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#1 rg55

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 09:20 AM

Taken this morning.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 10:44 AM

Slightly different angle, different processing.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 11:01 AM

Looks like you got some decent seeing and getting the hang of the camera. Nice work, Richard.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 11:12 AM

Thanks! I get inspiration and great advice from this forum, that makes a big difference.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 12:12 PM

Richard,

I know little about imaging the planets, (but I am on a crash course), and I see obvious progress in your efforts. Looks like you are on the right track.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 12:46 PM

Thanks, Brad. I keep plugging away, within my retiree's budget and my limited sky conditions. Learning and improving is a lot of fun for me.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 01:22 PM

That's some great detail with a 5" scope! Excellent work.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 01:36 PM

Very nicely done Richard :grin: I really enjoy what I call "small bore" imaging with my 4" and 5.5" refractors...and you can get some great lunar and planetary images with those instruments. The real trick is ensuring that you run up the histogram and get good exposures. This is complicated by the fact that the smaller apertures are pulling in less light, but it is doable. When imaging Jupiter with my SW100ED, I often have the gain maxed out and the gamma at 100%. I overcome the extra noise by shooting lots of frames (5000 or more, at least 30 fps for 180 seconds with my DBKs ). Keep up the good work!

Clear Skies,
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Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:26 PM

Thank you, Steve.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:33 PM

Thanks, Brian! I've been filling the histogram and catching as many frames as possible. These are about 2000 frames, with gamma at about 90-95%. Tweaking them in Camera Raw is good, too. I'm sure I would do a little better with filter wheels, but have to save up for those.

While I have a C8, I haven't been able to get the collimation just right...yet. Seeing what folks like Zambonii and Mike Phillips did with small apertures was great encouragement. Thanks for reading and your kind words.

Here's one more from the same session.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 10:32 PM

Rich,

Nice images. That double red spot shows super well.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:02 AM

Those are some great images you got there! I think you have figured out the settings for sure now! Congrats!

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:36 AM

Richard, excellent images! I prefer the 2nd one best overall. Thanks for posting

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 03:20 PM

Thanks, Pete, Ralph and Steve, for your comments and encouragement.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 11:26 AM

Nice !!

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 11:54 AM

Damn that ain't bad for a 5" Mak! At least you're trying. I've yet to get off my fat asss and get with the program. :waytogo: Mike

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 02:31 PM

Thanks for posting this!

This gives me some hope that when the clock and the sky decide to cooperate the camera is up to the task.

Lookin' good!

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 04:46 PM

Thanks, Mikey and Herr. That little scope was just made for Jupiter.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:59 PM

Very nice....! :cool:

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 11:40 PM

That's really superb and testament to the fine work smaller-medium aperture can do in capable hands.

Pete






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