Plato under high sun!
Posted 25 March 2013 - 10:31 PM
One thing I am noticing with this ASI camera is that I can process the final stack far more aggressively than with my old camera, plus with almost no artifacts creeping in!
Again, 18" Starmaster dob, ASI120MM camera, R/IR filter 2.5X's powermate, stack of 350 out of 3200 frames.
Posted 25 March 2013 - 11:45 PM
Posted 26 March 2013 - 07:32 AM
Posted 26 March 2013 - 11:42 AM
I'm super happy with this image but still dream of the day I can pop in the 4X's barlow during close to perfect seeing!
maybe this spring!
Posted 26 March 2013 - 12:06 PM
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Posted 26 March 2013 - 04:46 PM
Robert maybe in a few years I will have enough to publish something, but to tell you the truth I enjoy the more informal online approach!
Sedat: well I don't think anyone here on earth will ever get to the 65M resolution of the LRO, I think the ESO 8 meter got to 170M res using adaptive optics, but maybe they should let the so called "amatuers" try with one of Sams cameras!!
Posted 27 March 2013 - 12:54 PM
We will have to count the craterlets on Plato's floor and see what we come up with and then keep this tally as a world record to shoot for with 18" and smaller scopes!
Congratulations on a masterpiece!
Best wishes, Dan
Posted 28 March 2013 - 11:57 AM
And of course the record for highest res Plato has to go to Jean Luc Dauvergne using the 1 meter Pic Du Midi scope, but thats hardly an "amateur" instrument
Posted 28 March 2013 - 11:33 PM
Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:58 PM
Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:36 PM
Paul heres my settings, although I forgot to set the brightness to zero like Sam recommended
Camera=ASI120MM Camera (ZWO Design)
FPS (during start of capture)=22
Posted 29 March 2013 - 03:04 PM
Back now: gain was 40. Brightness was also 10, I didn't realize that could/should be changed. Thanks.
The one other thing I note is that I got a faster frame rate than you. I ran at 32fps (32.2 to be exact). You might not have the latest driver from Sam which speeds things up considerably).
Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:04 PM
This one rivals my "standard" of Plato this far (Wes' picture, which I have kept since he published it).
It is amazing what levels of resolution you all planetary people are achieving. It is an incredible time we are living on today. You are reaching levels only orbiting spacecrafts could get some 30 years ago.
This is remarkable, people.
I wish I had more time to be around.
Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:13 PM
You might try just the R filter instead of the IR, like you said more light but if the seeings good more resolution too!
Thank you Madrid Sky! Wes's image is certainly amazing, but he has a new camera too (Grasshopper Express) so hopefully he will get back to the moon!
Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:25 PM
Your picture will also get inside the same folder as Wes' image, so that the day after tomorrow, if I get to Plato, I may do some comparison.