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  1. 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
  2. Evening, NASA has released the perijove 7 pass of the JunoCam images over the GRS and I fancy giving them a process. https://www.missionjuno.swri.edu/junocam/processing?phases[]=PERIJOVE+7 I've done simple level and curves in PS but I'd like to see if I can get better quality using the individual R, G, B images. Would these be processed in the same way as you would process separate images from a mono camera? I don't know how to do that but if this was the way to go I'd be willing to learn. Has anyone else had a go on Juno images? Thanks everyone, elliot.
  3. Two years I've been actively learning and pursuing my love of astronomy (well 18 months, as I spent six months in Australia). In that time I've taught myself, gleaned knowledge from our collective friend Google and practiced when the clouds let me! So much more to learn, refine, practice and enjoy. I have photographed Uranus and Venus, but only have a single photo of each. Nothing quite gets the attention and thus demonstrates evolution quite as much as Jupiter and Saturn. The first photo on both rows was produced by a Nikon D300 DSLR,, the second photo in each row was taken using the Orion Starshoot Colour Solar Imager IV, a 15 FPS peak beginners cam, that offered me my first clues as to the details you can see. The last two Saturn photos are taken on the ASI120mc camera, practice in processing and improved conditions lead to the last evolution with Saturn. The 3rd Jupiter from the left was taken with the Orion Starshoot again, having learned more about processing, and the final Jupiter was taken using the ASI120mc at the start of this week, and is a single frame from a short 22 frame animation of Jupiter and the moon Callisto. Each photo was taken through my Meade LX90 8" SCT, and each photo, at the time, delighted me. Still, I dream of taking better photos of both targets, and for the first time ever, Mars!
  4. Hi Stargazers, After a lot of work and help from the great Damian Peach I managed to get some really good images of Jupiter Mars and Saturn despite a total spend of just £100... and I made another bonkers Astrobiscuit video about it which I hope you enjoy. Mr Peach really helped me pick my nights to image and the other big surprise was how good the canon 600D is at planetary. All comments/ advice/ criticisms most welcome...
  5. These pictures were taken over two observing sessions (April 20 & 24th) using my Nikon D3200 with my 127mm and 180mm Maks using the Meade Series 4000 8-24mm zoom lens and a Shorty 2x barlow. I set the ISO at 6400 and took several shots between 1/250 and 1/320 sec. I did some post-processing in Photoshop to adjust levels. These are the best of those shots which look pretty close to what I see through the eyepiece of each Mak respectively. This first picture was taken through my 127mm Mak with the Meade zoomed in: zoomed in with barlow: This image was taken through my 180mm "Rolls-Royce" Mak with the Meade zoomed out: and zoomed in (no barlow): Nowhere near Hubble, but almost exactly what I see at the eyepiece (with a little enhanced color)! Reggie
  6. GSO 0.20 m Sky-Watcher NEQ-5 Pro SynScan mount ASI 120MC + IR/UV Cut filter GSO barlow lens 5x (APO) ZWO IR/UV Cut filter f: 5000 mm f/25 The newton in action! Matteo Vacca Milis, Italy http://vaccamatteo.weebly.com/ https://www.astrobin.com/users/matteovacca/
  7. Sorry, I couldn't resist this after noticing how central the GRS was in my images!
  8. This is a de-rotated image from the three videos used to make up my Jupiter rotation animation from earlier. The three stacked images from the videos were measured and derotated in WinJupos and stacked. This new de-rotated image had additional wavelets done in RS6 and final processing including a sharpened base layer and a top layer at 80% fill with a Gaussian blur attached. The original videos were 1000 frames; recorded in EZPlanetary, centred and cropped in PIPP, stacked in Autostakkert2, wavelets in RS6 and final processing in PS CS4 Extended. Equipment: C9.25, CGEM, RA 2.5x telextender, Zwo ADC, Neodymium filter, QHY5LIIc
  9. First time imaging since April of last year! Managed to grab three 1000 frame videos between it being dark enough for me to see Jupiter and it going behind the row of 40 foot Sycamore, Oak and Beech trees that back onto our garden. Scope: Celestron C9.25; Mount: CGEM; Camera: QHY5LIIc; Lens: Explore Scientific x3 Telextender; Capture Software: EZPlanetary 3 x 1000 frame videos, centred and cropped in PIPP, stacked & RGB aligned in Autostakkert 2 with wavelets done in Registax 6; post processing and turning into a GIF. in PS CS4 Seeing was very poor with some very high thin cloud. I think my focus was also off and as I haven't used my scope in anger for well over a year the collimation is probably way off. But hey-ho, at least I've finally managed to enter something into one of these competitions instead of living vicariously through others efforts!
  10. I know, 130PDS is not the best scope for planetary AP. But I just wanted to share my beginner's results. Both taken on 5th and 6 of May 2018, using 130PDS, x3 Barlow and ZWO ASi224MC. SharpCarp > Autostakert+Registrax Thanks for looking
  11. All set up to go with the sole aim of getting some Saturn images! To start off it was Jupes again to get some imaging done... The GRS superbly placed and looking Redder than a lidl tomato (subliminal advertising) After capturing some film it was time to properly align using Polaris and that wonderful on ya knees polar scope method!!! Boom!! three calibration stars and 'GoTo' whatever you wish for! Cygnus time - Check sheets and then give up and go and fetch Sissy Haas bible... 20 lovely doubles, not rushed just enjoyed and studied hard... working with my Starwave f/11 102 and for those difficult ones a 6.5 Meade HD and even with the 2.5 Revelation Barlow gave interesting views... 200x the recommended max mag on that Starwave, I squeezed more than that out of her. The stars looked round and colourful the companions sometimes hard to spot... But there's a great deal of satisfaction when you see them close by. I made some star symbol notes in the book when a true double of beauty made me smile, my top few were: Σ 2668 Superb 26 Gyg lovely 17 Cyg 19 Cyg Bright Red Ψ Cyg Σ 2687 Sharp 49 Cyg Faint 48 Cyg Wide H IV 113 Spot on (why did I write that?) 61 Cyg Nice Also - Σ 2760, 59 Cyg, 52 Cyg, O Σ 410, Σ 2705, Σ 2588, S 726, Σ 2578, 16 Cyg, δ Cyg So that's my haul for the night... By the time I had finished those it was 01:30 and cloud had covered what was left of Saturn. The great thing about that session was that I didn't have those long whiney scope movements around the sky, it was all within the constellation. I expect my neighbours with open windows were also grateful. Love that 102 f/11 Starwave scope.... A lot of the comments in Sissy Haas recommend a 150mm for some of the hits I made with my 102 so I'm happy... to get the colour is special as well... Not sure my alignment was that great because after entering RA & Dec the doubles were not always centered which resulted in me having to move towards the nearest double looking star a lot of the times. Didn't get -19 Cyg or T Cyg although I tried... Oh and on editing my images I notice I bagged both Europa and Io.... shame Jupiter disappeared behind next doors roof before the shadow made a transit! I've had to lighten one image to show the moons so beware you professionals
  12. Here is my 22c worth image.... Imaged using a Celestron 8" SCT and Skyris 618C CCD during the Opposition, 9th May 2018 from just south of Sydney, Australia. MG
  13. Some reasonable seeing from my location in Selsey, West Sussex over the last couple of nights. Here are three results for Mars, Jupiter and Saturn from 26 June. Pete
  14. Jupiter and The Great Red Spot 12/06/2018 22:05 GSO 0.20 m Sky-Watcher NEQ-5 Pro SynScan mount ASI 120MC + IR/UV Cut filter GSO barlow lens 5x (APO) ZWO IR/UV Cut filter f: 5000 mm f/25 Matteo Vacca Milis, Italy http://vaccamatteo.weebly.com/ https://www.astrobin.com/users/matteovacca/ Finally Jupiter with my newton!
  15. Thanks for the previous advice folks... So moving on from my first two outings with the ZWO i decided to have a go at Jupiter (see attached) Now before you comment I realise that this is a pretty poor image in lots of ways, however, the purpose of showing it, is that hopefully I'll be able to put another side by side in a fews years showing some progress and understanding regarding imaging? I downloaded several imaging programs yesterday following advice for which I'm grateful. Now some programs look a lot more complicated than others so I ended up using Sharpcam and Registrax3 for my image... I will look at the others when I have more time I promise... Today, I'm reflecting on yet more new terminology I hear of... I think I get Gain and Exposure, even darks I understand... But wavelets, Align points and load flatfield are new terms that sound like the devils work to me... I must just reiterate that the purpose of my ZWO purchase was to do live laptop based observation, or Electronically Assisted Astronomy, but I am really keen to use the instrument to part of it's full potential, hence my venture into technically challenging world One thing I did learn of a YouTube clip yesterday was to change the image size before capturing which has resulted in me actually being able to see a finished image which at least can be recognised as Jupiter! Here's an additional Question - Most people recommend Fast scopes for imaging... I see a fair few people use 130, 150 Newts... Skywatcher do a new pds Newt model which they state has the secondary mirror slightly closer to the primary which helps Astrophotography. Why wouldn't (other than cost) would you buy the 200 version? this would be more bang for ya buck yes/No? It's a big post, but it's a huge subject........ P.S Where's the Astro imaging school??
  16. Jupiter imaged from Selsey, West Sussex last night (June 19th). Seeing was the best I've had this apparition. Lots of detail on view and a rather shy GRS rotating out of view!
  17. Hi all, This is a image of Jupiter I imaged on 1st May 2018. I called this the back end, as in the other side from the GRS. Taken with my 8SE at f33 with the Skyris 618C CCD. Clear Skies. MG
  18. Hello Astronomers, These are two of my images taken on 7th & 9th May 2018 with my Skyris 618C through the 8SE at f33. Eventhough these are only 2 days apart, you can already see detail differences in the clouds. Clear Skies.
  19. The GRS is perfectly positioned right now on Jupiter, pretty much dead centre a few minutes ago. The seeing seems pretty decent here in Bedfordshire at the moment as well!
  20. jetstream

    TSA120 first light

    The TSA120/AZEQ6 arrived a while back and I was lucky enough to try it out tonight. This is just a brief report with more to come as I gain experience with this telescope. I'll get to the point here... even with Jupiter low and the seeing avg the TSA120 gave me the best view of Jupiter through a refractor so far... I can only imagine them when the planet is higher. The colors were very deep and with much detail showing in the belts and really fine shade lines through the caps were coming through. The eyepieces used were the Zeiss 25.1-6.7/VIP barlow, 3-6 Nagler zoom and a 4mm UO ortho. The finder EP is the 42mm LVW and a Baader prism diag held the EP's. Well, Izar can be a good test of things and the scope came through with flying colors- I love that little bright blue ball sitting on the bigger star. The optics of this refractor are good enough to show up eyepiece differences, even at this small aperture. Yup, the 3-6 Nagler got beat on Izar, with the Zeiss producing a much cleaner "tighter" look. The 3-6 zoom does do well in the color dept on Jupiter however and will stay in the collection. The Zeiss zoom also bested the 3-6NZ on Jupiter overall. If asked to describe the look through the TSA120 I would call it "surgical" or precise, razor like. My own preference is for triplet refractors but the doublets may produce richer colors on some things- I do play around with different tone EP's and that prism diag to get the colors where I want- and they are excellent in this scope. The UO 4mm, while giving sharp views, did not give me the color tone I wanted for this set up so its out... I like the TSA120 already, after one brief night out ps- this scope will be killer on Saturn
  21. Hi all, I had fair seeing, but poor transparancy due to haze building into cloud, but managed a couple of RGB-RGB-RGB sequence (9 AVIs per image) last night, before I lost out to total cloud cover. The 2 mages are approximately half an hour apart with the later one close to Jupiter's transit, hence the slightly crisper detail. Each image is best 20% of 4000 frames per AVI, so 7200 frames in each final image. The building cloud was causing grainy images, so I've opted for fairly soft processing. Regards, Geof
  22. Hey everyone, Previously tried Jupiter with EOS1200d but was disappointed with what little detail I could get. Decided to get an ASI290MC and wow, was blown away! First two images below were with 2x barlow and, by pure luck, include Europa transit and the great red spot. Third image is prime/no barlow with Io to the left. For comparison, the last image was my first attempt at Jupiter just 2 weeks before. What a difference having the right tools for the job makes! Equipment: SW 200PDS, HEQ5 Pro, ASI290MC + IR-cut filter. Process: 90sec vids with Firecapture, PIPP, stacked and debayered with AutoStakkert, wavelets in Registax. Still loads to learn but very happy with my first attempts. Now to try Saturn....
  23. knobby

    Jupiter 2-6-18

    Dusted off the scope last night to check if everything is working ok, aimed for a quick bash at Jove, then some fiddling with the OAG setup using M13 as target. Attached is Jupiter at around 1030 with Io bottom left. I was quite pleased as only had 2 runs of 3 minutes before moving onto the guiding practice which went 'badly'
  24. Ahgii

    Jupiter 6/3/2018

    Hi all! Last night i went out to a friend's place on the outskirts of the city to image jupiter with my 8 incher and my DSLR. Atmospheric conditions were average-ish, just enough to push the scope to F20. I used backyardEOS in planetary mode to control the camera and captured jupiter 2 times about 45 minutes apart with 1700 Frame videos. In one of the images the great red spot is visible and in the other it's not. Please give me your honest feedback and advice, Clear skies!
  25. MarsG76

    Jupiter 7th May 2018

    Hello Astronomers, Still working through the data I've captured during the past month, albeit in reverse... After the poor weather on the 2nd May that ended my plan for imaging Jupiter with its GRS facing us, I was using the "Gas Giants" app to track when Jupiters GRS will be facing us at the time when Jupiter is the highest in the sky to have the best chance of a good image of Jupiter with the GRS. This morning at around midnight and midnight on the night of opposition are the next two nearest nights when I can image and observe Jupiter as planned. This week I happen to be on the very early work shifts but I did happen to wake up at just past midnight so I had time to capture 20 x 40 second videos at 60fps of Jupiter and 2 x videos of Ganymede before having to go to work... joys of a permanent setup, ready in a minutes notice and the telescope is already ambient temperature. After checking collimation, framing and focusing, the seeing seems to look quite good, I'm judging by a fine outline on the top part of the GRS being visible while capturing, so I was confident of a decent result when processing the data. Jupiter median time 7 May 2018 @ 00:41AEST (6 May 2018 @ 14:41UTC). Clear Skies, MG
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