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  1. Is the viewing any good a day or two out from the peak, since it was so bad weather Sunday morning, and had work Monday (it was still bad then anyway), I have the opportunity to try and see something tonight/tomorrow morning as I think there might be some clear patches, anyone had experience watching a day or two after peak in previous years?
  2. Anyone know a time period this is expected to be very bright for, i.e. like it is now? I got one more day of work after today, so tonight would be my only chance till Saturday night.
  3. Can deffinately stil see some, I just went outside (around 10:40pm) just to see if the skies were clear, and by pure luck saw a really bright one with Mk1 eye's. Only had an hour to try and picture one last night, with no luck. Seeing what I just saw has pushed me for another go.
  4. Well I went ahead and got some solar footage with the 600D. Did both mono and colour. Today processed my first image with one of the mono videos. PIPP worked a treat, but registax didn't want to work with the tiff files, just loaded a white screen every time. So went with Autostakkert as suggested instead and that worked fine. Took my image into GIMP (wanna get used to it all before forking out for photoshop or something) and basicly just messed around a bit. From the start I knew I wouldn't get a gob smacking spectacular image, I have lots of over exposed regions on the disk and a big dark one at the top, it's kind of difficult to get the disk of the sun right when actually taking the photos, seems to go dark and lighter unevenly when fine turning the object in the viewer and/or tweeking the filters on the PST. Regardless, with the zero knowledge of GIMP and some poking around I popped something out. Not great, but theres some detail at least and most importantly i'm happy with my first real proper image. I have a base to improve on, first off probably by redoing the same image with different processing/post methods, there were some prominences very visible around the bottom left side that haven't shown up on this image.
  5. Cheers for the info guys. Must have had a mental mind block in place and forgot about the filter mod to my camera. Still I could see a little detail on the surface and quite decent prominences, also thanks cgarry for pointing me in the right direction for PIPP settings. Through sheer luck, my brother had a unmodded canon 600d which I persuaded him to lend me indefinately and is now in my possesion, going to give it a go shortly, hopefully with better results. At the very least I may process shots from both cameras and post it up as a comparisson, for the heck of it. Also may fiddle around with SPC900 for some close ups.
  6. Need a bit of a helping hand with imaging the sun with a dslr, I have a canon 1100d and a Canorado PST (0.5A double stacked version, i.e. Has the extra thing attached to the end) And mounted on top on Nexstar 8 and its computerised mount. First off i've modified a T-adapter to house the lens of a Maede Barlow x2 to fit on the dslr as described in this guide http://astrosoft.co....with a DSLR.pdf to achieve better focus, and it deffinately worked, worlds apart then before I did this. I can get the Sun focused no problem, see it fine on the laptop, depending on which way I tweek the stuff on the PST I can see surface detail and prominences. Though as i've seen mentioned at times (looking at other images) it looks a bit...erm pink, more so in the middle. Now which way do I go about getting my image, do I take video, a bunch of single shots, do I do some of them in monochrome, all of them, none of them? These are the parts where I start to get a bit blurry eyed, I just can't seem to get my head around all the colours and histogram stuff, is it something I do after i've got my bunch of images/video in PiPP/registax, processing or do I do it in reatime when taking the images. A link to a nice guide would be great or if someone with a similar setup or know how can give me a quick run though and what I need to be tinkering with would be greatly appreciated. Would posting a single shot of what I can do up to this brick wall may help?
  7. I was catching Saturn pretty well around April last year, it was at the perfect hight in the south for me, way above the rooftops.
  8. Looking at Saturn through the 8SE....you will know its Saturn for sure, trust me. I got mine the middle of last year, Saturn was the first planet I looked at through the scope and was drunk with excitement with how good it looked, far better than I expected infact, i'm excited just thinking about you seeing it. Glad your happy with your kit, as I was too, its so easy to use.
  9. Thanks to the wonders of dropbox, i've uploaded the images I did from my last session on the 9th July. All the images are raw, contains some darks, and all zipped up for easier download. No idea really if any of the images can be worked with, but if someone can produce something from them, at least i'll know what to aim for. Images are of the double cluster - NGC 884 + 869 and some darks I took for that session. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/35726084/doubclus.zip
  10. I just tried that with one image as a test and it worked, as you say not very efficient, the resulting filesize is around quadruple than before, but at least I can now play around a little. Thanks for the help guys, at least I know what the problem was now, hopefully DSS will fix that soon.
  11. Yep, thats exactly what it's doing, The images were saved straight onto my laptop in RAW format, and they do show fully in Canon image viewer. I re-installed DSS and it still does the same, i'm at a loss here. Is there another free bit of software I could try, just to make sure it's not a problem with the images. I would love to upload them all but they are pretty big, and I dont have anywhere to do so. One shouldn't be a problem though, and maybe someone could stick it into DSS and see if it does the same as mine. http://www.filedropper.com/img0108_1
  12. Seems i'm having trouble using DSS. When ever I select files in it, the preview image is always cut into a thin rectangle, cutting of most of the image, compared to what they look like in my first post, even after stacking, the end result is the same dimensions as the preview image, I cant seem to get a whole image shown. (Example below) As you can see, it just shows a small part of the overall image. Any idea how to fix this?
  13. Thanks for the advice. I have a Bhatinov mask, didn't think of it at time, and thats a good idea using the camera display magnified to get it focused, will deffinately try that out. Thanks also on the darks advice, sounds simple enough. Now I just need the sky to clear a little tonight
  14. Thanks, i'll give that tool a go. Is it worth buying the full version, or will the trail suffice?
  15. Used my DSLR with my telescope for the first time in the early hours this morning. I wasn't really planning on it as I didn't expect my light pollution filter to arrive the day before, so not much research was done to get ready, so I just went with what little I already knew. These images were taken with a modified (Astronomiser filter replacement) Cannon 1100D + Light Pollution filter-clip and attacted to a f/6.3 focal reducer at the base of a NexStar 8SE Computerized Schmidt-Cassegrain. The camera was at 30" shutter speed and ISO 800. DSLR was hooked up to a laptop and used EOS Utility to take the pics. Oh and dew shield attacted. Top two images are of the double cluster, bottom two Andromeda. They have not been edited in any way, they are as they were saved when the shots were taken. Obviously I had no idea about darkframes at the time, but i've read up on that a little this morning, is it really as simple as taking the exact same picture just with the lenscap on? (assuming i'd put the cover on the end of the telescope in this case). I just wanna know if these look ok for a first try, and any hints I should try for next time, i'm hoping to take a series of shots + darkframes next time and do some processing with those. I'm personally happy with them, it seemed difficult to focus using the laptop with the telescope focus, but it looks like it was pretty good.
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