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#26 TerryWood

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Posted 15 August 2020 - 11:01 AM

I haven't used my C-8 a lot for imaging, but here's one of Jupiter from 2016. C-8 is a mid 1970s sandcast on an early locking triangle tripod.

 

V/R

 

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Posted 15 August 2020 - 11:28 AM

Thank you Ryan!My equipment-Celestron C8 Edge hd,mount-eq5 syn-skan.Camera color ZWO Asi 224,barlow lins celestron x-cel 3x.ADC ZWO,Baader UV/IR Cut.Each photo is the result of derotation to winjupos.
Jupiter -8 movies 120 seconds,Saturn -5 movies 180 seconds,Mars-5 movies 300 seconds.
Programs for processing-PIPP,Autostakkert!,Registax 6,Winjupos,Photoshop CC.
Wavelets-Registax,final sharpening and noise reduction -photoshop, filter imagenomic noiseware professional.
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#28 Toddeo

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Posted 15 August 2020 - 02:02 PM

This was taken-last year , prior to selling the C8.

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Posted 15 August 2020 - 02:31 PM

DORF. Congratulations. Those are superb images.
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Posted 15 August 2020 - 03:20 PM

Thank you Paul! 



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Posted 16 August 2020 - 04:11 AM

@DORF ... as other said, your images are spectacular!

 

I would love to see what one of your movies for Jupiter and Saturn looks like to see exactly how much benefit winjupos brings.

 

In any case here is the best I have been able to get so far from my 8" EdgeHD with the ASI462

 

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Saturn_2020_08_10.JPG

 

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 09:49 AM

I found videos from which photos of Jupiter and Saturn were taken.

https://youtu.be/bWMtH3CkSF4

https://youtu.be/ZigmV2pC8Og

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 11:45 AM

Great images everyone!

 

 

This image of Jupiter was taken back in 2015 with a Celestron Edge 8 (probably my favorite scope of all time). Camera was a ASI120MC with a 2x ultima barlow.

 

One of my best Jupiter images with the Edge 8.

 

 

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#34 JimNaySeeUm

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 12:51 PM

No doubt Dorf pictures are the top, but man that sounds like a lot of work.  If you get good seeing conditions, you can get some pretty good pics with a lot less effort.  Like someone else said, it is not a competition, but the ones I posted on the first page weren't bad and and they were just from one 180 second video of  Jupiter and 300 second video of Saturn stacked with Autostakker and sharpened with Registax.  Maybe I could have made them a little nicer with Pipp, deroatation with winjupos, and photoshop or some other photo editor.  


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#35 JimNaySeeUm

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 12:55 PM

I found videos from which photos of Jupiter and Saturn were taken.

https://youtu.be/bWMtH3CkSF4

https://youtu.be/ZigmV2pC8Og

You had some pretty good seeing conditions.



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Posted 17 August 2020 - 08:48 PM

Ultima 2000, Nautilus filter wheel, Orion RGB filters, Televue Powermate 2.5x, DMK21, no ADC, Jupiter was nearly overhead.

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#37 ToxMan

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Posted 17 August 2020 - 08:57 PM

Mars, with same setup.

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Posted 17 August 2020 - 08:58 PM

Ultima 2000, Nautilus filter wheel, Orion RGB filters, Televue Powermate 2.5x, DMK21, no ADC, Jupiter was nearly overhead.

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Nearly overhead???  What time was that?  I'm only 75 miles South of Tucson.


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#39 KiwiRay

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Posted 17 August 2020 - 09:02 PM

Nearly overhead???  What time was that?  I'm only 75 miles South of Tucson.

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Posted 17 August 2020 - 09:06 PM

Saturn, Feb 25th, 2011, 0908UT (with "Dragon" storm)
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Posted 17 August 2020 - 09:10 PM

Seeing and where they culminate are the 2 most important factors beyond my control...today, Mars is in a good place. But, our seeing has been atrocious. Yes, these are a "blast from the past." And, I still use the DMK for some work.

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#42 Toddeo

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Posted 17 August 2020 - 09:33 PM

2011.

Ah yes, 2011-those were the days.



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Posted 18 August 2020 - 10:12 AM

I jumped in with those old 2011-2012 images to show a couple things...already pointed out seeing and culmination.

The other was simply to show that an 8 inch SCT is quite capable of getting good images, even with an older 640x480 CCD camera with a 60FPS max frame rate. It was about the same time, I had learned from Darryl's posts about collimating through the imaging train. And, getting the best focus with motor driven focuser.

With Saturn, the old camera would produce very noisy images because Saturn is dim, and the gain had to be set very high. The trade off was to slow the camera shutter speed and frame rate and shoot at 15 or 30 FPS to keep the gain low. So, Saturn was always a tougher subject.

I just got lucky with Mars. I may have captured it at 3x...2.5x for sure. I think it was one of the few times having to contend with dew on corrector plate.

#44 The_8_Bit_Zombie

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Posted 18 August 2020 - 06:28 PM

My best planetary pics with my C8: (Dang GRS is so evasive during good seeing!)

 

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And I'm not sure if this counts as planetary but the two C8 photos I'm most proud of are both of the ISS:

 

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I took these by manually tracking the station with the motorized NexStar SE Mount. I used the ZWO ASI224MC and a Baader 610nm Near-IR filter. No barlow.

 

Keep in mind these are the absolute cream of the crop. I've photographed the ISS 43 times and these two have noticeably more detail than any of my other ISS photos, including the couple of times I've photographed the station with my new C11. My guess is it's a mix of excellent seeing, the position and lighting on the station, and better than average tracking on my part.


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Posted 19 August 2020 - 12:02 PM

Okay, my first „finished“ planetary picture, from today at 4:00 am. Jupiter and Saturn culminate at 16° here currently.

 

RC8, 2x Explore Scientific Focal Extender, Astronomik L-2, Asi 183MC Pro, 5ms, 190 FPS, best 5% from 65000 stacked. Processed with Registax, AutostackerT crashed on analyzing. The single frames looked like Mars was a glob of goo - I assume that means lousy seeing? (have no comparison).

 

 

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Posted 19 August 2020 - 04:30 PM

Relative newbie here, and definitely not in the running for any competition unless, perhaps, we are going for lowest financial outlay. My motto could very well be: see what you can do with what you have, before going out to buy more stuff.

 

8" Newt cobbled-together with 2" Orion 2x Barlow and 2x Vivitar tele-extender (~f/25 in combo) on an ancient Canon Rebel XS -- all bought used -- capturing via BackyardEOS in planetary mode. PIPP -> AS3 -> RS6 wielded with all the awesome skillz you might expect from such as me.

 

Recent results from my rooftop through smoky California air -- best 10% of 2000-frame captures. I was especially pleased with how Mars came out, my first ever of that planet. And yes I'd be happy to improve on my awesomeness if anyone cares to offer advice. Using a DSLR is clunky, I know, but for me it has two advantages over other options: (1) most importantly, I have one, and (2) it simplifies finding the planet, as I can look through the viewfinder visually and quickly put the planet into my FOV, focused or unfocused. A poor man's flip mirror.

 

(Editing to add one self-critique: I notice that Saturn's rings look wider to the west than the east, and also the western limb of the planet is fuzzier. I believe this is some residual coma due to a too-hasty collimation. Hey, I only that same night got clued in to how much collimation matters for planets!)

 

Mars0818
Saturn0816
Jupiter0817

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Posted 19 August 2020 - 06:44 PM

I use an 8-inch Celestron EdgeHD. Here are some of the best images I got so far with it.

 

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#48 Stephen Strum

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Posted 20 August 2020 - 04:31 PM

Here are some captures from the last couple of days with my Celestron 8" EdgeHD:

 

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Posted 20 August 2020 - 08:01 PM

Nothing beats contemporary images Stephen!  A very nice set with Mars being my pick, which means things can only get better for you over the next few months.



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Posted 20 August 2020 - 10:18 PM

Yep, looking forward to this opposition with Mars so high in the sky and the better seeing of the warm season to help out imaging during the weeks leading up to opposition.


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