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#76 GoldSpider

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Posted 21 May 2016 - 11:44 AM

 

Love it! Beaut! The heart is showcased nicely.  Also, your avator is Frac? I forgot that grasshoppers name.

 

 

It's Zorak from Space Ghost Coast to Coast.  :)



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Posted 21 May 2016 - 11:48 AM

Gotcha. i just know hes the mischieviouis one.

 

 

Love it! Beaut! The heart is showcased nicely.  Also, your avator is Frac? I forgot that grasshoppers name.

 

 

It's Zorak from Space Ghost Coast to Coast.   :)

 



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Posted 22 May 2016 - 02:01 AM

Turned out to be more difficult than I thought. My first Mars attempt.
I can only get it low on the horizon as my neighbors trees start to get in the way...
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Posted 22 May 2016 - 07:37 AM

Mars Friday evening. Questar 3.5". Good seeing but some high altitude clouds. Bit hazy...

Deconvolution with FITSworks

 

Mars20160521-005151_e11111111_ap66_2.jpg

 


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Posted 22 May 2016 - 02:50 PM

Here are my images from Friday night/Saturday morning of Mars. The sky was reasonably clear, minor clouds passing buy. Transparency was not good but seeing was 4/5. Mars was exceptional in resolution, near steady images in my ZWO ASI224MC, passively cooled camera (with attached 50mm fan). Nexstar 6SE, 3.4X barlow. 4000 approx. frames, 85 FPS.

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#81 Lilvipa

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Posted 22 May 2016 - 03:03 PM

Hey, you got alot of detail. I see a volcano! Great job. Im having worse luck lately due to turby skies.

Turned out to be more difficult than I thought. My first Mars attempt.
I can only get it low on the horizon as my neighbors trees start to get in the way...
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Posted 22 May 2016 - 03:17 PM

I did another run through in Registax. I used Dyadic instead of Gaussian. It came out a bit sharper with more detail.

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Posted 22 May 2016 - 05:54 PM

Here is the difference from Dyadic to Gaussian. First is Gaussian and the next is Dyadic.

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Posted 22 May 2016 - 08:33 PM

I haven't used the C6 on Mars this year, but I thought I'd share a couple of older images.

On December 24, 2007 Mars was just under 16 arc-seconds diameter.

On March 7, 2012 Mars was only about 14 arc-seconds.

My old Neximage camera ran at USB 1 speeds, about 10 fps.

It helped that Mars was much higher in the sky!

 

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Posted 22 May 2016 - 10:04 PM

Here is the difference from Dyadic to Gaussian. First is Gaussian and the next is Dyadic.

 

 

You  are brave to use Dyadic!!!!  I treat it like this demon that can have benefit for the most pale amorphous subject matter, but one wrong turn, (or click) and the beast rears it's head!  You used it and came out alive! 

 

 

Seriously though, nice images. I was going to set up tonight for mars behind my condo but a party hanging off someone else's backyard squashed that idea.  Nice work.

 

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Posted 22 May 2016 - 10:12 PM

The options are Dyadic versus Linear for the scheme and Default versus Gaussian for the filter. I spent some time experimenting with all options and made a video which might speed you along with understanding these controls. Actually there are two videos concerning RegiStax.


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Posted 23 May 2016 - 01:29 AM

Here is my best Mars yet... 3X drizzle in Autostakkert!2, just a rotate in Registax. No wavelets needed.

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Posted 23 May 2016 - 01:38 AM

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Man o man is Mars low in the sky and it doesn't help that my girlfriend's house is next door to a nickle mine.  Operations mostly below ground but alot of light pollution ntl.  Tough target tonight but I came in with something at least.  Bon ciel and I love these pictures coming out out of this thread! :bow:


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Posted 23 May 2016 - 10:58 AM

I'm finally going to get a chance at Mars tonight.  It's quite low in the sky for us, so I'm hoping the ZWO ADC, plus some 685nm IR-imaging with the ASI224 will net significantly better results with my C6 SCT than I was able to get two years ago using my Canon T4i DSLR.



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Posted 23 May 2016 - 12:15 PM

Good luck.  Mars is tough, but the silver lining is that you can take pretty long exposures without blurring data.  I use PIPP to join videos and get as many decent frames as possible.

I'm finally going to get a chance at Mars tonight.  It's quite low in the sky for us, so I'm hoping the ZWO ADC, plus some 685nm IR-imaging with the ASI224 will net significantly better results with my C6 SCT than I was able to get two years ago using my Canon T4i DSLR.

 


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Posted 23 May 2016 - 01:34 PM

Heya,

 

I took my first shot at Mars last night with my humble setup.

 

Celestron C6-A (6" SCT)

GSO 2.0x Barlow

Orion Sirius

Canon 7D (APS-C)

Backyard EOS (planetary -> 5x Live View)

4,000 frames of video (25% in PIPP, 40% in Registax6, finished in CS5)

 

27163725036_e0742ba019_z.jpgMars_05232016 by Martin Wise, on Flickr

 

Very best,


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Posted 23 May 2016 - 05:56 PM

Mars 5-21-2016 with Lunt 152ED refractor. One minute video shot with Iphone 6 through 6mm Radian with 2x barlow (400x). Bad seeing with thin cloud and haze, full Moon nearby. 

 

PIPP, RegiStax6. Light processing and wavelets to keep more natural looking like was observed through eyepiece.

 

 

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Posted 23 May 2016 - 06:26 PM

This is Mars from the night of the May 19-20th

 

https://flic.kr/p/HoVjKq

 

 

 

My first images/video of Mars in a long time. These forums have been invaluable in helping with planetary imaging. Love my new camera ZWO ASI224MC as my last one was a Quickcam Pro 4000 :-)

 

Equipment:
Intes Micro Maksutov-Newton MN-61
Atlas EQ-G
Baader IR Filter
Tele Vue 4X Powermate
ASI224MC

 

Workflow:
PIPP
Autostakkert! 2
CS6
PIPP create video

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Posted 23 May 2016 - 08:46 PM

How many frames can you shoot per second for Mars without comprimising details? I def. want to grade my spc900nc which is stuck at 10fps. 

This is Mars from the night of the May 19-20th

 

https://flic.kr/p/HoVjKq

 

 

 

My first images/video of Mars in a long time. These forums have been invaluable in helping with planetary imaging. Love my new camera ZWO ASI224MC as my last one was a Quickcam Pro 4000 :-)

 

Equipment:
Intes Micro Maksutov-Newton MN-61
Atlas EQ-G
Baader IR Filter
Tele Vue 4X Powermate
ASI224MC

 

Workflow:
PIPP
Autostakkert! 2
CS6
PIPP create video



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Posted 23 May 2016 - 09:35 PM

That's interesting to see that on the most recent pictures, albedo has significantly decreased. Most of clouds are invisible these day. No icecap neither...



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Posted 23 May 2016 - 09:57 PM

That's interesting to see that on the most recent pictures, albedo has significantly decreased. Most of clouds are invisible these day. No icecap neither...

You're right about the cloud, especially the South Polar Hood.  But the ice caps are still there.  Some of the recent images could perhaps benefit from some colour balance adjustments.  I did this to one of FXM's excellent Mars images from above, and both polar caps are visible:

 

FXM_Mars1.jpg

 

By the way, FXM, these are terrific images - very clear surface details.


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Posted 24 May 2016 - 01:22 AM

Great work appearing here!  Here is a composite of my latest (20 May) showing the slight improvement I got using WinJUPOS to derotate, together with my previous 7 May effort.

 

Regards, Mark

 

Using 127 mm Mak Cass, Neximage 5.  Taken in an urban setting (Strasbourg, France).

 

20 May

(a): 4 x 6 mins, 2x Barlow, PIPP, AS2, Registax, WinJUPOS, GIMP.

(b): 6 mins, no Barlow, PIPP, AS2, Registax, GIMP.

 

7 May:  3 mins, no Barlow, PIPP, AS2, Registax, GIMP.

 

Mars approach 7 and 20 May 2016.jpg

 

 

 


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Posted 24 May 2016 - 01:36 AM

 

How many frames can you shoot per second for Mars without comprimising details? I def. want to grade my spc900nc which is stuck at 10fps. 

 

Here are the settings I used from that evening. With the ROI (Region of Interest) only 288x288 I was averaging FPS (avg.)=151. The camera is amazing when using a USB 3.0 port.

 

FireCapture v2.4  Settings
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Camera=ZWO ASI224MC
Filter=L
Profile=Mars
Diameter=18.23"
Magnitude=-2.02
CM=284.5∞  (during mid of capture)
FocalLength=5750mm
Resolution=0.21"
Filename=2016-05-20-0604_2-L-79.avi
Date=200516
Start=060412.411
Mid=060504.761
End=060557.111
Start(UT)=060412.411
Mid(UT)=060504.761
End(UT)=060557.111
Duration=104.700s
Date_format=ddMMyy
Time_format=HHmmss
LT=UT -5h
Frames captured=15866
File type=AVI
Extended AVI mode=true
Compressed AVI=false
Binning=no
ROI=288x288
ROI(Offset)=0x0
FPS (avg.)=151
Shutter=6.533ms
Gain=260
SoftwareGain=10 (off)
HighSpeed=off
USBTraffic=100
AutoExposure=off
Gamma=50
WBlue=95
Brightness=1
WRed=52
HardwareBin=off
Histogramm(min)=0
Histogramm(max)=200
Histogramm=78%
Noise(avg.deviation)=n/a
Limit=240 Seconds
Sensor temperature=59.9 ∞F


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Posted 24 May 2016 - 01:39 AM

 

That's interesting to see that on the most recent pictures, albedo has significantly decreased. Most of clouds are invisible these day. No icecap neither...

You're right about the cloud, especially the South Polar Hood.  But the ice caps are still there.  Some of the recent images could perhaps benefit from some colour balance adjustments.  I did this to one of FXM's excellent Mars images from above, and both polar caps are visible:

 

attachicon.gifFXM_Mars1.jpg

 

By the way, FXM, these are terrific images - very clear surface details.

 

Wow that's from the images? I need to still learn a lot about post processing. :-)


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Posted 24 May 2016 - 02:06 AM

 

 

That's interesting to see that on the most recent pictures, albedo has significantly decreased. Most of clouds are invisible these day. No icecap neither...

You're right about the cloud, especially the South Polar Hood.  But the ice caps are still there.  Some of the recent images could perhaps benefit from some colour balance adjustments.  I did this to one of FXM's excellent Mars images from above, and both polar caps are visible:

 

attachicon.gifFXM_Mars1.jpg

 

By the way, FXM, these are terrific images - very clear surface details.

 

Wow that's from the images? I need to still learn a lot about post processing. :-)

 

Yes, that's your image.  I think I just did an "Auto Levels" in Photoshop, which balanced the colours and brightened the image.   It also leads to an image lacking in colour saturation, so I faded the "Auto Levels" (to around 60%), increased overall saturation, and separately increased red slightly.


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