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  1. Well, I have finally got my head around recording and stacking tonight and since it was a crisp, clear sky and a beautiful Waxing Crescent Moon shining out my window I decided to take my new Neximage Burst put it in my Celestron 114 LCM and headed out to my garden with my all my necessary equipment with me. I followed a great tutorial on how iCap and Registax worked and used these tutorials to record the Moon. When the recording was done I stacked and processed the recording using Registax and when the final outcome came I was shocked how good it looked to me. Maybe to you professional astrophotographers it may look very poor. But for a first timer it isn't that bad right? I am proud of it and hopefully it will be first of many for me! I can't wait till Venus rises up so I can practice on an actual planet. Though I am aware of the way Venus's atmosphere is extremely reflective with the amount of CO2 in in it's atmosphere and nearly every image turns white. But having a timelapse of photos of it's phases would be pretty cool. But before I go onto Venus I am definitely going to practice on the Moon. A budding astronomer moon1 processed.bmp
  2. Hi all, The moon isn't one of my usual subjects, but I recently took hold of a ZWO ASI1600MC-Cooled and was trying it out last Friday night/Saturday morning. After a night of indifferent tracking making all my long-exposure a bit eggy-of-star, I took a look at the beautiful half moon and decided to give it a try with the new camera. The scope is a C9.25 with the f6.3 focal reducer attached, so the 4/3rds sensor just managed to get everything in frame. Shot about 200 frames of video and ran it through autostakkert! with final tweaks in AstroArt for colour balance (I use an IDAS D1 LPR filter that makes everything very blue) and saturation. For something I hadn't really planned on taking a picture of, I'm really quite pleased with how it came out!
  3. Hi Stargazers lounge, My first post to post my first moon image. This image was taken on my iphone, which was unmounted, through my Celestron 127slt. Sorry for the blur! Gassendi Crater is a very beautiful feature and this phase of the moon really shows the detail of the rim. Any comments appreciated! Clear skies!
  4. Hello Conditions are very hard and I did not think having something of watchable with this film but the magic operated. Some images of the movie, real speed is 120/s : The ten better with autostackker 2 : And the result with my treatment in Registax 6 : It is the first time that I can guess some fine grooves in this crater. Clear sky. Luc
  5. Dear all, yesterday evening, I went for a sketch of one of my favourite lunar craters: Plato. Telescope: Celestron Nexstar 127 SLT Eyepiece: TS HR Planetary 7mm Date & Time: Feb 16th, 2016 / 2025-2120 CET Location: home terrace, Dusseldorf region, Germany Technique: chalk-, whitecoal- and charcoal pens on black sketching paper Hope you like it! Clear skies! Achim
  6. A pic of the Moon while waiting for the ISS to pass over. Dug the 150PDS out and 650D, 1 x 1/1250 at 3200 iso And a little tweak in PS Short session but worth it
  7. Just need your help setting the wavelets etc to get the best possible image out of this stacked moon picture!
  8. I tried to see the penumbral eclipse this morning, but the moon was too low on the horizon at the time. I did see our beautiful, large, looming satellite setting in the West and a gorgeous sunrise in the East at one of my favorite observing spots, so I can't complain There was a magical mist on the pond, too! Did anyone see the eclipse? Cheers, Reggie
  9. Hi all after a couple chats with a great artists/teacher mr ken jones a local guy and great advice on sketching I decided to get the sun rise over the Vallis Alps,I used the charcoals and conte pencils as I waited a few hours for the shadows to take the shape they did I was amazed by it yet again the valley being 110km long and around 10km wide I took a few,snaps,to get diferent contrast my chats payed i did not get to finish it as the temperature dropped and the cold got the better of me keep looking up pat
  10. 3rd June 2015 Equipment: NexStar 8SE 18:16 - 19:30: Venus was approximately 30 degrees above the west western horizon. Bright and unmistakable. Through the 13mm TV it was a bright creamy white half phase with a hint of markings along the terminator extending about a third of the way toward the edge. Markings faded out toward the north and south poles. Tried imaging at F10 & F20 using a mono CCD DMK21au618 through IRPass 685nm, Neodymium and UVenus filters to combine as RGB. IR Pass and Nd were bright in both focal lengths but UVenus was very dim had to be pushed to full gain and shuttle slowed down to 1/7 f20 and 1/15th F10. Between 19:30 and approx 21:00 Saturn was only rising, about 45 degrees in the east and was moving behind a large tree in east obstructing view. Add to that that sporadic clouds were moving toward Saturn from north-west so I waited to see what will happen when Saturn rises above the tree blocking the view. Luckily the clouds cleared mostly when Saturn was in prime imaging and viewing position. 21:00-23:00: Saturn was a sight to behold. The seeing was one of, and most likely the best I have ever seen. Using 11mm TV the view was sharp, bright and detailed. 7mm just like with 11mm TV sharp and detailed. 5mm again sharp and detailed. 11mm 2.5X PM sharp and detailed. Sharpest and biggest most detailed view. 5mm 2.5X PM started to go soft but still this was at 1016X mathematically but in reality 700-800x since the 2.5X PM seems to magnify less then the 2X Barlow... Due to length of tube. Color was visible, so were clear cloud bands in the atmosphere along with the details in rings. The Cassini division was crystal clear all the way around the ring, only covered by the globe behind the planet... At times I thought I saw the Encke division at 460x (11mm TV & 2.5X PM) perhaps it was wishful thinking since imaging did not reveal it at F20 or F50, but the view was still and crisp. I spent about 90 minutes+ just staring at Saturn, couldn't pull myself away from the eyepiece. 23:00-23:30: The Moon was the last object observed and imaged. Just past full moon, the side with shadowing was crisp at all powers used from 180X - 406X. It's been a while since the moon got some attention, last time was during the two Saturn Occultations last year. I imaged using f10 and DMK21 through IR Cut... Created a 10 plate mosaic of the contrasty edge. Very cold, couldn't feel my hands by 23:30 when I packed up but was a great night of imaging and viewing. MG
  11. Earlier this evening, I took out my bins to view the Moon. I turned the bins on their side so I could view the Moon at 15x with my left eye, while viewing with my unaided right eye. That was pretty cool to see the two images side by side.
  12. I took this with a Canon 600D (T3i) through a 90mm refractor in Lawrence, KS, USA. I believe it is 72% illuminated. I recently got the refactor and this was the first time I used it. Thanks.
  13. Hello, a few nights ago i imaged the moon, with my phone of course and the image ended up with good detail, but some hazyness, i tried lots of diffrent things, but couldnt get rid of it. Please help. Also, would like to know what do u think of the images, keep in mind that im posting only the ones with hazyness. (might have mispelled that all along but not sure, correct me if im wrong.)
  14. While I had the patience to watch the occultation, my camera battery did not. It died about an hour before the spectacle, but it's okay - I've purchased more back-up batteries. This is a composite image with an accurate distance measured by taking the Aldebaran shot in focus with just a small portion of the moon on the right, then using the stacked moon photo from images taken immediately after. I was using a lunar filter for the contrast, but I don't like how I wasn't able to pull out some more colour. Next time. I'm really enjoying all these celestial events that seemingly went unnoticed by me years before, and the challenges of getting decent images. Using a Celestron Nexstar 127SLT and a Canon Rebel T5i at prime focus.
  15. Does anyone else find the Moon a lot easier to observe and photograph when it isn`t full ... and with much better detail , contrast and shadows ? One in pre dawn light from this morning with Canon 70D and f5.6L 400mm prime lens and cropped ...
  16. Hi I consider myself a Deep Sky Imager but I think the moon deserves attention, this is my first real attempt Taken with my Skywatcher 250 and a mono QHY511, I took a number of videos with SharpCap, process with Registax and stitched with ICE I would be interested to know how I can improve what I have with the Kit i have (cant really afford any new kit at the moment) Thanks for looking John B
  17. I can't believe how long it is since I have been out with my 'scope! This is a quick process of 1000 frames using the best 5% processed in AS2! and then tweaked in PS CS4. Scope: Celestron C9.25 Mount: Celestron CGEM Camera: QHY5LII colour
  18. Single frame, 8" Dobsonian, Celestron Neximage 5 camera
  19. The Moon and Jupiter will be about one degree away from each other on 7th May 2017, which will be nice to see through binoculars or a widefield telescope. More information about this in this brief BAA article: https://britastro.org/node/10028 (screen capture from Stellarium)
  20. ear all yesterday evening, I did a small chalk/charcoal sketch of the moon with the 3" MiniDob. I hope you like it. Telescope: Skywatcher Heritage 76/300 Eyepiece: Skywatcher UWA 5mm/58° Date & Time: April 29th, 2130-2200 CEST Location: home, Dusseldorf region, Germany Technique: chalk and charcoal pens on black sketching paper Size: 4" in diameter Clear skies! Achim
  21. Hello Just 700 images taken between the clouds to make my best image of this trio. A first version at 60% : The big 100 % for details : http://www.webastro.net/upload/images/2382-1496381054.jpg Rheita E taken before the turbulence calmed it a bit : Clear skies. Luc CATHALA
  22. Happy Equinox, everyone! Here is an image of the last quarter moon and Saturn I snapped at dawn, shortly after the spring officially arrived for us in the Northern Hemisphere:
  23. Hi All, I had a another quick play with the meade etx90 and canon 6D tonight, -2 and freezing my whats its off. Second shot with this set up. Thanks Matt Full Moon 97.1% by Matthew Doogue, on Flickr
  24. not the best of seeing here lastnight, but it was there so i had to shoot it "you know i carnt help myself" colour is 80 frames, black and white is 45 frames staxed with regi,taken with 120mm f5 frac, 2xed barlow, 450d. iso 100. thanks for looking and i hope you all have clear skys,charl.
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