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Paul Haese

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  1. Thanks all for the comments. Alan I am using a Flea3 monochrome camera with astonomiks type 2 filters.
  2. Thanks guys for all the lovely comments. Remember that seeing makes or breaks an image run. It also makes an imager too. Keep an eye out for chances of good seeing and act on it. One thing I have learnt is that poor seeing makes for learning better processing, so when the good seeing comes you will be well equipped. Thanks once again.
  3. Thanks guys for all the comments. Here is an image of Mars that was the last before it crossed the meridian. It looks to be the best for me. Click here for the full size image.
  4. thanks all, much appreciated. Stuart it's our turn now for the next 5 years to image Saturn at high elevation. You get Jupiter for a while now though.
  5. Last night couple of the guys came down to do some DSO imaging at Clayton and I was in two minds as to whether I should do some DSO imaging or planetary. I decided I would wait until dark and just test the seeing before making up my mind. The predictors had all seemed to indicate that seeing would not be that great, so I decided that a wait and see approach was going to work best. At around 9pm after cooling the C14 I slewed to Sirius and what I saw shocked me. The seeing was that good that I saw solid diffraction rings from a solid star that was Sirius. I could detect little if any movement and I called out to the guys to come and take a look, first through the diagonal then straight through via cranning ones neck; all at around 488x The straight through view was spectacular and I wondered what the night would hold. Mars was still too low and Saturn had not even risen. When Mars did rise high enough we were treated to a lovely visual of Syrtis Major and the pole and tine little dark regions near the pole. I quickly setup to capture some data after waiting a short while from the first viewing. Mars was still being blocked by the slide of roof of the observatory and the light from Mars was only hitting half the mirror. There was some wind and this was making Mars wobble a little, not bad seeing but not like I had seen a while ago higher up in the sky. Overall seeing on Mars never got much better than 7/10. However it is very low still and I was happy with this result. Saturn on the other hand climbed higher out of the soup and presented a real show. Visually the live feed was still but the scope was being buffeted by wind. There are storms present in the NEB and there is a dark spot on the border of the NEB and where the Dragon storm was last year. In the red channel you can see the octagon shape belt at the pole. This was a nice night of quality seeing. Click here for the Saturn image at the site.
  6. Thanks guys, much appreciated. It's not the best one I have seen this apparition by a long shot. There are so many great images coming forth these days. I do appreciate you comments though Jupiterholic. Atlas, more than happy to help if I can. Feel free to ask. Good data collection is the key though.
  7. Seeing was pretty variable last night ranging from 2/10 to around 6.5. When this image was taken high winds had started (and the seeing improved) and the PME even struggled to keep the planet on the sensor. the CGE mount would have not copped with this type of wind at all. This was the first time I had seen good seeing in high wind. Despite the planet moving around the entire sensor the image remained reasonably sharp. In Adelaide high winds means go to bed. Of interest in this image is the presence of Valles Marineris which is lower center. I have wanted to capture this feature on Mars ever since I first imaged Mars in 2005. Also you can see Tharis volcanoes just coming into view on the lower left with lots of high blue cloud between them and Olympus Mons (which would be right on the limb edge but not visible). The NPC is also quite small now but very pronounced. Click here for image and other Mars images (click on the image to go to other images) I have included the image for those that just want to view from here.
  8. Several years ago now I bought a property at Clayton Bay in South Australia. Over the course of several years holidays I had noted how good the seeing was at that location. I had viewed Mars during the 2005 apparition there and the was very impressed with the steady skies. Added to this, the town is a dark sky township. It was a bonus either way. So I bought a house there and set up an observatory on the property. The dark skies have pretty much distracted me from using the site for my original intention (aside from a couple of planetary images that I have done over the Christmas breaks for the last couple of years) until now. This summer season our home in the Adelaide hills has been beset by gully winds which have destroyed seeing on every clear night. Two weeks ago I had decided after seeing so many great Mars images that it was time for me to put the C14 down at Clayton and try my luck. I have had the site tested with the societie's DIMM and it has come up on average of 0.7 arc seconds. Only problem is that the site does sometimes suffer from cloud or fog formation with it being so close to the ocean, thus why I had not generally tried more planetary imaging. It is great for DSO imaging but frustrating for planetary work. Seeing in the last week has been fairly typical (good solid seeing) but clouds on three occassions have prevented me from obtaining a nice image or even setting up. Last night was almost the same but I picked up some solid data just as Mars hit the meridian. I did not bother with Saturn, but the views of it through the eyepiece were magnificient to say the least. I will get that later this week. Saturn being higher in the sky than Mars presented detail in the bands around the planet and the Cassini division was a solid thin black line. Perhaps I should have imaged Saturn but knowing that the wind shear will improve this week means that I will get another opportunity. Click here for site image and to see other Mars images. Click on the picture to take you out to the Mars gallery. I have included the image here for those who prefer to view the image here. My best Mars to date, some minor flaws but overall I am pretty happy to have a run on the board for this apparition.
  9. We have in the southern hemisphere been blessed with yet another nice comet. The comet that was not supposed to be is now putting on quite a show in our cities and dark skies. I thought I would show you some of the images I have gathered so far. Click here for Milkyway and the comet. Click here for landscape, the moon and the comet. Click here for a close up. enjoy.
  10. One of many images from Broken Hill taken in good seeing. I will post more as the data sets come out of the processing. I have been catching up with Anthony Wesley and Trevor Barry at Trevor's home. It has been excellent and having good seeing just tops it off. Click here for image. Feel free to comment.
  11. Thanks all for the comments. The blue sky is part of the natural image that the camera put out. I have increased saturation a little but each to their own.
  12. One of the best views yet for this cycle 24. Not only large spots numbers, but also a really nice looking prominence. Probably one of my best so far I think. Still some blotchy spots but I need to examine another technique to get rid this problem. Click here for image. Take a good look around.
  13. Thanks all for the comments. The exposure details are single frame at 2000 ISO, f3.5 for 45.1 seconds.
  14. It sure does. You probably have a better view still, being close to the pole in NZ.
  15. A couple of nights ago I took the opportunity to image the old Willunga jetty here in South Australia. The idea was to have the Milkway laying over the top and this old decaying structure in the foreground. I was luck that is was at low tide too. Click here for image Smaller image attached for viewing on this site. I hope you enjoy the view as much as we do down here in the southern hemisphere.
  16. Thanks Mark, yes I use a bit of doge on the proms after some shadows and highlight through a mask. I don't have a lot of time to go back now and do a mono version. You can lift it from the site if you like and make it mono yourself in PS.
  17. The seeing was not all that good yesterday but I just had to image the disk with AR1302. The active region is on center left and the AR1301 is on center right. Also around the limb there can be seen a few filaproms which are quite interesting. While activity looks to be picking up, it is still down quite a lot to where it was in the last cycle. Click here for image.
  18. Thanks Olly, lots of hours in that image; about 15 hours. It could still with some more hours though.
  19. Olly you are correct with regard to Damian being the first. When I started using a Toucam in 2004 I was blown away by what could be achieved with one. Damian's and Don's images stunned me. At that stage I knew nothing about cooling, air turbulence (despite years of observing and DSO film imaging) or digital processing. In near perfect seeing though, I think there are many now who could produce the same level of detail and smoothness in an image. The seeing makes the image really, processing is such a breeze in good seeing. I know of one image at least that is as good as that one of Damians, but was not entered. Fortunately for me as I would not have come runner up I am sure. As for NB imaging, well I am like you. I prefer natural colour with Ha influences. I have a dark sky observatory and conduct a lot of imaging from there. Click here for images. I own NB filters but as yet have not used them. It does nothing for me really, although there are some impressive images around that have used them.
  20. Actually lot of amateurs are doing this now. Some of my captures from previous years are here and here and here. Good seeing is the imperitive for planetary imaging. It is not only the gear but one must have great seeing. Barbados is one such place, another is Exmouth in Western Australia. The search is on here in Australia for a closer spot with great seeing though. In 2018 the southern hemisphere will have Mars, Jupiter and Saturn directly overhead. We hope to host many events in the years leading up to and including this year. I think we will be getting a few people down here.
  21. Damian has the same gear I have or put another way I have the same gear he has. C14 + Flea3. My image came second in the Solar System section.
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