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Aussie Dave

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About Aussie Dave

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    Paperclip Straightening, Leprechaun Spotting, Ant Milking, Spore Collecting, BBQ/Party Shenanigans, Clam Diving, Ferret Stacking, Shiny Things.
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  1. A lot of the better comets we haven't been able to get Dave which is a shame. They are either too low, below the horizon or near the sun. I'm pleased I captured this one though.
  2. But no tail from Wirtanen happy-kat. If it keeps going the way it is it may even be visible by eye from a dark site location or at least visible in binoculars.
  3. It's been quoted as comet of the year and it will only get brighter. I'd go for the newly discovered comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) as it has a nice tail but it's below the horizon for us here.
  4. Another first for me, Comet 46P/Wirtanen. Captured early morning on 20th of November, with a bright moon. I'm hoping to get more of this comet when conditions allow over the coming weeks. Stacked in Sequator, edited in PaintDotNet. 53 x 15 seconds, ISO 3200 Sony a5000 Williams Optic FLT98 SkyWatcher EQ6 Pro
  5. My first capture of Neptune from Saturday night. I've always wanted to capture one of the outer planets. It was very small on live view but some blue colour could be seen. I had to use a low powered eyepiece and Stellarium to star hop to it's exact location going by patterns of stars in the sky as my goto didn't get it within the eyepiece. Through the eyepiece it looked no different to any other faint star with just a hint of light blue colour. The image shows the approximate size of the planet on the right hand side at the telescopes native focal length of 2500mm. The image in the middle is 200% larger, with the image to the left 500% larger. Captured in SharpCap, stacked in AutoStakkert 3, wavelets in RegiStax 6, edited in PaintDotNet. ZWO ASI224mc (5 minute video) Saxon 8" Maksutov Cassegrain (fl 2500mm, f/12.5) EQ6 Pro
  6. Taken last night with a Saxon 10" Newtonian reflector on a SkyWatcher EQ5. Handheld afocal shot with a 10mp FujiFilm A170 compact digital camera through a Celestron 32mm Plossl eyepiece. ISO 100, 1/150 sec, -1 exposure, 2 x optical zoom. Edited in PaintDotNet. Image has been reduced in size.
  7. Congratulations Avani and Pete, worthy winners indeed. @Pete Presland yours was probably chosen as you actually captured some detail on Venus which not many of us have done, not within the planetary comp anyway.
  8. I think the storm is still raging Dave. I over cooked the image to enhance the darker areas so there's more darker patches than what's actually there. It looked good at the time. I've been trying to work out what region I've captured but I can't work it out.
  9. This is pretty good Anthony for your first attempt, well done. You've captured a lot of features here, equatorial belts, tropical zones, polar regions, Great Red Spot and moon and shadow. The GRS with transits are always a bonus.
  10. Another Mars processed, taken early morning on the 9th of July 2018. Captured in SharpCap, stacked in AutoStakkert, wavelets in RegiStax, edited in PaintDotNet. A 3 minute video was taken with a total of 29230 frames captured, only 10% (2923 frames) of the best frames stacked. I spent some hours on the final stacked image in RegiStax and PaintDotNet to bring out the faint darker areas. The image was also upscaled in RegiStax. Saxon 8" Maksutov, SkyWatcher EQ5, ZWO ASI224MC, Celestron UV/IR Cutoff filter. Conditions average with brief patches of good seeing from Mandurah, Western Australia.
  11. Well done guys, worthy winners. They were all great lunar images submitted.
  12. Dust anybody? Dust? Mars taken early morning on the 9th of July 2018. Captured in SharpCap, stacked in AutoStakkert, wavelets in RegiStax, edited in PaintDotNet. Saxon 8" Maksutov, SkyWatcher EQ5, ZWO ASI224MC, Celestron UV/IR Cutoff filter. Conditions average with brief patches of good seeing from Mandurah, Western Australia.
  13. Jupiter and the Great Red Spot taken late in the night on the 8th of July 2018 with two moons in the top right hand corner. Captured in SharpCap, stacked in AutoStakkert, wavelets in RegiStax, edited in PaintDotNet. Saxon 8" Maksutov, SkyWatcher EQ5, ZWO ASI224MC, Celestron UV/IR Cutoff filter. Conditions average with brief patches of good seeing from Mandurah, Western Australia.
  14. That's some nice work there MarsG76. Excellent!
  15. Thanks Si@nite. I didn't realise I'd captured the moons but after stretching levels they were just visible between the noise. Sizes of the moons may not be correct, I had to average the sizes out from surrounding pixels and with the help of a moons reference image from wiki I got them roughly the correct size. According to Stelarium at the time of capture I should've captured a large moon at the back of Saturn but there was nothing there. I'm not sure how accurate Stelarium is with natural satellites though, most large moons are close to their real positions.
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