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About zcapp96

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  1. It's been on mine for a while now so glad to get it done! It's nerve racking waiting for that 2 second window! Now going to try for an illuminated lunar transit.
  2. This is my first ISS transit. Taken through a white light filter on a 150pds. 5000 frames stacked twice, once focusing on the ISS and the second on the surface. images then combined in photoshop. Station is passing above sunspot group 2829. Turned out well I think but room for improvement!
  3. That's a really good point, thanks for the tip! Never had to think about being too hot with my 'scopes before!
  4. Thank you! I'm very pleased with it so far and when I get more time in the summer I'm looking forward to really pushing it to the limits!
  5. Thank you! I was very surprised at the surface detail myself. The sun was very low at the time but was the first time I had seen it in weeks so went for it anyway! Looking forward to really pushing it in the summer.
  6. I made a white light filter for my 150pds and managed to test it on Sunday for about 5 minutes until the battery on my laptop died (charger was broken and I hadn't noticed!). Would have liked to get more time to fiddle with the settings but seems to work well and will compliment my Daystar as we approach Solar maximum. Taken with a ASI290mm, 5000 frames, best 50% stacked.
  7. Thank you! The C9.25 had been on my wish list for years and during lockdown last year I thought, 'What the hell..'. And with the £400+ price increase since I'm so glad I did!
  8. Thank You! It was with the C9.25 but not with the F6.3 reducer, it was at its natural F10.
  9. Finally finished the mosaic from data taken on the 18th. Used my new asi290mm and astronomik 742nm pass filter and very pleased with the result. 19 panels, each the best 50% from 5000 frames (took up nearly 400GB of my hard drive!) The pass filter makes such a difference and so much easier to line up the panels.
  10. This is my first proper attempt at a DSO. I've been imaging the planets, moon and sun for years and the odd DSO but only ever with about 30 mins of data. I have decided to try and get some proper images using a decent amount of total exposure times this year. I live in a very light polluted part of the UK with Bortle 5/6 sky. Thought I would try with something easy first! this is M3 from 90 45s exposures, taken with a modded Canon 600d through a 150pds. Very happy with the result and glad to have got NGC5263 up in the right top corner as well. Will have to try for a Galaxy next!
  11. Thanks, it was 10 panes. I shall have to read up on the best tips, I kept everything constant as I do with lunar mosaics but each pane was different! The edges seemed to be the main problem, will try and give more overlap in future.
  12. This was primarily a test of my new ASI290mm. I had taken solar images with my ASI120mm but the newton rings were awful on it so decided to upgrade. Planets and then the moon are my primary focus so opted for the 290mm. Not much going on on the surface at the moment and was taken early in the morning when the sun was still climbing. Not the greatest match in the panels but not bad for a first attempt. Each panel was the best 40% from 2500 frames taken through a daystar DS60 solarscout.
  13. An animation of Vesta taken with a canon 600d through a standard 28-80mm AF Lens on a Star Adventurer Mini. Seeing was poor on both days so I thought I would give it a go as anything else just wasn't possible. Never tried for an asteroid before, was fun! Vesta March 2021.mp4
  14. Thanks! I was using a Celestron C9.25 with no Barlow at it's normal F10 with an asi120mm-s camera through RGB filters.
  15. Finally got around to processing my attempt at a Mars animation from all the way back in October, Would have gone on longer but was interrupted by cloud. Think that was what put me off, thinking it was incomplete. Turned out well though, for a first attempt, some frames were awful but I have included a couple of the frames that look really good. I know that the south pole is at the top but it just didn't look right the other way around! Taken with a asi120mm through a C9.25 with best 50% of 10000 frames in each RGB channel. Mars Oct 2020.mp4
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