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  1. 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
  2. Just need your help setting the wavelets etc to get the best possible image out of this stacked moon picture!
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.)
  9. 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.
  10. 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 ...
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Single frame, 8" Dobsonian, Celestron Neximage 5 camera
  14. 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)
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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:
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. heres 50% of data so far from 1-8-15 its not the best but i like it so far, please any advice will be greatfully recived. taken with my 200p and sony a37. 6 -30sec vids stax with regi..clear skys charl.
  21. Finally the obsy is complete and its a clear night, been waiting 3 months for this. Anyhow way back in september last year I set about de-bayering a PS3 Eye cam, which I managed successfully, the bonus being this webcam can deliver the raw sensor info using the diver developed here - http://codelaboratories.com/ it also alowed up to 85FPS at 640x480 - another bonus. I had to write my own capture software to get it to save the raw data which was a challenge as I'm not a programmer so had to learn it on the fly, which involved quite a few long frustrating nights - but it was cloudy so no loss there . Here is the results of the first test run, I pointed it at the moon and shot 1200frames at 60FPS through a red filter, then processed in Registax and stacked the best 300. Im very impressed with this little cam and glad the hard work paid off, and to think it only cost £7 off Ebay Scope - MN190 2x Barlow De-Bayered PS3 Eye cam Homebrew Capture software 300 frames stacked from 1200 60FPS Enjoy Keith
  22. This ol' fella's getting pretty bright now
  23. I teach grade nine and ten (History, Science, Language Arts) in an isolated region of northern Quebec. Some weeks are more trying than others making this one the most straining of all. Last night, in an attempt to reconnect with my sanity (in the midst of correcting, lesson planning and science fair reports) I bundled up to face whatever mother nature had in store for me. I was in luck... the moon was center stage while the clouds had rolled out of view. Unfortunately, with the humidity at 80% and the mercury at -30 degrees Celsius, the visibility was quite poor. Ever seen the moon swim in frozen waters through your lenses? That's when humidity and cold create well... this: My Telrad had given me issues the previous week so I was happy to see that it was now securely fastened with a screw. Serious deep space viewing was impossible due to the Waxing Gibbous moon and humidity casting an ominous glow. However, the moon simply couldn't be ignored. Taken pictures is not as important to me as being in the presence of such reflective splendor but I did catch this little picture with my Galaxy SIII. My students always enjoy it when I share it with them the following day. I was surprised that none of my secondary students came to join me but with the Olympics on and the freezing temperatures, I can't blame them. Extreme astronomy isn't for everyone. I am very proud of one of my students who has taken the habit of making her way to my house every time the clouds cooperate. Unfortunately for both of us, these times are few and far between this winter. Today in class, she was able to conduct an experiment working with micrometeorites. She gathered snow shortly after the Quadrantids and with the help of a magnet discovered this little gem which she will be showing at the Science Fair next Wednesday. She understands that not every speck of rock that reacts with a magnet a micrometeorite. I told her that I would be posting it on this site and she is now awaiting your final say.. did she actually find a micrometeorite? The picture was taken through a microscope and then enlarged by cropping the picture. Have a great weekend everyone and clear skies! Isabelle
  24. Hi everybody! The skies are a bit too light and cloudy at the moment for me to do astronomy, so I've resorted to my other hobby - computer programming. I've been learning how to use the LWJGL java library, which allows you to make things in 3d. I was learning how to apply images to squares, and I decided to add a bit of space to it, by using a photo of the Moon I took last year. I added a frame, so you could see that it was a cube, used a first person camera system I did a while ago, and ended up with this! If you want to run it, just open the .zip file, and double-click the file called Space photo cube, and it should open. If you are familiar with first-person shooter games on the computer, you should know already how the controls work, if not: W - Move Forwards A - Move left S - Move backwards D - Move right Space - Move up Left shift - Move down and move the mouse to look around. Anyway, enjoy! PhotoCube.zip
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