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Posted March 1, 2012
in Imaging - Tips, Tricks and Techniques
Posted February 8, 2012
I have actualy got a AVI at that setting also. But not seeing much of a difference really. I would even go as far to say it was beggining to look over exsposed?
Posted February 7, 2012
Welcome to SGL Islander!
From one Orcadian to another - I know all to well the challenge of the local weather!
Look forward to meeting you.
in Imaging - Deep Sky
Posted February 7, 2012
Edited February 7, 2012 by msinclairinork
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!
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!
in Imaging - Discussion
Another hard drive clutterer...
in Imaging - Widefield, Special Events and Comets
Very nice!! Great colour and detail! Well done!
It's a good feeling when it all comes together in the end isn't it?
You're off to a good start! More time and even longer subs if you can will show more detail.
You could download 'GIMP' which is a free image processing software package to get you started.
Keep 'em coming!
Great captures! I'm just impressed you've managed to get 28hrs total! I think the most time I've spent so far on an object is 3hrs lol
Keep up the good work!
in Imaging - Lunar
Posted February 6, 2012
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!
Will be more prepared next time!
Posted February 6, 2012
Edited February 6, 2012 by msinclairinork
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.
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! 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!
Seems to be - 2 weeks I think.
in Star Parties & Astro Events
Posted February 5, 2012
Hello! Next meeting will be on the 28th.
Hope to see you there!
Posted February 4, 2012
Thanks for the tips. Could be my laptop as it just gave me the blue screen of death!..hmm..
OK second question: It is taking about 2.5hrs to stack one 1400 frame avi. Is this normal? That's probably going to take 2.5 days to get this done?
Seems a long time doesn't it?
in Discussions - Software
Got some more info on this - it was on their website! Doh! Just had to download some .dll files.
Nout I can do about that then Peter?
Trying to process my first moon mosaic but can't seem to open up my AVI's in avi stack? It keeps saying "Frame length does not match codec"
Seems OK in registax, any suggestions?
OK run into a problem already on step one!?
I can't open my avi's as it is saying "frame length does not match codec" seems to work fine in registax, any suggestions?
Just so happens I got my first lunar mosaic last night, so going to give this a go!
Posted January 30, 2012
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! Looking forward to seeing some RGB added.