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Posts posted by rjc404

  1. Here's a couple of quick hand held shots from yesterday (30/6/15) of the conjunction. Not sure why I was too lazy to get the tripod out and do a proper job... anyhow here they are (might need to zoom in a bit on the wide shot to actual see the planets!).



    Both taken with a Canon EOS700D with a 50mm EF lens.

    The upload compression does take a bit away from them.

    Too much wispy cloud to get anything tonight...



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  2. Here are my first attempts at C/2014/Q2.

    Had to wait for what seems like an age for a combination of clear nights and no gales blowing and for Lovejoy to clear the altitude of the trees to the south of my back garden!

    These attemps aren't as good as some overs on here and are done with more modest equipment. No computerized tracking, just using an EOS 700D with a 50-250 zoom lens at 250mm on a motorized EQ3/2 mount.

    Anyhow, here they are (click on the images to enlarge):

    Test shot as Lovejoy cleared the trees (overexposed a little in my raw editor).

    C/2014/Q2 Lovejoy through the trees

    Quick timelapse of test shots.

    My Movie

    Overexposed single raw image, trying to get a glimpse of the tail (only 45 seconds at ISO 800 - probably should have gone for a higher ISO).

    C/2014/Q2 Lovejoy overexposed

    Handstacked series of 7 45 second images. Had trouble with these in DSS so stacked by hand in Photoshop.

    Lovejoy hand stacked in Photoshop

    Right back to getting the Toucam, barlow and scope out to have another crack at Jupiter...
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  3. Local council deciding to upgrade all the street lights around me now meaning I have shadows to the end of my garden and no clear lines of sight where a streetlight isn't in my eye anywhere... only temporary though - moving in a couple of months.

    If it wasn't the above though then laziness, brain dead fatigue from work and Champions League football on TV would be the answer...!

  4. I like shot 1. I've always had trouble stacking the moon and never had a particularly good results yet (probably because I lack a decent barlow for close up mosaics though as I'm still stuck with the Skywatcher original that came with my 'scope).

    My best images have always been single shot images (with a bit of post processing in a raw editor) where I've used the biggest screen I can to get focus as sharp as possible and then just taken a batch of five to ten shots (about 1 or so a second) at different speeds at ISO 100 and 200 until I find an image that has beat the seeing and is really sharp.

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  5. Here's a shot of the moon I grabbed today. Turned on my mount and the handset date read that it's two months since I've last been out so roll on spring and some better weather!

    Anyhow, this one was taken at ISO 100 at 1/60 of a second with my Canon 700d on a 150PL.


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