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Aussie Dave

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  1. This is a good'n James, a bit more detail in this one.
  2. Nice lunar image James but I think you know what needs to be done Get that 174mm out and have a crack at it. Not sure what scope/s you have but I had a 6" SkyWatcher reflector at a focal length of 1000mm and did 2 videos, one for the top half and one for the bottom half of the moon stitched together and it came out very well in good seeing. It was at a larger resolution to what I usually do and it was one of the best lunar images I've done over the years.
  3. Thanks everyone. @maw lod qan Jupiter and Saturn are just over 79 degrees. Jupiter at it's highest just after 7pm and Saturn just after 9pm. In a couple of weeks time light from the setting sun will start to creep in for Jupiter when it's at its highest.
  4. Last of the Jupiter videos from yesterday evening, I think this was the best of the lot. Conditions average to good, Mandurah Western Australia. Captured in SharpCap, stacked in AutoStakkert 3, wavelets in RegiStax 6, edited in PaintDotNet. ZWO ASI224MC Saxon 8" Maksutov SkyWatcher EQ6 Pro
  5. Good results there fellow countryman, I do like that Saturn.
  6. Jupiter and Saturn this evening. Conditions average to good, Mandurah Western Australia. Another reasonably good night. Captured in SharpCap, stacked in AutoStakkert 3, wavelets in RegiStax 6, edited in PaintDotNet. ZWO ASI224MC for Jupiter, Celestron Neximage 5 for Saturn. Saxon 8" Maksutov, focal length 2500mm, f/12.5 SkyWatcher EQ6 Pro
  7. Yes of course, opposition you're right again Stu, what was I thinking! I went to the same opposition month as this year, therein lies the problem
  8. Nice one Stu. I would've expected Saturn's curve to be closer to Mars and Jupiter but you're right. I checked Stellarium, as accurate as that is years into the future and at mid Winter 2026 it's roughly 55 degrees at 8:20am here and for 2032 it's 35 degrees around midday near the sun here - south west corner of Western Australia.
  9. They are respectable images Nigella. When they are much higher for you in the UK you should do very well.
  10. I don't know about anyone else when the planets were higher in the Northern hemisphere but I rarely see much detail on live view and only a couple of times visually. I guess filters would help with eyepieces. When I do see it on live view it's fleeting, very faint and always washed out by the brightness. This was from the ZWO ASI224MC about 6:37pm that same night. Ganymede down the bottom. The Neximage 5 couldn't pick up the moon, only some of the shadow but I would put that down to the seeing and slower frame rate of the Neximage 5. I much prefer the colour that the Neximage 5 gives compared to the 224mc, I can spend hours trying to get the colour better with the 224 and still not get it right. I gave up on this image in the end as I've spent way too much time of it.
  11. Yes we're getting a bit of the jetstream too and need to dodge the clouds here. We seem to have sky mist which fuzzifies detail. I haven't had many good or better seeing nights where I am. The only thing going for me is the elevation.
  12. Aussie Dave

    Saxon M20325

    Saxon Maksutov Cassegrain 203mm, fl/2500mm, f12.3.
  13. From the album: Saxon M20325

    Crater Walther. Seeing conditions average, Mandurah Western Australia. Captured on the 9th of August. ZWO ASI174MM with Bintel 2" 2x ED Barlow Saxon 8" Maksutov SkyWatcher EQ6 Pro
  14. Crater Walther, approximately 132km × 140km in diameter and 4km in depth with complex crater rim. Seeing conditions average to good, Mandurah Western Australia. Captured on the 9th of August. I'm quite pleased with this result as I've beaten my PB to resolve down to about 2km wide craterlets which can be seen around the central region of the crater floor even when conditions were not the best on live view. Captured in SharpCap, stacked in AutoStakkert 3, wavelets in RegiStax 6, edited in PaintDotNet. ZWO ASI174MM with Bintel 2" 2x ED Barlow Saxon 8" Maksutov SkyWatcher EQ6 Pro
  15. From the album: Saxon M20325

    Jupiter at 7:12pm 15th of August. Conditions average to good Mandurah, Western Australia. Celestron Neximage 5, Saxon 8" Maksutov, SkyWatcher EQ6 Pro.
  16. Jupiter at 7:12pm yesterday evening. Conditions average to good Mandurah, Western Australia. Captured in SharpCap, stacked in AutoStakkert 3, wavelets in RegiStax 6, edited in PaintDotNet. Celestron Neximage 5 Saxon 8" Maksutov SkyWatcher EQ6 Pro
  17. Lunar early last night. Conditions started out as average to good but slipped away to poor just before clouds rolled in. Visual observations of the lunar surface were quite nice, heaps of craters to explore with good detail. This image is a 2 stacked image stitch. Location Mandurah Western Australia. Captured in SharpCap, stacked in AutoStakkert 3, wavelets in RegiStax 6, stitched in MS Image Composite Editor, edited in PaintDotNet. Click on image for full resolution. ZWO ASI174MM SkyWatcher 6" reflector short tube (fl 1000mm) SkyWatcher EQ6 Pro
  18. The Gem Cluster NGC 3293 aka Spider Spit Cluster, Little Jewel Box from the 30th of January. I was so pleased to bring out so much on this open star cluster and surrounding area, perhaps I over did it? Not perfect star but very happy with the result. Stacked in Sequator, edited in PaintDotNet. 30 x 20 seconds, ISO 1600, 3200. Sony a5000 Saxon 10" reflector Skywatcher EQ6 Pro
  19. Sorry for the confusion, the native focal length of the scope is 1000mm, with the 2x Barlow 2000mm. The resized image was at 200% using the Mitchell filter in RS6 This is the first 6" short tube I've had and often wondered how they get a long focal length from a short tube. There is a metal barrel at the end of the secondary mirror pointing towards the primary which houses a lens. I'm wondering if I took that lens out if it would make it a 500mm scope. The only other thing would be the focus plane and if I could reach focus if I took the lens out. If it could focus it would be a nasty f/3.3 scope and with heaps of CA I'm sure just not sure if it's a 2x magnifying lens.
  20. Jupiter and Io and Saturn from the 2nd of August before clouds rolled in. The second Jupiter image was resized in RegiStax. Conditions average, Mandurah Western Australia. Captured in SharpCap, stacked in AutoStakkert 3, wavelets in RegiStax 6, edited in PaintDotNet. ZWO ASI224MC with 2x Barlow SkyWatcher 6" reflector short tube, fl 1000mm SkyWatcher EQ6 Pro
  21. The Southern Pinwheel Galaxy M83 from the 6th of April, Mandurah Western Australia, conditions poor. This was my 3rd attempt with the first two attempts being much worse than this. 198 x 30 seconds, ISO 1600, 24 darks. Stacked in Sequator, edited in PaintDotNet and Fitswork. Sony a5000 Antares 6" achro refractor SkyWatcher EQ6 Pro
  22. Saxon 10" Newtonian reflector fl 12000mm, f/4.7.
  23. Omega Centauri NGC 5139, Centaurus globular cluster taken back in April with a Sony a5000 and Saxon 10" reflector on Skywatcher EQ6 Pro. Only 13 exposures, average seeing night.
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