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#1 Smittty692k4

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 10:46 AM

Hi all. I didn't feel like Xbox last night so I decided to try some imaging. OF COURSE as soon as I got ready, after alignment, the wind gusts started. I was still able to grab more detail that I have in the past with a more pleasing color. Hope you enjoy.

Mars
4-22-14
Nexstar 8SE
2x Powermate
ASI120MC
35% of 12,071 frames stacked in AS!2
Wavelets in Registax

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 12:05 PM

Matt nice capture and processing. I do enjoy seeing the small Nexstars strut their stuff. Thanks for sharing.
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Posted 23 April 2014 - 12:44 PM

Thank you Grey!

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 07:21 PM

Matt nice capture and processing. I do enjoy seeing the small Nexstars strut their stuff. Thanks for sharing.
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Small Nexstar? Its an 8". Nice scope.

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 07:31 PM

Hey Matt.. Really nice Mars!! :bow: :bow: :bow:

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 07:35 PM

Very nice result! :waytogo: I like the polar IC and some small circular cloud to the left.

It's going to be clear but 41F with 25 mph sustained winds :coldday:. Looks like I will be catching some Z's instead of avi's

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 09:20 PM

Thank you all for the kind words. I will have to read those logs before my next capture time. Hopefully no wind gusts.

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 08:00 AM

Matt nice capture and processing. I do enjoy seeing the small Nexstars strut their stuff. Thanks for sharing.
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Small Nexstar? Its an 8". Nice scope.

Small in comparison to some of the scopes they so nicely compete with. Not small in quality, I have to admit when I purchased my 5i the 8i was the next size up and used the same mount so I tend to group them together. After all size is only important when all other variables are taken into account. it's not the size it's how you use it. :lol:
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Posted 24 April 2014 - 08:21 AM

Looks great, a lot of surface detail and cloud on the rim edge.

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 12:39 PM

Great image Matt. I really like the natural looking colour, and the detail you've captured.

Thanks for posting.

Regards. Peter.

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 01:00 PM

Thank you all!

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 12:44 AM

Nice :) I also have the 8SE and I just got the ASI120MC last week. I hope to get some results like this soon.

Any tips you can give from your experience? I've been struggling to get good results so far. Bad seeing, bad collimation, bad alignment, bad tracking, and on and on.

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 06:33 AM

Collimation is probably the most important thing. The camera acts like a 3-5mm EP (cant remember) and using a barlow will only multiply your optic issues.

The other is the actual capture settings. I will have to get on my computer and share my log with you for my best capture, as I beat this one already.
Alot of it is seeing, the rest is skill/luck. I have seen some people with unreal images, granted they are usually with C14s and the ASI120MM. But I have been quite proud of what that color cam and an 8" can do.

This is my current best of Mars. And I will add my Saturn from last summer as well.

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 06:34 AM

And here is Saturn with Rhea and Dione

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 03:17 PM

:bow: :bow: :bow: Very nice work, Matt..

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 06:58 PM

Thanks Ben. How's ur imaging comming?

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 07:33 PM

Smitty those images are amazing.

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 11:59 PM

Thank you very much maugi!

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 12:55 AM

Stunning planetary images. My first thought was: "nice C14 image of Mars" :rainbow:

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 01:51 AM

nice planet shots! Smitty do you have a site/blog where you have all of your shots? have you tried M42?

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 04:47 AM

Hi Matt,

Late to the party but nevertheless, better late than never !

Great shots particularly of Mars. You guys are producing much better images of it than ever I am ! :bow::bow::bow:

Many congratulations,

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 07:23 AM

Outstanding images Matt.

Keep em coming.

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 07:59 AM

nice planet shots! Smitty do you have a site/blog where you have all of your shots? have you tried M42?


I haven't quite gotten in to DSO imaging yet. I thought about trying out my t3i to see if I can get a Glob with the Alt-az mount.
Of course DSO imaging will be a whole nother process to learn.

And my only "blog" with the pics is facebook. Lol

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 08:01 AM

Not really late Tel, that Saturn was from last year and I am fairly certain you commented on it then.

Regardless, thank you and Peter very much.

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 08:02 AM

Stunning planetary images. My first thought was: "nice C14 image of Mars" :rainbow:


Oh how I wish I had a C14. A man can dream though, a man can dream. :grin:






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