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Aussie Dave

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  1. 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

     

     

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  2. 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.

     

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  3. 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.

     

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  4. 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.

  5. Saturn and some natural satellites 6th of July 2018. Referring to Stelarium at that time of the night, the moons are from top to bottom Dione, Enceladus, Janus and Tethys.

    Captured in SharpCap, 1800 best frames stacked in AutoStakkert, wavelets in RegiStax, edited in PaintDotNet.

    Saxon 8" Mak, SkyWatcher EQ5, ZWO ASI224MC, Celestron UV/IR Cutoff filter. Conditions were average with patches of good seeing but the dew was bad. Location Mandurah, Western Australia.

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  6. 2 minutes ago, 12bore pete said:

    what a cracking picture i like to see the moon shadow crossing the surface I have only seen that a couple of times with my old moster scope but no where near as clear detail you must have some very clear skies to get pictures so good.

    time to emigrate methinks

    The planets here are high in the sky which sure does help although conditions could be much better. Visually you could just make out the shadow as a small fuzzy darker spot in between the wavy seeing. On live view the shadow stood out a little better but there was only a few brief seconds of sharper detail seen and captured in each video.

    Trying to get out there when ever I can but it's the middle of Winter here.

  7. My main target early this morning was Crater Clavius but I decided to capture an extra video above and below it as conditions seemed good on live view. Detail could be seem on live view of the inside of the Clavius crater walls with brief glimpses of craterlets and small flows on the crater floor. This image is a vertical 3 pane stitch.

    Saxon 8" Maksutov, SkyWatcher EQ5, ZWO ASI224MC. Captured in SharpCap, stacked in AutoStakkert, wavelets in RegiStax, stitched in Image Composite Editor, edited in PaintDotNet. Conditions good from Mandurah, Western Australia.

     

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