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#1 TerryWood

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Posted 13 May 2018 - 12:33 AM

Severe thunderstorms rolled through tonight and the forecast was for more of the same. But, I peered outside after the big thunder bumpers went through and there was Jupiter shining steadily. I waivered on whether to go out or not. I couldn't use a big scope because of cool down time and the short window of opportunity. So, I took a chance and set up the Questar. I was able to make a series of captures with the ZWO 174MM and f/14  before it started to get cloudy again. I haven't done much processing other than stacking and and some wavelets in Registax. I have my LRGB filters and filter wheel on the way and should be here Monday. Unfortunately the forecast is for cloudy or rainy weather for the next few weeks. But, you never know...

 

 

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Posted 13 May 2018 - 12:38 AM

I think I need to work on these some more. They looked better on the laptop than my ipad, so I need to make adjustments. Looks washed out to me. V/R Terry
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Posted 13 May 2018 - 12:57 AM

Nice pics! I just came in from observing with the Mewlon 250. The seeing was razor sharp up to 225x which was good enough for tons of detail. 


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Posted 13 May 2018 - 01:03 AM

Amazing what you can do with the Q3.5 Terry! As you know, I always enjoy viewing your work.

 

Am I imagining things or does the third image look more detailed than the other two?


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Posted 13 May 2018 - 02:05 AM

It's your imagination. 2nd one for me 😁
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Posted 13 May 2018 - 06:45 AM

Hmmm, 1.st definitely best contrast on my screen question.gif


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Posted 13 May 2018 - 08:15 AM

Looks like what i would see in a 12.5" at 400x.


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Posted 13 May 2018 - 10:13 AM

Severe thunderstorms rolled through tonight and the forecast was for more of the same. But, I peered outside after the big thunder bumpers went through and there was Jupiter shining steadily. I waivered on whether to go out or not. I couldn't use a big scope because of cool down time and the short window of opportunity. So, I took a chance and set up the Questar. I was able to make a series of captures with the ZWO 174MM and f/14  before it started to get cloudy again. I haven't done much processing other than stacking and and some wavelets in Registax. I have my LRGB filters and filter wheel on the way and should be here Monday. Unfortunately the forecast is for cloudy or rainy weather for the next few weeks. But, you never know...

 

 

V/R

 

Terry

Those are great pictures.  Only shows how good the optics in a 3.5" questar are.   I can only imagine what a Q7 would be capable of in the right hands. 


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Posted 13 May 2018 - 10:55 AM

Great imaging.  David


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Posted 13 May 2018 - 03:10 PM

Thanks everybody, I sincerely appreciate it! The scale is small, but I like what this scope can do. Still need to shore up my processing skills though. It's going to be a challenge using the manual LRGB filter wheel and still get enough frames in three minutes. The ZWO electronic filter wheel wasn't in stock, so I'm going manual for now. Thanks again!

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 02:51 PM

I received the LRGB filters and filter wheel today. Ready for action late tonight if the weather clears. Thunder storms moving in now, but good chance for clearing later. I've never processed LRGB images, so I suppose there's going to be a learning curve. Can Registax combine the images? I also have Gimp and Adobe Lightroom, but not Photoshop. Hopefully one of those three has the ability.

 

V/R

 

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 03:06 PM

god luck.  Imaging is great fun. I should do more of it.  I bought enough gear. bawling.gif


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Posted 14 May 2018 - 03:36 PM

Terry, is that filter wheel specially threaded for the Questar?

 

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 04:22 PM

Johann, Thanks! I'm tempted to setup two scopes, but we'll see what my mood is like later tonight. The Q makes it easier because of it's size and no need for a power source since it runs off of a 9v battery. Bob, I have a Q 1.25" adapter that fits the axial port. The nosepiece of the filter wheel goes into that. Weather on the west side of these thunderstorms looks good, but boy they are intense right now. V/R Terry
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Posted 14 May 2018 - 05:13 PM

That setup looks so great.  I will have to try that with my Q someday


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Posted 14 May 2018 - 05:18 PM

Thanks, Terry. I'm going to eventually try that setup.  Here on Hutchinson Island, FL the weather has been clouds or rain storms since I put away the Mayflower 815 and set up the Questar. Looks like about a week before I get clear skies.

 

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 05:50 PM

Thanks, Terry. I'm going to eventually try that setup.  Here on Hutchinson Island, FL the weather has been clouds or rain storms since I put away the Mayflower 815 and set up the Questar. Looks like about a week before I get clear skies.

 

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You can blame me, i got a new scope today. It is rare to get rain in May.


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Posted 14 May 2018 - 08:39 PM

stormy here in VA. however my new mak/newt is not here yet.  does not make any sense.


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Posted 15 May 2018 - 03:16 AM

Nice setup Bob! That tripod looks super stable. Great setting too! The weather didn't pan out tonight. The weather radar showed clear skies (along with the clear sky chart), but it's been clouded over for hours for the most part. I can see Jupiter out there now, but it comes and goes, plus it's getting too low for imaging. Hoping it will clear so I can at least test the filters on Saturn. Johann, what Mak-Newt did you get? I've never used one before. Gary Hand tried to sell me one years ago when I was at his store. He thought they were they were fantastic! Chas, looking forward to seeing what you picked up too. V/R Terry
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Posted 15 May 2018 - 04:05 AM

This has got me wanting to do some 60mm and 76mm classic refractor imaging - is it allowed to use a Powermate? :)

 

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 07:23 AM

This has got me wanting to do some 60mm and 76mm classic refractor imaging - is it allowed to use a Powermate? smile.gif

 

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 07:24 AM

Thanks, Terry. I'm going to eventually try that setup.  Here on Hutchinson Island, FL the weather has been clouds or rain storms since I put away the Mayflower 815 and set up the Questar. Looks like about a week before I get clear skies.

 

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That sure is a pretty view of that scope.


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Posted 15 May 2018 - 10:46 AM

You can blame me, i got a new scope today. It is rare to get rain in May.

 

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 12:47 PM

My Q is on schedule to come out our next decent night. Might be a few days. T-storms are moving our way as well. I was out last night to nearly 1AM. We had a club meeting but no-one wanted to observe afterward so I came home and had my own star party for one. I really hadn't planned to but was sitting on the deck and Jupiter was climbing up out of the muck. It was one of those hazy, hot, humid early summer days here yesterday. At 10PM it was still around 81F and the dew point was around 69F. But the air was dead still and no high ice clouds to diffuse the image once Jupe got to a decent elevation. I knew if I didn't get a scope out I wouldn't get another chance for a few days so I took advantage of it and toted the FC76 out and am glad that I did. Best views so far this year.


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Posted 15 May 2018 - 12:49 PM

My is on schedule to come out our next decent night. Might be a few days. T-storms are moving our way as well. I was out last night to nearly 1AM. We had a club meeting but no-one wanted to observe afterward so I came home and had my own star party for one. I really hadn't planned to but was sitting on the deck and Jupiter was climbing up out of the muck. It was one of those hazy, hot, humid early summer days here yesterday. At 10PM it was still around 81F and the dew point was around 69F. But the air was dead still and no high ice clouds to diffuse the image once Jupe got to a decent elevation. I knew if I didn't get a scope out I wouldn't get another chance for a few days so I took advantage of it and toted the FC76 out and am glad that I did. Best views so far this year.

Awesome, They claim we will have storms here every night the rest of the week.   Hopefully the skies will clear for a quick look.  Getting with drawl symptoms.  


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