
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