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#1 GrandadCast

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Posted 03 March 2016 - 05:20 PM

I was reminiscing about my days in Denver. Kathy at S&S Optika had recommend the Ultima 8, (best C8 made till the Edge). I remember one of the last images before heading to Houston and found this old fellow. This was taken with the Ultima C8 and a VHS camera. Those cam where the size of a mail box - high tech stuff. I may have the original tape somewhere, hopefully on CD and with the latest software, maybe I could pull some better data. 

 

Anyway - here is a single frame:

 

Comet Shoemaker Impact CN.jpg  

 

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Posted 03 March 2016 - 06:00 PM

How cool would it have been to have today's technology back then. Nice throw back....



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Posted 03 March 2016 - 06:31 PM

Nice picture GrandadCast! My one astronomical regret was not seeing the Shoemaker/Levy impact on Jupiter because I was not really into astronomy during that time period.  I know, what an idiot!  I have purchased several telescopes from Kathy at S & S Optika over the years and miss her and the shop now.  She and her husband have retired and moved to New Mexico much to our dismay here in Denver, however if anybody deserves retirement it was Kathy.  Classy folks!



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Posted 03 March 2016 - 06:31 PM

Thanks, 

Yea, the QHY5LII-M with the filter wheel running LRGB maybe a few narrow band........ :smirk:



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Posted 03 March 2016 - 06:31 PM

So great to see this, I was 10 years old only....



#6 GrandadCast

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Posted 03 March 2016 - 06:38 PM

Nice picture GrandadCast! My one astronomical regret was not seeing the Shoemaker/Levy impact on Jupiter because I was not really into astronomy during that time period.  I know, what an idiot!  I have purchased several telescopes from Kathy at S & S Optika over the years and miss her and the shop now.  She and her husband have retired and moved to New Mexico much to our dismay here in Denver, however if anybody deserves retirement it was Kathy.  Classy folks!

 

Without their store and guidance, I would of never stayed in this hobby. I cheap scope and into the closet like most. For a newbie she pointed me (and others) in the right direction. 



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Posted 04 March 2016 - 06:24 AM

I have an Ultima 2000 signed by David Levy. He speaks fondly of his friend and colleague Eugene Shoemaker. David searched almost 20 years before discovering his first comet. And, after more than 20 discoveries, he is still searching...

 

If my memory serves me right, Anthony Wesley caught a similar, but smaller comet impact on Jupiter just a few years ago. And, I imagine we will witness another before too long.

 

Thanks for sharing your experience and image.



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Posted 04 March 2016 - 07:30 PM

if you could find that vhs and digitize it, i have no doubt you could get a startlingly good image using modern software. get looking!!!



#9 Al Paslow

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Posted 05 March 2016 - 03:17 PM

I remember seeing this with the 12.5 inch we had set up at the time.

 

Nothing like it was ever seen before.

 

Good times!!

 

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Posted 05 March 2016 - 03:55 PM

This was taken with the Ultima C8 and a VHS camera. Those cam where the size of a mail box - high tech stuff. I may have the original tape somewhere, hopefully on CD and with the latest software, maybe I could pull some better data. 

 

Yes - I remember that, I was visually using a C8 (on a Vixen GP Mount) to follow the impact scars as they rotated into view.

 

Despite the blurry image - You did a very good job capturing them on a VHS Tape!!

 

I remember playing with a SLR (using prime focus) and never could really get anything much recorded onto Film.

A fuzzy ball was about the best I could manage back then.

 

A little later I purchased an Astro CCD Camera, it connected to my 286 Computer. I remember being amazed at the Unsharp Mask routine, but it did take over a minute to crunch a monochrome 500x256 pixel Image !!

LoL... it took over 30 secs to just download the image over the parallel port. :lol:

 

It would be very interesting to pass the frames through some modern software.

 

Regards

 

Andy.



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Posted 07 March 2016 - 07:38 AM

Thanks for the comments. I started looking for the tape and/or CD. I know I watch that video a few years back so its got to be around here somewhere. Maybe if I start looking for something else, I will come across it quicker, that always seem how these things work.

 

Jess




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