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Superdavo

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  1. Hello everyone! It's been a while since I've been on this forum... On June 16 I was lucky enough to capture my first ever display of Noctilucent clouds, and naturally took plenty of pictures. I was lucky to be in a location in Durham with a good view to the North, and conveniently, the cathedral was to the North too! This photo was taken late in the display, as most of the NLCs were beginning to fade away. This patch of NLC was one of the last ones visible, and lower, much less interesting clouds were beginning to creep in & block the view. However, for this short period of time, everything aligned together nicely to create an interesting shot. Taken with my Canon EOS 1100D, with the stock variable-zoom lens set at 49mm. 40s exposure at ISO 100 on a fixed tripod, processed (various enhancements) with Camera Raw & Photoshop. David
  2. Just had another look at the Mars one, and I've managed to reduce the noise + increase contrast. Still some annoying artifacts though. David
  3. Hello everyone! Been a long time since I've been on here, but I thought I'd share some photos I took last night. First, Here's Mars, taken with a focal length of 2000mm through my Explorer 200p... An attempt at a higher zoom (5000mm focal length) - a bit blurry, but it still shows some detail. Mighty Jupiter, taken with a focal length of 5000mm, really showing the difference being high in the sky makes! Planet Saturn... even low down in the sky, it still manages to look gorgeous! (Focal length: 2000mm) And another version - composited with a photo of moons Rhea, Dione, and Tethys. I wish I could've zoomed in further with Saturn, but 5000mm was simply too much (requiring long exposuress). Perhaps I'll have to invest in a 3x barlow lens or something... David
  4. Personally, I really hope there is a ninth planet in this orbit. Not just because it'd be an interesting object in itself, but it would give us a new target to send a probe towards, that is just out of reach of today's technology. I would hope that it'd encourage more research into faster propulsion methods so we can reach it. David
  5. Definitely gonna go for it if it's clear! (And that's a big 'if'...) Hoping to catch it as it passes Phad in Ursa Major around 6:10 PM. David
  6. Try re-collimating the telescope, moving the primary further up the tube. This should give you a little bit more room to maneuver. David
  7. Earlier today I spotted that New Horizons had released four images which show different sections of Pluto, so I decided to combine them together to make a mosaic, and it came out quite well! B/W Version - combined together in Photoshop, and sharpened in Registax 6. And a version with added colour from a previously released colour image (colour added in PS) David
  8. Great images! I wanted to do something like this, but was too busy with exams (AS-Levels) around the half-phase, so I couldn't complete it. It may be worth doing imaging during the day, as it gets a bit too low down for night time - it's quite possible to get some images of it in the bright skies, if you can find it. The seeing also tends to be better too, as it is higher up in the south. David
  9. After battling with a variety of issues, I have finally finished editing my photos from the conjunction day! This one is the main photo - a composite of Venus, and Jupiter, correctly positioned using a photo from my DSLR. Note that I edited out the background, as I wanted to see what it would look like at night. I may do another in the natural light in the future. And here's Venus zoomed in. This is the same photo as used in the composite. The Jupiter one didn't turn out so well (it struggled with the contrast of the daytime sky...), so I haven't uploaded it. And here's the DSLR shot I used to frame the others, in the natural daylight... Zoomed images taken with my DMK21, using my SW200P, at F/25. 3000 (Jupiter) and 5000 (Venus) frames preprocessed in PIPP, of which around 750-1000 were stacked. Waveletted in Registax 6 before colour combination and final edits in PS Wide image taken with my Canon EOS 1100D, same scope, F/5. 21 images, of which 15 stacked and waveletted in RS6, before final post-processing in Photoshop. David
  10. Just as the title says... Both are easily visible thru my scope already. Will post edited images (and close-ups) at a later date...
  11. Getting some amazing daytime views of the Venus-Jupiter conjunction... Will post images soon! :-)

  12. Managed to get out and capture a few shots of the alignment in progress last night, although the clouds did make it a bit tricky. Taken with my Canon EOS 1100D, HDR combined (and edited) in Photoshop. As usual, any constructive criticism is always welcome! :-) David
  13. Hello everyone! As it is the summer solstice, it will soon be the start of a new season of stargazing, so I thought it would be appropriate to start the new year of astronomy with some resolutions! My personal one is to complete my set of planets that I've photographed with my DMK - just Mercury and Neptune left. I also want to improve my deep-sky photography. Anyone else got any ideas? David
  14. Got my first AS-Level exam later this week. Good look to everyone else in the same situation!

    1. David Smith

      David Smith

      Good Luck. My daughter just had her first this afternoon.

    2. Superdavo

      Superdavo

      Thanks! Hope hers has gone well too!

    3. AstroGZ

      AstroGZ

      Good luck!

  15. Hoping for some stargazing tonight! Will probably target Venus+Jupiter as usual... Will post any pics I get!

  16. Hello everyone! I've been wanting to get more into deep-sky imaging, and I have been thinking about getting an apochromat scope (as my 200P is a bit too big, and apos are more geared towards deep-sky). I've decided that it will probably be one of the skywatcher evostar scopes, as they look like good scopes for the job, and are reasonably priced. However, I can't decide which one would be better. Many people have said that the 80 (or the 120, but that is a bit above-budget!) is the best scope for deep-sky as it has a faster F-ratio, but Rother Valley Optics sell it with a free SkyWatcher focal reducer/corrector, which would bring the ratio to the same F/7.5, but what advantages would a larger scope have? I have also been thinking about possibly using this kind of scope as a more portable scope for general viewing, too, which is where I see the most advantages to a larger scope (100mm would resolve more than 80mm). However, this is just an idea. I'm more bothered about it being used for deep-sky imaging. So what would be the advantages and disadvantages of each? David
  17. Hmmm... It almost looks like a plane, but it's very small, so would have to be extremely high... I'm not sure! David
  18. That's pretty much what I do. For denoising, my current favourite method is using a method called GREYCstoration. There is a plugin in it for GIMP, and I assume for other editors too. David
  19. Funny coincidence, I made a YouTube video showing the step-by-step edits for a monochrome Jupiter a while ago! Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3lxcBNnZ4w
  20. Miraculously, it was clear last night, so I went out and took some wide-field snaps of the triple conjunction. Single-frame image from my Canon EOS 1100D, edited in Camera RAW, then PS, with a little bit of GREYCStoration applied in GIMP. David
  21. Funny being one of the few astronomers who is too young to have a wife! Still, parents are just as bad... David
  22. Even then, I dread to think how difficult it would be to figure out which barely-visible 17th magnitude dot is Haumea! David
  23. I though the summer was can't-see-anything-as-it-never-gets-dark season! :-P Still, late summer's usually ok. David
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