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Steve Ward

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  1. The Baader film gives much better results/views than any of the Thousand Oaks films , have tried all and they don't come close.
  2. Nah , those are joints in the filter , it's made from four pieces of Baader film , the 'big' rolls are only 1000 x 500 mm , too small to make the mammoth in one ...
  3. I regularly use a small flight-case manufacturer in Rickinghall near Diss , they have hard flightcase foam from 1/4" up to about 2-1/2" thick in 8' X 4' sheets ( can easily make thicker slabs by laminating) Always helpful and happy to sell the foam seperately , and it's not expensive either. 14-17 Willow Farm Business Park , Stowmarket Rd , Rickinghall IP22 1LQ. 01379 898898.
  4. And yet some still continue to do this , a certain recently appointed "Director" of "Salford Astronomical Society" has just been caught with his pants down using other people's images and after a quick 'tweak' has entered them into , and won , competitions with them ... ! And on top of this he has had the front to deny it in spite of a wealth of damning evidence and professional testimony. No apologies have been issued as yet but the competition organisers , sponsoring 'scope manufacturer ( who used this clowns images exclusively on their site) have all taken swift action to reverse things , as they most certainly should have. What was going through his mind when he startd is anybody's guess , but I'm pretty sure he won't be doing it again any time soon ... or if he does he will think twice about posting the "work" online for the entire world to see. Some of you run down FB , but believe me if you want to rally an entire planet's imaging community's wrath it is the place to go ...
  5. Albireo's a pretty bright double which might account for the irregularity , might be worth repeating on Vega or some similar single point source.
  6. Give me sub-zero nights over these sultry humid ones every time , working outside all day in this heat is decidedly unhealthy so I'm beggared if I'm sitting out in it at night too ...
  7. Saved as a JPEG for you so folk can see it and save everyone having to download the RAW file ...
  8. On the grounds that in general your mount does exactly One revolution per Day and even when 'fast' slewing' it's hardly mimicking a racing engine pretty much anything you have kicking about will do the job . There's been lots of discussion on this over the years with all sorts of bluster about using super-duper , top-end , high-spec , high-price greases in mounts , all unnecessary in my humble opinion ... Sits back comfortably and awaits the onslaught ...
  9. ??? ... Jupiter rotates every 9.8 hours , so the GRS is visible about twice every day regardless , just a matter of timing whether it's visible when you observe. Plenty of sites out there that show exactly when the storm is in view.
  10. Wedge is marginally better , but the improvement over Baader film is in no way proportional to the difference in price ... Given that our star is virtually asleep at the moment (as far as whitelight observing/imaging is concerned) I'd recommend Baader Solar film for starters ...
  11. I was looking forward to a day out and a catch-up , unfortunately work commitments have scuppered that idea so I shan't be there this year ...
  12. None of the black polymer films come anywhere near Baader film in terms of clarity of view or detail observable/imageable ...
  13. You can ask the question wherever you like , you will still receive the very same answers and you will continue to ignore them ... We could quite easily direct you to other forums where the question could be asked but it would be like passing on a virus and completely unfair to those sites.
  14. The same answers apply as they did when you asked on Cloudy Nights ..... before you flatly refused to accept any advice given by those who know and just persisted in repeating the question ad nauseum ... which as you recall resulted in the thread being deleted .....
  15. My sincerest apologies for not mentioning Michael's award too ...
  16. Congratulations to Alexandra (Montana) on winning the award of Astronomy Photographer of the Year - Our Sun section yet again ... Well deserved recognition for the incredible standard of images that she produces ...
  17. Something pretty enormous sprouted up overnight and is pointing straight this way ... Rain here all day but hope some of you can get a view of the action. https://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/assets/img/latest/latest_4096_HMII.jpg
  18. Don't know what 'scope you're using but it's worth having a play with Barlows to get the disc as big as you can on the sensor , I run the Tal with a "tweaked" Barlow that gives me about 1.4x (FL about 1400mm ) leaving just a small margin top and bottom on the 1000D.
  19. Forgot to say that shooting .mov from the camera is pointless as it's little more than a set of jpegs captured from the Livescreen feed and little or no detail is to be had from such a compressed format . Tried it with the output from an 1100D during my very short time with one , very quickly swapped it in for another 1000D ... And the 1100D could never reproduce the same quality of image that it's predecessor can , no matter what I tried settings-wise , there was a processor change from the 450/1000D line to the 1100D which ruined it for my particular needs .
  20. Hi Steve , I shoot sets (usually three) of 100 single RAW frames and batch convert to TIFFs (converting one set as shooting the next) using Canon's DPP. I then go through each set and use my eyes to select the best quality ( crisply detailed ) frames ... have found that the eye is way better than any software for determining the best frames . Then I run the best frames through PIPP to centre and crop the frames and output as a 1fps AVI , could probably make it quicker but why rush these things ... (I output as AVI as AS!2 sometimes gets a bit 'sniffy' about a set of individual TIFFs ) Then feed AS!2 the video for stacking , these are still 2650 x 2650 frames so I use an alignment box of 300 (around 100 alignment points) so as not to sit twiddling my thumbs for ages which occurs if you use a small box of say 40-50 which will throw up about 4000 or more points . It's not the stacking procedure that takes the time but the final Map Recombination so fewer boxes to align the better ... and for no loss of quality in the stack. N.B. I still use AS!2 V2.3.0.21 which requires you to adjust the frame size in the config. file from the 2000 x 2000 default in order to use bigger frames as those from a DSLR. Easily done though , just open the config. file , scroll down to the Max Width/Max Height lines , delete the 2000 x 2000 and enter an appropriate number to cover your needs. Then it's over to Reg 5.1 for Wavelets and other tweaks before a final fine-tune in Gimp ..... those parts of the process along with the camera setting are a closely guarded secret though ...
  21. Thank you mate , have to admit there were a few minor headscratches , especially when it came to remembering where I'd hidden the focus controller box and the HEQ5 handset ... I can add quite a few layers to a "pile of stuff" over the course of six months ...
  22. Edited now Stu , Photobucket playing money-grabbing games , it let me link on Cloudy Nights but not here ... ! Have now linked to the Astrobin gallery images but you'll have to click on the thumbnails to go to the bigguns ...
  23. I'm back ... Seeing as there is something to focus on again I thought it rude not to point something Sunwards ... Please click on thumbnails for full size. Canon 1000D + Tal 100RS + ND3.8 + OIII. 1/160s @ ISO 100 , 30/300 , PIPP , AS!2 , Reg 5.1 , Gimp 2.8.
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