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Aussie Dave

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  1. Around midnight I captued the 100% illuminated moon with a Saxon 10" Newtonian reflector and Sony a5000. Then from about 3am I started on the partial lunar eclipse with a Sigma 70-300mm f/4 - 5.6 zoom lens. I tried a different exposure technique setting on the a5000 called High Dynamic Range with Dynamic Range Optimizer which didn't work out so well. The moon was much lower in the sky and I should've tested these settings before hand but quite please I got what I did. I almost deleted all the eclipse photos as they didn't look that great at full res but it was a last minute decision to pu
  2. From the album: Saxon M20325

    Saturn from the 11th of July. ZWO AS224MC, Saxon 8" Maksutov, SkyWatcher EQ6 Pro.
  3. From the album: Saxon M20325

    Crater Clavius and surrounding area from the 11th of July. ZWO AS174MM, Saxon 8" Maksutov, SkyWatcher EQ6 Pro.
  4. Crater Clavius, Crater Maginus the little Clavius (just below left of Clavius) plus some others from the 11th of July. Captured in SharpCap, stacked in AutoStakkert 3, wavelets in RegiStax 6, edited in PaintDotNet with a final tweak in Fitswork. ZWO AS174MM Saxon 8" Maksutov SkyWatcher EQ6 Pro Location Mandurah Western Australia.
  5. Celestron Neximage 5 Solar System Imager, Celestron Nexstar 8i SCT.
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    Celestron Nexstar 8i

    Celestron Nexstar 8i Schmidt-Cassegrain 203mm, fl 2032mm, f/10, Starbright coatings.
  7. Cheers everyone. @Pete Presland yes high altitude, good seeing and should be able to resolve some more detail with better seeing although this season has been really bad where I am, the worst planetary season so far. Nothing but thick cloud, high level light misty cloud, jetstream, rain and wind. I may get a chance next week if the sky clears, fingers crossed.
  8. Thanks Gina and MarsG76. I'm still playing around with images. This is the stacked image from the first and second video, layered and aligned manually.
  9. There's the 2.5x PowerMate 1.25" Gina which I had for quite a while. There wasn't much difference I found from the PowerMate to my 2x Barlows which I have quite a few of including a couple of ED Barlows although conditions here aren't often great, plus I think the planets are very low in the sky for you there and will be for some years. You won't see a vast improvement, it will be minimal at best. I ended up selling my 2.5x PowerMate recently as it wasn't getting used. I'll just stick to my better quality Barlows for when seeing conditions are good or better while the planets are high in the s
  10. Jupiter at 9:48pm last night. Conditions good Mandurah Western Australia. Finally some decent seeing! This is the best I've captured this season from the South West of WA. Captured in SharpCap, Stacked in AutoStakkert 3, wavelets in RegiStax 6, edited in PaintDotNet. Image was resized in RS6 to 200% with the Mitchell filter, edited, then reduced to 80% of that size. I find this much better than using Drizzle in AS3! The second image is only a 2 image gif to try and work out what's noise and what's actual gas cloud detail and gifs are not the best way to show this. Each image was about
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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 m
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
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