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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. This ol' fella's getting pretty bright now
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Hi everyone! I reprocessed my photos - stacking a LOT more, and I thought I'd show a comparison. The photos were taken from the same video of Copernicus, which was about 10,000 frames. The first time I stacked it, I used just 20 frames, but I decided to try 2,000. It made a massive difference. The morel of the story - don't use too few! David
  7. This was one from a backlog of images on my SD card ....4th Dec 2011 5" Takahashi Refractor Pentax K5 ISO 100 1/60th sec (single exposure) Moon by mikeyscope, on Flickr
  8. The Moon was nice and clear over Norfolk this evening (a pleasant change, yes!!) So i got the tripod out and got a few shots off Took with a Canon EOS 60D and a Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM with a 2x Extender Cropped in Paint Shop Pro
  9. Hi Guys, tonight I took my new telescope out for the first time since I got it, having had some issues since October that have restricted my viewing to Jupiter and the Moon and then the weather.... Anyway, tonight seemed promising, clear skies all day going into night albeit a little hazy here in South Oxfordshire as we are rather too close to the Thames. So, thinking I had fixed my issues I went out for a look. Can anyone help me with confirming my observations (particularly the DSO) and in particular can anyone PLEASE help me with my continued issues with my telescope? Here are my field notes: Weather: Clear, little/no breeze, bright Half Moon near zenith, LP was fairly high due to a couple of local houses and the moon, but I was in a 'shaded' area. Possibly 'fairly' hazy. Targets: Moon, Jupiter, Andromeda Galaxy (M31/NGC 224). Observations: Moon: Half moon, high in the sky VERY bright (note). Good views of the whole moon using a 25mm lens, but could not get my Samsung Galaxy S2 to take a decent picture as the image kept turning the moon into a fuzzy white blob. 25mm lens soon misted up so I switched lenses. I got Excellent views of craters and seas along the 'light/dark' divide using a X2 Barlow and a 10mm lens (see pic below taken with my Samsung Galaxy S2 with the moon approximately centred - I think). Notes: Why does my S2 not work with the 25mm EP but with the 10mm x2 Barlow setup? The moon is BRIGHT, use the moon filter next time! Jupiter: 25mm Lens showed Jupiter as a bright brown object about the size of the inside ring of a Polo mint with 4 moons in a loose diagonal (top left to bottom right) formation starting from approximately the centreline of Jupiter (offset to the left of course) down to below the planet offset by nearly equal distance to the bottom right. Switching to the 10mm with x2 Barlow Jupiter grew to about the size of a garden pea. I could make out two distinct brown bands in the centre and possibly a brown cap on the top (north) pole. No sign of the BRD, perhaps it was not good enough visibility or perhaps it was on the other side? Looking at the moons more closely from top left moving down to the right, the first moon (top left) seemed furthest away, next right seemed to be the closest and on the right side (and below) seemed to be the next closest followed by the final moon in the 'penultimate' furthest away position. Notes: Could getting a 6m or 4mm improve the image detail? Reference to 12DString website shows the moons as (top left to bottom right): Ganymede, Io, Europa, Callisto. Andromeda Galaxy (M31/NGC 224): Optics used throughout was a 25mm EP. Well, this really was an eye opener. IF what I think I saw was M31 then I am staggered at how little there was too look at. As I cannot be certain I was looking in the right place (see my plea for help below) I shall describe what I saw. M31 (till proven otherwise) appeared to be about twice to three time the size of a garden pea, appearing in a elliptical shape with the apex of each ellipse appearing top left and bottom right. Object had no colour and was almost impossible to notice. In addition, putting the telescope 'bang on' it made it 'disappear'. In order to view it, best results seemed to be gained with an off centre targeting and by looking in the opposite direction. -Does this sound about right for M31 to anyone? (More) issues with scope: A plea to anyone in the know! I have been having trouble getting the telescope to 'find' targets accurately despite a good 'sky align' 3 star alignment. Every time the scope seems to be out by about one to three 'fingers' in the lateral (up down) axis and perhaps a teeny/tiny bit to the right. I find this aberration to be very disconcerting as it makes gaining confidence in the telescope very difficult unless the target is self evident and bright (eg the moon or Jupiter). It also means that as someone who started the astronomy hobby about two months ago, I can't rely on its positioning to help find 'harder' targets like DSO's. As I have no point of reference as to what to look for (or where) it makes confidence and fun hard to come by. All reviews I have read of this scope say its great, especially for beginners and even a naff alignment will get good results. I spent an hour getting a great calibration of the red dot sight with the optics (on a 10mm lens) and I believe I am setting it up right - can anyone offer any observations or suggestions. I think I have set up the correct TZ (standard timing, (i.e. NOT daylight savings), universal time code) and I used an app on my phone for my Long/Lat and time derived from the GPS satellites (I have tested the app and its extremely accurate so this can't be at fault). -Please can anyone offer any advice? Regards, Sharpe
  10. Hello, It was almost a full moon and I hadn't attempted one of those yet so it had to be done! The frames are all good, this is just the first process of it all with some dodgy photo editing afterwards with GIMP I think I may have overdone the wavelets a tad, and perhaps the contrast is a little much for my liking, however I am extremely happy. This is a mosaic of around 30 panes. Each pane is a stack of 1500 frames. All taken with my skywatcher 200p f/5 with a point grey firefly mono at prime focus. I've also attached a single pane of the Copernicus area (as it came out of registax) to show the field of view I had. All comments/criticism/ suggestions for improvement greatly appreciated! Thanks, Dan
  11. Recently acquired a StarShoot Solar System Colour Imager IV and have never used such a device to image - finally got a brief chance to last night. I had a long day at work, so between 20:00 and 22:00 I had a power nap and then set off for the field behind my house with my gear in tow. After setting up and starting my drift alignment a cloud rolled in exactly where the Moon would rise, and stayed there until 00:45 - my frustration was audible at this point as the rest of the sky was perfectly clear, literally the only cloud in the sky was directly in front of the Moon - but decided to stay up to catch a glimpse! Thankfully the cloud shifted and I plugged in the SSSSCIIV - focus was tricky due to wobble introduced every time I touched the OTA, that and the sky was boiling - I've never really done much lunar photography beyond a few DSLR shots and never "zoomed in" so much before. The view despite the boiling atmosphere was fantastic - reminded me why I do this stuff all over again! Indeed this is the RAW video of my boiling sky - how would you rate the seeing conditions based on this video? The AmCap settings remained untouched and I started recording some videos - indeed just seeing the Moon like that on my laptop inspired me to try streaming video to people, or putting it up on a big screen at a star party so multiple people can enjoy the view at the same time. The night got progressively colder and the mist rolled in, low to start and then utterly obliterated anything below 10 meters - the dew that gathered on my scope was insane, and I decided to pack up before anything shorted out or it became utterly pointless to image anything but haze. I've never used RegiStax either - indeed, blind mucking around at 4-5am is what created these images. I'm not sure if my focus was off, my Registax skills being no existent caused problems, or the seeing conditions would be rated as "bad"? But in my inexperienced opinion, I didn't really get that much detail. Also I don't know the Moon at all well and find a few online resources rather awkward to use - can anyone tell me if I captured any well known features?
  12. From the album: Lunar Images

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

    Full moon in a sea of clouds (1) Olympus E-PL6 + OM-Zuiko 135mm/3.5

    © Fabien COUTANT

  14. Nadine2704


    From the album: Astrophotography

  15. Stu

    New Moon

    New Moon is at 2.57am
  16. Stu

    Full Moon

    Full Moon is at 1.36pm
  17. Stu

    Moon at First Quarter

    The Moon is at 1st Quarter at 3.35pm GMT
  18. Stu

    Moon occults Aldebarran

    Very tricky one unless you are further South. Occurs around 11.38pm with the Moon only 3.5 degrees above the horizon from London. Aldebaran will disappear behind the dark limb of the Moon, so fun if you can catch it. Good if you've got a sea horizon perhaps
  19. Visible from around 1am, the Moon is at it's highest around 4.20am when the separation is around 3.5 degrees. They continue to get closer as they are lost in daytime, being at 3 degrees 28" at 6am. Best seen with the naked eye or binoculars
  20. Stu

    Moon at First Quarter

    The Moon is at 1st Quarter at 08.09 GMT
  21. From the album: smisy's smartphone pictures

    © smisy

  22. From the album: smisy's smartphone pictures

    © smisy

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