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  1. This morning I set out to get some images of Mars and Saturn, having got a good result with Jupiter a few nights ago. It turned out to be one of those occasions when almost everything seemed to go wrong. I struggled for ages in the dark to get the 8SE mount attached to the tripod (it has some white stickers on it now), the solar system align turned out to be inaccurate, and the laptop kept crashing. It became a race to get some result before daylight intervened. I aimed at Jupiter, and tried out Sharpcap's exposure histogram before turning to Saturn. The focus would not come good (as the stacked images confirm) so I switched to Mars, with the result shown below. The dark smudge appears in all six videos and seems to match the position of Syrtis Major. The Mars result looks encouraging, considering that it will be twice this apparent size at opposition. The altitude of Mars was about 10 deg. Equipment: C8 SE, ASI120MC, ADC, processed in Registax6
  2. First attempt at imaging mars. Pleased to have captured some details considering the ongoing dust storm. One very dusty marble at the moment! Equipment: SW 200PDS, HEQ5 Pro, ASI290MC + IR-cut filter.
  3. Just joined this forum guys, loving the look and feel of it so far. I am from the UK and my particular obsession is Mars as you can see from my avatar I am a complete newbie so be gentle
  4. Hi, I'd like to share with you a picture I took a few days ago, with Mars still approaching opposition [shoot details here] I know the image itself is not great, but unfortunately, I won't be able to take any more, for now... my telescope mount and eyepieces/camera suitcase were stolen a few days after that
  5. Hi, all! I spent some quality time with Mars this past weekend as Syrtis Major was well-placed for imaging. I connected a Shorty Barlow (2X) to my little Orion Electronic Imaging Eyepiece (analogue version) on my Orion StarMax 127 and got a cool video of the red planet. Some atmospheric turbulence got in the way because of the relatively low elevation, but features were clearly detectable as was the stunning red hue. I was so excited, I even composed some space music especially for the event! It's a good thing I chose to image at that time because clouds have rolled in this week (of course) and threaten to block Mars' photons on the night of actual opposition. If possible, though, I will be out there on May 22 (and on May 30 for the perigee) to shoot some more video! I hope you enjoy my video contribution and the music! Cheers! Reggie
  6. Well I'm still at it with the Xbox 360 webcam but this time using Firecapture and without Barlows. What I did notice while processing was most images didn't need RGB align. The only downside was a smaller image to work with. Conditions seemed average to good. Celestron Nexstar 8i, 2 short extension tubes and Celestron UV/IR Cutoff filter Mars 30fps, 3000 frames from 6000 stacked in AS!2, wavelets in RS6, finished in PDN. Saturn 17fps, 2000 frames from the best 4000 using PIPP from 9000 total, stacked in AS!2, wavelets in RS6, finished in PDN. The next image is a single best frame from a video that has been sharpened slightly, noise reduced and levels adjusted in PDN. If you're wondering about image scale, it is enlarged. This was a test to see if I could get better detail, sharper images from my Celestron 8i without using Barlows. I don't believe I did. The only other thing I can eliminate out of the equation is the UV/IR filter? So it looks like I'll be on the hunt for a another scope for imaging 10"+ SCT. The Edge HD's are likely the go unless there are better in the market. Any suggestions?
  7. Although there was quite an overcast last night, I set up the telescope with the hope of doing some obseving of Jupiter and Mars. I initially had problems polar aligning as Polaris was a bit lost in the haze. It did pop into view through a hole, eventually, but I reassured myself that this would at least add to the cool down time. It was quite mild last night and I was hoping that it would be stable fairly quickly. Anyway, I started observing Jupiter with my 5 mm EP (200x) and it was quite overcast by then. I could only see a faint hazey blob. I was about to pack in (annoyed that I'd been tempted out after it had been completely clear all day) when a hole appeared and I started getting improved views. I was wanting to experiment with higher magnification so I then used my 10 mm EP with a 3x Barlow. This boosted the magnification to 300x. The view was still sharp, during the better seeing, and I was pleased that this allowed me to squeaze out a little more detail on Jupiter. I expect that this is the magnification limits of the scope. Has anyone tried a 3 mm EP with the 200p (F5)? My 2mm EP, which came as part of a package, is beyond the magnification limit. I'd like to consider a decent 3mm, if it's useable, as the Barlow is a bit comprimised. After Jupiter disappeared behind the neighbour's house, just as the GRS was starting to emerge, I had a quick view of the moon before turning my attention to mars. I only have a brief opportunity to view Mars, unless I stay up really late, as it passes through a gap in the trees at the bottome of the garden. Although still low, and bouncing around like a squishy jeally bean, there were still brief periods of reasonable seeing. The gusty wind definately didn't help last night as a gust would come along and the view vibrated really badly. I was surprised that even in the brief good moments I could easily see Syrtis Major and the polar caps. There was also a hint of the dark feature Utopia. The contrast between the dark features, the polar caps and the remainder of the disc was also surprisingly good. I'm really looking forward to full oposition. I did a little imaging with my xbox webcam connected to the 3x Barlow. The result wasn't so bad considering how unstable things were due to the wind. I think I was lucky that Syrtis Major was in view at the time.
  8. This is my first Mars image with my C8 AVX + 2.5x Powermate + DFK31. 9000 frame captured using Firecapture, 75% stacked in AS!2 (1.5x drizzle), wavelets in Registax, FFT to remove grid artefacts in Fitswork and final processing in PS. James
  9. The Night Mars opposition is pretty much upon us, with April 8th being 'the' day, However as is typical of British weather and possibly spring in general - rain, clouds and fog are forecast for my area and tonight there was a brief window of opportunity before the night sky would be blotted out. I started setting up around 23:30 GMT (April 4th) and noted how bright Mars looked to my housemate (new housemate, so only just getting accustomed to my astronomy endeavors). As set up proceeded with no technical hitches and I managed to get drift aligned within ten minutes (a rarity for me), I invited my housemate to look at a few objects whilst the scope cooled. Quick views of Jupiter, Mars, M13 and the double cluster ensued, it was her first time seeing anything through a scope, so I went for the easy and ones I could find quickly. Always makes me smile to see the reaction of surprise! I noted the distinct sound of a mounts motors whirring away in the distance, a rare happy moment, realising that someone else on my street is also as crazy as me! Clouds and a thin haze started approaching and after about 10 minutes, and three videos in to the session, my view was pretty much obliterated. I stuck it out, if only for a few windows of opportunity, knowing all to well that the weather was not going to give me many more chances in the coming week. The image here is a quick process of my first video from the night, and already is by far the best image I have produced of Mars. It's not much compared to many I have seen others produce, but I am rather pleased with it. Technical Object: Mars | Diameter=14.92" | Magnitude=-1.42 Date, Time and Location: 05 | 04 | 14 @ 00:17:13 GMT | Mansfield, England Conditions: Seeing: Starting 4/5, dropping rapidly to 2/5 | Clouds | High Haze | Temperature 6-7c | Occasional Mild Gusts | Suburban Light Pollution Equipment: Meade LX90 8" SCT | Meade 2x Shorty Barlow | ASI120mc [5.200ms | 50 Gain | 50 Gamma | 60s Duration] Software: PIPP [Planetary Mode | Quality Estimation: 2000 Frames] | Registax [best 60% | RGB Align | RGB Balance] | Photoshop [smart Sharpen | High Pass | Curves | Vibrance | Contrast]
  10. Hello, fellows! Here is a Mars capture from a friend of mine, Avani Soares. He is testing his new 10" F/6,3 on a custom made EQ mount. The weather conditions are pretty crappy at the most in the very south of Brazil right now. The seeing is bad and the Jet Stream is roaring at over 40 m/s giving a very jumpy image. Nevertheless, he managed to get some reasonable pic! http://www.astrobin.com/89478/0/ Cheers!
  11. Hi all, before going comet hunting tonight I went and found a nice vantage point to observe tonights conjunction of Venus and Mercury. I believe I read they were around 1degree separated. They look great hanging low in the dusk sky and Mars was also visible higher up and more southerly. I took quite a few images but this 4sec ISO100 shot was my favourite. IMG_5654.cr2.tif https://www.flickr.com/photos/116958085@N07/16246201211/
  12. From the album: Solar System Objects

    Mars with Hellas Planitia and Syrtis Major visible. Looks like the Dust storm, which was persisting on Mars for the last few months is starting to die down, revealing more detail than only a couple of weeks ago.

    © Mariusz Goralski

  13. MarsG76

    Mars 11 July 2018

    From the album: Solar System Objects

    The side of Mars with Olympus Mons and Tharsis peaking out (top left of the disc). This is another sign that the dust storm is settling down since we're capturing volcanic mountain peaks.

    © Mariusz Goralski

  14. MarsG76

    Mars 9th May 2018

    From the album: Solar System Objects

    Mars imaged on 9th May 2018 Just after my imaging session of Jupiter during this opposition. This was taken with a Skyris 618C through a 8" SCT.

    © Mariusz Goralski

  15. From the album: Lunar and Planetary Images

    Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. Taken using QHY5L-II colour planetary camera and 8SE, using a Celestron X-Cel LX 2 x barlow. All AVIs stacked in RegiStax6 and processed in PS Elements 11 (composite image)

    © vicky050373

  16. From the album: Moon, planets and single stars

    Shot of 4-planet conjonction of october 2015, visible only between 6:00 and 7:00 CET just before sunrise. Discovered only afterwards that the stabilisation of the camera was active, producing visible trails. Unfortunately weather of the following days didn't allow another try shot. Capture: 19 x 1/4s x 1600iso, no darks, Olympus E-PM1 with Pentacon 50mm/1.8 at 2.8 on fixed tripod.
  17. Dan Watts

    Mars

    From the album: My Astro Pics

    Taken with my Panasonic Lumix through a Baader Zoom Eyepiece + Baader Neodymium Filter using my Orion XT8.

    © ©DanielJamesWatts

  18. Got images of Jupiter and Saturn in the morning and a tiny Mars in the evening. Saturn was very low and a fence may have blocked some light. Apparent diameter of Mars is now below 5" and the evening seeing was poor. Used: CPC800, ASI120MC, ADC, processed in Registax6.
  19. Hello friends I captured to night to phone oneplus 2, 4s long Sutter photo very light is Mars and upper side Saturn.... I want more clear image but how?!!!!
  20. This morning I had another go at imaging the planets with my recently acquired ASI120MC camera, and the 127mm Celestron Mak Nexstar SLT. While the images are not that great compared with other peoples' work, I count them as a useful result as they show as much as I could see visually with the same telescope in the same session. In particular, the Jupiter pics clearly show the Great Red Spot, which I could not see visually this morning and have rarely seen with this telescope. The seeing was not great and I have seen more on Jupiter visually on other occasions. One Jupiter image is the correct way round, the other still flipped horizontally. I focused on the moons.
  21. Hi Stargazers, After a lot of work and help from the great Damian Peach I managed to get some really good images of Jupiter Mars and Saturn despite a total spend of just £100... and I made another bonkers Astrobiscuit video about it which I hope you enjoy. Mr Peach really helped me pick my nights to image and the other big surprise was how good the canon 600D is at planetary. All comments/ advice/ criticisms most welcome...
  22. Mars 31/07/2018 01:36 GSO 0.20 m Sky-Watcher EQ-5 Pro Deluxe motorized ASI 120MC + IR/UV Cut filter GSO barlow lens 5x (APO) Baader Planetarium IR/UV Cut filter f: 5000 mm f/25 Matteo Vacca Milis, Italy http://vaccamatteo.weebly.com/ https://www.astrobin.com/users/matteovacca/ My best Mars with the newton. ?
  23. Mars covered by dust storm 12/07/2018 03:19 GSO 0.20 m Sky-Watcher NEQ-5 Pro SynScan mount ASI 120MC GSO barlow lens 5x (APO) f: 5000 mm  f/25 Matteo Vacca Milis, Italy http://vaccamatteo.weebly.com/ https://www.astrobin.com/users/matteovacca/ First and only Mars obtained with my newton. The night i didn't use nobody filter and in the elaboration phase i had many problems but here is. ?
  24. Hi, The link below is for the night sky next week, in the Southern Hemisphere. Because the Moon will be up, it focuses on the Moon, Jupiter, Mars and a few clusters. The night sky for 22-28 January 2018
  25. Before I focused on meteors (got clouded out ), I took advantage of a break in the clouds in the southern sky and took this wide-angle shot of the beautiful triangle formed by Saturn (top), Antares (bottom left) and Mars (bottom right) in Scorpius. The waxing gibbous moon is hiding behind a tree branch. Going to try for some Perseids all this weekend while dodging clouds!
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