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  1. 4 minutes ago, orion25 said:

    Great, George! I noticed the polar cap was smaller, too. But Syrtis Major more than made up for it ;) 

    Yes Reggie, I thought Syrtis Major was very prominent this year.The last time I managed to image this feature was back in 2014.You really notice the passing of time when you have astronomy for a hobby.

    Stay safe George


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  2. 1 hour ago, uhb1966 said:

    Wow Great!!! What's your used software stack? Would also be interested in the temperateure when imaging. Best, U

    Thank you for your kind comment. I used Sharpcap for capture and a QHY 5-11colour camera. Normally I use PIPP and Autostakkert2 or 3. I have been having some stability issues stacking videos using RAW and AutoStakkert . So from memory I think I used PIPP and Registax6 on this image. I have recently purchased Topaz Denoise AI and used it on this image before any other processing was undertaken. The external temperature at the time the video was taken was about 10 degrees C. Relative Humidity was unusually low for my location at about 65%…Hope the information is useful.

    Best regards George

  3. 8 hours ago, Fozzie said:

    That's a cracking image

    Thank you for taking the time to comment. It was a surprisingly clear night. I also used Topaz Denoise AI for the first time on a lunar image. It really makes a dramatic difference.

    Best regards George

  4. 9 hours ago, orion25 said:

    Nice job, George. Love the composition. That is very artistic and dramatic :D 

    Thanks Reggie for your kind words.

     I've just come in from the backyard after grabbing a few video clips of Mars and the Moon. The seeing was quite good tonight and the weather forecast for the remainder of the week is very poor with high winds. I finally purchased Topaz DenoiseAi software today. I've just tried it out on a lunar image that I captured tonight. A very splendid bit of American Digital magic that is very much worth the asking price of $79.

    Hope you are getting some good weather in Georgia.

    Best regards George


  5. 3 hours ago, orion25 said:

    This is my latest image using the ZWO ASI224MC with my 180mm Mak. I'm real happy with it being able to image Olympus Mons! Solis Lacus, the "eye" is there on the left limb, the polar cap, and some cool dark albedo features in the southern hemisphere. Seeing is EVERYTHING. Best wishes with your future imaging and visual attempts with Mars!


    Reggie :)


    Hi Reggie what a great image! Yes I can see the "eye" and Olympus Mons. Brilliant!

    I was hoping to have another go tonight but the weather is currently poor. Wishing for a break in the cloud cover to move in from the west by evening. 

    I agree with you, 'seeing' is definitely all when  imaging planets and the Moon.

    'Clear skies' George

  6. 6 hours ago, orion25 said:

    Great photo! Got some good detail there :)


    Thanks Reggie. If the weather is ok I will have another go tonight and hopefully the upper atmosphere will be a bit more stable. Did you see the crescent Moon, Jupiter and Saturn altogether last night - quite beautiful.

    Have you been able to capture some more images of Mars?

    Best regards George

  7. Four things you might establish from this image:

    • I have much to learn about using Sequator
    • Suffolk County Council kindly turn off the street lights at 11:30 pm
    • Many neighbours do not turn their lights off at 11:30pm
    • No shortage of cloud or wind at the UKs most easterly point.


  8. Really beautiful views of C2020 F3 NEOWISE last night. Naked eye visibility from our front door. Great through bins. Stack of 30 sec RAW  lights ISO1600 taken with my Altair Lightwave 66 mm Doublet and Canon 600d DSLR with a 0.8x focal reducer and flattener - all on a Star Adventurer mount. The comet is moving quite quickly across the sky and dodging behind my neighbours' roofs.

  9. Well it has been cloudy, raining and windy for most of the week. Metcheck said cloudy for last night but 'whoopy do' it was wrong! I had spent several hours capturing Jupiter and Saturn with my ETX90Ra on a star adventurer - much to Mrs Hawksmoor's annoyance. Having finally got two big planets on one small chip, I looked at my watch and it was just after 2:00 am BST, so thought " I wonder if Comet NEOWISE is high enough to see"? - It was!!! Tremendous comet!! - best since Hale Bopp for my money. Took this image with my Canon 600d DSLR and the standard 18-55mm EFS lens at f=18mm ISO1600 mounted on a photo tripod by the road in front of my house. I awoke my partner to have a look -she loves a comet in the early hours of the morning.

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  10. Weather has prevented me from seeing Comet NEOWISE but the clouds parted  sufficient for me to witness this pretty conjunction of the Full Moon, Saturn and Jupiter with it's Galilean Moons spread out two per side. The image is a cropped composite of several RAW images at two separate focal lengths and exposure durations to accommodate the large dynamic range. Canon 600d DSLR.  The captures were from a bedroom window. Mrs Hawksmoor wont let me cut the bamboo growing in our backyard. With no changes to our patio planting, we may either have Jack the Giant Slayer or a Giant Panda as an uninvited house guest.🐼

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  11. As Jupiter and Saturn do not rise above my neighbour's roof, I decided to take my DSLR and tripod down to Corton Cliffs. This is a stack of 8 images at f=18mm and ISO3200. On a warm summer's night, watching Jupiter and Saturn rising from the horizon over the North Sea was quite a beautiful experience. Shame about the lights from the caravan park and from the tankers anchored just off shore awaiting a significant rise in the price of petrol.

  12. Moon at first quarter. Beautiful summers night. A composite of images taken at f=2250mm with QHY5 -11 colour planetary camera on a Meade series 5000 127mm apo refractor. Each video was 1000 frames 10% stacked using AS!2.

  13. As the ISS was visible and being chased by SpaceX quite low to my horizon , I abandoned the backyard and sat in a bedroom to watch from an elevated position. With time on my hands I wondered what might be achieved image wise just by pointing my Canon 600d plus telephoto lens (f=240mm.) at it. I was surprised that you could acquire a recognizable image of sorts. The picture is a rough composite of radical enlargements of star like dots on the original widefield images. Exposure times and ISO ratings were varied. The best images being obtained at 1/500 sec at ISO 6400. Not pretty but remarkable what a  relatively inexpensive camera hand-held by an old man hanging out of an upstairs window can achieve!

  14. 1 hour ago, Paul M said:

    Very nice!


    1 hour ago, Paul M said:

    Very nice!

    Thank you very much for your kind comment. I did not set out to image the Moon. I was setting up to image Venus and noticed the Moon much lower down and just above the false horizon created by the kitchen extension roof. It was so beautiful I decided to capture a composite image. I never think you can do justice to the quality of light and colour when you capture the Moon in twilight. But I keep trying!


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  15. Comet C/2019 Y1 (ATLAS) -127mm Apo refractor and Canon 600d DSLR  30x2min lights at ISO 1600. Very nice clear dark night and all my kit worked! Pretty much my last chance to point my big scope at this before it goes behind my house roof. Nice comet!

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