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Everything posted by johnfosteruk

  1. Outstanding seeing last night. Here's a few images captured after a long observing session. I've not observed or imaged this phase very much so I'm very pleased. Wide Closer, worth a look at full size More contrast Closer look
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    From the album: Imaging Challenge #17 - Through the Eyepiece

    Crisium, Cleomedes and surrounding region. Captured with iPhone X using Procam 5, through the little Skymax 102 and a 4 mm (8mm with rings) Hyperion EP. Processing done with PS Express.
  3. I've just come in from an outstanding session on the Moon during a phase I haven't got to image or observe much over the last year or so and it's not even at it's highest yet. I may have to pop out again in a bit. I had some visual first, studying the craters in what's left of Crisium, Messier A&B and the terrain in Fecunditatis. On to the Rheita Valley. The chaotic Janssen, Fabricus & surrounding craters. All in all a great session with rock solid, crisp views in the little mak. Before I replaced the eyepieces with the camera, I thought of Stu's world renowned contest, could I summon the courage, the wherewithal and the skill to submit a world class winning image for the second time in a week? Would the iPhone be up to the challenge at such short notice, with so little time to prepare? Would my waffle be enough to distract the judges from what's really going on here? (What's really going on here? I don't know) Well, you be the judge! This was captured using the RAW setting in Procam 5, afocal with the little 102 Mak, and a Hyperion 8mm with the adjustment ring to make it 4mm. Cropped, sharpened and levels adjusted using PS express.
  4. Your midships are safe! What gives is I was playing with Topaz, won't be doing that again. I didn't with the RGB and the difference is obvious to see. Funny thing is, I thought the monos looked fine, but now with time and another pair of eyes I see the problem. Must have been tired, it was late. Oh and I did reduce the scale of the RGB a little as well but the main difference is the processing. I might redo the mono without Topaz.
  5. Thanks everyone. The RGB version finished stacking overnight.
  6. Nice work Magnus, I'm doing similar with the NGC catalog. It's nowhere near a sharable state yet so hats off to you
  7. I stacked 150 of 300 frames captured last night. Pipp>AS!3>IMPPG Mono image and some 100% crops, I'm doing a colour one at the moment but it looks like it'll take about a week to stack!
  8. Very nice. I think that should be a week next thursday’s winner. ?
  9. Some nice detail there Paul.
  10. Nicely done. It's fun to do unconventional images.
  11. So your results will stand on their own and you'll have no need to bribe the judge. I am pleased BTW, you mentioned financial bribes before, do you have a price list? And are Jaffa Cakes currency? Just asking.
  12. I once got dive-bombed by a seagull, and you talk about heroics? Pah!
  13. Is there not a rule prohibiting manipulation of time? Advance entry indeed!
  14. This has got to win me this coveted prize This was captured with the iPhone X, Procam on Tiff setting and 10x digital zoom on the 'telephoto' lens, manual focus and exposure, no telescope involved. Handheld, resting the phone on the car roof in Lidl car park. I used Stu's invaluable advice and cropped to remove all the distractions from the background sky Slight processing with PS express. I got narky questions as to what I was doing from a family who were getting out of their car at the time as well, and when I told them I was taking a picture of the moon, they said they couldn't see it (they were closer to the building that the Moon was above than I) When I explained angles to them in the nicest possible terms, they continued to be narky, so I showed them (the moon, then my photo) and they harrumphed, some people! Anyway the point is I suffered for this image, so I deserve the prize. Plus I know the judge personally, so I doubly deserve the prize, ahem.
  15. It’s all been said but for me it’s all about understanding the universe and however you do that is fine by me. As for AP people being hypercritical, the only criticism I’ve ever had on my limited imaging output here has been nothing but valuable. Also, if there was any elitism amongst AP people I most certainly would have been on the receiving end with my limited budget, and I have not. I love to browse through the imaging boards and the observing reports, they’re two different paths towards the greater understanding that I want.
  16. Here, have a lend of my thermal imager, that'll root the blighter out!
  17. I reckon it's a decoy! Best start checking Ebay. Good effort Charl
  18. Thanks folks. I went back out for another session, and although the Moon was 7 degrees higher in the sky the seeing had deteriorated so this image is at a shorter focal length, but I wanted to do a larger colour version. So here you have it.
  19. Just... I'm sure I can do better than 'just edges' I may have to go back out and have another crack at it seeing as I have a day off tomorrow RGB versions do well inverted, it makes the colours contrast more.
  20. Well I won't bother entering mine if there's corruption going on
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