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Smittty692k4
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Re: AP Images Taken with Original NexStar new [Re: nodalpoint]
      #5985643 - 07/23/13 08:49 AM Attachment (40 downloads)

Hey guys. I stumbled onto my best pic so far. I say stumbled as it was by pure luck/accident.

I am still having an issue with the edge of the planet. I don't know if its still collimation issues or channel misalignment. But During the wavelet, I upped the "Sharpening" to over 200 to see if I could pinpoint any errors. Instead, I found not only my first moon capture, but two in the same image.

Saturn with Dione and Rhea

Nexstar8SE/ ASI120MC, 2x powermate
6000 Frames captured in Firecapture
70% stacked in AS!2
Wavelets in RS6
post-processing in GIMP


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Smittty692k4
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Re: AP Images Taken with Original NexStar new [Re: Smittty692k4]
      #5985648 - 07/23/13 08:51 AM Attachment (25 downloads)

And for Tim, here is the screencap

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TmaninTn
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Re: AP Images Taken with Original NexStar new [Re: Smittty692k4]
      #5986039 - 07/23/13 01:12 PM

Great shot Matt!! Amazing that you got the two moons in a pic with such clarity. Really impressive work.

And I cannot thank you enough for the screenshot! That's exactly what I needed!

Looking forward to seeing if I can get something as good as that.

Congrats man, that really is an awesome shot.


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Smittty692k4
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Re: AP Images Taken with Original NexStar new [Re: TmaninTn]
      #5986197 - 07/23/13 02:39 PM

Thanks a lot Tim!!

I forgot to add in the original post:

The final image is 2 layers of the same AVI.

Bottom layer in Gimp was the over-sharpened file with moons. I selected the moons, and inverted the selection to blacken everything else(ALOT of noise), then I re-inverted and brightened the moons. The top layer is the exact same AVI stacked and all, just processed normally in wavelets. I cut the Saturn, and pasted it into place on the bottom layer.
I didn't know that the "CUT" dotted lines stayed in place from layer to layer, so the Saturn just popped in its place.

If weather holds up tonight, I might go without the powermate and see if I cant fit Titan in too.


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Re: AP Images Taken with Original NexStar new [Re: TmaninTn]
      #5986198 - 07/23/13 02:41 PM

Thats as good an image of Saturn as I've seen in a long time. Matt.
The ring and surface detail is outstanding.

Thanks for posting.

Regards. Peter.


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Smittty692k4
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Re: AP Images Taken with Original NexStar new [Re: Peter9]
      #5986233 - 07/23/13 03:03 PM

Too kind Peter. Too kind. But thank you

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Amith
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Re: AP Images Taken with Original NexStar new [Re: Smittty692k4]
      #5987354 - 07/24/13 04:07 AM Attachment (29 downloads)

Hey everyone,

Not sure if I posted this before but if I did it may have been in the wrong place.

This is my shot of the Eta Carina Nebula (well part of it I guess) taken with a Canon 600D, ISO 1600, exposure 47 seconds each x 2 images stacked in DSS. Taken with original Nexstar 6SE and no guiding.


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Tel
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Re: AP Images Taken with Original NexStar new [Re: Amith]
      #5987438 - 07/24/13 07:32 AM Attachment (18 downloads)

Many apologies for the delay in congratulating you all on your imaging of late, but domestic water leaks, looking after one's self and the cat while the "Boss" has been away for two weeks attending a funeral in Germany somehow seems to have restricted time I devote to CN !

Specifically; congratulations Tim and Matt on your images of Saturn. (A lot of detail in that "Saturn" of yours, Matt, as Peter has already mentioned).

Also some fine lunar landscapes from Nodalpoint and Joe. Again, very sharp detail Joe and some great wider field stuff from Nodalpoint.

As to Eta Carina from Amith, all I can say is that I am very jealous in as much as it's an object I can neither view nor image from my location. A spectacular shot !

(Does this pass through P/shop bring out though perhaps a little more of the data contained within it) ?

Best regards,
Tel


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Re: AP Images Taken with Original NexStar new [Re: Amith]
      #5987561 - 07/24/13 09:34 AM

Amith, I love what can be done with the little Nexstars. Your capture is inspiring on its own and the master Tell's additional processing is just the icing on the cake. Thanks for sharing your image with me.
Be Well
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Re: AP Images Taken with Original NexStar new [Re: Greyhaven]
      #5987607 - 07/24/13 10:05 AM

Eta Carina = amazing.

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Re: AP Images Taken with Original NexStar new [Re: Greyhaven]
      #5987610 - 07/24/13 10:06 AM

Wonderful capture Amith, and a great re-work Tel.
First glance put me in mind of the double cluster in Perseus.

Thanks for posting, for as Tel bemoans, we can never view it here.

Regards. Peter.


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Smittty692k4
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Re: AP Images Taken with Original NexStar new [Re: Peter9]
      #5987733 - 07/24/13 11:46 AM

HAHA, after reading your comment Peter, I had to do a double take.

I vote we rename it "Double cluster nebula"

Joking aside, thanks Tel for your kind words as well. Still looking for advice/tips on how to get rid of that darn "ringing" on the upper-right quarter of the planet. Its not near as pronounced as previous pics, but still there. Only option I have left that I know of is barlowed collimation with the webcam. at 4000mm focal length, if the airy disk was well shaped, hopefully that would solve it.

P.S. is that Neblousity on the bottom of Tel's remastering part of the nebula, or a different cloud?


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Re: AP Images Taken with Original NexStar new [Re: Smittty692k4]
      #5987827 - 07/24/13 01:11 PM

Hi Matt, you cheeky young whippa-snapper,

Judging by Amith's comment, "well part of it I guess" I would think the lower clouds of Neblousity are part of our newly named "Double cluster nebula".

May take a look see later.

Regards. Peter.


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Amith
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Re: AP Images Taken with Original NexStar new [Re: Tel]
      #5988178 - 07/24/13 05:35 PM

Thank you all for your kind words.

Tel, this was put through photoshop but only to boost the contrast and lower the brightness just a tad.

Well you guys have some great DSO's up there to view which I could only wish I saw.

I think this image was a result of Tel's relentless help to get my scope working correctly in the first place. In all honesty.. I dont think that I would have manage to get 47 seconds exposure previously (and these were 2 consecutive images stacked).

Very lovely shots of Saturn guys.. it does give the the Cassini spacecraft a run for its money... Very well done indeed!!!

Kind Regards,
Amith.


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Re: AP Images Taken with Original NexStar new [Re: Amith]
      #5988357 - 07/24/13 07:41 PM

All great images guys! I can't wait to get home every day and see what's new!

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Re: AP Images Taken with Original NexStar new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #5989862 - 07/25/13 04:02 PM Attachment (14 downloads)

Here is a screenshot of my barlowed collimation. Someone in the Solar Sys. Processing forum suggested that that wavy disk on bottom (top of tube) is thermal, though he says collimation looks spot on.

After I was done with this, Saturn was too far gone behind a thin layer of clouds and dust from all these gravel roads out here by location.

But I wanted to see if anyone here had anything to add. Still new to the SCT collimation.


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Re: AP Images Taken with Original NexStar new [Re: Smittty692k4]
      #6001228 - 08/01/13 09:53 AM Attachment (14 downloads)

Looks like I got the first Jupiter pic of the season. But I didn't say the best so far. This is my first attempts at nabbing the giant planet. I have a little fine tuning to do of the capture process. A tad different from Saturn. But anyways, here it is along with Ganymede, Io, and Europa. (from Left to Right.)

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Re: AP Images Taken with Original NexStar new [Re: Smittty692k4]
      #6001416 - 08/01/13 02:24 PM

Nice shot ! Can you give us a bit of detail on the capture?
Thanks for sharing.
Be Well
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Re: AP Images Taken with Original NexStar new [Re: Tel]
      #6001446 - 08/01/13 02:40 PM Attachment (11 downloads)

Can't believe the luck with the clouds last night. Thin wispy clouds spots opening then disappearing. I attempted a few objects I managed one set 15x30sec. afocal with my 1100D and 5i with 6.3 FR-FF of Sigma Cassiopeiae. I didn't split it I think it is a pretty poor shot. I used DSS and CS2. Colors are horrid and for that I apologize.
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Re: AP Images Taken with Original NexStar new [Re: Greyhaven]
      #6001515 - 08/01/13 03:15 PM

Nice Jupiter shot Matt. If it's the first, it's the best so far.
Looking forward to observing Jupiter later in the season.

Don't put yourself down Grey. Thats a good attempt at a difficult target.

Thats for posting.

Regards Peter.


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