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#76 HCR32

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Posted 20 September 2020 - 05:49 AM

Saturn 20/9/20 ASI462 8" Mak seeing average.

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#77 JimNaySeeUm

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Posted 20 September 2020 - 11:41 AM

My most recent Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and the moon.  CPC 800, 2.5x powermate, ADC, ZWO 224

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Posted 20 September 2020 - 05:22 PM

Mars 091920 C8 test
 
Not the best, but I received a 1981 model C8 yesterday and I just couldn't resist trying it out on Mars.  Taken with ASI120MC-S.  Did not do any collimation check just threw on a camera and took as shot.  The corrector was already fogging up, which I noticed just after making the image.  I can't wait to see what this will do once I can get it set up properly.

 


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Posted 20 September 2020 - 06:39 PM

Seeing made things very difficult and lots of my data just couldn’t produce good images but I worked through most of it and found one that I could just get enough out to make the night worth it to s degree. 

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Posted 20 September 2020 - 11:16 PM

21 45 33  09 20 20 Jupiter
 
Jupiter tonight with the new to me C8.  Staked with Autostakkert and contrast adjusted with Gimp no other processing. 

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Posted 21 September 2020 - 01:12 AM

My best Jupiter images on 1980's Meade 8" SCT using ASI120MM camera back in 2015, Maldives.

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Posted 21 September 2020 - 03:45 AM

Wow leviathan. Those are seriously good images of Jupiter with your C8. I have a 1975 model which is doing well but I haven’t had top notch seeing yet this year. That’s what I want to achieve. Well done.
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Posted 21 September 2020 - 06:44 AM

Tonight was still a little washed out but here are the results so far 

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Posted 21 September 2020 - 06:53 AM

wide shot with couple of moons 

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Posted 21 September 2020 - 09:58 AM

Reasonably happy with this one.    I had just about given up on getting good seeing in my area and was outside working on learning N.I.N.A.  For fun I pointed at Jupiter and realized that seeing was above average for my site.  Felt good to get a new best image (for me) of Jupiter!

 

<EDIT> The image looked too dark to me and so someone just showed me how to use Photoshop Curves (Im such a noob), and man, this looks better.

 

Going to have to do a bit more but here is the updated image.

 

 

Thanks,

--Ryan

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Posted 21 September 2020 - 06:06 PM

Reasonably happy with this one.    I had just about given up on getting good seeing in my area and was outside working on learning N.I.N.A.  For fun I pointed at Jupiter and realized that seeing was above average for my site.  Felt good to get a new best image (for me) of Jupiter!

 

<EDIT> The image looked too dark to me and so someone just showed me how to use Photoshop Curves (Im such a noob), and man, this looks better.

 

Going to have to do a bit more but here is the updated image.

 

 

Thanks,

--Ryan

Ryan,

That is a nice Jupiter for an 8", my seeing for Jupiter has really gone downhill the past couple of weeks.  I have gotten some decent Saturns and Mars keep getting better.


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Posted 21 September 2020 - 06:16 PM

Ryan,

That is a nice Jupiter for an 8", my seeing for Jupiter has really gone downhill the past couple of weeks.  I have gotten some decent Saturns and Mars keep getting better.

Thank you!

 

I have found Saturn less susceptible to seeing than Jupiter and Mars by far.

 

I really expected Mars to turn out nice on this same night but it really was not good at all.

 

Going to hopefully try again on Tuesday night.  I want to get a multi-hour Mars series to show the rotation.

 

I am practicing b/c I plan to go to a friends house in the desert in a few weeks to capture "for real" from a site with typically excellent seeing.

 

--Ryan



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Posted 21 September 2020 - 08:22 PM

Hi,

I last posted an image of Mars on September 10 and since then I have been using a 2x Barlow on my C8 to give an effective f/20, which is a bit high (ideal is about 5 x 2.4 = f/12 or so - probably about f/15) but after shooting Jupiter, Saturn and Mars, I think the resultant images are better. Previously I found I had GRS details being overwhelmed by pixel images from using the QHY5III-178C with the native f/10 of the C8. The f/20 value seems to get rid of this pixelation issue and generally gives 'healthier' looking raw capture files. Colours also seem to be better (with as little wavelet sharpening as you can get away with). I too have adopted Darryl's Mars wavelet scheme that he recently discussed in another thread. I find his slightly more aggressive of the two, with a little touch up and a little Gamma control, produces a better image for me.

 

The following image of Mars was taken at 202020123812 UTC with my C8 using a 2x barlow to give f/20 (confirmed). The seeing was judged to be about 6/10. I used 2000 frames (top 6.5%) from a capture of near 31000 frames. I found using more frames didn't really help on this occasion. I am very pleased with the details and the colour of this image - probably my best so far.

 

Mars 202020_00_38_12_lapl4_ap41_2000f.jpg

 

Cheers Paul


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Posted 21 September 2020 - 08:34 PM

I know I have the rind issue showing up, but I’m taking Tom’s advice and not worrying too much about that at the moment and am concentrating on getting a better general image. I may go back later and clean these up when I have learnt more post processing skills.
Cheers Paul

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Posted 23 September 2020 - 08:22 AM

I've only started trying planetary imaging in the last 3 weeks: I have a Celestron Evolution 8 HD, with a Canon EOS 250D attached via a T-ring and a Celestron 1.25" universal x2 barlow/t-adapter. Really just trying out various modes on the camera: annoyingly, Backyard EOS doesn't seem to support my camera yet, so recording onto the memory card - the best mode seems to be 4K as it does some cropping, and am getting some nice resolution (though it's only 25 frames/sec). Registax is a maze, but getting there...post-processing using Autostakkert for stacking, Registax for wavelet stuff, and Affinity Photo for tweaking levels etc.

 

These are the best images thus far: seeing was pretty good on the night of the 21st here in SE Ireland, though Jupiter and Saturn only get about 15 deg above the horizon. Mars was at 27 deg when I observed it: it can reach 44 deg at the moment. Not bad for a newbie, I think!

 
Mars 21/09/20
 
Jupiter 21/09/20
 
Saturn 21/09/20

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Posted 23 September 2020 - 12:43 PM

Here is my best to date on the planets which include my 3rd attempt at Venus, 1st attempt at Mars, 4th attempt at Jupiter, and 2nd attempt at Saturn with an 8" EdgeHD, ZWO ADC, and a QHY 183C camera.  All I believe all are presented at 150% original capture scale (be sure to click on the image for full size).

 

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Posted 23 September 2020 - 02:02 PM

Here is my best to date on the planets which include my 3rd attempt at Venus, 1st attempt at Mars, 4th attempt at Jupiter, and 2nd attempt at Saturn with an 8" EdgeHD, ZWO ADC, and a QHY 183C camera. All I believe all are presented at 150% original capture scale (be sure to click on the image for full size).

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Very well done. Your colours are excellent.
Cheers Paul
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Posted 23 September 2020 - 04:50 PM

Very well done. Your colours are excellent.
Cheers Paul

Thanks for the compliment Paul, particularly since you have such good expertise at planetary imaging.  I've always enjoyed your images.  Good colors are a challenge to come by that look saturated, natural, and non-garrish.

 

As planetary imaging is not my forte, I offer a lunar image from one of my best images (part of a whole moon mosaic).  Here is Clavius and Blancanus at a resolution of 407meters/px.

 

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Posted 23 September 2020 - 07:25 PM

Here are some with my Celestron C8.

 

All taken with an ASI224MC, TV 3X Barlow, UV/IR Cut filter.

 

Jupiter and Mars taken last week

 

Saturn taken back in July

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Posted 23 September 2020 - 07:36 PM

Thanks for the compliment Paul, particularly since you have such good expertise at planetary imaging.  I've always enjoyed your images.  Good colors are a challenge to come by that look saturated, natural, and non-garrish.

 

As planetary imaging is not my forte, I offer a lunar image from one of my best images (part of a whole moon mosaic).  Here is Clavius and Blancanus at a resolution of 407meters/px.

 

attachicon.gifClavius-2.jpg

Very nice of you to say so but I too am pretty new at this game too and feel I am making gains all the time.

 

What a great shot of Clavius. It is one of my favourite targets on the moon. You have captured exceptional detail. 

 

I have a book called "The Moon" by H.P. Wilkins and Patrick Moore published in the early 60's and in it there is this image of Clavius taken by the venerable, most famous and largest telescope in the world at the time (first light 1949) taken using photographic film. I have turned it the same way up for you to compare more easily.

 

Clavius 200 inch Palomar telescope.jpg

 

Just look at how much more detail your image has. It is quite remarkable that amateur images today are way better than images taken with these large telescopes of old!

 

Cheers Paul


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Posted 23 September 2020 - 08:22 PM

Very nice of you to say so but I too am pretty new at this game too and feel I am making gains all the time.

 

What a great shot of Clavius. It is one of my favourite targets on the moon. You have captured exceptional detail. 

 

I have a book called "The Moon" by H.P. Wilkins and Patrick Moore published in the early 60's and in it there is this image of Clavius taken by the venerable, most famous and largest telescope in the world at the time (first light 1949) taken using photographic film. I have turned it the same way up for you to compare more easily.

 

attachicon.gifClavius 200 inch Palomar telescope.jpg

 

Just look at how much more detail your image has. It is quite remarkable that amateur images today are way better than images taken with these large telescopes of old!

 

Cheers Paul

Thanks Paul!

 

The camera and software technology that have been developed to make use of lucky imaging is truly amazing.  We have people here on CN that have made my image possible.  It takes some considerable effort on my part for an image like that; however, "we stand on the shoulders of giants" as the saying goes.

 

Best regards,

 

Steve


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Posted 24 September 2020 - 10:53 AM

Hi,
almost total newbie to astrophotography last night I made my first attempt of jupiter imaging with my 1997 Meade 203 EMC on EQ3 and ZWO ASI 385 MC. Seeing was pretty bad and the planet low on the horizon (around 22° Alt here in Milan). No IR_UV filter was available, alligned and staked with AS3 and a mild processing in Registax.
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Posted 24 September 2020 - 11:26 AM

And saturn

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Posted 25 September 2020 - 12:41 PM

I know it's a bit out of topic but I post a picture of saturn taken recently with my 127 MAK. Actually I think is better then the 8" picture. Seeing was sligltly better and maybe a small aperture copes better with average seeing conditions.

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Posted 26 September 2020 - 03:48 AM

I've tried to re-process the jupiter picture, maybe a little bit more contrasty.

Anyway yesterday the IR_UV cut filter came in so, if the sky stays clear, tonight I'm going to try to shoot a new video and see if the filter will improve the image contrast.

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