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  1. I have been on a long hiatus from astrophotography. What better day to jump back in, then the Great American Eclipse. We only had about 75% coverage and it was partly cloudy here in San Mateo, CA. The images were taken with Orion StarShoot Deep Space Mono Imager III on a Celestron SP-C6 on a Vixen Super Polaris mount.
  2. Last nights I decided to try and catch 2012 DA14 from my backyard in San Mateo, CA. It was actually quite easy to find and image. The image below is a single 50sec binned 1x1 sub and the video is put together with 100 subs that were 10sec binned 1x1 each.
  3. No I don't think so. Iridium flare have a tail don't they, well at least in pictures, right. What I saw was a pinpoint.
  4. Last night while I was setting up my telescope to capture 2012 DA14 on it's way out I was looking towards Polaris and noticed something. There was a bright pinpoint flash about 10 +/- 5 deg. to the right of Polaris. It was not a meteor or satellite since it did not move. The brightness was about the same as Polaris or a little bit brighter and it only lasted 1-2sec. I want to say it is a possible SN but I thought they stay bright for several days or weeks. What was this????
  5. Yeah I knew it couldn't be a meteor, but I checked heavons above but saw nothing for that time and area.
  6. I was taking pictures of the Quadrantid meteor shower this morning from my second floor window and I caught these 6 images which I thought it was a satellite but I checked heavens above but I don't think there was any satellite in the part of the sky. So what was this??? Each image is 11sec. and the first image is around 1000 UTC Jan. 3rd and near νb & νa Boo and the last image it ends near HD145931. . Quadrantid Shower 6 by Nick R2006, on Flickr Quadrantid Shower 7 by Nick R2006, on Flickr Quadrantid Shower 8 by Nick R2006, on Flickr Quadrantid Shower 9 by Nick R2006, on Flickr Quadrantid Shower 10 by Nick R2006, on Flickr Quadrantid Shower 11 by Nick R2006, on Flickr
  7. I have not posted here in a very long time so here is to 2013. The other night I decided to see if my equipment would be up to the task of exo-planet transits. This was also my first time doing photometry. The equipment was the Celestron SP-C6 (6"F5 Newt.) on my modded Vixen SP with a Orion SSDS Mono Imager III. I used around 75x80sec exposures and put them through C-Munipack for the light curve. One problem was that before the transit started my guide camera died on me so this was unguided and I started only 4min before the transit, where I was hoping to get 1/2hr to 1hr of data before transit. I think I have the exo-planet fever. http://var2.astro.cz...p?id=1356903589
  8. Even though the moon was right over the house I decided to image the moon last night. You could really see the thermal heat with the images, so I will image again on the 6th or 7th when the moon is not over the house. I used RegiStax to stack the images together. I used my new Orion SSDS Mono Imager III with a H-a filter and it was on my SP-C6 scope. Which do guys like the darker image or the one that is lighter and shows the craters in the dark area's?
  9. Since I only need one of these dimmers, I guess I don't need to take it a part. But I have a question and it may seem dumb but I'm still kinda new to building electronics. How does the power get to the dimmer box, I don't see any power cord? I'll be building the heater strip from the design of http://www.dewityour...ent/6-the-kits.
  10. A few shots had some minor guide errors but I do have coma with the scope. This camera shows a lot less coma then my 300D DSLR. A coma corrector is on my list. But I'm not in a hurry to buy one since I'm getting a over all quite pleasing result with the camera.
  11. Here is my first light with well 2nd light with my new Orion SSDS Mono Imager III. I got the package deal of the imager with filter wheel and filters and I also bought a H-a filter. I had a problem with the guiding but found out it was the lens in the guide scope that was loose, so I fixed it and was able to get up to 800sec subs, I'll try for 20 or 30min at a later time. Before the clouds rolled in I was able to capture H-a in 4x800sec, 2x600sec and 2x300 with no darks or flats. All was combined and some stretching with Maxim DL Ess. and then the final bits with photoshop. I'm amazed at how sensitive the sensor is. I slewed it to M51, M63 and M101 during during twilight when there was still some sun light and I was able to capture the galaxies. Yes they were poor quality but it did show the arms of the galaxies. Bubble Nebula H-a by Nick R2006, on Flickr
  12. I just got my Orion Starshoot Deep Space Mono Imager III kit with color filters and filter wheel included and I bought a H-a filter on Friday. Took it out to do some single exposure test shots since I had to get up early the next morning. Need more time on figuring out how to do stretching etc. with MaxIm DL Essentials. Here are some of the subs I took. The first is with the L filter at 140s, second is with the H-a at 340s, and the last one is with H-a at 2x binning. No guiding was done as you can tell with the 340s H-a. I did do some stretching, but like I said its new to me so I'll have to learn. How are these for Single subs, is this what all 285 CCD's produce? If so I'm very pleased and if not I'm still pleased. I'll have to play around with the fan speed because I kept it at default of 5, it says if you go to high it might result in artifacts in the image. Messier 16 Lum. filter by Nick R2006, on Flickr Messier 16 H-a 1x1 binned by Nick R2006, on Flickr Messier 16 H-a 2x2 binned by Nick R2006, on Flickr
  13. I went to the NASA Ames gathering they had last night of the Curiosity Landing. The PR's at Ames told me that close to 9,000 tickets were given out the previous week and when I was leaving Ames after the landing they told me possibly around 6,000 arrived to watch the landing. It was great seeing that meany people at NASA Ames that were interested in this landing. Curiosity Landing 2 by Nick R2006, on Flickr Curiosity Landing 16 by Nick R2006, on Flickr Curiosity Landing 20 by Nick R2006, on Flickr Curiosity Landing 21 by Nick R2006, on Flickr
  14. I'm getting a real bad itch for a CCD imager and have no more then $1,400 to spend. The imager I'm looking at is the Orion StarShoot Deep Space III, which Orion throws in a filter wheel and color filter set, total cost would be $1000. I would also like to get narrow band filters. They have a filter set for $319 but do I really need all three. Could I just buy two of them and combine the two in photo shop to get the third color, it would save me around $100. If I can would the combo be the Ha and the OIII filters.
  15. Thank you. No, I actually just used the dirt/clay that came from the holes and then I poured some water in so the dirt would move into any voids.
  16. Two weeks ago my family moved into my grandparents home which is now my moms house. Anyway we will be digging up the backyard to put in a new lawn next summer, so I can't put in a permanent pier yet. I decided to dig 3 holes and put in cinder blocks. It took several days to dig all three holes. Below maybe 4 inches of the top soil it became very hard to dig, so I filled the holes with gray water from my washer and let it soak over night. When I was reading how to conserve water I was reading how grey water from the washer can make hard dirt looser. By my surprise it was a lot easier to dig. Here are some pictures:
  17. Thanks guys, I'm having fun with the day time astronomy. I have to figure out how to keep my laptop and myself cool during the hot days. So far the over heating of the laptop is the only problem and I've had the laptop since 2005. It's a HP zd8000.
  18. Decided to brave the warm weather in the San Francisco Bay Area to grab a photo of AR1504 and its friends. I was going to grab video using the Canon 1D MarkIII and the 3x Barlow but the laptop got too hot and turned off. So I decided to take several photos praying I would get a clear picture out of the set.
  19. Here is a short clip from the live feed I was doing from my backyard telescope is the San Mateo. I had the live feed on UStream and started it at 3pm and ended around 7:20pm PST. It was windy so thats one of the reasons it was jumpy. [media=]
  20. Here is a quick picture of the Venus transit from the San Francisco Bay Area. I did a short video with my Canon 1D MarkIII on my Celestron SP-C6 scope and stackd it in Registax.
  21. I was just using a homemade white light filter. It is a Badder AstroSolar Safety film 5.0. Scopecity in San Francisco was the only store that had them in stock and they only had the 5.0.
  22. Thats odd it showed up in the preview before I posted it. Anyway here is the picture I was talking about.
  23. I wanted to test out my webcam on my scope to make sure there is no problems for the Venus Transit. I'm using a Celestron SP-C6 scope on a GOTO Super Polaris and a modified SPC900NC. Does the picture look normal or should there be more detail? Frame Rate (fps)=10.00 Colour Space / Compression=YUY2 Exposure=-12 Brightness=66 Contrast=3 Saturation=23 Gamma=11 ColorEnable=255 BacklightCompensation=0 Gain=9
  24. I know I have seen post in different threads talking about how to setup your mount during the day, but I can't find them. Anyway I'll be going to a new site to do imaging of the Venus transit. I wont have time to go during the night to do drift alignment, so I'll have to set up the scope during the day. How do I set up the mount during the day? If course you level the mount first but how do you set up for north? I know there is geographic north and magnetic north. What else do I need to do?
  25. I need some pointers of how to get images of the sun and how to process them in Registax. I'm using a SPC900NC with a Celestron SP-C6 scope with a white light filter. -What frame rate should I use, 10 or 30? -How many frames should I capture, I've seen people doing 1,000? -How Do I process in Registax, is it just like Kokatha Man's processing of Jupiter: http://stargazerslounge.com/showthread.php?t=110593 Thanks for any help.
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