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haytor
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Re: new [Re: Skip]
      #5583991 - 12/22/12 12:01 PM

Hey Skip, i for one would be only to willing to trade our rain and cloudy skies for some of your clear skies, the weathers gone mad i tells ya, gone mad i say, starting to get a bad feeling it will never end, no imaging for me this side xmas thats for sure.

regards,

Tom.


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ghataa
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Reged: 06/20/11

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Re: new [Re: Skip]
      #5584040 - 12/22/12 12:48 PM

Many thanks to Tom, Peter, Haseeb and Milby. It will be clear but cold here tonight so I may try and add some Ha data to the above image.

Best,

George


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Tel
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Re: new [Re: ghataa]
      #5584503 - 12/22/12 06:44 PM Attachment (25 downloads)

Our CN colleague Mushroom Bill, (Andy), and myself, (being near neighbours), recently embarked on a small assessment to try to establish whether a planetary camera upgrade over and above our current Philips SPC900NC webcams would be in our interests.

(I hasten to add before progressing that Andy has given me permission to publish that which was mostly acceditable to him in this assessment).

AVIs taken 5th. Dec.2012.

Capture: (Andy)

'Scope: Nexstar 8SE at f/30: (Tal X3 Barlow).
Mount: Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro
Camera: Philips SP900NC Webcam.
Capture Software: SharpCap: 1600 frames at 20fps.

Prime Processing: (Andy)

Approx. 300 frames stacked in Autostakkert. Wavelet-ed in Registax 6.

Final processing : P/Shop CS2. (Tel)

Poised with the idea that we might indeed need newer, faster cameras if we were to overcome the Philips slower download and its associated artifacts, I think that we are, at least in this instance, satisfied with this particular one-off result and will therefore not be putting ourselves just yet to the extra expense !

There still seems to be some life in the ol' webcam yet !

Thank you for reading and viewing,

Best regards,
Andy and Tel


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ghataa
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Reged: 06/20/11

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Re: new [Re: Tel]
      #5585185 - 12/23/12 08:03 AM

Very impressive capture and processing. Excellent detail and of course catching the eye and a moon is perfect. I would say that the the data looks great!

Nice collaboration!

George


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Peter9
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Re: new [Re: ghataa]
      #5585192 - 12/23/12 08:12 AM

Great team work lads.

Thats a fine image of Jupiter. Lots of detail on which to feast the eyes.

Thanks for posting.

Regards. Peter.


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haytor
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Re: new [Re: Tel]
      #5585193 - 12/23/12 08:12 AM

The collaboration between Andy and yourself Tel, on this fine image of Jupiter, does indeed show that the Philips SPC web cam has a great more to offer, i`ve seen some fantastic images of the Moon and planets taken with that web cam that put all my efforts to shame, mostly i discovered that a lot of it is down to position of the planet but equally important, are the conditions of the sky on any given night.

Given the best position of a target plus great seeing is what makes the difference of either a good or great image.

This image tells me its a good image probably affected by bad seeing on the night of capture, however it has very nice cloud structure as well as the GRS and its current attendant, so nice work guy`s

best regards,

Tom.

Edited by haytor (12/23/12 10:51 AM)


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ghataa
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Reged: 06/20/11

Loc: Central, NJ
Re: new [Re: haytor]
      #5585251 - 12/23/12 09:17 AM

My effort to add Ha data to the Christmas tree cluster was futile. Even though a clear night was forecast the clouds were rolling in ferociously and all I could manage was a horribly noisy image. This will have to wait until after Christmas! I was happy that I had my fastest setup time ever. 57 mins from taking all the gear outside to taking 5 min guided test images of M45. It being below freezing may have added some additional incentive!

George


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haytor
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Re: new [Re: ghataa]
      #5585268 - 12/23/12 09:29 AM

So sorry your plans to add some Ha data did not work out George, as for setting up time,it was a pain in the neck for me, given there were plenty of times that during set up time the clouds rolled in, well, ask Santa nicely and be a good boy for the next 12 months, perhaps an observatory might be amongst your prezzies next year.

Much easier for me now with an obs i must say, just that the weather refuses to play ball at the moment

best regards,

Tom.

Edited by haytor (12/23/12 09:29 AM)


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ghataa
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Re: new [Re: haytor]
      #5585298 - 12/23/12 09:59 AM

Hi Tom,

I know you guys in the UK really struggle with the weather so it must be very frustrating. I would love to do an observatory but my property just doesn't work for one at all. I will mostly move to a rolling tripod arrangement when I add a higher capacity/heavier mount. Right now I can keep my refractor on the CG5 with the mini guider and carry it all outside in one step.

I hope we all get some clear skies soon!

Best,

George


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Maverick199
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Re: new [Re: Tel]
      #5585342 - 12/23/12 10:32 AM

That's a wonderful image of Jupiter. Well done as a team both Andy and Tel.

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milby
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Reged: 03/11/12

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Re: new [Re: Maverick199]
      #5586130 - 12/23/12 06:56 PM Attachment (21 downloads)

Rosette in Ha from 12-22. It's getting COLD outside! Love the Jupiter work you guys are doing.

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CelestronDaddy
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Re: new [Re: milby]
      #5586182 - 12/23/12 07:48 PM

Milby - Very nice! ... Tony

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haytor
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Re: new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #5586845 - 12/24/12 09:23 AM

Looking great milby,the Ha data looks very good indeed.

regards,

Tom.


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Maverick199
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Re: new [Re: milby]
      #5586853 - 12/24/12 09:25 AM

Very beautiful Rosette. Not trying to be too critical, but that 'sparkle' which I normally see in your Ha images is slightly lower on this one. Did you process it this way?

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ghataa
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Reged: 06/20/11

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Re: new [Re: Maverick199]
      #5586922 - 12/24/12 10:09 AM

Excellent detail Milby. Can you boost the levels/brightness etc a bit more? On my screen it seems a little dark. As always, horses for courses!

Best,

George


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Re: new [Re: ghataa]
      #5587267 - 12/24/12 01:44 PM

Wonderful image Milby.

Thanks for posting.

Regards. Peter.


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milby
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Re: new [Re: Peter9]
      #5588273 - 12/25/12 10:15 AM Attachment (15 downloads)

Rosette Nebula processed for a little more "drama."

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milby
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Re: [Re: milby]
      #5588283 - 12/25/12 10:28 AM Attachment (17 downloads)

The Horsehead complex in visual light

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Maverick199
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Re: [Re: milby]
      #5588415 - 12/25/12 12:29 PM

The HH is awesome. The reprocessed Rosette is good but now the orange tinge seems a bit more. Never mind though, the image itself is excellent.

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Re: [Re: milby]
      #5588423 - 12/25/12 12:33 PM

milby - another nice one!

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