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#2051 Peter9

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 06:22 AM

Lovely capture Tel. You've certain pulled out much more of the surrounding nebula as against your earlier attempt.

The weather refuses to Settle up here but hoping for a night out over the weekend.

Thanks for posting.

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 07:43 AM

Good to see you got out Tel, as Peter said, theres more nebulosity in this version taken with the Atik compared to your earlier DSLR attempt :bow: :bow:

Can`t wait to try this one myself, as you know i was out that same night trying to capture the same target, but high thin milky cloud prevented me from making my capture.

Peter, hope you get your night out over this weekend :fingerscrossed:

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 09:11 AM

Many thanks Tom. Wish you the same.

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 04:25 AM

Very good attempt Tel. :bow: Wonder how it would look in colour?

Hi Peter, here too weather is hot and humid and cloudy. When the weather is clear, I am either at work or too tired to get up the next day. :(

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 08:28 AM

The following are Saturn in poor seeing (1.5to2/5) This is a testament to over 2000 stacked images and a fast capture rate ~ 50fps. Now I know I need to reduce the gain and increase the exposure time to get a better picture. My processing skills need to be honed and any tips are appreciated. Thanks for looking.

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 08:29 AM

This is the same after my processing in Gimp

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 08:30 AM

and another

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 08:30 AM

and after gimp

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 08:31 AM

Nice image, James. You have some nice separation of the rings. :waytogo:

What camera are you using?

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 08:33 AM

one more no post process

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 09:02 AM

Very nice imaging James, really nice results for poor seeing, can`t wait to see what you get under good seeing.

Hope you dont mind, i took one of your images and tinkered a little, all the images seem to have noise in them, so i popped the image into Photoshop and used the Ximagic plug in to smooth out the noise, then made an adjustment to the colour balance, not sure my colour version is any where near correct or not, so you be the judge.I also used a high pass filter to sharpen up the detail again after i used the Ximagic plug in, which tends to soften detail.

Hope you like....Nice captures :bow: :bow: :bow:

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or this..

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or finally this, slight adjustment using curves.

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 10:46 AM

Thanks Tom, I like! I need to learn more of the processing part of AP. I still haven't invested in PS. Maybe this summer.

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 11:25 AM

Thanks James, glad you were happy with my tinkering,the data is very good that you captured given the poor seeing you had, as said, can`t wait to see what you can produce when seeing conditions improve. Nice work.

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 12:06 PM

Very good attempt Tel. :bow: Wonder how it would look in colour?

Hi Peter, here too weather is hot and humid and cloudy. When the weather is clear, I am either at work or too tired to get up the next day. :(


Hi Haseeb,
Sorry to hear of your weather woo's. Things do seem to be hell bent on working against us at times.

Here's hoping things get better for both of us, and the rest of our friends on C.N.

Great Saturn image James. :bow: :bow: Keep them coming.

Regards. Peter.

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:43 PM

Here are a couple more images from the same session. I utilized a larger stack size and did most of the processing in Registax6. I think I did a better job. I hope you like.

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:44 PM

Not sure which one I like most. This one has more color in the rings and I'm not sure it is appropriate.

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 04:47 AM

Hi James,

It's what you like that counts ! :bow: :bow:

I'm sure we'd all agree that we don't image for any scientific reason but just aim to produce the best representation of a celestial object pleasing to ourselves and hopefully to others.

(By the way, excellent images of Saturn above. Personally I like the upper one of the two with the bluer ring structure and that more defined redness in the top cloud belt underneath the ring). :waytogo:

No doubt others will have different opinions, but that's what it's all about !

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 05:24 AM

Totally agree with Tel, top image for me, but both are very good indeed, great work James, you certainly are getting the hang on this planetary imaging, processing looks good and nice and well focused. :bow: :bow: :bow:

Unlike Jupiter, which has much stronger colour, Saturn to my mind, is more pastle and subdued in colour, so thats why i like the top image. :like:

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 06:15 AM

Thanks for the words of encouragement :bow: and all your tips on processing. I was totally surprised by the bluer rings. I'm not sure which operation in Regi6 produced it :scratchhead:. The camera has made a BIG difference in my enjoyment and abilities. Can't wait to see what it can do under better conditions.

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 07:16 AM

Very nice pics James. What camera are you using? You might have said but knowing me, I probably missed it. :lol:

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 01:21 PM

Thanks Ben. I'm using the ZWO ASI210mc. Using FireCapture for acquisition I was able to get the frame rate to 40-60 fps but I needed to boost the gain. I'm using my C8 with a TV 2x powermate mounted on the cgem mainly for stability issues. The seeing was poor at 1.5-2 out of 5. I still have more videos to process but I think the above are the best of the bunch.

I was going to go with the NexImage 5 but I had such bad results with the original.

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 05:22 PM

That is a cool camera. I have never used the original Neximage, but the Neximage 5 has been a wonderful camera so far.

I took this with the Neximage 5.
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Posted 09 May 2013 - 05:28 PM

That's a GREAT image Ben.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 07:48 PM

That is a GREAT image Ben :waytogo: especially for the SE mount. I can live with the shakes for visual but the cgem is very solid. My "observatory" is on a flat garage roof with a 20+ foot span. I have to hold my breath for each capture. Wind is my enemy. The hardest thing with the neximage was acquiring and holding the image in the FOV. With the ASI I can use 1280x960 to find the image then go to 300x250 to capture the vid.

I think I remember you saying that image is w/o a barlow? How did you capture so much detail? What processing software are you using?

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 08:26 PM

Thanks Ken and Hopskipson. Not sure what I have done but my tracking with SE for me works great.






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