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Jupiter, Neximage 5, 5" Maksutov new
      #5451631 - 10/02/12 10:20 AM Attachment (413 downloads)

Taken this morning.

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Re: Jupiter, Neximage 5, 5" Maksutov new [Re: rg55]
      #5451764 - 10/02/12 11:44 AM Attachment (238 downloads)

Slightly different angle, different processing.

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Re: Jupiter, Neximage 5, 5" Maksutov new [Re: rg55]
      #5451803 - 10/02/12 12:01 PM

Looks like you got some decent seeing and getting the hang of the camera. Nice work, Richard.

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Re: Jupiter, Neximage 5, 5" Maksutov new [Re: ToxMan]
      #5451829 - 10/02/12 12:12 PM

Thanks! I get inspiration and great advice from this forum, that makes a big difference.

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Re: Jupiter, Neximage 5, 5" Maksutov new [Re: rg55]
      #5451939 - 10/02/12 01:12 PM

Richard,

I know little about imaging the planets, (but I am on a crash course), and I see obvious progress in your efforts. Looks like you are on the right track.

Brad


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Re: Jupiter, Neximage 5, 5" Maksutov new [Re: cheapersleeper]
      #5451994 - 10/02/12 01:46 PM

Thanks, Brad. I keep plugging away, within my retiree's budget and my limited sky conditions. Learning and improving is a lot of fun for me.

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Re: Jupiter, Neximage 5, 5" Maksutov new [Re: rg55]
      #5452058 - 10/02/12 02:22 PM

That's some great detail with a 5" scope! Excellent work.

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Re: Jupiter, Neximage 5, 5" Maksutov new [Re: rg55]
      #5452078 - 10/02/12 02:36 PM

Very nicely done Richard I really enjoy what I call "small bore" imaging with my 4" and 5.5" refractors...and you can get some great lunar and planetary images with those instruments. The real trick is ensuring that you run up the histogram and get good exposures. This is complicated by the fact that the smaller apertures are pulling in less light, but it is doable. When imaging Jupiter with my SW100ED, I often have the gain maxed out and the gamma at 100%. I overcome the extra noise by shooting lots of frames (5000 or more, at least 30 fps for 180 seconds with my DBKs ). Keep up the good work!

Clear Skies,
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Re: Jupiter, Neximage 5, 5" Maksutov new [Re: VikingRaider]
      #5452141 - 10/02/12 03:26 PM

Thank you, Steve.

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Re: Jupiter, Neximage 5, 5" Maksutov new [Re: BKBrown]
      #5452157 - 10/02/12 03:33 PM Attachment (115 downloads)

Thanks, Brian! I've been filling the histogram and catching as many frames as possible. These are about 2000 frames, with gamma at about 90-95%. Tweaking them in Camera Raw is good, too. I'm sure I would do a little better with filter wheels, but have to save up for those.

While I have a C8, I haven't been able to get the collimation just right...yet. Seeing what folks like Zambonii and Mike Phillips did with small apertures was great encouragement. Thanks for reading and your kind words.

Here's one more from the same session.

Edited by rg55 (10/02/12 05:25 PM)


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Re: Jupiter, Neximage 5, 5" Maksutov new [Re: rg55]
      #5452884 - 10/02/12 11:32 PM

Rich,

Nice images. That double red spot shows super well.

Pete


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Re: Jupiter, Neximage 5, 5" Maksutov new [Re: azure1961p]
      #5452972 - 10/03/12 01:02 AM

Those are some great images you got there! I think you have figured out the settings for sure now! Congrats!

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Re: Jupiter, Neximage 5, 5" Maksutov new [Re: oldstargazer]
      #5453496 - 10/03/12 12:36 PM

Richard, excellent images! I prefer the 2nd one best overall. Thanks for posting

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Re: Jupiter, Neximage 5, 5" Maksutov new [Re: sfugardi]
      #5468575 - 10/13/12 04:20 PM

Thanks, Pete, Ralph and Steve, for your comments and encouragement.

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Re: Jupiter, Neximage 5, 5" Maksutov new [Re: rg55]
      #5524195 - 11/17/12 11:26 AM

Nice !!

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Re: Jupiter, Neximage 5, 5" Maksutov new [Re: NeilMac]
      #5524246 - 11/17/12 11:54 AM

Damn that ain't bad for a 5" Mak! At least you're trying. I've yet to get off my fat asss and get with the program. Mike

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Re: Jupiter, Neximage 5, 5" Maksutov new [Re: mikey cee]
      #5524481 - 11/17/12 02:31 PM

Thanks for posting this!

This gives me some hope that when the clock and the sky decide to cooperate the camera is up to the task.

Lookin' good!


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Re: Jupiter, Neximage 5, 5" Maksutov new [Re: herrointment]
      #5524674 - 11/17/12 04:46 PM

Thanks, Mikey and Herr. That little scope was just made for Jupiter.

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Re: Jupiter, Neximage 5, 5" Maksutov new [Re: rg55]
      #5524994 - 11/17/12 07:59 PM

Very nice....!

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Re: Jupiter, Neximage 5, 5" Maksutov [Re: Kokatha man]
      #5525296 - 11/17/12 11:40 PM

That's really superb and testament to the fine work smaller-medium aperture can do in capable hands.

Pete


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