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  1. From the album: Lunar and Planetary Images

    Had another look at my files and I seem to have got a bit more detail out. Thank you everyone for your advice. 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

  2. Vicky050373

    Saturn 01.05.2016

    From the album: Lunar and Planetary Images

    Using QHY5L-II colour planetary camera and 8SE on NEQ6 Pro SynScan. 4 x 500 frame AVIs, joined and processed in PIPP to centralise image and then stacked in RegiStax6 to select best 25% of frames. It's my first attempt at imaging Saturn, so I'm happy to have an observation for my scrapbook

    © vicky050373

  3. Toxophilus


    From the album: Saturn

    My first attempt at Saturn. The seeing was quite poor and Saturn is quite low at the moment so I'm reasonably pleased with the result.
  4. From the album: Saturn Journey

    Have had a play with the 3x Drizzle
  5. From the album: Saturn Journey

    First image of Saturn taken at 6:30am on the 5th of Jan 2014. First round of processing, will reprocess again later, see if I can improve. Seeing was poor, but transparency increased through the morning. Caught this image just before sunrise at 65FPS, got 39000 images.
  6. rob1

    Saturn 22/04/13

    From the album: Astro pics

  7. From the album: My Images

    The red channel only.
  8. Ewan

    Saturn 06-05-2013

    From the album: My Images

    My 1st proper Saturn, no barlow just DMK""618 + Baader CCD filters.
  9. StarryBob


    From the album: Starry Bob's Starry Shots

    Quite pleased with my first shot of Saturn, such an awe inspiring sight.

    © StarryBob

  10. StarryBob


    From the album: Starry Bob's Starry Shots

    A compilation of my first tries at webcam photography with an SPC900.

    © StarryBob

  11. Just got 2nd hand Celestron CPC1100. Tried to take Saturn and Jupiter image with Canon 60D, prime focus. Took 1.5 minutes (Saturn) and 2 minutes (Jupiter) videos, stacked and processed with Registax and Instagram (lol). Hope to get better image later.
  12. I'm currently on my annual leave in Italy and the sky has been clear all day with no air turbulence. The telescope is out - of course - and I managed a session before dinner. I thought about sharing some photos taken with my phone and a couple of sketches.
  13. Hi everyone, These are hardly comparable with some of the incredible Saturn pics we've seen on here over the last few days, but thought I'd show what I managed to get out of the set up mentioned in the title, and a standard kit 2x barlow back at the start of April. No real beauties yet with the 3x barlow, it's so dim the only way to get a reasonable image is to slam all the camera settings up so far that registax can't make out the planet from the noise! That barlow did only cost a tenner though, so I guess I shouldn't expect miracles! 5 min avi, captured through Sharpcap and run through Registax. I'm working on learning to use other software, but until I can be sure I'm getting better results from that, I'll still with what I know! Tons of room for improvement on the processing, and although a part of me wants to rush out and upgrade my kit, there's a part of me that says "hey, you see that little dot in the sky up there, I took a picture of that with some pretty basic kit from my back garden and it came out like this!" Curious to know how long other people are running their captures for on Saturn - it seems to me there's less surface detail to suffer from rotational blur as there is on Jupiter, so I'm wondering whether there'd be any gain from running a 10 - 15 minute capture to maximise frames, so that you can be really picky about stacking only the best? As always, any advice welcomed. D.
  14. Hello, I woke up at the ludicrous time of 5am to figure out if Saturn would be visible from my garden. Thankfully it will be nicely placed between 2 trees for about a hour. The next clear morning I will therefore be setting up and having a first go at another planet (I have only seen jupiter so far). I was just wondering if anybody has any tips for focusing on Saturn? I understand it will be a lot smaller than Jupiter through my 200p. Plus for Jupiter, I use its moons to achieve perfect focus whereas I won't be able to do this with Saturn. I've never tried focusing on a star through the camera before and am a little bit skeptical as to how accurate this will be for a planet. Thanks, Dan
  15. Hello, This was my first crack at Saturn with the autofocuser fitted and boy did it make life easier. With only the planet to focus on (moons too dim) I still found it very easy. Unfortunately my DIY extension tube was an epic fail. There was so much movement at the barlow end that after 10 minutes of trying, I gave up trying to find Saturn. I have already solved the problem (didn't have time this morning). So this was just with the stock skywatcher 2x barlow at prime focus of a 200p (2000mm FL). Quite shocked at how big it was on the chip nonetheless, so I'm optimistic for better results when I have a 3x barlow and a functioning little extension tube. Seeing was better than last 2 attempts at Saturn. Although when I pointed the scope at the moon it became apparent what "better" was...pretty shabby. Didn't attempt with the IR pass. This is around 3000 frames out of 7000 stacked. Titan was clear so I brought it out with levels adjustment, 3 more moons are visible on the stack but barely so I filled them out. Taken at around 3 am. I'm very happy
  16. Hi all after reading around the other day i see red25a and violet47 give great contrast and detail ,so i thought i would give it ago with the ir and iruv here they are ir 742 first then uvir,red,violet with Saturn on its way from us now and not to high in are some what cloudy skies most of the time i keep take in as many chances as possible next clear night i may go with green orange light blue se what they give i have 17 mixed colored gso filters heres the images from 1500 frames ,average 500 staked a run in pipp again but got the same framed out a will get round how to use it at some point quick crop in ps6 they came out all sizes pat c 9.25 dmk 21 mono bright star filter wheel ir 742.ir/uv,red25a,violet 47 c gem pier mounted IR UV/IR RED 25A Violet 47 heres a small video of me out side and the images if you want a look
  17. Hi All, This is my first Saturn of the season captured after capturing about a hour of Jupiter videos on the night of Jupiter opposition. The planets are very high in the sky from my part of the world this year, so imaging is a lot easier than fighting water like shimmer. Clear skies.
  18. The morning before, I was greeted with a close conjunction of Mars and M22 and went into "shutterbug mode", but almost ignored the fact that Saturn was also nearby. After all, the Saturn/Mars conjunction was yet to come (one day later). Well...the next morning, I shot 231 frames of the beautiful Saturn & Mars pairing and here are few of my favorites. I hope you enjoy them, too:
  19. No where good enough for the imaging challenge on planets, but my best for a LONG time. I think I've imaged more in the last couple of weeks than I have in the last couple of years! Anyway, for what they're worth here they are: This is an image from Winjupos for Mars at the time of capture: C9.25; CGEM; ES 3× tele extender; Zwo ADC; QHY5LIIc Captured in EZP, sorted & centred in PIPP, stacked in Autostakkert2, wavelets in RS6, final processing in PS CS4 extended.
  20. Well, I have captured Saturn for the first time and it’s a rush, but unfortunately, the universe conspired against me tonight. The full moon was about 40 degrees away, it was hazy making stars look like they were boiling, and squadrons of mosquitoes attacked with Kamikaze like zeal!. I slapped myself silly but they eventually ran me out of my backyard, cursing all the way inside. Hopefully next time seeing will be better and I’ll spray myself with repellent, and boy do i need to get my focus correct, i need a mask.
  21. Hi all, I want to share with you my so far best image of Saturn, taken using: 305/1500 goto dob Skywatcher QHY-5 mono IR-UV block filter Baader barlow 2.25 Registax, stack of 40 images, postprocessing
  22. Observation 18 July 2017 Date: 18th July 2017 @ 18:50 – 22:20AEST Location: Backyard Equipment: 14” Skywatcher GOTO Dobsonian, Televue 11mm Nagler T6, Celestron 5mm, LV 7mm, Televue 2X Powermate, Televue 2.5X Powermate, Televue 3X Barlow, Baader Neodymium, Baader Contrast Booster. Jupiter: At 19:08 there was a dark mark on the Northern equatorial belt, initially I thought that it was a darker area within the cloud belt but later using the “Gas Giants” app I found out that it was the shadow of Io. On the right side of the planet Io was rising, slowly moving away from Jupiter while observing for the next 30 minutes or so, not often does one experience a moon rise on a different planet. Europa was on the opposite side moving closer to the planet. Ganymede and Callisto are further away from Jupiter on the right, same side where Io was rising and opposite side of Europa. There was a substantial amount of detail visible within Jupiter’s atmosphere. There was cloud band shading and visible different coloring, lines and irregularities in the atmosphere. The most details visible was in and above the NEB, different colouring, from brown to yellow to even a blueish tint just above the NEB. The northern cap was slightly shaded but the southern cap was distinctly darker than the norther cap and easy to see with tiny spots on it, very subtle but definitely made the cap look slightly textured. Southern cloud belt was visibly irregular across the planet. The GRS was not facing toward us until later at 21:27 but at this time Jupiter was low in the west, 20-30 degrees, not far from mountains so it was not as crisp as at 19:00 but still quite a bit of details are visible and a lot better than last observing session. The best magnification to use tonight is 300X initially than 150X to 235X when lower in the horizon to look at the GRS. Saturn: At 22:02 Saturn was as high as it’ll be tonight and it looked crisp and detailed. The Cloud band on the globe was clearly visible, the Cassini division was visible nearly all the way around in the rings, the innermost ring to Saturn looked a bit darker then the others and there was a tiny visible shadow on the rings behind Saturn with 5 moons, Titan Enceledus, Tethys, Dione and Rhea orbiting it. Magnified 300X and 330X the views were sharp and clean, whereas at 375X and 470X was a near crisp view as Saturn was overhead near zenith. 660X was softer with hints of Cassini division within the rings but its impressive with how big it is in the FOV. To get Saturn to look so sharp, I was fine adjusting the collimation using the primary mirror while defocussing Saturn and adjusting until Saturn defocussed symmetrically in both focus travel directions. Neptune: Neptune was the last object for tonight observation but it was just a blueish fuzzy dot, it was low in the eastern horizon, and I guess the lightning activity out to sea coupled with the picking up wind didn’t help. I Magnified it 300X, might have been bit much for it in the current position, but no matter what, I doubt that less power would show any more detail. Mirrors might not be as perfectly collimated as I thought since when defocussing on Jupiter’s moons to fine tune collimation, were defocussing into a ring with the central obstruction in the middle but not defocussing “round” but more to what appeared to be oval, defocussed symmetrically but oval. I think that the 14" SW still hasn't shown me the best it can do and I will need to play and practice with the collimation some more. Newtonian collimation is definitely a fair bit more involved than SCT collimation. Thanks for reading, Clear skies.
  23. Well for the first time n what feels like forever we finally had clear skies on a day where I could stay up late without having to get up for work the next morning! Unfortunately I can only operate my equipment from mains power due to my laptop being old and having aduff battery and not owning a power tank, I also can't see any of the planets from my shaded back garden so had to venture out to the front, where Jupiter was setting over neighbouring houses and Mars and Saturn were just peaking through some trees and right over some lovely orange street lights! Talk about challenging! Anyway, heres a little sample of what i caught, not the best I know but forecast is clear again tonight so hoping to have another go. Any advice for improvements welcome. Images were all two minute avi's (captured at 56 ms and gain at 8 out of 10 using Altairs capture software) with usual autostakkert and registax for wavelets. Telescope was Celestron Nexstar SLT (127 mak on supplied goto mount). As I say, if you have any advice please feel free to speak up!
  24. As we've had a summer full of clouds here in Scotland, opportunities to get the scope out have been few and far between! Luckily, there are a lot of lovely people out there who are happy to share their data so that others can practise their post-processing. This is my attempt at processing Saturn (original video taken by Abhijit Juvekar, so the credit must go to him! I can't find a website to link, but he posts some fantastic images here https://www.facebook.com/groups/astrophotographers/ ) It was a lot of fun to actually get the chance to work with good data. As I have a dobsonian, astrophotography is very frustrating to say the least! 1 frame from 1 min video vs processed image ETA - oops, not sure why the second image is huge!
  25. Finally got a decent view of Venus and Jupiter last night. Yesterday evening was a beautiful end to the day in "darkish" Bedfordshire. Nothing complicated about the images, just the Canon 450 on a tripod. Venus was a fairly easy spot around 8:15 around 5 degrees above the horizon and 20 degrees to the left of where the sun had set. This was taken later once Venus and Jupiter had cleared the cloud bank above. This would have been a straight forward capture if it wasn't for the incredible amount of air traffic, one of my images had 7 aircraft in the field of view! I could hear and see an owl flying around the harvested field in front of me, I was hoping it might perch on one of those branches It was a great night to be out with so many classic sights, that photos really can not do justice to. There was a combine still working away when I left at 10:30, the dust that was slowly drifting though dips in the hills did look very atmospheric.
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