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  1. 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:
  2. 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?
  3. First Saturn of the season. A slightly more successful night's imaging but it was still touch and go with uninvited cloud mucking up the shots, so this is cobbled together from the best frames of each video. Saturn reached opposition on the 2nd June so this is the best time to view and image it. Image made from 3 videos - a total of 6076 frames Captured with FireCapture Processed in PIPP, AutoStakkert, Registax, and Photoshop Equipment: Celestron NexStar 127 SLT Skywatcher EQ5 Mount ZWO ASI120 MC imaging camera
  4. Its a little depressing that Saturn is sooooo low in the sky but managed to get a few pics on the 25th when the seeing wasn't actually to bad. Not to sure what the blue frames all about! All done with 250p QHY5L-IIc, processed with pipp, As2, PS The First 2 with 2.5x barlow the last with an extra extension to make 3.5x mag
  5. Hi All, Just sharing my results from tonight. Once again I was lucky enough to have very clear skies. I was observing Saturn through my 8SE and I kept on pushing the magnification to beyond the 450X mark and beyond with perfect views. With the 5mm eyepiece and the TV 11mm type 6 + 2.5X powermate the view was amazing... crisp and detailed. I thought I'd be stupid and put the 5mm and a 2X barlow to see what will happen, and even though the image was quite soft, Saturn was MASSIVE... of course that was 810X... but to my surprise I was still able to make out a brightish cloud band and the cassini division. With such a steady atmosphere I had to try to image it and I think these Saturn images are the cleanest I captured so far, so I thought I'd share. Work flow was I imaged the F20 pic through a Celestron 2X Barlow and the Skyris 618C CCD, and the F50 image was captured using the DMK 21au618 and a 5X powermate. The mono F50 image was used as luminance on the color data scaled up which was captured with the Skyris. I'm very surprised at the quality of planets I'm getting with the Skyris for a OSC camera. Image processing was done done in PS, Stacking in Autostakkert and a very small amount of wavelets applied in registax 6. I suspect I'm pushing my 8" SCT to the limit, or close to it, but if anyone has any advise or tips on how to squeeze out and more detail, please share. One feature I was chasing for over a year now was the Encke gap, I feel like I'm right on the verge of capturing it but perhaps my mirror is just slightly too small for it. Thanks for looking...
  6. Found this Saturn Avi amongst a load of Mars Avi's I have yet to process from April . 650 frames from 2000 stacked in Registax 5.1. I was used the Spc880 and SW 200P, weather condition were awful as was most of April as you all know, just glad I have some more Avi's to play with whilst the weather bad. As always all comments welcomed, never to old to learn new tricks! thanks for looking. clear skies!
  7. I has some serious issues getting the gear working last night. PA was not a big problem, but getting the ED80 to co-operate with the star finder and get everything balanced was a little nightmare. By the time everything was ready to go the full moon started to brighten up the sky. I decided to have a quick go at Saturn knowing it was a lot to ask from the scope and these are the results using TV2.5 Powermate and after using AS2! and a little PS. Drizzled 3x But I know these are nothing to compare with the previous poster's very impressive C11 shots.
  8. Hi all, Here's a Saturn RGB captured from the night of May 6th under much better seeing conditions than of late. Saturn wasn't a fuzzy blob which is always a bonus!! Pete
  9. I first observed Saturn back in January 2011, I had owned my telescope for about a month and barely used it due to weather and an initially broken DEC drive. Of course, eager and somewhat inexperienced I plugged my Nikon D300 and snapped some photos, only to be sorely disappointed: Two years later, it's the same telescope, I've got more equipment, ranging from an Eq wedge, to barlows and filters and am generally starting to get to grips with more. Last night I set my alarm for 4:00am, awoke only to see a thin cloud layer and laid in bed for 30 minutes fighting the urge to sleep watching to see if the sky would clear. They did. I dragged myself out and set my scope up, observing Saturn for about 30 minutes, I plugged in my Orion StarShoot Solar Colour Imager IV (SSSCIV) and got my first ever view of Saturn on my laptop. Recording 3000 frames, I then attached a 2x barlow and carefully centered Saturn, attached the camera,...nothing! I carefully went through the full focal range of my telescope, nothing, I set exposure and gamma to the extreme, re-centered, nothing! Frustrated I went back to prime and it was there, this went on for about an hour, with the 2x, 3x barlows and every time I had a barlow in play, Saturn wouldn't show. I did at one point get it to show at 2x, even seemed reasonably bright (f/20) and noticed that the image would flicker in and out, like every few frames it simply couldn't detect Saturn. Seeing was bad, Vega and the eventually rising moon rippled madly and Saturns rings danced constantly. So the below image is from the single 3000 frame capture I took, focused by eye and stacked using Registax with a Smart sharpen filter applied in photoshop. Optical Chain: SSSCIV > Meade LX90 8" SCT > British Winter Atmosphere > Space > Saturn.
  10. Hello, *Touch Wood* the weather looks like I'll have a shot at Saturn tomorrow, although my faith in weather forecasts is dead. Anyway I've realised that after waiting so long I'm not sure how many times I will be able to have a go at Saturn so I'm asking for some advice on a couple of the camera/webcam settings: I use a Point grey firefly monochrome camera and flycap 2 software. 1. Currently I use "Pixel / Resolution format" Y8. This allows me to shoot up to 60fps. However I can also set it to Y16 (16 bit i assume), which limits me to 30fps. Would 30fps and Y16 be the way to go or is Y8 and up to 60fps better? 2. Also I currently don't use the histogram, I just sort of judge it by eye. However I had a sneaky look at it with Jupiter. On the y axis is percentage and the x axis a load of very large numbers. On Jupiter the other day it was peaking around 50% on the y axis, a very sharp peak. This about right? I've heard more than 50% but surely this will introduce a lot of noise? Thanks, Dan
  11. rotatux

    Saturn on 2017-06-11

    From the album: Moon, planets and single stars

    Taken using FullHD 30p crop movie (1/30 s, ISO 3200) with Olympus E-PL6 attached to Celestron 127MAK (1500mm) and x3 Barlow on Celestron NexStar SLT. Processed with CvAstroAlign + Fotoxx. Location: near country around Paris, France. Was a nice sky but not very high above horizon.

    © Fabien COUTANT

  12. From the album: Planetry

    Both taken on the same morning from my hotel balcony in Fuerteventura April 2019. Using a star adventurer a Skywatcher 127 Mak, 2x barlow and 4k video on an EOS M50
  13. Aussie Dave

    Saturn Final

    From the album: Celestron Nexstar 8i

    Celestron Nexstar 8i, Celestron 2x Barlow, Celestron UV/IR Cutoff filter and Xbox 360 cam. PIPP for best 500 frames from 4000 total, stacked in AS!2, wavelets in RS6 and finished in PDN.

    © Aussie Dave

  14. 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

  15. Hello Astronomers, On the 12th August, between 18:34 and 19:21 we had a occultation of Saturn by the moon. Of course I couldn't miss out of such a event so I took the day of work and setup my gear so that I could simultaneously capture the event as well as observe it. I had the SCT recording with the 618C while observing it in the dob... literally at high power it looked like a Saturn rise... massive lunar horizon filling the field of view with a big Saturn rising from under it, literally animated and visible slowly moving up... Looked amazing in the eyepiece... Photos or videos don't even come close to how good that looks live in the ep. I had my eye on the eyepiece in the 14" Skywatcher during the occultation and recorded the start and finish times as soon as I noticed them: Occultation Start 18:35.51 AEST Reappearance Start: 19:19.37 AEST Occultation Finish: 19:21.20 AEST I stuffed up the first part video, the covering of Saturn because I still had iCap set to capturing a maximum of 5000 frames left from my planetary imaging, so at 25fps I barely got a 3.5 minute video that stopped just before the actual occultation started... yes I was kicking my self... but at least I watched it... I wasn't going to do the same mistake on the re appearance on the other side... Sharing with you my photos and the video of the event... video is sped up to 400%. Clear Skies. MG Saturn Lunar Occultation 12Aug2019.mov
  16. Hey all, I cannot believe my luck. I was out on the 31st July practicing imaging Jupiter and Saturn with the my new ADC and ZWO Asi224MC. All of a sudden the ISS started to appear from the South West heading East. I quickly released the clutches on the mount and followed the ISS the best I could with the finder scope. Everything was set in sharp cap for the Jupiter capture, ROI was set to 320 x 240, 2x barlow plus ADC. I could not believe it out of 6500 frames I manged to find 13 frames, which I stacked. Second bit of luck, PIPP said it could not find an object, so I turned the option off and it ran without errors. The hero was AutoStakkert which sorted the frames to the front of the ser file. Composite of 3 images from my night:
  17. This is not a detailed write up of my session last night, but got to see the two planets that have been on my astronomy bucket list since starting this hobby at the start of the year. Didn’t hold out much hope for last night as the weather & clear skies apps both predicted cloud cover by midnight. I had put my Mak127 in the garage to cool at 8pm & kept my fingers crossed! Some clouds started to roll in at 10pm, so was not hopeful. By 11pm there was a clear spot, so setup the tripod & scope & took a look at the moon. Even with a moon filter it was extremely bright, showing good crater detail on it’s shadowy edge. Jupiter had also risen & took a look for the 1st time. I was amazed, a bright disc & 4 moons visible. 1st views were with my 8mm BST star guider at 187x. Placed in my 15mm BST to give me 100x & the view was bettered due to the conditions & height of the planet. Tried several different filters (green, yellow, red, etc) & finally got the best views with a light pollution filter showing 2 bands on Jupiter. With the sky holding out I decided to wait for Saturn to rise as wouldn’t be to far behind. At 12.30 a small bright light rose above the distant tree line in the SE. Moved the scope & to my amazement my 1st every view of Saturn! I could clearly make out the planet & its discs. At 1am I am lucky the the street lights turn off in the north of the Isle of Man, turning my Bortle 4 into a 1 or 2. But the brightness of the moon lit the sky. Had to drag my self to bed at 2am. Great night trying out my new equipment ( Mak127, dielectric diagonal & Giaz mount ) which performed brilliant & seeing Saturn & Jupiter topped it off. Hopefully many more clear skies as there hasn’t been many lately!
  18. First good results with newly purchased ASI224MC camera. Using: CPC800, ASI224MC (USB3), ZWO IR cut filter, ZWO ADC. Conditions: planets low (15 deg or lower), near full moon, some haze. Time : around 04.40 BST. A few hours earlier I tried Mars but the results were poor asides for demonstrating the higher frame rate available with the new camera. In case you are wondering (as I was) what the difference is between an ASI224MC and an ASI120MC, the former does not appear to be any more sensitive so far as I could see (exposures no shorter) but the potential frame rate even with USB2 is higher. And the ASI224 has a deeper body for some reason. And this set of Saturn images is clearly my best ever.
  19. 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.
  20. Hello! I tried imaging saturn last night along with jupiter (already posted jupiter results). It was the first time i could use my new 8 incher and my DSLR for planetary imaging. Info was captured at f/10, probably a little low for saturn but for jupiter it was alright, atmospheric conditions didn't allow for more than that really. I was pleased with the results. Please give me your feedback, Clear skies!
  21. Saturn along with all the outer planets has been a chore to image all year, due to the low altitude. I had a bit of a eureka moment the other evening though. At the bottom of the garden is a gap between the nearby conifers and even nearer cherry tree. Its only around 20 degrees width of sky, good for an hour or so of imaging time, but more importantly its right where the Planets transit the Meridian. So last night I waited up for Saturn to appear in the gap (12:30) and there it was at a lofty 15 degrees, compared to 8 degrees in the other garden window. 1st capture was with my C9.25 and asi290mm using a 642 Proplanet filter. The next two captures were same scope, but using my OSC asi224mc camera. The 2nd is with a ADC for the 1st time as well. The ADC image is clearly improved from the 1st. I simply popped the ADC in the Barlow, with the nylon thumb screw level to the horizon and adjusted the 2 knobs until the image on the screen looked better. The red/blue edges top and bottom disappeared very quickly to be honest. ADC fitted Not great images by any means, but certainly better than any of mine recently. And definitely a spot to maybe catch the Mars opposition.
  22. 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?!!!!
  23. Hello everyone ! Im interested in stargazing , but i dont have any expirience. My question is : is celestron powerseeker 70az good enough to see jupiter and saturn rings clearly ?
  24. 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.
  25. Hi all, This is my first shots of Saturn and Jupiter taken the last summer with my new ZWO ASI178MC. Equipment : -Sky-Watcher Maksutov-Cassegrain Ø150mm /1800mm -Sky-Watcher NEQ5 PRO Goto mount -ZWO ASI178MC camera -ZWO ADC corrector -Pierro-Astro electric Focuser Focus v2 controlled by the PC station in ASCOM. -Imaging Software : FireCapture -Integration Software : Autostakker 3 -Processing Softwares : PRISM v10 / Registax 6 / PhotoShop CS6 / Lightroom 6 - Wide Gammut Monitor for processing : NEC SpectraView Reference 272 (27") calibrated with x-Rite i1 Display Pro colorimeter Saturn : Sequence of 11,000 images. 8,800 added with a sub-exposure of 88ms/image. Focal length : 1800mm Jupiter : Sequence of 6,000 images. 4,800 images added. The exposure time for each image : 40.7ms. Focal length : 1800mm
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