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Small bore challenge: the Moon w/ 6" or less

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#51 kakadush

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Posted 18 June 2015 - 08:03 PM

This is my first moon mosaic done with my 5" celestron 130 slt reflector :

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Posted 19 June 2015 - 05:02 AM

James- i think your Aristarchus shot with the 80 mm is the most impressive

Thanks, it's certainly one of the smallest scopes that was used for the challenge. However, there are definitely some very good shots done by others with better overall resolution.



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Posted 19 June 2015 - 08:46 PM

Couple of shots with Iphone 6 through Lunt 152ED.

 

 

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Posted 20 June 2015 - 09:42 AM

I took this with my new SW 120ED back in Sept last year. Used an Olympus E5 and made a slight adjustment in contrast. I LOVE this scope! Gerryattachicon.giftn_Moon 120ed PRO 100 005.JPG

 Nice shot Gerry :waytogo: I am seriously looking at the SW120ED Pro as an outreach scope, I really like what I have seen so far...

 

Clear Skies,

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Posted 20 June 2015 - 09:48 AM

Dan,

 

That is a way cool mosaic, very nicely done sir :waytogo:  I like the way you controlled the contrast and DR issues to capture the surface detail, particularly the networks of ejecta from various craters. It is often not very easy to get a well balanced image (or images in this case) that depict this phase of the lunar cycle...kudos to you :smile:

 

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Posted 20 June 2015 - 09:51 AM

Nice happy snaps SteelStar, how is that big Lunt 152 working out on the Atlas?

 

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Posted 20 June 2015 - 01:56 PM

 

I took this with my new SW 120ED back in Sept last year. Used an Olympus E5 and made a slight adjustment in contrast. I LOVE this scope! Gerryattachicon.giftn_Moon 120ed PRO 100 005.JPG

 Nice shot Gerry :waytogo: I am seriously looking at the SW120ED Pro as an outreach scope, I really like what I have seen so far...

 

Clear Skies,

Brian :snoopy:

 

Thanks Brian. I highly recommend it. Light and very sharp with almost color free images. You see them used on CN once in awhile.



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Posted 25 June 2015 - 04:47 AM

Okay, first night out with a new ZWO ASI174MM and my "old" Tele Vue NP127is. Was using a 4X Powermate and captured mono with a red filter. This is very nearly the full frame of the sensor, but I reduced the image size to fit the CN guidelines (the ASI174MM has 1936 x 1216 pixels). This was the best 40% out of about 1024 frames, captured in FITs, 12-bit. This was a pretty quick processing, I'm sure I will be able to do better once I get a bit more time with the camera and have some better seeing conditions.

 

 

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Posted 25 June 2015 - 11:29 AM

Seeing was pretty poor last night, really swimming around.

I did get this fairly decent image of the area around Plato and the Appenines with my 6 inch F10 Jaegers refractor. Orion mono imager, 30 second avi processed with AS!2 and registax.

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Posted 27 June 2015 - 11:49 PM

More from my first night with a ZWO ASI174MM and my Tele Vue NP127is. Captured using a 4X Powermate in mono with a red filter. This is very nearly the full frame of the sensor, but I reduced the image size to fit the CN guidelines (the ASI174MM has 1936 x 1216 pixels). This was the best 60% out of about 896 frames, captured in FITs, 12-bit.

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Posted 02 July 2015 - 01:13 AM

Hello,

 

a small mosaic, from Tycho to Clavius, with my SCT 6" and a QHYCCD miniCAM5F camera :

 

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Posted 02 July 2015 - 07:18 AM

Couple of shots with Iphone 6 through Lunt 152ED.

 

I'd love to pick your brain on how you're getting such well-focused shots of the moon with your iPhone.  

 

This is the best I could do (so far).  That was built from a video shot with Night Cap Pro.



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Posted 02 July 2015 - 10:33 AM

 

Couple of shots with Iphone 6 through Lunt 152ED.

 

I'd love to pick your brain on how you're getting such well-focused shots of the moon with your iPhone.  

 

This is the best I could do (so far).  That was built from a video shot with Night Cap Pro.

 

First off, that's a nice pic. It's hard to capture detail on the full Moon as opposed to when there's a terminator.

 

Second, my pics are no more than RegiStax6 processed images from 1 minute videos that are stacked using just the native camera. You have to convert the Apple .MOV file to .AVI so RegiStax will load it, but after that just stack and process how you want.

 

My telescope is tracking on an Atlas mount and I'm shooting through eyepieces with a SteadyPix smartphone adapter attached.


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Posted 02 July 2015 - 10:56 AM

First off, that's a nice pic. It's hard to capture detail on the full Moon as opposed to when there's a terminator.

 

Second, my pics are no more than RegiStax6 processed images from 1 minute videos that are stacked using just the native camera. You have to convert the Apple .MOV file to .AVI so RegiStax will load it, but after that just stack and process how you want.

My telescope is tracking on an Atlas mount and I'm shooting through eyepieces with a SteadyPix smartphone adapter attached.

 

I only used one relatively short video capture for mine, and a little RegiStax treatment.  Perhaps I'll take a few more video clips next time.  I'm sure having a tracking mount doesn't hurt!  Thanks for the feedback!



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Posted 02 July 2015 - 11:16 AM

 

First off, that's a nice pic. It's hard to capture detail on the full Moon as opposed to when there's a terminator.

 

Second, my pics are no more than RegiStax6 processed images from 1 minute videos that are stacked using just the native camera. You have to convert the Apple .MOV file to .AVI so RegiStax will load it, but after that just stack and process how you want.

My telescope is tracking on an Atlas mount and I'm shooting through eyepieces with a SteadyPix smartphone adapter attached.

 

I only used one relatively short video capture for mine, and a little RegiStax treatment.  Perhaps I'll take a few more video clips next time.  I'm sure having a tracking mount doesn't hurt!  Thanks for the feedback!

 

 

Be sure to tap the screen to activate the camera focus box before you shoot. The IPhone 6 has an exposure slider next to it.



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Posted 02 July 2015 - 10:01 PM

Here is a two panel mosaic of the gibbous moon that I took a few days ago using my Stellarvue SV80ST2, a 2X Powermate, and a ZWO ASI174MM camera. This is a monochrome image that was taken with a Astronomik Planet IR Pro 642 BP filter. I plan on working on an RGB image that I captured on the same evening, but I had intermittent high clouds that caused many problems with image quality and exposure control.

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Posted 17 July 2015 - 02:00 PM

I simply love Small bore challenge threads:

here is mine contribution with 4" f/10 APO, 2x Barlow and Skyris 274C

 

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Posted 26 July 2015 - 09:37 AM

Here is a two panel mosaic of the gibbous moon that I took a few days ago using my Stellarvue SV80ST2, a 2X Powermate, and a ZWO ASI174MM camera. This is a monochrome image that was taken with a Astronomik Planet IR Pro 642 BP filter. I plan on working on an RGB image that I captured on the same evening, but I had intermittent high clouds that caused many problems with image quality and exposure control.

 

So how are you liking the ASI174mm for lunar work so far? Any thoughts on how it differs from other cameras you have used? You are getting very nice results with your kit, please keep the images coming :smile:

 

Clear Skies,

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Posted 26 July 2015 - 09:42 AM

I simply love Small bore challenge threads:

here is mine contribution with 4" f/10 APO, 2x Barlow and Skyris 274C

 Me too :smile: That is a very nice Montes Apenninus region shot...lots of cool stuff there :waytogo:

 

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Posted 26 July 2015 - 05:06 PM

So how are you liking the ASI174mm for lunar work so far? Any thoughts on how it differs from other cameras you have used? You are getting very nice results with your kit, please keep the images coming :smile:

 

Clear Skies,

Brian :snoopy:

 

I had never used a monochrome camera for lunar or planetary photography before I got the ASI174MM so I can only compare it to the OSC work I've done (first realization -- mono is a LOT more work). I also have NOT yet used it with USB3 and thus no SuperSpeed captures to report. I purchased the ASI174MM mainly for the wide field of coverage, since it captures about 4 times the area as my ASI120MC. One thing about the format of the ASI174MM, it's long and thin, a 16:10 format rather than the more common 4:3 aspect.

 

The ASI174MM seems fine but I've not really had enough time to try it out since for the last two months I've had very little clear sky time at night (most of the above captures were done under partly cloudy skies, in kind of a rush to finish before the clouds completely closed in). However, I did assembly a filter-drawer camera setup using the ASI174MM and my Nikon DSLR lenses. With that I've done some IR photography during the day and I also captured the North America nebula in hydrogen alpha using a 105mm Nikkor lens (done almost literally through clouds and in only a few minutes when working at f/2.8).

 

Here is a photo of that camera setup: ASI174MM, filter drawer, and in this case with a Nikon 50mm lens.

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Posted 27 July 2015 - 09:31 PM

My first attempt on the moon that wasn't with my phone! With  ASI120MC on 5" Meade

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Posted 27 July 2015 - 09:53 PM

Hi, this is my contribution to the thread; I took this a few nights ago with my Explore Scientific AR152 achromat and my ASI174MM. This was taken on an untracked mount, so the capture was short. Hope you like it!

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Posted 30 July 2015 - 11:13 PM

Back on 5/2/2015, with my C6 SCT.  Seeing wasn't very good that night.

 

Sinus Iridium:

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Copernicus:

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Posted 30 July 2015 - 11:15 PM

Aaand, with my C80ED on 3/28/2015:

 

Plato and Vallis Alpes:

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Mare Insularum:

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Posted 30 July 2015 - 11:48 PM

Aaand, with my C80ED on 3/28/2015:

 

Plato and Vallis Alpes:

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Mare Insularum:

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Very nice Darin on these and the shots with the C6. I like the way you processed the images without the stark contrast that some images have. Gerry


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