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haytor
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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: hopskipson]
      #5843185 - 05/06/13 10:02 AM

Very nice imaging James, really nice results for poor seeing, can`t wait to see what you get under good seeing.

Hope you dont mind, i took one of your images and tinkered a little, all the images seem to have noise in them, so i popped the image into Photoshop and used the Ximagic plug in to smooth out the noise, then made an adjustment to the colour balance, not sure my colour version is any where near correct or not, so you be the judge.I also used a high pass filter to sharpen up the detail again after i used the Ximagic plug in, which tends to soften detail.

Hope you like....Nice captures




or this..



or finally this, slight adjustment using curves.


best regards,

Tom.

Edited by haytor (05/06/13 11:07 AM)


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: haytor]
      #5843353 - 05/06/13 11:46 AM

Thanks Tom, I like! I need to learn more of the processing part of AP. I still haven't invested in PS. Maybe this summer.

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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: hopskipson]
      #5843451 - 05/06/13 12:25 PM

Thanks James, glad you were happy with my tinkering,the data is very good that you captured given the poor seeing you had, as said, can`t wait to see what you can produce when seeing conditions improve. Nice work.

regards,

Tom.


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: Maverick199]
      #5843546 - 05/06/13 01:06 PM

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Very good attempt Tel. Wonder how it would look in colour?

Hi Peter, here too weather is hot and humid and cloudy. When the weather is clear, I am either at work or too tired to get up the next day.




Hi Haseeb,
Sorry to hear of your weather woo's. Things do seem to be hell bent on working against us at times.

Here's hoping things get better for both of us, and the rest of our friends on C.N.

Great Saturn image James. Keep them coming.

Regards. Peter.


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: Peter9]
      #5846822 - 05/07/13 10:43 PM Attachment (14 downloads)

Here are a couple more images from the same session. I utilized a larger stack size and did most of the processing in Registax6. I think I did a better job. I hope you like.

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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: hopskipson]
      #5846824 - 05/07/13 10:44 PM Attachment (12 downloads)

Not sure which one I like most. This one has more color in the rings and I'm not sure it is appropriate.

Edited by hopskipson (05/07/13 10:47 PM)


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: hopskipson]
      #5847175 - 05/08/13 05:47 AM

Hi James,

It's what you like that counts !

I'm sure we'd all agree that we don't image for any scientific reason but just aim to produce the best representation of a celestial object pleasing to ourselves and hopefully to others.

(By the way, excellent images of Saturn above. Personally I like the upper one of the two with the bluer ring structure and that more defined redness in the top cloud belt underneath the ring).

No doubt others will have different opinions, but that's what it's all about !

Best regards,
Tel


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: Tel]
      #5847195 - 05/08/13 06:24 AM

Totally agree with Tel, top image for me, but both are very good indeed, great work James, you certainly are getting the hang on this planetary imaging, processing looks good and nice and well focused.

Unlike Jupiter, which has much stronger colour, Saturn to my mind, is more pastle and subdued in colour, so thats why i like the top image.

regards,

Tom.


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: haytor]
      #5847224 - 05/08/13 07:15 AM

Thanks for the words of encouragement and all your tips on processing. I was totally surprised by the bluer rings. I'm not sure which operation in Regi6 produced it . The camera has made a BIG difference in my enjoyment and abilities. Can't wait to see what it can do under better conditions.

Clear skies!


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions new [Re: hopskipson]
      #5847283 - 05/08/13 08:16 AM

Very nice pics James. What camera are you using? You might have said but knowing me, I probably missed it.

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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions [Re: ben2112]
      #5847887 - 05/08/13 02:21 PM

Thanks Ben. I'm using the ZWO ASI210mc. Using FireCapture for acquisition I was able to get the frame rate to 40-60 fps but I needed to boost the gain. I'm using my C8 with a TV 2x powermate mounted on the cgem mainly for stability issues. The seeing was poor at 1.5-2 out of 5. I still have more videos to process but I think the above are the best of the bunch.

I was going to go with the NexImage 5 but I had such bad results with the original.


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions [Re: hopskipson]
      #5848400 - 05/08/13 06:22 PM

That is a cool camera. I have never used the original Neximage, but the Neximage 5 has been a wonderful camera so far.

I took this with the Neximage 5.


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions [Re: ben2112]
      #5850613 - 05/09/13 06:28 PM

That's a GREAT image Ben.

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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions [Re: eros312]
      #5850905 - 05/09/13 08:48 PM

That is a GREAT image Ben especially for the SE mount. I can live with the shakes for visual but the cgem is very solid. My "observatory" is on a flat garage roof with a 20+ foot span. I have to hold my breath for each capture. Wind is my enemy. The hardest thing with the neximage was acquiring and holding the image in the FOV. With the ASI I can use 1280x960 to find the image then go to 300x250 to capture the vid.

I think I remember you saying that image is w/o a barlow? How did you capture so much detail? What processing software are you using?

Edited by hopskipson (05/09/13 08:51 PM)


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions [Re: hopskipson]
      #5850955 - 05/09/13 09:26 PM

Thanks Ken and Hopskipson. Not sure what I have done but my tracking with SE for me works great.

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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions [Re: ben2112]
      #5864769 - 05/16/13 02:55 PM Attachment (15 downloads)

Hey guys, great to see all of the work being done here! I just came off a fantastic week of weather in Victoria that coincided with my friend and I partially solving a tracking error we have been having. I'll start off with some data from back in March though, or it will never see the light of day!

This is 35 minutes of 5 minute exposures of the Black Eye Galaxy through a Televue np127is guided on a Paramount ME with a QSI 583c@-20*C. It isn't that amazing to look at due to the short focal length, but I thought it was interesting regardless.


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions [Re: Uggbits]
      #5865694 - 05/16/13 07:34 PM

Nice Image !

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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions [Re: hopskipson]
      #5866386 - 05/17/13 02:58 AM Attachment (15 downloads)

Again some data from March. This was 40 minutes of the Sunflower galaxy with the same setup and sub exposures mentioned in the image of the black eye I posted.

I annotated this one for fun to show some background stuff.


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions [Re: Uggbits]
      #5866470 - 05/17/13 06:12 AM

That image of the Black Eye Galaxy is excellent, Uggs, and despite the short focal length of the 'scope, there's still quite a bit of detail to be gleaned from it.

(P.S.I don't like the equipment costs though, that it took to get it) !

Thanks for showing and best regards,
Tel


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Re:NexStar AP Graduates Images and Discussions [Re: Tel]
      #5866512 - 05/17/13 07:08 AM

Fine work as always from you Uggbits, very much like the detail you caught in the Black eye galaxy, likewise the sunflower.

regards,

Tom.


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