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  1. This is my entry, not as good as some of the fantastic images seen here but pleased with it none the less! I have a 45 minute window each night as it passes between trees and buildings as viewed from my garden and finally got the magic combination of okay weather, visible window and great red spot transit! Taken through a C9.25 at F10 on a ASI 290mm, best 45% of 10000 frames at 100fps. Moon to the left is Io.
  2. Indeed, I had been watching it cross the face of the sun on space weather while there was no break in the clouds for days, didn't think I'd get a chance to see it myself but just caught the end of it!
  3. Thanks! The asi290 is a fantastic camera, it's so sensitive you can have very short exposures. I was getting 80-90fps for the full frame white light image and over 120fps for the large prominence picture, which I had limited to 800x600. I've had even higher than that on a 640x480 when doing captures of Mars and Jupiter. And that's on an old laptop that practically wind up! The Daystar is a great value bit of kit that I don't think I've fully utilised the capabilities of yet. It can be fiddly to focus and the 10min warm up needs to be factored in (I use the white light on the 150pds while it's warming up). I'm very pleased with it, it's opened up an area of imaging that otherwise I wouldn't be able to do as I couldn't afford a Lunt!
  4. These were taken between clouds and with never ending high haze, so not bad considering. Wanted to get a go at the big sunspot before it disappeared and the weather here has been rubbish! All taken with a ASI290mm and colourised in photoshop. Each was 5000 exposures and around the best 35% stacked. Yellow one was with a white light filter on a 150pds and the others through the Daystar SS60-DS. Happy with the results!
  5. This is an image made up of 120x 30s exposures of the Cygus and Lyra region taken on a Canon 600D through a 28-80mm lens set as wide angle as possible. Taken around midnight on the evening of 12th to 13th. Exposures combined together and those with planes and satellites removed, though may have removed some faint meteors by mistake!
  6. These are my first images of the two planets this year and with my new camera, they are both still low down and only get a 1 hour window when they can be seen between some flats and some trees. Luckily this year there is a long enough gap between the transit times so I can do them one after the other! There did seem to be some light mist or cloud so conditions were not perfect but better than the thick cloud I've been seeing for what seems like months! Both taken as RGB Images with the best 35% of 3000 frames on each channel stacked. Used a asi290mm through a C9.25 at F10. Really happy with the Jupiter one, I think it's my best yet. Looking forward to seeing what I can get when the seeing is better.
  7. Taken through a 150pds using a Canon astro modded 600d. 30 x 3min exposures from a Bortle 5/6 sky. Happy with the way it turned out, just need to get better at photoshop to bring out the detail better!
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. That's a really good point, thanks for the tip! Never had to think about being too hot with my 'scopes before!
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. Thank You! It was with the C9.25 but not with the F6.3 reducer, it was at its natural F10.
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. Thanks! I was using a Celestron C9.25 with no Barlow at it's normal F10 with an asi120mm-s camera through RGB filters.
  22. 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
  23. Taken with a Daystar DS60 with a ASI120mm-s, 2500 frames with cropped area ogf 640x480 with about 50% stacked. Finally got the chance to see if the Tilt adapter the Mrs bought me for Christmas would get rid of the newton rings on the ASI120mm and it did! There is a slight hint of them still on the videos but these can be stacked out with the flat frame. Really pleased with them considering how low the sun is still and there was a lot of high cloud. Really looking forward to the summer when I can get some more practice in!
  24. Thanks for the advice everyone, I'm totally new at solar imaging and this has been a great help. I'm going to place an order for a tilt adaptor or may get the Mrs to by me one for Christmas!
  25. My new toy arrived this week from FLO and the fog cleared for just long enough to get to play with it today. Not too bad considering I have never used a solar scope before and the sun was behind cloud and mist most of the time. It's also very low and can only been seen from my garden for an hour as it passes between the houses opposite this time of year! Definitely need a tilt adjuster it would appear. camera used was a asi120-mms.
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