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The Sun - H-Alpha light.
07-23-16 11:33am PDT
Lunt 80mm Ha telescope
ZWO ASI1600MM camera
The light colored region around the 10 o'clock position is the sunspot active region AR2565-2567 that has created several large solar flares in the last few days.
Inverted - Contrast enhanced to show prominences along the edge.
Animated loop - This loop was created from 36 individual frames and loops forward and back continuously.
Each frame was created from a short 250 frame AVI captured every 30 seconds. Each 250 frame AVI was stacked in AutoStakkart!2 and tweaked using Registax 6. The 36 individual frames were then colorized, layered and animation created in PhotoshopCC.
11:34:15 - 11:54:45am PDT.
This is my first post in a year since my initial post after joining this community. I look forward to posting and contributing more, as well as getting to know some other astronomy enthusiasts!
A little bit of background: I got into astronomy during December of 2012. Today, I am the owner of a pair of Celestron 15x70 binos, as well as an Orion xt8i Dobsonian. I own multiple eyepieces, including an 8-24mm zoom eyepiece, and a variety of filters, including a 13% transmission moon filter, an ultra block narrowband filter, and a set of color filters. The only major thing I consider to still be missing from my 'arsenal' is a way of taking astrophotographs, which leads me to the purpose of today's post.
I have been looking into astrophotography for some time now, and as I have a Dobsonian, the only practical type of astrophotography I can engage in (from my understanding) is Solar System Imaging. I am looking at different Solar System imagers which come with software allowing me to stack multiple frames. I emphasize that I do not have a tracking mount, or the budget/supplies to build one. I have been particularly looking at the Orion StarShoot Camera 4, the Orion StarShoot 5 MP Camera, and the Orion StarShoot USB Camera. I am wondering why the prices are so drastically different, seeing as they all appear to perform similar tasks. I'd love if someone could give me a rundown of the pros/cons of each of these cameras, or any other useful information regarding them. In addition, if there are any similar cameras that you have had a good experience with from other companies , I'd love to check them out as well!
Lastly, I'd like to know if there are any other methods with which I can take astrophotos. Keep in mind that they must be applicable to an instrument without tracking capabilities. Thank you guys for all the help! I hope to get more into the community over the next couple of months!
Here's a 10 frame animation. 1 frame per minute.
It shows the movement of this large prominence over a very short time frame.
A full frame shot to show the relative size of this huge prominence.
And another shot with a black dot that shows the relative size of the Earth.
Tech Details: Lunt 80mm Ha telescope, ZWO ASI1600mm cooled camera. Processed in AutoStakkert!2 and ImPPG, colorized and layered in PhotoshopCC.
I'm not sure how ridiculous this request may be, but I won't know until I ask I guess!!
I am wondering if someone would be willing to 'donate' a set of subs to me, that I could use to practice post-processing on? I want to get into astrophotography, but I don't have a DSLR yet (and won't until I've paid off my lovely eye piece set!) - but I am trying to take in as much info on the post-processing side of things right now, and watching all these videos online/seeing people demonstrate the techniques at talks I've attended - I'm now just dying to start practicing, so that hopefully by the time I get my own camera and start taking my own subs, I will know what I'm doing/have decided on some tools/software I like.
If this is some sort of astrophotography taboo to ask for someone else's hard-earned subs, or people are worried that I'm going to pretend I took them (which not my intention at all)/some sort of copyright infringement - then I completely understand - just thought I'd ask!
If on the other hand someone is willing to let me have some subs to practice on, preferably a galaxy, as this is likely where I'll start with DSO astrophotography, and I want to learn to balance the core region with the arms, but beggers can't be chosers!
Thanks for your time guys.