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#26 ben2112

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 08:31 AM

Hey Matt - I have been trying to get some DSO imaging but seem to be failing. My unmodded T2i just isn't cutting it.. I wanted to go out last night but I ended up falling a sleep.. Been a very busy week for me. But since I got a ton of sleep last night, I am ready for tonight.. I am going to try my hand with Mars and Saturn.

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 09:47 AM

I will be going home this weekend finally so I hope to try out some Saturn images for myself also.

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 09:52 AM

Great pics! I noticed you are using an 8SE on a CPC mount with Rons rails. Where did you find a CPC Mount? I have googled it and can't find them for sale

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 10:33 AM

That Saturn is amazing! It looks so sharp!

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 10:34 AM

Just the tripod. The SE mount drop fits into the same 3 bolt holes as the CPC mount. I got mine from Adorama. Just google CPC tripod and click on Shopping in the results. :)

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 04:46 PM

A great image, no question!

For comparison could you post one or two good unprocessed single frames. I don't normally capture and post process so I can't easily compare your (excellent) image with real time video or my MK1 eyeball impressions.

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 05:32 PM

A stacked, unprocessed image? Or a raw single frame? I'd be happy to, just let me know which one.

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 05:37 PM

Here is that picture Mike.

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 08:01 PM

a single frame as good as you can find. thank you.

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 08:47 PM

Smitty,

Stellar pics. I am not kidding. That is really remarkable. You need to start selling them. World class stuff, no joke.

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 07:09 AM

It took some digging David, but I found the Saturn vid from last year. Here is a random screen grab of a single image.

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 07:10 AM

And the Mars image

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 09:54 AM

Thank you.

The processed images we often see here depend to a great extent upon the art of the imager. Frame grabs give us a baseline for comparison and a useful approximation of what might be seen in the EP on on the video display.

Once again you did a great job.

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 10:01 AM

Thank you David

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 11:21 AM

Very nice images, well done!

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 03:43 PM

Wow, Matt that frame of Saturn is comparable to some of my images. You must get better :bigshock:seeing down in TX.

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 04:56 PM

Some nights are better than others... humidity can get really bad some nights.

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 12:18 PM

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.


Wow! That is amazing! I can't wait to see what this thing can do.

I'd love to see what settings you used for FireCapture, as well as AS!2 and Registax. Do you have any presets or anything you can save and share?

Do you collimate with your camera in FireCapture? I tried but I couldn't see the rings clearly enough on the screen to make the adjustments.

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 04:17 PM

If you collimate with the EP while you are aligning the scope, that will suffice for capture. I have done it in Firecapture before, but it can be extremely frustratinging trying to keep the star in the FOV.

As for settings, I can share the logs from FC settings. AS!2 and Registax are kinda variable settings depending on how capturing went.

In Registax, make sure you:
Bring up the Histogram
Move left slider over a little.
Move layer 1 wavelet to 100.
Play with wavelet.
Do RGB alignment.
Play with everything and then move the right slider on the histogram to the left to brighten the image.

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 07:45 PM

Thanks Matt. Next clear night I get I'll give it a shot and share my results with you. Cheers.

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 09:35 PM

Oh please do. I am very excited to see how it turns out.






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