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About barkingsteve

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  1. I have used a 2.5x barlow if 'seeing' allows. I use sharpcap to capture a .ser file, usually around 3,000 frames then stack in AS3 and sharpen in registax. I am by no means an expert, i am still experimenting with gain, exposure, etc. Planets are low and an ADC ( atmospheric dispersion corrector ) will help, but i haven't had much success with mine, others have. Take a look at the planetary imaging section.
  2. I think we all had that 'wow' moment some time or other I use my 294mc pro for imaging planets, you just need to use the region of interest to get rid of the vast nothingness and improve frame rate.
  3. I use clear outside, met check weather and met office cloud cover. Usually one of them is correct no point going beyond a few days, let alone a few weeks, predictions are nowhere near accurate. https://www.metcheck.com/WEATHER/now_and_next.asp?zipcode=Barking&locationID=57900&lat=51.5&lon=0.1 https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/uk-cloud-cover-forecast/#?tab=map&map=Cloud&zoom=5&lon=-4.00&lat=55.74&fcTime=1594245600
  4. Hi seemoreStars, I now always use an ir pass filter on my mono camera when imaging the moon, it basically helps cut through the atmosphere so to speak, As you are imaging in a narrower band, it is less effected by poor seeing. You still need a steady night though for good images There are slightly better bandwidths i think but i find the 642 works well for me. Perhaps one of the experts could explain it better but that is the gist of it.
  5. As others have said, the 925 seems a tad long and heavy for the evolution arm. If they sold the 8" with the sturdier tripod, that would be a fine combo. The evo 925 is ok for visual but if doing EAA, any kind of breeze will cause you headaches. I now use a 130 pds with the mount for dso EAA Also i find sky portal lags heavy all the time and sky safari loses connection allot, even from 2 foot away, though i think this is due to a severely cluttered wifi network, i usually pick up 10 plus signals in my garden could be time to try cpwi with the pc or learn the handset controls
  6. That is tycho. you need to flip vertically and horizontally now check your moon map.
  7. Hi Neil, I use AS3 ( Autostakkert 3 ) to stack the images, i then use Registax to sharpen with the wavelets. I then use ICE ( Image Composite Editor ) to stitch the images together and then finish off with photoshop, playing with lighting and shadows. Apart from photoshop, the other programs are free
  8. 5 panel terminator mosaic. C925 with 178mm and 642 ir pass filter. Best 20% of 1k.
  9. Hi Steve, Was a little gusty, especially difficult for the 925 on an evo mount Hi Dave, Best 25% of 1k frames for the 294 mosaic and best 20% of 2k for the 178 mono shots. I was trying for a full 178 mosaic but high thin clouds put paid to that idea. I did manage to put together a full terminator shot, though still suffering a little due to clouds.
  10. Between dodging clouds and rain, i managed a few shots tonight. C925 - first image is 2 panel mosaic with the 294mc pro, the rest is with the 178 mono and 642 ir pass filter.
  11. The extra threads on the Ryzen really helps with photo processing, multitasking, etc. so if it is not a dedicated gaming machine, Ryzen is the way to go these days.
  12. Hi Geoff, I am 12 miles from central London, so pretty built up i have hundreds of houses, flats and a major A road within 1/2 mile south of where i am imaging. I get to see the planets for a couple of hours due to the houses opposite and an annoying neighbour's tree. Seeing is so important when imaging the planets, so yeah seeing was poor on the night. This image was the best from about 10 files, some with a barlow but i have had no luck whatsoever using a barlow so far. I have tried with an altair astro ADC and for the life of me, i cannot see any difference when i play with the levers. I am sure i am using it right but had no luck with it. Hoping for more clear skies soon so i can get a bit more practice in but might have to wait a few years until the planets are at a higher altitude before i can get an image i can shout about
  13. Thank you guys, the 178 mono is a beast at F/10. To be honest i had to manually focus as it was early evening and i had no star to focus with a mask. Looks like my eyesight isn't as bad as i thought here is an enlarged shot of Petavious
  14. Welcome, Have you considered a nice pair of bino's? if it is for a camping trip then they can be used day and night https://www.firstlightoptics.com/observation-binoculars/celestron-skymaster-pro-15x70-binoculars.html may need a tripod for extended sessions though, they get heavy after a while.
  15. Sharpening doesn't help but the colour channels alignment is different from the top of Jupiter to the middle. I am still pretty new to imaging the planets so not sure what could be causing this. i have tried again with the data but still the same issue though i have eased back on the sharpening a tad and dropped the 1.5 drizzle.
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