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Paul Milligan
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Astro Video Image Gallery
      #2050552 - 12/14/07 10:38 AM Attachment (1639 downloads)

Video Cameras, Integrating Video CCD's and Image Intensifiers do not have the high resolution of high end CCD cameras or DSLR's but you can still achieve fantastic results aligning, stacking and processing video frames.

How about we start an image gallery to show what the video camera can do!

Look forward to seeing your images!
Clear Skies

To get the gallery going :-

M42 - Orion Nebula (&M43)
40 Minutes LRGB
Takahashi Epsilon 160
GSTAR-EX Integrating CCD Video Camera
Videostudio 7, Videodub, Registax, Photoshop Elements.


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Paul Milligan]
      #2050559 - 12/14/07 10:41 AM Attachment (1391 downloads)

And another image!

B33 - Horsehead Nebula
40 Minutes
False HA Filter Applied
Takahashi Epsilon 160
GSTAR-EX Integrating CCD Video Camera
Videostudio 7, Videodub, Registax, Photoshop Elements.


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Paul Milligan]
      #2050560 - 12/14/07 10:41 AM

Great idea. Also just like the other forums, it would be nice to explain the way you processed the image!

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Paul Milligan]
      #2050563 - 12/14/07 10:43 AM Attachment (1082 downloads)

And another one for luck!

NGC 1973 - Running Man Nebula
30 Minutes
Takahashi Epsilon 160
GSTAR-EX Integrating CCD Video Camera
Videostudio 7, Videodub, Registax, Photoshop Elements.


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Paul Milligan]
      #2050570 - 12/14/07 10:45 AM Attachment (861 downloads)

And another!

M13 - Hercules Cluster
30 Minutes
Takahashi Epsilon 160
GSTAR-EX Integrating CCD Video Camera
Videostudio 7, Videodub, Registax, Photoshop Elements.


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Paul Milligan]
      #2050581 - 12/14/07 10:53 AM

Great shots, Paul! I realy like the running man!!!

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: smokin oakum]
      #2050594 - 12/14/07 11:00 AM

Paul, I don't know how to start a gallery. Do you? Starting a thread is not a gallery, however, and it will be hard for people to search pictures/titles/etc. if it is in thread form. Perhaps a moderator or you may know how to start a gallery for posters. I know there are individual galleries, but I don't know how to establish a group one. Once done, then a moderator (I presume) can put a thread with a sticky that tells where it is, etc. This make sense? Roland

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: rolandlinda3]
      #2050611 - 12/14/07 11:11 AM Attachment (716 downloads)

Roland

My term gallery was just to create a thread where Video images can be uploaded and viewed. There is nowhere to do this on CN accept upload images into the CCD Imaging & Processing thread. However because Video images do not match the quality of high end CCD's the video images can be frowned upon even though a great deal of effort goes into producing them. If there is a way to have an official Video gallery that would be great, if not at least there is a thread where we can now upload images showing what can be achieved using our video hardware.

Paul M..

Here is another!

M82 - Cigar Galaxy
60 Minutes
Takahashi Epsilon 160
GSTAR-EX Integrating CCD Video Camera
Videostudio 7, Videodub, Registax, Photoshop Elements.


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Paul Milligan]
      #2050621 - 12/14/07 11:16 AM

You might ask...they may can start a category-gallery where people can put individual galleries. On the sketching forum, if someone has a nice sketch, that becomes an individual thread, which works well. A thread with several hundred posts of a picture or sketch, however, can get really cumbersome. Roland

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Paul Milligan]
      #2050622 - 12/14/07 11:17 AM Attachment (705 downloads)

Quote:

How about we start an image gallery to show what the video camera can do!





Great idea Paul! I haven't prosessed any yet but I have screen photo's of my images. Is that ok here?
Here is an example:

M13
10" SCT
2.1 sec.
f6.3 FR


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #2050626 - 12/14/07 11:20 AM

Kerry

Screen captures are more than welcome and yours looks real nice. Real tight detail in your M13, great job!

Paul M..


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #2050635 - 12/14/07 11:24 AM

I'd say if Randy or the other moderators deem it to be a good topic, it would just be a sticky that we would leave to this forum. Lets face it, while you can get impressive photos with these systems, we should not compare them with actual long exposer photos. If we kept it here, we could not only share what can be done with these cameras, but share which targets we can add to the huge list of targets that can be seen with them!

Clear skies
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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Paul Milligan]
      #2050644 - 12/14/07 11:29 AM Attachment (620 downloads)

Quote:

Kerry

Screen captures are more than welcome and yours looks real nice. Real tight detail in your M13, great job!

Paul M..




Thanks Paul...and for starting this thread.





Here is a "bad" Ring nebula screen shot.

10" SCT
2.1 sec.
f6.3 FR


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #2050660 - 12/14/07 11:36 AM

Paul, can you annotate some of your shots whether they are processed (look like they are) or if they are single frames of unprocessed video, etc? And, of course, the integration times or camera settings are helpful so people can duplicate or try the settings. Of course, if it is heavily post processed they will not be able to duplicate the view in live video at the scope. Roland

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: rolandlinda3]
      #2050682 - 12/14/07 11:49 AM Attachment (590 downloads)

Roland

All my images have had the video exposure times specified collecting integrating frames of 2.6 seconds (max available on the GSTAR-EX). The frames have then been streamed from an MP4 recorder to a laptop using Videostudio to create a raw AVI file. I then use Videodub to strip out the audio and decimate the AVI file to the correct fps rate. I then align and stack the frames using Registax and save to bmp. I then import the bmp file into Photoshop Elements to stretch the midrange, tighten the image and clear out the noise.

Here is another image

M81 - Bodes Galaxy
60 Minutes
Takahashi Epsilon 160
GSTAR-EX Integrating CCD Video Camera
Videostudio 7, Videodub, Registax, Photoshop Elements.


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Paul Milligan]
      #2051237 - 12/14/07 04:50 PM

thanks for the info. i recommend including that information on your images because the majority of posters do live video astro...you images are not what they can expect without postprocessing. thanks.

Roland


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: rolandlinda3]
      #2051276 - 12/14/07 05:11 PM Attachment (650 downloads)

Here's an Orion Nebula from last February. Watec 120N, William Optics 66mm SD. Aquired in Astroart. Processed in Registar and Photoshop CS

Edited by MikeML (12/14/07 05:13 PM)


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: MikeML]
      #2051282 - 12/14/07 05:16 PM Attachment (564 downloads)

M27 Taken in June. Forgot to mention the Baader color filters. Same setup as M42

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: MikeML]
      #2051291 - 12/14/07 05:20 PM

Mike, that is really nice!!!

What Camera did you use???

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Bowmoreman]
      #2051303 - 12/14/07 05:26 PM Attachment (641 downloads)

Thanks, A Watec 120N. It was given to me as a gift so I kinda' feel obligated to bring back some pictures to the folks back home.
Here's my M31, didn't use any filters. The images don't compare to the ones taken with my CCD, but when you consider they're only about 8-1/2 seconds exposure, pretty amazing none the less.


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: MikeML]
      #2051316 - 12/14/07 05:36 PM

Mike

A real nice M31 - you've captured the nebulosity and 3D spiral perfectly. Thats one to be proud of!

Keep the images coming

Paul M..


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Paul Milligan]
      #2051322 - 12/14/07 05:39 PM Attachment (417 downloads)

Here are few more :-

M1 - Crab Nebula
90 Minutes LRGB
William Optics FLT110 [TEC]
GSTAR-EX Integrating CCD Video Camera
Videostudio 7, Videodub, Registax, Photoshop Elements.


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Paul Milligan]
      #2051323 - 12/14/07 05:41 PM Attachment (403 downloads)

Another

M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy
40 Minutes
Takahashi Epsilon 160
GSTAR-EX Integrating CCD Video Camera
Videostudio 7, Videodub, Registax, Photoshop Elements.


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Paul Milligan]
      #2051330 - 12/14/07 05:44 PM Attachment (325 downloads)

Another

M64 - Blackeye Galaxy
40 Minutes
Williams Optics FLT110 [TEC]
GSTAR-EX Integrating CCD Video Camera
Videostudio 7, Videodub, Registax, Photoshop Elements.


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Paul Milligan]
      #2051346 - 12/14/07 05:52 PM

Thanks Paul,
I'll have to capture some more shots with the video cam. BTW, checked out the images on your website. Great stuff.


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: MikeML]
      #2051524 - 12/14/07 07:15 PM

Here are some images I've acquired over the years with my MallinCam. Certainly not as good as what has already been posted here! But they are with much less capture time, and almost as good as the live images:



This was my very first image ever, taken on the first night I got the camera. In Toronto on an average night with an Orion Apex 102 (4" mak-cass). This was 15 x 2sec each. This was not as good as the live view on the monitor looked, a pretty common thing in video astro. I find it takes stacking quite a few images and some light processing to equal the "live" view.

Now roll a little while forward in time and under slightly better conditions with an 8" f5 newt, and this is the same target:



I still hadn't figured out the whole stacking and processing thing yet at this point... this image might have been a minute of 2sec images.

And finally, a year or two later still with my 10" newt this time. This was about 30 2sec images stacked. Pretty close to what I see live realtime:



Maybe one day I'll figure out image processing a bit better and be able to produce a pretty image. Enjoy, and I hope this helps illustrate how things look with various different scope setups.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Gord]
      #2051559 - 12/14/07 07:32 PM

Gord

A nice set of images of M82. Its very interesting to see what a difference aperture and sky conditions make to the final image.

Great job!
Paul M..


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Paul Milligan]
      #2051620 - 12/14/07 08:11 PM

These are really great, I made it a sticky so it stays on top of the forum. But please lets just post images to this thread.
Thank you!


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Chris Schroeder]
      #2051974 - 12/15/07 12:02 AM

And remember this forum is for Assisted Visual Observing. NOT photo/electronic imaging. There are other forums for that. It your Assisted Observing device does integration of multiple framse that's fine, but images that are captured and post-processed belong in the imaging fora.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: b1gred]
      #2052043 - 12/15/07 01:12 AM Attachment (371 downloads)

This is the best I can do at my poor viewing location of the Dumbell Nebula. I'm hoping to get a better screen picture at a darker location.

10" SCT
2.1 Sec
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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #2052948 - 12/15/07 03:27 PM Attachment (370 downloads)

Here is a shot of the Moon 9-2-07 MCHP color TOA 150 single frame no processing.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: BradH]
      #2052956 - 12/15/07 03:31 PM

Nice shot! that's a lot of contrast for no processing.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: smokin oakum]
      #2053011 - 12/15/07 04:02 PM Attachment (381 downloads)

Thanks Neal

The images was captured using S-video to laptop and video card.

I change the gamma setting sometimes, which really helps.

Here is a M42 showing the two gamma settings. Single frame no processing captured with the video card. First with with the gamma setting at .45 second using 1.0

Brad


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: BradH]
      #2053349 - 12/15/07 06:45 PM Attachment (354 downloads)

Brad,

Really nice look at the core region. Are they 2 second exposures? When I try to capture the full extent of M42 the core just gets overwhelmed. So for looking at what is going on, I settle for separate images. You can do neat tricks to combine short and long exposures, but I would rather not spend the time.

Here is a 12 second single frame unprocessed image of the lagoon nebulae. This is one that I always stare at for a while. C8, .3 fr, avermedia TV cardbus.
The live display always looks better than the simgle frame captures.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: b1gred]
      #2053900 - 12/16/07 12:09 AM

Hi Randy,

Restricting post processing makes sense to me with some limitation. The Mallincam has two outputs, composite and Svideo. I use the composite signal to drive an old TV that is my primary observing screen. I run the svid signal into a laptop which then drives a led monitor. When I get an image that I like on the tv I capture it on the laptop but there are color and brightness adjustments on the camera, the TV, the laptop and the monitor. Often an image that looks great on the TV is either too light or too dark or the color balance is off when its captured. For example, em nebulae may look brown in the raw image despite the fact that the color looked fine on the TV. For demonstrating what the camera can do live it would be reasonable to make simple adjustments like brightness/color balance/contrast before posting an image. In other words, I suggest allowing adjustments that could have been made before the image was collected.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: skyguy88]
      #2053978 - 12/16/07 12:49 AM

And we agree, but there's a specific forum for 'imaging'. The images that are captured from video screens used for "Assisted Visual Astronomy" are fine, but we want to avoid significantly post-processed images in this forum... So far everyone's been pretty good about it...

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: b1gred]
      #2054336 - 12/16/07 09:10 AM Attachment (305 downloads)

M1 - Crab Nebula
Raw screen shot of a 2.6 second integration.
Takahashi Epsilon 160
GSTAR-EX Integrating CCD Video Camera.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Paul Milligan]
      #2054347 - 12/16/07 09:18 AM Attachment (326 downloads)

M33 - Triangulum Galaxy
Raw screen shot of a 2.6 second integration.
Takahashi Epsilon 160
GSTAR-EX Integrating CCD Video Camera.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Paul Milligan]
      #2054353 - 12/16/07 09:25 AM Attachment (274 downloads)

NGC 6960 - Veil Nebula
Raw screen shot of a 2.6 second integration.
Takahashi Epsilon 160
GSTAR-EX Integrating CCD Video Camera.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Paul Milligan]
      #2054358 - 12/16/07 09:29 AM Attachment (274 downloads)

M27 - Dumbell Nebula
Raw screen shot of a 2.6 second integration.
Takahashi Epsilon 160
GSTAR-EX Integrating CCD Video Camera.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Paul Milligan]
      #2054367 - 12/16/07 09:34 AM Attachment (295 downloads)

NGC 7023 - Iris Nebula
Raw screen shot of a 2.6 second integration.
Takahashi Epsilon 160
GSTAR-EX Integrating CCD Video Camera.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Paul Milligan]
      #2054369 - 12/16/07 09:36 AM Attachment (247 downloads)

NGC 2024 - Flame Nebula
Raw screen shot of a 2.6 second integration.
Takahashi Epsilon 160
GSTAR-EX Integrating CCD Video Camera.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Paul Milligan]
      #2054380 - 12/16/07 09:43 AM Attachment (233 downloads)

M106
Raw screen shot of a 2.6 second integration.
Takahashi Epsilon 160
GSTAR-EX Integrating CCD Video Camera.

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      #2054410 - 12/16/07 09:56 AM Attachment (216 downloads)

M77
Raw screen shot of a 2.6 second integration.
Takahashi Epsilon 160
GSTAR-EX Integrating CCD Video Camera.

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      #2054422 - 12/16/07 10:01 AM Attachment (238 downloads)

M31 - Andromeda Galaxy
Raw screen shot of a 2.6 second integration.
Takahashi Epsilon 160
GSTAR-EX Integrating CCD Video Camera.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Paul Milligan]
      #2054908 - 12/16/07 02:08 PM Attachment (275 downloads)

Hi All,

Here is a curiosity from last night. Its a 3 satellite pass through Orion during a 12 second exposure (might have been 6 sec). During the same run I captured another satillite (single) and I saw another pass somewhat to the right visually. For several years I'v been seeing these events this time of year in Orion. Later in the season they become much less frequent. But now you can expect at least one every five or ten minutes. I've never seen one anywhere but in Orion.
C8, Mallincam HC, .3fr, AverTV cardbus. As usual, the live view was better. The image is totally untouched.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: skyguy88]
      #2054939 - 12/16/07 02:25 PM Attachment (179 downloads)

NGC 6888 - Crescent Nebula
Raw screen shot of a 2.6 second integration.
Takahashi Epsilon 160
GSTAR-EX Integrating CCD Video Camera.


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: skyguy88]
      #2055452 - 12/16/07 06:51 PM

Bill,

Here is a single, unprocessed 28 second frame of the Orion and Running Man Nebulae taken with an Orion ED80 set on an Orion AstroView EQ mount. There are 3 of the geosynchronous satellites visible in between the two nebulae. Using a focal reducer I was able to achieve a 1.1 degree field of view.


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      #2055759 - 12/16/07 08:59 PM

Nice shot, Jack, and it reminds me to look forward to my 102ED when I get to see those nice wide views. Roland

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      #2057154 - 12/17/07 03:17 PM

Here is a digital camera shot of my 50" plasma TV in my living room with a single 14 second integration of the Dumbell.

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Trifid nebula from last summer. No processing. C8, MCH, 0.3fr. Color could stand a little tweaking. Imaging was in parallel with observing set up on TV in which color was much better. I usually concentrate on visual observing and don't worry as much about capture details which I can adjust later.

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      #2057464 - 12/17/07 05:53 PM

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Brad,

Really nice look at the core region. Are they 2 second exposures? When I try to capture the full extent of M42 the core just gets overwhelmed. So for looking at what is going on, I settle for separate images. You can do neat tricks to combine short and long exposures, but I would rather not spend the time.

Here is a 12 second single frame unprocessed image of the lagoon nebulae. This is one that I always stare at for a while. C8, .3 fr, avermedia TV cardbus.
The live display always looks better than the simgle frame captures.

Bill McDonald




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I used the AP 140 with the Mallincam and FR. 14sec. I adjust the camera setting (AGC) and change the gamma some, to keep the core from blooming.

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We've seen an assortment of bright objects. Here is a less prominent, but really neat object, NGC 891.
C8, MHC, .3 fr, single frame, no processing, captured with aver TV cardbus.

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And Ngc 253. This usually shows up with a faint reddish hue.

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And NGC 4088

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And NGC 4038/39. There seems to be an endless supply of these exoctic objects.

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      #2061491 - 12/19/07 02:05 PM

Oops.
The four preceeding images are single frame untouched 12 sec exposures.

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      #2061605 - 12/19/07 03:12 PM

Very nice Bill.

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Here's a few shots taken with a 30" F/4.5 and a MallinCam Color Hyper with MFR-3 Focal reducer and 15mm spacer. They all looked better on the monitor than what I captured on my laptop with a TV card. I realy need to figure out a better way to capture images. This is all pretty new to me.

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M-57 14 sec.

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Here M-27 I think this one was 7 sec. ( need to keep better track of my settings )

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M-76

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NGC 891

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M-17

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M-20

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One More M-16 From my light polluted back yard

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      #2062359 - 12/19/07 09:33 PM

Greg,

Wonderful detail. I've never seen the central star stand out so well. Do you know whether the blue core is O3 as in the case of m27.
I share your frustration with the captured image being of lower quality than the monitor view. I wonder if the information stored when you capture the image is still there to display if you have the right display device.
My live crt image is always better than any reproduced image. It would be interesting to find some way to use the captured image to regenerate a video image that could be displayed on the original monitor to see how much has been lost.
I wonder (I wonder a lot) what your equivalent aperture is.

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      #2062414 - 12/19/07 09:55 PM

Thanks Bill,
I always tweak the image on the screen before I capture it, I just try to make it look good to my eye so my images don't represent the true colors of the objects captured. I'm not sure if the Little Dumbbell is an OIII object or not, but with an eyepiece and an OIII filter I see more of it...:O)
I have wondered if hooking up a CRT monitor to my laptop might result in capturing a better image????
The image always looks better on the smaller monitors, I'm trying all different kinds of small monitors, I just ordered a 9" 500 line HighRes color monitor with 5 separate adjustments for the image on the screen. I think it will have a nice image ...I Hope, I Hope, I Hope,(I have got to STOP spending Money)

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      #2062434 - 12/19/07 10:00 PM Attachment (260 downloads)

Image from a Stellacam EX and R200SS telescope.

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      #2062515 - 12/19/07 10:35 PM

Greg,
After seeing the rest of your images I have three reactions:
1.Shock and awe. Stunning!!!
2.You qualify as the first astroimpressionist.
3.I'll be right over.
Just wonderful!

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Image with MallinCam Hyper B/W, 10" SCT F/6.3, 2.1 seconds

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Image of M 2 in Color with MallinCam Hyper PLUS Color, 14" ARC F/8. 2 Seconds integration.

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      #2062572 - 12/19/07 11:03 PM

Wow! exquisit detail. That is amazing...2 seconds?
That is M 82 isn't it?

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      #2062586 - 12/19/07 11:07 PM

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Image with MallinCam Hyper B/W, 10" SCT F/6.3, 2.1 seconds





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      #2062595 - 12/19/07 11:10 PM

Bill,

Sorry, yes it is M 82.


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      #2062816 - 12/20/07 12:48 AM

PLEASE don't enter "post-processed" or stacked images in this forum. There is a specific imaging forum and a gallery for that purpose.

We want to keep images in this forum to JUST what one sees when using their AVA devices.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: greg]
      #2063189 - 12/20/07 08:09 AM

Greg,

Let me know how that Speco monitor works out. I have been eyeing it for several months due to its smaller size than the 14" Sanyo that I have been using. It weighs a lot less and its power consumption is considerably lower making it more appealing to those who use batteries and inverters.

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      #2063213 - 12/20/07 08:24 AM

Here is a digital camera shot of the monitor showing M101. I was using a 12 second MallinCam B&W HYPER on my 17.5" TeleKit with COulter mirror.



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      #2063214 - 12/20/07 08:24 AM

Here is one of M16 using the same setup.



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      #2063218 - 12/20/07 08:26 AM

Here is M51 - again a digital camera image of the monitor as seem with a 12 second exposure on a 17.5".



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      #2063229 - 12/20/07 08:36 AM

Jack-this only makes it harder to wait.

Great shots!

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      #2063626 - 12/20/07 12:01 PM

Jack,

Great shots, can we assume that the live views are in general a little "smoother"? I figure that the camera is capturing the scan lines on the monitor which aren't likely to be visible to the naked eye.


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I found this shot of M51 I took 5-22-07 with the TOA150 single image no processing.

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Quote:

Greg,
After seeing the rest of your images I have three reactions:
1.Shock and awe. Stunning!!!
2.You qualify as the first astroimpressionist.
3.I'll be right over.
Just wonderful!

Bill




Thanks Bill,
I'm still fairly new at this so I'm working on Focusing, a secondary light shroud for my truss tubes to keep out all stray light, more flocking, and some separate light blocking pannels that can be moved for use in my backyard and my driveway. Also I'm sticking pretty close to the Basic camera setting that came with the camera, and only really playing with the monitor settings.
I had Very good results the very first time I used the MallinCam...I'm good at tweaking my scopes but was unsure about getting into using a camera ... it was very easy to use. The first time out with the MallinCam M16 and the Pillars of Creation in COLOR,
I'll post some of my first views on my monitor, taken with a hand held digital camera, keep in mind these monitor images are of my first few times using the MallinCam, or any camera for that matter... So these images are not (of course) the best that the MallinCam can do, and there was alot of light pollution, but these are what a person can expect the first time out with no imaging experience.
Some may say, Yea but you are using a 30" scope...that's true, But I'm beginning to look for a smaller scope to use in my light polluted site because my big scope also picks up all the light pollution. I believe a 10" to 14" scope with good tracking, flocking, and a nice long flocked dew shield (even on a reflector) may produce better results from a light polluted site,(Not a Dark Site). Scattered light that the camera can pickup is what really hurts the Image. Something like a Meade LXD 75 10"SN I wonder if anyone is using one of those with a MallinCam??? A question for another tread maybe.
Greg

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      #2063852 - 12/20/07 01:59 PM Attachment (212 downloads)

And M-104

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And M-51

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And M-64 Blackeye

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And M-57

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And I'm Not sure Which Galaxy this is...M-81 Maybe or M-65 or M-66... I'm not sure... When I'm using this camera I'm still too excited to take notes...
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      #2063943 - 12/20/07 02:41 PM

Quote:

Greg,

Let me know how that Speco monitor works out. I have been eyeing it for several months due to its smaller size than the 14" Sanyo that I have been using. It weighs a lot less and its power consumption is considerably lower making it more appealing to those who use batteries and inverters.

Jack




OK Jack I'll let you know how it goes. I just contacted the company I ordered it from because they have not provided me with a tracking #. The gal said it was shipping out today....I said " Why so late on the shipping, I ordered it on Monday? (This now being Thursday) And She said " ahh I Ahhh well ahhh oh yeah it was back ordered... Yeah that's it, it was back ordered. I said OK.... When Can I Have My Tracking #??? Sometime Tomorrow she said... So I said Thank you very much for your help!

I spent hours searching on line for a HighRes Monitors. Most say HighRes but only have 300-350 lines of resolution.
Thanks for telling me about this one Jack.
I found one with 600 lines but it cost twice as much as the one I ordered with 500 lines.

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      #2063982 - 12/20/07 03:06 PM

Mark,

You are correct. It is hard to take a digital camera picture of a monitor and not get the lines. The live image is much smoother.

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Greg,

That's M66.

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      #2064163 - 12/20/07 04:56 PM

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Greg,

That's M66.

Jack




I thought it was one of the two (65 or 66) I have not gotten back two that one with the MallinCam yet. It looks like I was getting some color out of the spiral arms, but that was the first CRT monitor I tried and I couldn't adjust the image on the screen very well, so the back ground was not dark and I didn't get as much detail as I can now. I can't wait to try it again and this time from a dark site, with a little more experience, and with the new 9" monitor.
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      #2064543 - 12/20/07 08:17 PM

Here are a few single frame grabs from DVDs recorded at Chiefland Astronomy Village in May of 2007. I used an AverTV Cardbus PC card in my HP laptop to capture the frames. The 720X480 snapshots were resized in Paint Shop Pro to 640X480. I was using my 17.5" with ServoCAT drive and the camera was in the 56 second mode.





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      #2064567 - 12/20/07 08:35 PM

Very nice Jack,
It looks like your ServoCat was tracking quite well for 56 seconds. I sometimes run into trouble over 28 seconds and only a few times have I been able to make 56 seconds work. I think it depends on what part of the sky I'm pointed at.
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      #2064639 - 12/20/07 09:17 PM

Greg,

You are quite right about tracking and the place in the sky you are looking at. We all noticed that at Chiefland. In certain parts of the sky, tracking at 56 seconds would work and at others trailing was obvious. The closer to the zenith, the more noticeable the field rotation. I can play back some of my observations near the zenith in fast forward mode and watch the sky rotate.

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      #2065099 - 12/21/07 01:53 AM

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...can we assume that the live views are in general a little "smoother"? I figure that the camera is capturing the scan lines on the monitor which aren't likely to be visible to the naked eye.




YES!

Some time ago I suggested NOT posting any images from the monitors because they just don't do justice to what we're actually seeing!
If I wasn't already a Mallincam user and the only concept I had of its' performance was gleaned from most of the images on these threads, I would be disappointed.

I have yet to see even one posted image that comes close to matching the 'real-time' views!

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      #2065513 - 12/21/07 09:41 AM

But that is true with anything visual, is it not? Taking photos of the screen, while not doing the true visual justice, it gives us an idea, much like those who sketch.

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Personally, I find the images taken from the monitors to look much more natural than the ones captured via a cards. - j

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      #2066279 - 12/21/07 04:56 PM

Greg

What a great shot of M16.

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      #2066299 - 12/21/07 05:13 PM

Thanks Brad,
That was one of my first objects, The MallinCam is so easy to use.
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      #2067069 - 12/21/07 11:58 PM Attachment (254 downloads)

Here is my very first shot with my Mallincam on my Meade SN8. M42.

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      #2067109 - 12/22/07 12:20 AM

Very nice M-42... To get results like that on your first shot shows how easy it is to use the MallinCam. Do you have any Galaxy shots? I'm thinking of getting either a Meade 8" or 10" SN for use at my house with the MallinCam, so I'd like to see some images from an 8" or 10" SN.
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Very nice M-42... To get results like that on your first shot shows how easy it is to use the MallinCam. Do you have any Galaxy shots? I'm thinking of getting either a Meade 8" or 10" SN for use at my house with the MallinCam, so I'd like to see some images from an 8" or 10" SN.
Greg




Here is the one galaxy shot I have, it's a faint galaxy and I spent no time processing the image, this is a single frame captured right from the monitor. It's NGC 2683.

I should also mention that my shots are taken 10 minutes from Center City Philadelphia in very light polluted skies.


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: bkushner]
      #2067203 - 12/22/07 01:51 AM

Thanks Brian,
That too is a very good image to show what the 8" Meade SN can do at a light polluted site, with a very faint galaxy, using a MallinCam single Image. Nice dark back ground too.
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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: skyguy88]
      #2067430 - 12/22/07 06:45 AM

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Here is a curiosity from last night. Its a 3 satellite pass through Orion during a 12 second exposure (might have been 6 sec).


They're probably geostationary satellites and dependant on your latitude - in northern hemisphere they're located a few degrees south of the celestial equator like your shot - nice here's a selection from awhile back before astrovideo with the scope drive 'off' eg static cam

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: nytecam]
      #2067560 - 12/22/07 09:26 AM

I get those streaks too sometimes, pretty sure they are sats.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: skyguy88]
      #2068349 - 12/22/07 05:04 PM

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We've seen an assortment of bright objects. Here is a less prominent, but really neat object, NGC 891.Bill


Hi Bill - v nice shot but can you confirm identity of this DSO

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: BradH]
      #2068451 - 12/22/07 05:54 PM

I just came back and took another look at this image of M51... This is a Very Nice Image, and with 150mm scope. A little color, Nice detail, and a dark back ground... There's alot going on in this image.
Thanks for posting it Brad

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      #2068558 - 12/22/07 06:51 PM

For a more detailed look at ngc 891 check out Greg's version (#2062289). I wish that I could get enough photons from objects like this to do without the .3 fr. Greg's 30 inch bucket collects 14 times more photons than my 8in and the lighted parking lot across the street from my site limits the gain that I can use.

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Comet 17P Holmes
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M101 - Pinwheel Galaxy
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      #2084346 - 12/30/07 09:17 PM

Tonight Comet 8P/Tuttle passed near M33. I used my MallinCam Color HYPER PLUS and a Quantary 70 to 210 zoom lens to grab this image of the pair - plus a passing airplane. This is a single 56 second exposure grabbed using an AverTV Cardbus PC Card. The lens was set to 210mm at f/5.6.



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      #2086565 - 12/31/07 10:21 PM Attachment (168 downloads)

Latest from WSO.

MCHP on Vixen ED100Sf with MRF3 (5 and 10 spacers) at approx f6. Single integration 56 seconds. M33 on 19" Proton monitor.

1/15 second on Nikon DSLR Shutter priority, handheld.

Usual caveat: picture is way better on monitors than photographed!

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      #2086569 - 12/31/07 10:24 PM Attachment (161 downloads)

Next up: my first M42. 7 second integration. Same setup. This transmited very nicely via wireless into the house on the 42" HDTV....

This view is distorted because I didn't have a straight on shot of the monitor using the camera.

A very nice way to end 2007, which saw the construction of WSO, the acquisition of MCHP and 31T5, 22T4, and Ethos, and most importantly, more viewing in the last 5 months, than in my LIFE beforehand!

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      #2091363 - 01/02/08 10:13 PM

Last night I finally go a chance to try out the HyperStar on my CPC 1100. This is a single 7 second frame MallinCam Color HYPER PLUS image grabbed to my laptop. The Running Man Nebula was just rising in the southeast and only about 25 degrees up when I observed it. As others have related, the live, on-screen view on the Watec-35 was far superior to that shown in the laptop snapshot.



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      #2091366 - 01/02/08 10:15 PM

This is a single 7 second frame MallinCam Color HYPER PLUS image grabbed to my laptop of NGC 891. As others have related, the live, on-screen view on the Watec-35 was far superior to that shown in the laptop snapshot.



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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #2091378 - 01/02/08 10:19 PM

Jack, that is SWEET...

looks like "gumby" himself just a standing there!

I really love the ease/flexibility of this camera...

of course your 11" (280mm) trumps my 100mm any day of the week...

can you say - "EQ mounted serious aperture lust/envy"

Sure, I knew you could!


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #2091381 - 01/02/08 10:20 PM

This is a single 7 second frame MallinCam Color HYPER PLUS image grabbed to my laptop of M1. As others have related, the live, on-screen view on the Watec-35 was far superior to that shown in the laptop snapshot.



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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Bowmoreman]
      #2091401 - 01/02/08 10:26 PM

But the CPC is an Alt-Az monted scope. The only time I say field rotation issues was when I first looked at M33 when it was DIRECTLY at the zenith. There I could see live on the monitor the circular star trails in only 7 seconds. So I waited 2 hours and tried M33 again. Here is what I saw in 7 seconds. If the sky was not so washed out with humidity and Christmas lights, I could have tried longer exposures. I can't wait to get to Chiefland in a month:



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      #2091406 - 01/02/08 10:28 PM

Here is a 7 second M42 with the HyperStar:



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      #2091408 - 01/02/08 10:29 PM

Here is a 7 second Horsehead and Flame:



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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #2091432 - 01/02/08 10:35 PM

That Flame and Horsehead are really good for 7 sec. Jack what F/Ratio was that image taken at?
Very Nice
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      #2091456 - 01/02/08 10:42 PM

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But the CPC is an Alt-Az monted scope. The only time I say field rotation issues was when I first looked at M33 when it was DIRECTLY at the zenith. There I could see live on the monitor the circular star trails in only 7 seconds. So I waited 2 hours and tried M33 again. Here is what I saw in 7 seconds. If the sky was not so washed out with humidity and Christmas lights, I could have tried longer exposures. I can't wait to get to Chiefland in a month:



Jack Huerkamp




Jack, that is sweet! This captures exactly what M33 looks like (to me) on my monitor using my ED100Sf... at 56 seconds...

It looks exactly like this!!! amazing

none of my pictures of the monitor show this...

your combo of aperture and speed, have me lusting after same... I can only imaging how great it really looks "live" on the monitor (from which you separately did this capture!)...

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: greg]
      #2091494 - 01/02/08 10:56 PM

The HyperStar is f/1.8 and provides about a 3/4 degree diagonal FOV on the 11".

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #2091505 - 01/02/08 11:01 PM

Jack, I'm drooling. How's Rock doing with the build? I'm dying, seeing all this fun you guy's are having.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #2093301 - 01/03/08 04:35 PM

So Jack, HyperStar on front of the 11", MallinCam into the HyperStar. No other focal reducers?

I can see this is going to cost me


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Pat G.]
      #2093777 - 01/03/08 07:34 PM

Patrick,

Yep. Remove the secondary from the CPC 1100 and store it in the supplied case. Screw the MallinCam Color HYPER PLUS onto the T to C adapter and screw the adapter onto the HyperStar transfer lens. Screw the assembly onto the corrector plate adapter. Attach power and video cables. Install the dewcap. Focus and observe.

Due to the 3/4 degree field of view provided by the f/1.8 system with MallinCam, every GoTo placed the target on the chip - usually in the center 1/3rd of the FOV.

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      #2094721 - 01/04/08 03:09 AM Attachment (222 downloads)

OK...you guys are makin' me crazy!
I'm still not convinced any of us have found a truly successful method of capturing and displaying images.

As we note with every posting "this image does not show the sharpness, clarity, detail etc. of the actual on-screen image...etc." - AND IT'S TRUE! We need a breakthrough of some sort that will 'grab' EXACTLY what we are seeing on the screen.
I am now going to commit a heresy that will probably get me yelled at, BUT....I've found an image of Stephan's Qunitet that looks PRECISELY how it appears in my 28" with a 14" interation in the Mallincam Hyper Color....the only thing missing is that last little thingee - COLOR. So, I guess you can say that the attached image is INFERIOR to what is being seen on the monitor screen.
Thought it might be of interest to those of you (like me) who want to REALLY go after "deep fuzzies:

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Mike Harvey]
      #2094858 - 01/04/08 06:32 AM



argh, I feel the fever a comin...

Aperture Fever

Astronomy "A"

A for awful trouble...

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Bowmoreman]
      #2116856 - 01/13/08 06:30 AM Attachment (211 downloads)

Here's a shot of M42.

Captured using 14" LX200R + MFR4 + MCHP + Canopus ADVC-55 video converter.

Zero processing.

2 seconds:


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      #2116857 - 01/13/08 06:32 AM Attachment (170 downloads)

and 7 seconds:

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      #2117877 - 01/13/08 04:31 PM

Very nice Gavin. 2sec shows the trap really nice.

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      #2121030 - 01/14/08 10:10 PM Attachment (169 downloads)

Well here is M42 without tracking. It was my first light with the Mallincam, and without tracking it was even hard to focus.

Single frame, no processing.


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      #2121229 - 01/14/08 11:52 PM

Nice,
It looks better than I thought it would without tracking... It will be nice to see how well you do with tracking.

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      #2121669 - 01/15/08 09:07 AM

Feels pretty good, though, doesn't it, Neil?

That is about what I would have expected w/o tracking; with your scope I think you are running above 150X with the MCHP, so things do move pretty quick, eh?

Now that I've had my first success with my RTP (visual only), I can't wait for the next clear night to check out my 10" with MCHP - I even just cleared out another "pad" of the 10" of snow we just got yesterday, so that I can setup the Dob close enough to the observatory!

Did you catch any other targets last night, Neil?

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      #2121688 - 01/15/08 09:17 AM

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Feels pretty good, though, doesn't it, Neil?

That is about what I would have expected w/o tracking; with your scope I think you are running above 150X with the MCHP, so things do move pretty quick, eh?

Now that I've had my first success with my RTP (visual only), I can't wait for the next clear night to check out my 10" with MCHP - I even just cleared out another "pad" of the 10" of snow we just got yesterday, so that I can setup the Dob close enough to the observatory!

Did you catch any other targets last night, Neil?

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Yea Dave! I had a good run last night. I did a short first light report under the First Light MallinCam HYPER PLUS COLOR post. All in all the objects (with the MFR-3 and 15mm of spacers) didn't move that fast from side to side. I'd say it stayed on the screen for about a minute before I had to adjust.

You skies look pretty good for tomorow night!

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: bkushner]
      #2125602 - 01/16/08 10:34 PM

All those images taken with the Mallincam look great for short exposure. I am green with envy.

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      #2136952 - 01/21/08 09:53 PM

Here is an updated image to the one of the Running man Nebula I grabbed the first night I tried out the 11" CPC HyperStar. This is a single 56 second, unprocessed single frame taken with a MallinCam Color HYPER PLUS.


The frame grabber I was using introduced some distortion in the stars and the colors in the frame grab are redder than that on the monitor. I will be tring a different frame grabber at Chiefland Astronomy Village in two weeks.

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      #2136965 - 01/21/08 09:58 PM


Here is an updated image to the one of the Horsehead Nebula I grabbed the first night I tried out the 11" CPC HyperStar. This is a single 56 second, unprocessed single frame taken with a MallinCam Color HYPER PLUS. The frame grabber I used introduced some distortion into the stars and the image is redder than that on the monitor. I will be trying a USB frame grabber to see if it performs better than the AverV Cardbus PC card I have been using.



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      #2136968 - 01/21/08 09:59 PM

Also, here is an image of he Flame Nebula - another 56 second unprocessed single frame:



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      #2137546 - 01/22/08 08:39 AM

Great Shots Jack!!

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      #2138786 - 01/22/08 06:59 PM

Very nice Jack

Let me know if find a better grabber. Iam using the same one you are with some of the same problems.

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      #2139103 - 01/22/08 09:00 PM

Brad,

I installed one of Rock's USB 2.0 adapters and hope to give it a try before going to Chiefland on the 2nd. If not, then I will have a week to try it out under dark skies.

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      #2144647 - 01/25/08 11:13 AM

Thanks Jack.

I will be waiting for your report.

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      #2150682 - 01/28/08 07:47 AM

I am waiting for your report as well Jack on the USB 2 adapter.

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      #2169265 - 02/05/08 07:53 AM Attachment (172 downloads)

Well this is my first light with the MallinCam Hyper Color. My turn to try M-42. Kind of shaky hard to steady on my deck, but to much snow. I can see how being on a steady base could make such a difference. This is a 6 second, single frame exposure, taken with my 10" on a EQ-5. Captured on my laptop. Would have tweaked it a bit but was kind of chilly at -14*C (7*F).

Now if I could figure out how to dim it down a bit and maybe get a little more detail

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      #2174999 - 02/07/08 04:18 PM

Kent

Very nice shot. Lots of detail. Keep playing with the setting and you will find which ones work best for your scopes.

Again a great shot.

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      #2175314 - 02/07/08 06:48 PM

Thanks Brad, the way the weather has been I might be able to get out again before summer and give it another try.

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Some images through my 14" LX200R and MCHP.

Eta Carinae.

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      #2229092 - 03/01/08 11:22 AM

Hey Gavin - very nice images. I know they look really good on your monitor. I especially like OC and 5128. Thanks for sharing those southern hemisphere nuggets!

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      #2229763 - 03/01/08 06:27 PM

Thanks Ron.

Rock kindly tweaked some of the images in PhotoShop as I have too much red. His tweaked images look a lot better than the ones I posted here. If the weather holds I'll try turning down the red a little.

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      #2230225 - 03/01/08 10:44 PM

Ok, but the rule in THIS forum is NO TWEAKING!!!!



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      #2230277 - 03/01/08 11:23 PM

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Ok, but the rule in THIS forum is NO TWEAKING!!!!






As I stated in my previous post, I posted my non-tweaked images and not Rock's tweaked images. I merely mentioned that Rock emailed me tweaked versions of my images, which look a lot better, just so people know that there's definitely room for improvement.

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      #2230422 - 03/02/08 01:12 AM

Ahhh, sorry, I missed that.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: b1gred]
      #2230442 - 03/02/08 01:35 AM

Fantastic shots Gav -- I'd lov to see how Rock helped to tweak them -- do you have them posted on another site?

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      #2230539 - 03/02/08 03:48 AM

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Ahhh, sorry, I missed that.




Not a problem at all. Regards, Gavin.


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      #2230554 - 03/02/08 04:12 AM

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Fantastic shots Gav -- I'd lov to see how Rock helped to tweak them -- do you have them posted on another site?




Thanks very much. I'm pleased with them although with practice and knowledge I think I can do better.

I just added Rock's modifications to my photo album in the Mallincam Yahoo group. Rock told me he used Photoshop and Neat Image to correct the red.

http://tech.ph.groups.yahoo.com/group/mallincam/photos/browse/c8ef


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      #2230666 - 03/02/08 08:00 AM

Simply amazing Pictures Gavin! They turned out beutifully! Love that one's of Orion, the Sombrero and my first look at Centaurus and Tobys Jug. And not to mention Eta Carinae!

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      #2231613 - 03/02/08 04:27 PM

Thanks Kent. I hope to do better, especially with Centaurus A as it rises in the sky later this year.

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      #2232876 - 03/03/08 09:44 AM

Randy,

I can see the reason for not allowing stacked and processed images involving histogram stretching, curve stretching, etc. in the gallery. However, the use of an astronomical video camera is very different from that of a dedicated CCD imager. For the latter, post-data acquisition is the norm. When using an astronomical video camera live, adjustments are made to the output video stream at the monitor to achieve the best brightness, contrast, color, and tint. I see "tweaking" of the above parameters on a grabbed frame to make it close to the mnitor's rendition far different than image processing. So long as "additional tweaaking" is not performed, I see no reason not to allow frames adjusted for brightness, contrast, color and contrast only to be posted.

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      #2232932 - 03/03/08 10:05 AM

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Randy,

I can see the reason for not allowing stacked and processed images involving histogram stretching, curve stretching, etc. in the gallery. However, the use of an astronomical video camera is very different from that of a dedicated CCD imager. For the latter, post-data acquisition is the norm. When using an astronomical video camera live, adjustments are made to the output video stream at the monitor to achieve the best brightness, contrast, color, and tint. I see "tweaking" of the above parameters on a grabbed frame to make it close to the mnitor's rendition far different than image processing. So long as "additional tweaaking" is not performed, I see no reason not to allow frames adjusted for brightness, contrast, color and contrast only to be posted.

Jack




I have to agree with Jack on this one. This is after all, what we do to the live images that are streamed using programs like Amcap.

Just my 2
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I just updated my Yahoo album with new images that have the red turned down in the camera and required no Photoshop etc.

http://tech.ph.groups.yahoo.com/group/mallincam/photos/browse/c8ef

I've also attached a different example (NGC 4038) with no post capture tweaking, of course.

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Couldn't resist.

Here's Centaurus A from tonight with the red setting in the camera turned down one notch. Also, my earlier images were stretched in scale as I was using the wrong setting in the video converter.

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      #2233094 - 03/03/08 11:30 AM

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Couldn't resist.

Here's Centaurus A from tonight with the red setting in the camera turned down one notch. Also, my earlier images were stretched in scale as I was using the wrong setting in the video converter.

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When you say from tonight, does this mean that you were broadcasting? If you were, let us know here so we can catch it! I work on the computer all day for my job, and it would not have been a problem for me to slide by and catch some southern views!

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      #2233259 - 03/03/08 12:59 PM

Me too, me too!!!

FANTASTIC images everyone, you arent making this wait for the mallincam any easier!!


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      #2233829 - 03/03/08 05:05 PM

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When you say from tonight, does this mean that you were broadcasting? If you were, let us know here so we can catch it! I work on the computer all day for my job, and it would not have been a problem for me to slide by and catch some southern views!

Neil





I wasn't but I will at some stage soon, I promise! We're just coming out of 4 months of rain and cloud so I'm doing a bit of catch up on my observing. Plus, I had to adjust the mount's pointing which took a little while.

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      #2234079 - 03/03/08 06:53 PM

Jon, MCHP on a C14 down South, are you ready. Post some pictures of you C14 and camera setup.

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      #2234199 - 03/03/08 07:45 PM

I'm thinking the photos I've seen posted here, say it all and with links to Yahoo Live to get a real since of what it looks like.

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Eta Carinae using an SV90T + MCHP

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      #2237336 - 03/05/08 10:01 AM

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Eta Carinae using an SV90T + MCHP




Absolutely incredible!!!

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      #2238003 - 03/05/08 03:55 PM

Thanks Neil. I'm starting to get the hang of it.

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      #2238028 - 03/05/08 04:02 PM

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Thanks Neil. I'm starting to get the hang of it.

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Keep em' comming!


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      #2239690 - 03/06/08 10:41 AM

Let me get this traight.....

This is a single exposure image captured on video..by way of a video camera?

Or..this is a composite of several minutes of video, stacked by the camera system, and then captured as a single image?

I surely can't imagin this being a single 30 second or less exposure captured on video....

How, does your camera work exactly?

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      #2239704 - 03/06/08 10:47 AM

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Let me get this traight.....

This is a single exposure image captured on video..by way of a video camera?

Or..this is a composite of several minutes of video, stacked by the camera system, and then captured as a single image?

I surely can't imagin this being a single 30 second or less exposure captured on video....

How, does your camera work exactly?

Rob




Yes, this is a single unprocessed image. The MallinCam is a hyper sensitive camera that has integration time of 2 sec, 7 sec, 14sec, 28sec, and 56sec. When you set it on any of these times you will see a final image after that time, and it will keep refreshing at that time until you change the setting. They really are amazing cameras!

Hope this helps, but you have to see then live, or on sky channels to really get the jist of them.

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      #2239986 - 03/06/08 01:33 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Let me get this traight.....

This is a single exposure image captured on video..by way of a video camera?

Or..this is a composite of several minutes of video, stacked by the camera system, and then captured as a single image?

I surely can't imagin this being a single 30 second or less exposure captured on video....

How, does your camera work exactly?

Rob




Yes, this is a single unprocessed image. The MallinCam is a hyper sensitive camera that has integration time of 2 sec, 7 sec, 14sec, 28sec, and 56sec. When you set it on any of these times you will see a final image after that time, and it will keep refreshing at that time until you change the setting. They really are amazing cameras!

Hope this helps, but you have to see then live, or on sky channels to really get the jist of them.

Clear skies
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This last image is a single Hyper image? Of say.. 28sec of gathered photons?

In short, the camera/software..stacks or combines only 28sec(this example), of data into that awesome image?

Where can I get one, and how much are they

Rob(do you need a special monitor)?


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      #2240027 - 03/06/08 01:53 PM

Have a look here http://mallincam.tripod.com/index.html

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      #2240971 - 03/06/08 09:43 PM

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Rob(do you need a special monitor)?




Nope. A simple TV screen will do, but high-definition CCTV monitors will give better results.

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An image from Fridays broadcast.

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      #2244725 - 03/08/08 06:13 PM

Wow, that's nice!

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      #2244964 - 03/08/08 07:57 PM

As a reminder, this is for non-proccessed images only please, there are other forums for that such as the 'CCD Imaging & Processing' forum.

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      #2244985 - 03/08/08 08:09 PM

Apologies for flagrantly ignoring the posting guidelines Forgive me.

For those of a nervous disposition, please only look at the previously posted image with your left eye only, and there-by avoiding the processed part!


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      #2245002 - 03/08/08 08:17 PM

The image on the left looks better to me anyway... I like seeing the stars in the back ground, it looks more realistic. :O)
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      #2245016 - 03/08/08 08:24 PM

I'd love it if they were stars Greg, but they are hot pixels which are a real issue during live viewing in hot countries!

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      #2256380 - 03/13/08 10:23 PM Attachment (178 downloads)

Thought I'd share what a single frame from Ustream looks like. Not great by any means, but no equipment needed to pull it off, and no computer drive to store it on.

Neil

M82 single frame at 28 seconds

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Here is an example of the Mallincam on the moon.

Single frame integration turned off.

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These were taken at French Camp last week (in between the clouds!)with a C11 on an Atlas mount using a MCHP B/W camera. All single raw frames with no processing. This is close to what was seen on the laptop.

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M81...

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Eskimo nebula...

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The Sombrero galaxy...

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And finally a neat grouping of three different galaxy types, edge on, elliptical, and spiral all in the same view. These pictures were taken using a f3.3 reducer except for NGC2419 and the Eskimo nebula. I believe they were at f10. Can't remember what fratio I used for M3.

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Here is Saturn from tonights broadcast grabed from Ustream. Single frame, no processing.

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Eta Carinae
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      #2364441 - 05/01/08 02:09 PM

Here are a few shots form the mallincam, a little post processing was done. Thanks to Steve (starcam) for his helping hand in these! He captured them as I was broadcasting them, AMAZING CONCEPT! The ring, Saturn and The Blinking Planetary.







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      #2374530 - 05/06/08 09:00 AM

Here is funny little faint object. Look carefully.

Hoag's object. PGC 54559 galaxy.




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      #2374532 - 05/06/08 09:01 AM

And a 4x crop of the galaxy.



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      #2375195 - 05/06/08 02:44 PM

Great job last night Lars, you getting good at the really faint fuzzies

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Pillars Of Creation (M-16)
Single image...cropped but no processing.
28" f/3.6 with MCHP at 14-second integration.

This is a digital photo of the monitor screen so the usual disclaimers apply: Focusing issue, camera shake issue (hand held), moire and pixellation from the monitor screen etc.
Actual on-screen image 10X better!
Sit back about 3 - 4 feet from your monitor and you'll get a better idea.

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M-57
28" f/3.6 with MCHP at 28-second integration.
Same disclaimers apply! Although I took this digital photo of the monitor screen at a higher resolution than the "Pillars".

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      #2376723 - 05/07/08 04:53 AM

Very impressive!

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      #2378663 - 05/07/08 08:25 PM

Mike,

Its like deja vu. I remember looking at M57 in your scope last May while at Chiefland and later posting some comments about not only seeing 2 stars in the center of the ring and 2 stars on the ring - but seeing detail in the hole. Your digital camera grab of your monitor is very reminiscent of that night. I have to get back to CAV and do some more observing with your scope and MallinCam. You have learned how to tweak them both to provide the ultimate live images.

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      #2378673 - 05/07/08 08:27 PM

Mike,

I forgot to ask which monitor were you photographing for the posted image - the 10.4" Marshall? Also was the digital camera hand held?

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      #2379442 - 05/08/08 04:39 AM

Hi Jack...yes it was the 10.4" Marshall fed via S-Video.
The Panasonic digital camera was tripod mounted (for a change!).
Luck has a lot to do with geting good images.
But it IS an almost zen-like balance between the Mallincam settings, monitor settings and digital camera settings that make the magic happen.
You can't "teach" it or predetermine the settings ahead of time, you just have to work with it enough that you develop a "feel".
Even then...it's hit and miss!

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      #2379753 - 05/08/08 09:39 AM

Nice images there Mike!! Long shutter speeds on a tripod will definitely help eliminate the horizontal banding and noise when shooting a tv screen or monitor.

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      #2390353 - 05/12/08 05:02 PM

Hey

Here are some of the hard and easy targets from last weeks observing. Not showpieces, but some are hard targets from my location and with my modest scope.


Cocoon Galaxy, NGC4485-4490


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      #2390362 - 05/12/08 05:06 PM

Coddingtons Nebula (galaxy)

Very very hard



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      #2390367 - 05/12/08 05:07 PM

Bubble Nebula with Baader UHC-S



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      #2390369 - 05/12/08 05:08 PM

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      #2390375 - 05/12/08 05:10 PM

Arp 148

Never have I imagined that i would see the Outer galaxy.


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      #2390378 - 05/12/08 05:11 PM

Picture for Neil, The Needle



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      #2390382 - 05/12/08 05:12 PM

Draco triplet



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      #2390564 - 05/12/08 06:25 PM

Thanks Lars! I like the tripplet just as much though!!!

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      #2391334 - 05/13/08 12:25 AM

VERY Nice Lars,

Are these Single images or are they multiple images stacked and processed?

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      #2391507 - 05/13/08 03:53 AM Attachment (128 downloads)

I was getting ready for tomorrows show, so I thought I'd grab a couple of frames from ol' Sparky.

Not that great, but after this I got my polar done so tomorrow night should be better. The conditions tonight had 20mph winds as well so...

M16 Single frame no processing

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      #2391508 - 05/13/08 03:56 AM Attachment (122 downloads)

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      #2391509 - 05/13/08 03:57 AM Attachment (125 downloads)

Jupiter, single frame no processing. I should have barlowed!

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      #2392464 - 05/13/08 02:29 PM

Thanks...

Greg.

The views are processed to remove warm pixels. I remove them by hand. I also adjusted the brigtness to my home office LCD screen. I found out at work today, that this is a bad idea, the Bubble looks teribble.

From my memory, the Elephant trunk, Bubble, Arp 148 and Coddington is single frames.

The other can be more than "one", it depends on the integration time. I think I took a snapshot every 5 secs. So If theres an overlap, yes. The reason I did that, was to find an esay way to remove "warm" pixel.

I think on most of the frames I took at almost full gain, which will show the pixels clearly.

Here is an example of the Elephant trunk, which I think is better. This is a raw capture from the sparkcast player, not adjusted in any way, raw from the sparkcast player.



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      #2394103 - 05/14/08 08:18 AM Attachment (127 downloads)

M8 the Lagoon

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      #2394561 - 05/14/08 11:47 AM

Thanks Lars, great images...

Very Nice M8 Neil... Looks like that new mount is working well for you and handels your 12" OTA Just fine for use with the MallinCam.

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      #2403682 - 05/18/08 12:52 PM

Nicely done Lars and Neil

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      #2421984 - 05/27/08 07:39 AM Attachment (129 downloads)

Here is last nights session. Just trying to see if I can improve on the last visit to these parts of the sky. The higher these get the better the contrast, it seams.

M104

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      #2421985 - 05/27/08 07:40 AM Attachment (129 downloads)

M82

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      #2421987 - 05/27/08 07:42 AM Attachment (125 downloads)

M16

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M8

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M20

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M22

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      #2422010 - 05/27/08 08:00 AM

I forgot to mention that all of these shots were grabed on the fly just using the Sparkcasts capture function. One of these days I guess I should get around to use my actual capture device to grab some images! I'm sure it would be better, but this is just too easy!

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      #2424162 - 05/28/08 08:20 AM

Nice Ghost of Jupiter Neil!

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      #2426017 - 05/29/08 02:21 AM

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NGC3242





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      #2429201 - 05/30/08 01:18 PM

WOW!! VERY nice shots there Neil! You got that thing nailed!

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      #2429285 - 05/30/08 01:44 PM

Thanks everyone! I'm really liking this setup. I'm even more on the fence now about getting the C14 with hyperstar now.

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      #2429736 - 05/30/08 04:53 PM

Neil,

Listen carefully to the whispers ... "more aperture" ... "faster F ratio" ... "tastes great" ... "less filling" ... ooops sorry.

Go on, you know you want to.



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      #2430038 - 05/30/08 07:11 PM

Jon, you still out there, haven't heard from you in awhile.

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WE just had two OUTSTANDING nights at Chiefland and one that
was 'average".
There were FOUR "Mallincammers" on the field!

As we gain more and more experience through trial & error with these devices, we're getting some images that far exceed what we thought was GREAT just a year ago.
I still call them "images" (and, technically, they are) but it's really "enhanced observing" as opposed to traditional "imaging".

I had another "one of those moments" when the seeing and the tracking came together for an interesting image of M-57.
There were so many stars either involved in or superimposed upon the nebula that Mike Zammit asked it they were really stars or 'hot pixels' or some other form of artifact.

I had to go to the HUBBLE ARCHIVES (!) to find an image that
CONFIRMED they were truly STARS!

The image on my 10.4" Marshall screen (1.44 million pixels) was so sharp it looked 'etched'. The hand-held digital photo that I took of the monitor screen (as always) does not do justice to what was really seen (and the actual, observed, color balance did not come through in the photo - lots of blue missing).

14-second Iteration w/ Mallincam Color Hyper Plus Imager
28" f/3.6 Starstructure

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      #2438652 - 06/04/08 02:29 AM Attachment (148 downloads)

I knew that Hubble had imaged Proplyds within the center of M-20. But I had never definitely detected them visually, even with scopes up to 32".

This week I decided to try with the Mallincam and zeroed-in on the center of M-20 with the 28" f/3.6 Starstructure.

The Proplyds are actually not so hard to see...with enough aperture...and, IF we know what we're looking for!

I realized that I actually HAD observed at least one, visually, in the past but didn't recognize it for what it was.

I've posted an image that is actually a digital photograph of the LCD screen (which was showing the original image from the scope) so it is inferior in quality to what we were actually seeing...but is still stunning.

Look for the largest of the Proplyds to the left of the 'nucleus'.

*Update: I also imaged M-20 with a Meade SN-8 w/MCHP.
The largest of the Proplyds is also visible in that image
(now that I know what it is!).

Mike Harvey

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      #2438821 - 06/04/08 07:32 AM

Both awesome images Mike

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Jon, you still out there, haven't heard from you in awhile.

Bill




Hey Bill! I am still around a litle bit. It has been either cloudy or raining now for the last few weeks (or longer) as I am sure you have noticed! (you live 10 minutes from me) lol AND you know the life of a wedding photographer in the spring is HARD CORE! I was hoping to get some broadcast time in last night or tonight, but of course it's raining, AGAIN! We went out to the west desert camping last weekend and I was able to get a few hours worth of mallincamming before the clouds rolled in. I didnt have time to record anything because I was in awe just watching! The mallincam really is a whole new camera at a dark site! I got my hyperstar conversion kit this morning and now I am ACHING to get it all put together and take the C14 out there.


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      #2439522 - 06/04/08 02:33 PM

What scope did you use?

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      #2440027 - 06/04/08 07:04 PM

I took the SN-8 f/4, and it did great!

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      #2442371 - 06/05/08 07:59 PM

That seems to be a popular scope. I thought Dave's setup on the CGE was great. Did you take your CGE or did you use the CG-5. It seems the really fast scopes are becoming more popular, not bigger apertures. Is the big C14 shooting at F1.9 yet? Did you take any images of your scope at Lookout Pass?

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      #2442376 - 06/05/08 08:00 PM

Jon, forgot to ask, did you use the MC focal reducer with the scope? What F ratio would that give you?

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      #2442690 - 06/05/08 11:11 PM

Hey Bill, sorry, no pictures this time, I was too busy setting up and taking down in the dark! I took the trusty old cg-5 and used the mallincam without any rings or focal reducers. The sn-8 is just about a perfect FOV for the 8mm mallincam, although if I had more time before the clouds rolled in I would have tried different things. I dont have the complete hyperstar setup yet, but one day maybe soon! Next time I go out I will give you a call, this was a fast last minute trip.

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Quote:

Hey Bill, sorry, no pictures this time, I was too busy setting up and taking down in the dark! I took the trusty old cg-5 and used the mallincam without any rings or focal reducers. The sn-8 is just about a perfect FOV for the 8mm mallincam, although if I had more time before the clouds rolled in I would have tried different things. I dont have the complete hyperstar setup yet, but one day maybe soon! Next time I go out I will give you a call, this was a fast last minute trip.




Hi Jon - good to see ya back; I've kinda been somewhat offline as well - mostly

Did get one great night for the 5th grade outreach (on the other thread)... haven't done any captures of bcasts yet...

I'm glad to hear that the MCHP works well on your SN8 w/o the MFR3, etc... I did notice a LOT of skyglow on mine operating down around f1.85 by my calculations with the MFR3 and 15mm of spacers... so next chance I get, I'm going to try w/o all that - i.e. native at f4...

The FOV though, is killer - multiple galaxies in Virgo all at the same time is tasty...

Next time I'll at least take a picture of the monitor!

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I love winter.

M20 through the SV90T + MCHP


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M17 through the SV90T + MCHP.

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M16 through the SV90T + MCHP.



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      #2446304 - 06/07/08 09:43 PM

Winter .. well yes in your part of the world. I can't wait to get my CPC1100 with Hyperstar and MallinCam COLOR HYPER to try to duplicate your shots with your scope.

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      #2502554 - 07/06/08 01:18 PM

Hey guys, last night I had a late one! I was able to get several objects with my hyperstar/fastar setup and C14. Here is my first attempt! I REALLY softened it up and stretched it, but other than that, this is a single frame, no stacking shot of the triangulum galaxy. I am going to have fun with this late nighter this week! I wanted to add, that I think the bloating, wierd shapes and color fringing is a combination of the fastar with this large chip, my cheap filter and the fastar isnt collimatable. I actually took a big gamble buying this fastar lens and I wasnt sure it was going to work at all with my cameras, but I am more than happy with the results. My actual hyperstar is on order and I think that will make a big difference, biggest improvements will be, collimatible and I can use my good 2" filters with it and it's made for these bigger chips.

Mallincam, 28 seconds, Orion SkyGlow filter, C14, f/2, 675mm.


Un-Sharpened. It got really noisy from stretching I am guessing.


Edited by HendyPhoto (07/06/08 10:44 PM)


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      #2502829 - 07/06/08 03:54 PM

Nice one Jon! I guess you got your power problem worked out.

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      #2502917 - 07/06/08 05:05 PM

Thanks Neil! I have alot of others from last night I want to post as well. I finally figured out my wiring problem at about 12:30 am, 2:30 your time! (bad outlet in the line, it was old and somebody removed the fins and I didnt notice) I went out and broadcasted for 4 hours, and not a soul was awake to come join me! My favorites were the veil, bubble and crescent. My new found aperture really likes those objects! I just cant get enough! Tonight is raining, so maybe it will give me some time to process some of the images from last night. Anyone going live tonight?

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      #2502971 - 07/06/08 05:37 PM

A shot of part of The Veil Nebula, same info as above, but this was 56 seconds, a nd I did some photoshop stretching.



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      #2503868 - 07/07/08 09:02 AM

Jon,

Here is another Hyperstar image of M33. It is a single, 56 second image obtained with my CPC1100 with the original Hyperstar (F/1.8), from my magnitude 4 back yard. It is a little on the red side. This was from last January and was during first light with the MallinCam-Hyperstar setup.



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      #2504147 - 07/07/08 12:03 PM

Very nice Jack, it looks like I really have something to look forward to! Alot more evenly illuminated and fringing isnt nearly as bad. My strange color shift is because of the color of the skyglow filter. I think I will try M33 tonight without a filter and see what happens. ALTHOUGH, without the filter, my max exposure is about 7 to 14 seconds in my light poluted location. I live in a red/orange border zone.

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      #2512136 - 07/11/08 03:46 AM

Ok I'm still stuck on globs. This is another M3. This was taken with the Mallincam connected the 12" LX200R for a quick first light of the scope. Once I get the scope collimated I'll have to try a non-globby.

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Camera Mallincam
Focal Reducer .5x
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Well here some from my first night, please excuss the stars trails these were shot from my CPC and with the thin clouds over head, I had to run the MCHP at 56sec for the most part.

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      #2540691 - 07/25/08 01:33 PM

Chris,

Did you record the video on your Archos and then grab the frames? What did you use to grab the frames? What focal reducers were you using?

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #2540790 - 07/25/08 02:16 PM

Chris, are you sure you havnt had that camera longer? LOL VERY nice, especially in the first week of owning it! It's so cool to see how new mallincam owners have INSTANT results.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: HendyPhoto]
      #2540995 - 07/25/08 03:45 PM

Last night I had trouble sleeping so I sat down at the computer in our spare bedroom and fired up the obs. I observed the Moon for a few minutes until I got sleepy enough to go back to bed. (one click start-up & shut-down has its advantages).

It was fun to just jog the scope around the surface not looking for anything in particular..just looking. If the weather holds up I may remove the reducer so I can get a better look tonight. I like the moon.

The image below is one of the last observations before I called it a night..er morning.



Setting:
Camera: MallinCam Hyper Color Video camera
Single frame capture. No cooling. No integration
Shutter 1/12000
Sense OFF
AGC Manual
White Balance Manual/User
Telescope 12" LX200R with .5x reducer on Paramount ME


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: HendyPhoto]
      #2541448 - 07/25/08 07:56 PM Attachment (111 downloads)

Jon

What caused the smiley faces??

Gavin


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #2541513 - 07/25/08 08:33 PM

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Chris,

Did you record the video on your Archos and then grab the frames? What did you use to grab the frames? What focal reducers were you using?

Jack



Yes Jack I used the Archos to record the images and then used Regitax to extract the images. For Jupiter, no Reducer and zoom at 2X, all the others MFR-3 with two 10mm rings. I do have a Meade 3.3 SCT reducter and I have the items per your example, except I'm using a 2" to SCT for the MCHP.


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: HendyPhoto]
      #2541516 - 07/25/08 08:35 PM

Thanks Jon, although I can't take the credit, that goes to Rock for having something so easy to use to the rest of you guys as I've read about experiences here.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Gavin Bray]
      #2541551 - 07/25/08 08:52 PM

Gavin,

Is APC set too high? Where are the H and V sliders set?

Jack

Jack


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #2541603 - 07/25/08 09:26 PM

Jack, you nailed it! After taking these images I adjusted the APC and it took care of alot of it. I think the fastar lens was also bloating stars. I am hoping when I replace it with hyperstar, it will help. Collimation was wayy off too because the fastar isnt collimatable.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: HendyPhoto]
      #2541787 - 07/25/08 11:23 PM

John went to SparkCast and it's a windows download, I have a Mac.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #2541921 - 07/26/08 01:13 AM

Quote:

Gavin,

Is APC set too high? Where are the H and V sliders set?

Jack

Jack




That was Jon's picture not mine. I just wondered how he got the happy faces. I've had cloud and rain the last couple of weeks so no pictures from me.


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Gavin Bray]
      #2548940 - 07/29/08 06:33 PM Attachment (125 downloads)

Single frame M3 at 8.5 seconds

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: midway199]
      #2548943 - 07/29/08 06:35 PM Attachment (112 downloads)

Four 8.5 second frames stacked with brightness, contrast, gamma, and sharpness adjustments.

Edited by midway199 (07/29/08 06:39 PM)


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: midway199]
      #2549328 - 07/29/08 10:03 PM

Nice star images! How do you grab/capture your frames?

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Chris Schroeder]
      #2549433 - 07/29/08 10:52 PM

Was out tonight, although its still not really dark.

M27 The Dumbbell Nebula


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: John Miele]
      #2549441 - 07/29/08 10:53 PM

Thanks! The cheap-o $30 capture card on my PC came with a video recorder program called Honestech TVR. It's got a somewhat cheesy interface and overall feel to it, but seems to be working fine. Google it for their website. I was comparing caps with Honestech versus the free version of Screen Hunter and the Screen Hunter ones were not as sharp. I'd like to keep this whole image capture business on the cheap. At least I have something reliable to get the ball rolling.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Chris Schroeder]
      #2549443 - 07/29/08 10:54 PM

Inspired by Nytecam post here:
http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/2543695/page/0/view/collapsed/sb/5/o/all/fpart/1

I got this very special star around mag 18.



I just love my cam....


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: ZielkeNightsky]
      #2549650 - 07/30/08 01:32 AM

Great shot Lars! And not too shabby for 14 seconds.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Gavin Bray]
      #2549827 - 07/30/08 07:51 AM Attachment (155 downloads)

Trifid - 14" LX200R + Optec 0.33x FR + MCHP

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Gavin Bray]
      #2549830 - 07/30/08 07:52 AM Attachment (136 downloads)

Trifid - 90mm apo + Optec 0.7x FR + MCHP

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Gavin Bray]
      #2549890 - 07/30/08 08:39 AM

Very nice.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: cold space]
      #2549922 - 07/30/08 09:01 AM Attachment (151 downloads)

Omega Nebula - GstarEX - 2.56 second exposure - 20" Dob - 0.6FR

(ignore the coloured rings - they are a relic of my screen grab s/w!)


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Astrojunk]
      #2549926 - 07/30/08 09:06 AM

Thanks Gavin.

It was nice to get out after the summer break.

Nice pics of the Trifid. great to see it with two different scopes.


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: ZielkeNightsky]
      #2550261 - 07/30/08 12:06 PM

Nice shots guys.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: midway199]
      #2551106 - 07/30/08 07:05 PM

Wll done all.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Chris Schroeder]
      #2551233 - 07/30/08 08:06 PM

Nice photo Astrojunk, it really show the fine structure in the nebulae.

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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: ZielkeNightsky]
      #2551816 - 07/31/08 03:59 AM

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Nice photo Astrojunk, it really show the fine structure in the nebulae.




Thanks, I'm pleased with the overall image scale and brightness using a focul reducer, but the vixen one I have really distorts the edges.


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Re: Astro Video Image Gallery new [Re: Astrojunk]
      #2552268 - 07/31/08 10:56 AM

Gavin and Jonathan, VERY nice images! How do you guys grab such big nice images? What programs are you using?

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