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About spaceman_spiff

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    Astronomy; Astrophotography; Computational Neuroscience; Horology; Classical music; Hiking; Jogging, PS4!!!
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    Bury, Lancashire

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  1. Off to France tomorrow. Can't wait! Staying in some dark skies around Limoges.

    1. jabeoo1


      Excellent area to visit.  Be sure to visit this place: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oradour-sur-Glane_massacre

  2. North American nebula (part)

    From the album Photos from Bury

    Date 24/05/2017. Part of the North American Nebula. Weather: Probably the best conditions I have ever had imaging, very still atmosphere and clear skies. The guide scope stayed on target the entire night. Optics and camera: Skywatcher Evostar 120 F/D=8.33 (Achromat) with a Baader UHCs filter (for removing light pollution). The camera was a IR-filter removed Canon 600D. Settings: 58 x 3 minute lights, 50 darks from library, 50 flats taken recently and 50 bias frames. ISO 800. Mount: Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 with extension pillar. Processing: The Lights and calibrations frames were processed using Deep Sky Stacker. I set the star detection thresholds to values that caught about 60 stars. The final images were stretched in RGB and I then balanced the histograms to retain white balance. Luminance was tweaked to show faint detail. I also used Gimp to add a selective Gaussian blur over a 5 pixel range to blend the RGB noise.

    © D Elijah

  3. Photos from Bury

    This folder contains photos taken from my house. The view is quite obscured to the west and south so I must wait for things to come to me.
  4. Europa transit 02/04/2017

    From the album Planetary work

  5. Planetary work

    This album contains my newer images of Solar System objects taken using my 150mm Skymax Mak-Cass.
  6. Europa transit 02/04/2017

    From the album Planetary work

  7. Europa transit 02/04/2017

    From the album Planetary work

  8. Europa transit 02/04/2017

    From the album Planetary work

  9. Europa transit 02-03/04/2017

    From the album Planetary work

  10. Europa transit 02-03/04/2017

    From the album Planetary work

  11. Europa transit 02-03/04/2017

    From the album Planetary work

  12. Struggling to get a decent Jupiter

    Hi A4Andromeda, Good shot there but your 550D has the movie crop mode which is better for capturing Jupiter. Set it at 60 frames/s, ISO 100-800 exposure 1/60 and see what you get. HTH Dan
  13. Struggling to get a decent Jupiter

    Very good image - far better than my early attempts on Jupiter. I think you may benefit from increasing your image scale - using a barlow. The optimal scale depends on your pixel size (big pixels demand a longer focal length (more powerful barlow). Also if Jupiter is made larger on the sensor, Registax will have more detail to lock on to and should provide a better result. Sorry if this has already been mentioned, I haven't had time to read through all the previous threads! HTH Dan
  14. Solar imaging interruption

    I know right! Interestingly the turbulent air seems to settle/rise out of shot quite quickly.
  15. Solar imaging interruption

    Here's a gif clip from an imaging session I did a few days ago (02/04/2017)...with an unexpected interruption. Dan.