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Posts posted by msinclairinork

  1. I live in the centre of a small(ish) town and usually settle on 5mins and the CLS clip holds up well. I’ve also noticed a huge difference between 2mins and 5mins in terms of structure/deepness etc.

    Gimp is only 8bits – not as good as 16/32 but its free and will allow you to practice with stretching etc until you get photoshop or pix insite or whatever.

    These are also very hard targets I think for a DSLR & ED80 to get real good detail, something bigger for the future might be a better choice (M31?) or plop your C9.25, but then guiding I belive becomes harder.

    I've tried these too with with my ED80 & DSLR and got around 3hrs of 5min subs but like I said the detail is hard to achieve on these small/distant galaxies. But it is nice to caputer them none the less! :icon_salut:


  2. Hello,

    Need some help here. I'm a complete Jupiter/planetary/registax noob been only doing DSO's before...I'm finding that much easier!

    I've tried Jupiter twice now over the last few nights, but can't seem to get much detail out of it.

    I looked at this thread before attempting my second go last night for recommended settings - which made a bit of a difference. The part I think I'm really struggling with is the processing and possibly focus also..I did try my best to over expose first to get the moons and focus on them, but it's not easy when the atmosphere is doing its thing!

    I know I don't have the ideal scope for this (ED80) and I only have a cheap/stock 2x barlow at the moment. But I'd like to know if it could be possible to get a good detailed surface or should I stop wasting my time and buy a 127 mak or something?

    I can't remember the settings for my first attempt (with moons).

    Second attempt (no moons):

    ED80, SPC800, 2x Barlow

    2500 frames - 1400 stacked

    WXastrocapture, Registax, PS CS3

    1/50, 30fps, gain 50, gamma 0, auto colour, brightness 50, saturation 60.

    Any help or advice would be great! :icon_salut:





  3. Hi John,

    Yes I only seen your sticky AFTER I took the images...hence my comment on not doing any research first. It was only the next day once I had read your workflow that I realised I made things more difficult for myself than need be! Och we learn the hard way! :clouds1:

    Will be more prepared next time! :D



  4. Thanks folks,

    The stitch was much better in ICE than Imerge, I was getting that effect you're saying. I could only load up the images when they were in the TIFF format, where as Imerge prefferd FIT's.

    There was a couple biggish holes missing near the centre and a few edges but photoshop sorted them out. :D



  5. Hello all :D

    After buying a morgans SPC880 webcam, I've finally gotten round to using it. I now have the up-most respect for those doing lunar imaging, as its certainly time consuming doing these mosaics!

    I should of done some research before attempting this, but I did have a lot of fun! It's a nice change to see a live image on the screen rather than a deep sky sub every 5 mins or so.

    I have to thank Avdhoeven for posting a lunar workflow PDF as this was my guide and it worked a treat! :clouds1: Although I used Microsoft's ICE to do the final stich as I wasn't getting very good results with Imerge.

    Seeing was REALLLY bad last Friday - every star was twinkling like mad! But I was happy to be out imaging rather than saying "oh that moon is to bright to try a DSO!" I can't wait to give this another try now!


    25 panes of 2000 frame AVI's

    ED80, SPC880 & Cheap 2x Barlow on an HEQ5

    Wxastrocapture, AVI stack, Astroimage, PS CS3, ICE

    Questions: After stacking each pane had a corner missing, any idea's why?

    Wxastrocapture would show an error if tried to go for more than 2000 frames?

    Thanks for looking,

    Tips, comments always welcome! :cussing:


  6. Great images Spikey! Not targets I've tried yet, as you say the DSLR/ED80 combo is not the ideal setup for them. So I'm too waiting for a CCD.

    I'd say you've nailed them! :D Looking forward to seeing some RGB added.

    Keep up the good work!


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