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#1 aacc66

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 01:40 AM

This is my first attempt at using my new focuser from Moonlite. :grin:

I was thinking that it was not that great night. We are in monsoon season and it was a bit hazy. Still, it seems to be my best Saturn yet (ok my previuos once were not that great :p). That is what a pc controlled focuser does to your work.

I have not done much processing to it. I kind of like seeing the details of the rings, but I need to work on getting a better definition of the cloud bands. Maybe if you squint your eyes, you can see the C-ring.

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 02:04 AM

This is a picture of a drizzle version from the same batch of videos. I did RGB balance to it, so it looks less warm than the previous picture post.

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 07:30 AM

Very nice, Alvaro.

You said it was a bit hazy when you took these images, which is probably why you can't make out the bands very well. Whenever I image in hazy conditions a lot of the color and contrast is lost from my images. Thus why you loose some of the fine details, such as definition in the bands.

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 12:24 PM

Angela

Thank you. The haze estimation was by eye and by darkskys webtool. The pleasure here was that I manage to get something decent, so late in the season and with Saturn way off the meridian. When I was focusing I was amazed at the detail I could see even if the seeing was a 3.5/5. After I bought the focused I got buyers remorse ( well; I was thinking I could use the money to buy a dslr). Now that is gone and I am waiting for Jupiter. :)

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 01:17 PM

I still image even when the sky is hazy. Summertime here in Florida is rough for planetary imaging. Lots of really good seeing just too much cloud/haze, so if you waited for a less hazy night you might not get many opportunities to image.

I agree that the Moonlite focusers are nice. I have one on my newt. I haven't motorized it yet, but I plan to in the future.

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 04:28 PM

This is one of the most interesting things in Albuquerque. We are suppose to have good weather, and in general it is clear sky most of the time (Maybe this year we have too many clouds). But the seeing is not that great. We have a lot of 2/5 and 3/5 year round. This year I have not seen the first 5/5.

However, I have noticed that in the fall, it is possible to get that 5/5 in seeing around 5 AM. I just need to have the stamina to get to that hour, and I counting on getting a good night/early morning for Jupiter.

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 08:59 PM

Alvaro,

Great image! Keep them coming. Clear skies... :goodjob:

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 11:21 PM

Michael,

Thanks, I hope I can get a chance to get better ones.

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 07:54 AM

Excellent Alvaro! I Did some observing here last evening and wished I had the energy to do some imaging. The seeing was excellent and images were very crisp in the eyepiece, but the mosquitoes were trying to eat me alive!!

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 11:35 PM

Walt,

Thanks. BTW, I don't see many bugs in the location where I place the telescope. But this year I had seen some flying creatures that I don't even have a name for them . I am just waiting for the monsoon season to be over and we start cooling down and hopefully the bugs will be gone. And with the fall weather maybe more steady nights.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 07:02 AM

I remember my 2.5 years out in S. CA back in the mid 70's. In all that time I had weather cancel ONE outing with my scope. We could pack and go at the drop of a hat without concerns for clouds! Sure ain't that way here in FL. Plus, out there we had no bugs to contend with. Here they ague whether you are dine in or carry out! :-)

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 11:38 AM

Nice work Alvaro!

The summer tstorm season with dust & wind and sometimes rain, is working havoc here in AZ also.

Just down the road from you they have a lightning laboratory in Socorro. Good luck with the seeing! :)

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 09:14 PM

Walt, Glenn,

Right now we are in the middle of the monsoon. We are suppose to get, in average, 1.5 inches of rain in July, but we are close to getting 3 inches. I know, that is nothing compared to Florida, but it is a deluge down here.

The bad news is that all the nights are cloudy, stormy and windy, at least until next week. So I am out of the game until them. In the mean time my wife is scheduling my weekend.

Alvaro

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 07:44 PM

From the same night but a different video. I did some extra processing, and I can see the hexagon, but not much of the c-ring.

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Edited by aacc66, 04 August 2014 - 10:36 PM.


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Posted 02 August 2014 - 07:46 PM

And this is a drizzle version (1.5) of the same one.

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Edited by aacc66, 04 August 2014 - 10:36 PM.

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:50 PM

And this is a drizzle version (1.5) of the same one.

attachicon.gifDrizzle15_Sat_212959_VNG_g2_ap34_Wavelet_Denoise.jpg

 

 

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That picture just sold me on the ASI120MC



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 01:37 AM

 

And this is a drizzle version (1.5) of the same one.

attachicon.gifDrizzle15_Sat_212959_VNG_g2_ap34_Wavelet_Denoise.jpg

 

 

Alvaro

 

 

 

That picture just sold me on the ASI120MC

 

I am just wating for Jupiter being in season, let's see if I can improve on my previous ones.

 

Alvaro








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