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stepping beyond

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About stepping beyond

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  • Birthday 12/12/65

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    Astronomy and keeping my 2 dogs happy.
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    North Carolina, usa

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  1. Still going through data collected from April. I had the saturation a bit too high.
  2. Pete I'm still getting used to this camera, here's one from 6-10-17 on a lil' better seeing.
  3. 1st Jupiter with TV5x power mate and t-ring through an 8 in. astrograph on lxd55 mount on a sorry night.
  4. I tried to get Jupiter with the 5x but , atmosphere wouldn't allow it . 3X this time in May on the 18th and I processed as tiff thru reg6 wavelets, it really wasn't a good night but, I got my transit.
  5. Thanks Knobby, I welcome the tips. I've also got some Jupiter data using the asi174MM cooled that I've still got to tackle and fearing the stacking and combining of my rgb, I'm still trying different things to get the hang of using mono after using color cams and I'm going to like the detail once I get my mojo back and some decent weather. Mono will take me alot longer to adjust to than my color ccd cams.
  6. Dave that's awesome buddy, I'm still trying to get used to the asi174MM cooled plus dealing with a mono cam takes me more patience than I've had lately. Great job !
  7. The wildfires here in NC have put a damper on my imaging but , I've got a Z10 reflector that has been getting a workout scanning the skies . Here are 2 that I took the 14th and 15th of April with an 8 in. Newtonian/lxd55 mount/Spc900nc and 3x barlow . It seems that I've forgot to get the settings correct and had to check out astronomy shed , so next time they'll be better . I ran them through but, when I put them in reg6 I just got a lil' black screen so I just ran them through reg6 and my rgb align and balance need help , it was either too blue , too red or gray. I chose to leave the red where it was and get some help besides the videos I've watched. I'm getting better at this every year I collect data on Planets.
  8. I haven't had too many chances to get out this year due to the clouds and wildfires burning in western N. Carolina. I've been working at trying to get some data processed and I must have forgot how to process Jupiter . I was using pipp , AS2 and reg.6 and having a really hard go at it. I guess time will tell the tale if I totally forgot how to rgb align and balance but , it's a start for the year. Enjoy and have a Happy Easter.
  9. Geof , that image is awesome ! I've had maybe 2 nights out when the smoke from wildfires and cloud cover hasn't ruined my attempts this season. I received a new Zwo 174MM cool for xmas and it's been a challenge starting on my Lrgb journey.
  10. Thanks y'all , I'm trying to get this figured out but , the cold and the issues are is killing my attempts to get things in sync. Maybe spring will prove to be better for getting it together. A moto focus would be a plus and one day I'll have what I need I do lucky imaging and sit at the scope tweaking here and there. It's all about having " ME time ".
  11. Thanks Steve , I try my best . There are nights when everything seems to go wrong and nights when everything is just singing "JOY" . I live in town and the trees limit my capture time , that's why I decided to get a Zwo cmos instead of a ccd "lucky imaging". I need to find the focus with the fw on the camera and remember to use the bahtinov mask before slewing to my target. I'm just lucky not to have fallen on my mount , like I did to the other that I had to jb weld . I'll get out even earlier Ronnie
  12. I've had issues but, I stayed the course and got them taken care of , now to get a night of good alignment only 8 seconds @-15 due to alignment issue of stubbling over the tipod leg. The zwo 174MM cooled is my new workhoarse for it all and I'm still learning the camera capabilities and trying to find the settings for " full well " so I don't under or over sample to make every photon count.
  13. Since I've received my ZWO 174mm cooled everything is alot easier for me to do what I need to do in a night lunar w / 8in. newt. 3-2-17 and Z10 dob 3-4-17.
  14. Very detailed and sharp , the ccd chip in the Phillips spc900 is the way to get ccd top quality images.
  15. I'm going to check that out, my qhy5 llM guidecam has not taken a .1 s exp in 3 nights of trying to figure this out. I was able to image unguided with sharpcap but, for some reason I can't get a.1 sec exposure in Phd2. Do you think this might Help?