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  1. Hello everyone, second big night out with the scope and wasnt a bad one at that. The moon was at 98% full so bright as a spotlight on my now "claimed" dark sky spot out in the sticks around fife. Didnt see anything but the brightest stars but Jupitar, Mars and Saturn were still there shining bright as always to much enjoyment. The moon however was spectacular. I found that the moon filter was taking alot of the detail away and hiding alot in shadows so opted to use a 90° angle mirror and a barlow coupled with a 20mm lens to give a duller picture and it was fantastic! Got a quick pic on my phone looking through the lens. Dew wasnt a problem this time thanks to my new astrozap heat strip. Works very well - too well actually. Anyone have any hints on how to get the optimum temp on it as i was fiddling around with it abd no matter where i had the adjuster set i keep getting whats looks like thermal currents within the scope/dew shield distorting the picture occasionally. Any help negating this would be good but although it did stave off the dew completely. Also on that note my main optic on the front of my refractor is very dirty from the last dew build up ... how do i go about cleaning it cause ive heard mixed opinions on cleaning the main apeture.
  2. While I couldn't get correct capture settings with the Xbox 360 webcam last night, I decided to do some A-focal with my FujiFilm A170 compact digital camera 10mp hand held up to the 17mm Celestron Halloween Plossl EP on the Skywatcher Pro 150. I snapped about 90 shots within the hour, only 4 shots semi-worthy of stacking. Put through PIPP, stacked in AS!2, slight wavelets in RS6 and finished in PDN. A good test which I may look further in to.
  3. A stack of 1500 frames from 3x500 AVIs with EZPlanetary using a QHY5L-II C on a CPC800 on a wedge aligned using Starsense. My son (15) volunteered to stay out and help with focusing, keeping cables tidy, etc. Just because of him, one of the best nights ever - actually, this is the first proper observation night after big surgery (3 level ADSF) in December. Great to not do it alone! As Saturn is so low I was surprised we got this far on a 8" F/10. Processing: PIPP - AutoStacker2 - PS (to sort out colour balance and sharpen things).
  4. I acquired my new scope from Stuart - pleasure to do business with - as a grab and go. I decided to put it on my evolution mount as I couldn't resist and the weather was nice and clear last night - surely a sign that my purchase was a wise one
  5. Saturn captured 10 days before it reaches opposition. Best 50% of 4000 frames captured with FireCapture and processed in Registax and Photoshop.
  6. Hi, I've posted these in the help and advice section to solicit feedback and advice - just wanted to post images here as I was pleased - early days so easily pleased Images below were taken saturday night between 11.30 and about 2.30am. Celestron Evolution 9.25 with Skyris 445c. Captured using iCap software (comes with the Skyris) and processed with Registax (also with Skyris). Notes: Windy and some slight haziness like fine clouds. Dew shield made a great sail!! Struggled with fine focus through liveview. Regards, Tony Saturn video 0016 15-06-07 02-05-37.tifSaturn 2 video 0016 15-06-07 02-05-37.tifSaturn 3 video 0016 15-06-07 02-05-37.tifSaturn 4 video 0016 15-06-07 02-05-37.tif
  7. Hi, Feedback and advice appreciated. Images below were taken saturday night between 11.30 and about 2.30am. Celestron Evolution 9.25 with Skyris 445c. Captured using iCap software (comes with the Skyris) and processed with Registax (also with Skyris). Notes: Windy and some slight haziness like fine clouds. Questions: Dew shield on (essential as it is very prone to dew) and couldn't work out how to use the bahtinov mask without moving everything trying to put the dew shield back again! Focus through EP was spot on but removal of EP and diagonal to put Skyris into prime focus meant need to significantly adjust focus - this was tricky on the laptop using liveview in iCap. I think the lunar shots are poorly focused but was otherwise pleased with the detail. Saturn images are pretty much as they were through the EP and the video was bouncing and blurring mainly due to the wind. Not sure why the colour is so poor though - is this because Saturn is just so low or I need to take images through EP / barlow? Same issues with focussing in liveview. A lot of questions - early days and so much to learn! Also any idea what attachment I need to connect the Skyris to my Baader EPs - I have the Canon EOS 100D and the adaptor (from FLO) attachs to the EPs. The Skyris has a 1.25" nosepeice so I'm wondering if there is some sort of adaptor? Lastly, should I break the questions up into different topics or forum areas or is it ok to do it this way? Also what format is best for posting an image? I also tried Autostakkert but it wouldn't allow me to use the avi files created in the iCap software used with the Skyris. Regards, Tonymoon 3.tifSaturn video 0016 15-06-07 02-05-37.tifSaturn 2 video 0016 15-06-07 02-05-37.tifSaturn 3 video 0016 15-06-07 02-05-37.tifSaturn 4 video 0016 15-06-07 02-05-37.tif
  8. Saturn seen from London on a clear but windy night. As an experiment this image is made from the best 200 frames taken from each of seven videos at different exposures and stacked in Registax. Post processing was done in Photoshop CS6.
  9. Hi, thought I would post a couple of images from videos that I took of Saturn on 16 May and 30 May. Both images were taken with my new QHY5L II colour camera. 16 May 2014 -- C8 XLT, CGEM, Revelation 2" Superfocus R&P focuser, Explore Scientific 5x focal extender. 30 May 2014 -- C8 XLT, CGEM, Revelation 2" Superfocus R&P focuser, Revelation 2.5x barlow. Both images were run through PIPP to centre the planet and reduce the frames to the best 25% then aligned and stacked in registax 6, further reducing to the best 5%, then wavelets, with some post processing in PS7.
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