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HEY its about time eh!!!! my first astrophoto with a dedicated cam using all the bells and whistles like iCap and Registax.
Programs that are still alien mumbo jumbo to me, but after eating a whole bunch of youtube videos and a bunch more trial and error, I finally pumped out this abomination, or so it must seem to you Pro's lol
I had a very vague idea of how to set up proper parameters in iCap for lunar imaging but I tried several settings and used youtube also, regarding wavelets, I basically dragged sliders all over the place
and watched changes occur. There is much to learn about post work in iCap, but i'll give it the old college try lol, my sole reason for posting is for feedback, this is where you Pro's shine, oh do I need
Anyway, it is my first astrophoto so no matter how much better it can be, well, it will do for now and I say that with a bit of swag because hey! at least I see craters there lol.
Exposure time.....no clue!
Number of frames....a whole bunch
Attempts.....way too many!
Wavelet values.....all over the place
De noising....didn't work at all I think
Resolution...12 something by ??? forgot
The conditions were horrid, a mak is not an imaging scope as I have learned the hard way, F1800 not good, I will definitely be looking at a much shorter FL scope,
Far too tight an image, I would need a 50 shot mosaic for full moon, or a focal reducer which I'm not sure anyone makes for my Mak.
Finally i have had some time tonight, under a clear sky, to point my new SW Mak 150 which i bought in December at the beautiful waxing crescent moon in the western sky outside my backyard porch.
i had no idea what to expect, having never even looked through a mak before, i set the scope out early and left it to equalize while i had dinner and some television, 3 hours later i realized i had put the scope out and bolted out lol.
I inserted my 24mm X cell LX reasoning that with the inherent narrow FOV of this scope i better use a 24 right off the bat, well it was just enough to squeeze the moon into the FOV entirely, and what a grand view it was, i really was blown away!.
First off i was struck by the beautiful contrast, the razor sharp limb against the inky black sky was fantastic, second was earthshine, beautiful looking and striking against the darker backdrop, craters speckled up and down the terminator with mare's and mountain ranges
beautifully contrasted and razor sharp.
Seeing conditions were very good, with minimal atmospheric distortion, i was able to push magnification up to 250 while maintaining image quality with minimal loss, i can honestly say that this Mak has provided me with a view of the moon i haven't seen since
looking through a Televue Frac at a star party years ago.
I can't wait to give Jupiter a go later tonight if the clouds don't roll in as expected since rain is in the forecast for the morning, but i don't mind anyway, i have waited since December for both weather and time to finally use my new scope, i can wait for jupiter.
Tonight, i felt as though i rediscovered the moon, such was the absolutely beautiful view through this scope which is new to me, i will be looking at some eyepieces with a bit longer FL to give me a bit more FOV around the moon, maybe a 30mm would do the trick.
I bought a used EQ5 before Xmas from a well known auction site. IT came boxed, and seemed in good condition. Due to the pitiful weather here in Caerphilly, South Wales, UK, and also to my old arthritic joints being what they are, I finally and for the first time got it all out this afternoon to look at the sun. All was going well, I managed to find it (!) and got it tracking. After about 40 mins or so, I noticed it seemed to have stopped tracking and decided to try to figure out what the issue might be (with my very limited knowledge, this means check the power) The mount was still running, and allowed me to use the direction keys on the handset to move the mount in both RA and Dec axis...up to a point. It seemed to have no problem moving the RA, but the Dec ( I think its that one) axis would move completely in one direction, but then stopped moving when it got to a particular point in the other direction. No movement at all once it had stopped though the motors could be heard running. There also seemed to be a few "clicks" heard. Im completely stumped by this and not a little disappointed about it as it would seem I have bought a defective mount. Being a total newbie doesnt help, but my guess is that the gears are stuffed. Can anyone please suggest what to do next, though Im new to all this, I have no issue with trying to fix it if anyone can point me in the right direction please.
My name is Daniel.. i recently bought a sky watcher 150p , since then i struggle with the alignment for different reasons (UK weather most of the time) now having this great days i tried again let`s say everything was alright not perfect.
I am more interested to do astro photography then just looking trough the eyepiece..so i tried i attached my camera Canon 50D to the telescope..but it looks like i can`t get the right focus.. so i just went online bought a Eye piece projection i tried again and still i got problems with the focus. (can someone let me know what i do wrong or how i should do it)so i can take some pictures with Jupiter.. or how i can get any pictures.. as i really wanna take pictures with Planets,Galaxy etc..
I am new to this so be gentle i appreciate any comments.
Thank you, Daniel
All my lunar imaging has usually been done with DSLR camera and telephoto lenses, usually the Canon 100-400mm and a x2 teleconverter
Last nite I finally fired up the new scope and did some imaging
Skywatcher 120mm x 1000mm fl EVOSTAR Black Diamond
The mount is a HEQ5 PRO
so for the first lunar image through that scope with a ASI1600MM camera and Sharpcap capture software