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#1 TerryWood

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Posted 20 August 2019 - 12:35 AM

Clouds were really ruining things tonight and I only was able to obtain two captures of Saturn before it completely clouded over. This one was actually captured through thickening clouds so I was surprised I got much at all. I really had to crank up the gain. So, it came out pretty noisy and I had to use more noise reduction than I typically do. I also downsized it 10% to help further reduce the appearance of noise.

 

I managed a six minute capture and ended up stacking a good chunk of the frames because the seeing was decent and, again, I was hoping to reduce the grain from the noise. If the forecast holds out I may have another shot at it on Wednesday night. Now, if the seeing cooperates I'll be in business.

 

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As always, thanks for stopping by to have a look!

 

V/R

 

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Posted 20 August 2019 - 02:29 AM

Gorgeous image Terry. Do miss Saturns' wonderful colors though wink.gif


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Posted 20 August 2019 - 02:48 AM

Thank you terry for sharing your lovely image of Saturn.


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Posted 20 August 2019 - 07:52 AM

Fabulous image!

 

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Posted 20 August 2019 - 08:56 AM

Another great image!


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Posted 20 August 2019 - 04:29 PM

Another amazing picture Terry. Your work never ceases to amaze me and draw great admiration of your skill and patience. I’m purely a visual observer but I really admire what others such as yourself can do to produce such wonderful pictures. Kudos! 


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Posted 21 August 2019 - 12:36 PM

Excellent!


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Posted 21 August 2019 - 04:28 PM

You're an awesome bunch, thank you all very much! 

 

I really like the image scale that the Quantum 6 provides. The only drawback with it imaging-wise is that it is more prone to vibrations compared to the Q3.5 on it's tri-srand (which is vibration-free). I'm sure I'll be out there the next clear night to do it all again!

 

V/R

 

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 01:20 AM

Here's a re-processed version. It still looks a little ratty and overcooked, but it is clearer.

 

V/R

 

Terry

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 06:45 AM

That's amazing.

Is a final finish I'd cheat and manually clone out the unsharp mask/brightening relic that appears on the edge of the planet's shadow.  


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Posted 23 August 2019 - 11:07 AM

Thanks! I tried again last night during a short clearing spell. Unfortunately I was only able to obtain one capture and it didn't turn out good. There may be some clearing tomorrow night. Pouring down rain right now. V/R Terry

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 09:06 AM

Here's a re-processed version. It still looks a little ratty and overcooked, but it is clearer.

 

V/R

 

Terry

Your first image is better. Nice work!


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Posted 27 August 2019 - 02:37 PM

Nice image- detail is amazing.


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Posted 27 August 2019 - 09:48 PM

Thanks, I really like the Quantum 6! Though it's a different animal (weight-wise) compared to the Q. I think it's something like 30 pounds, maybe a bit more. I've been very impressed with it!

 

V/R

 

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Posted 12 September 2019 - 08:49 AM

Great picture Terry...I am impressed. I have a new ASI294MC Pro camera and hope to post pictures soon.


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Posted 12 September 2019 - 09:40 AM

I vote for the first picture wink.gif


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Posted 12 September 2019 - 09:41 AM

Stepping up from a 3.5" to 6 " MCT is a serious upgrade in weight and size.


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Posted 19 September 2019 - 01:11 PM

Thanks again everybody! I might give it another whirl tonight. The window on getting Jupiter and Saturn images is quickly closing.

 

V/R

 

Terry




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