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#1 TerryWood

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 11:50 AM

Just a place to post pics taken with your Questar and offer advice to one another. I'm new at this, but having a good time during the learning curve.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 11:53 AM

Ok, I'll get the party started. Here is Jupiter from 14 Sep 2012.
My set up is pointing my scope out an open window. No barlow used in this one. I think I got lucky.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 11:54 AM

Another one from very early this morning. Barlow and extension tube.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 11:59 AM

A group of sun spots from about a week ago.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:08 PM

And here are some pics of my set up. Pointing out a window and plugged into a laptop.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:11 PM

And it's connected to....

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:34 PM

And pointed out the window here...

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:35 PM

A few Moon pictures to follow. These are re-posts from the Q50 thread.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:38 PM

A couple of more then I'll give it a rest.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:39 PM

The Moon.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:40 PM

Sun.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:41 PM

And a big spot.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:47 PM

Hi Terry,

What a beautiful collection of photo's with your Q. I really like your full disk sun with all the sunspots. And the moon photos remind me of those featured in the Questar gallery book decades ago, just better. And Jupiter, stunning with just 89mm of aperture. Glad you created a place to do them justice :bow:

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:58 PM

Thank you Erik, I really appreciate the kind words. You're being to nice. But, I'll take it! Hopefully, my pictures will improve as time goes along. Thanks again for the advice. Hope all is well on your side of the globe.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:45 PM

Another one from 14 Sep 2012. No barlow.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 08:53 PM

Here's another one that I just re-processed. Still looks similar, but just a hair more clarity.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 06:59 PM

Probably a bit over processed (the middle is too contrasty).

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 07:35 PM

Here's an attempt to tweak the color bars to bring out detail in Jupiter's cloud bands. Totally overdone, but it does bring out some detail that was hidden before. There's only so much that I can do with this particular picture. Should be getting clear skies tomorrow.

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 04:10 AM

Although the sky looked beautiful, the atmosphere was very unstable. However, I gave it a try. This was about the best I could do.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 08:33 PM

Wow, I just caught this....look at the 2 pics above of the transit of Io across Jupiter. The whole angle (or our vantage on Earth) changed in a matter of minutes. Io seems to be below a main cloud belt in the first pic, and then in-line with it in the second pic. Also the top of Jupiter and the GRS are visible in the first, with the second pic having a straight-on view. Am I losing my mind? Or is this just basic Astronomy 101 and I should know this already... :-)

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 08:38 PM

Is that simply due to the observation angle combined with Earth's rotation? I feel like an idiot.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 03:09 PM

Even though it's off-center, I kind of like this one.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 07:06 PM

First photo with my Questar: Prime Focus with Canon 40D.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 08:20 PM

Ed, that is awesome (the moon looks giant)! Here are a couple that I took tonight...just before the moon snuck behind my building and out of sight.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 08:21 PM

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