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#26 EmeraldHills

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 12:54 PM

Had a blast last night with lesser-known targets.

Also did a full session of autofocus with Nina.

Here's the recording of the 90-minute live-stream. (Please forgive me if/when I mess up. It has to be really annoying for experienced astronomers.)

 

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https://www.youtube....RRauB8po&t=117s

 

Thanks much for the ways you guys keep teaching me.

Near the end of the video, I mention that I still don't feel at ALL like I'm acting as a guide. It was just my 16th time out with the scope. I mentioned that I feel like I'm a cave-explorer -- in an undeveloped cave -- where there are no lights and it's muddy. And you guys are kind enough to come along with me on the expeditions. But I'm on a journey, right? One step at a time.


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#27 EmeraldHills

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Posted 01 May 2021 - 01:23 PM

Last night's observing session was so fun! The moon was nice to us (delayed moon rise until after the broadcast). Skies were pitch-black! Wind calmed down. Scope cooperated. Very little went wrong. We continued our quest of lesser-known objects, since we had just done the Messier catalogue in the Marathon last month - so no Messier objects. Sure appreciated some of the guys stopping by and even staying a while! Robert (from London), Frank (from upstate NY), Kym and Clifford from Australia even..., Jeff from Montana, Curtis from Colorado, and more!

 

Here's a compressed version of the live-stream - down to one hour and 55 minutes. 

 

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https://youtu.be/-MObQ_S6iRU

 

[I THINK this might be the last time I had to observe from the back seat of my Ford Expedition. I think I've worked out a longer cabling solution that should let me operate from the lower level of our non-profit's Prayer Center and Atrium next time -- from the dining area, no less! (Snacks!!!)]


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#28 alphatripleplus

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Posted 02 May 2021 - 08:08 AM

Please use this thread to post a link to your recorded EAA sessions. Not everyone has reliable internet at their observing locations hence the need for this thread (by member request).

 

Additional information to illustrate your techniques and equipment used, to assist other members, is encouraged and appreciated. If in your recording you did not mention the name and/or catalog number of the object(s) of interest it would be nice to include that with your post containing the link.

 

This thread is not envisaged as a general type discussion thread, but just an announcement thread. Otherwise each announcement may spawn multiple questions from members and get rather cluttered

Moderator note:

 

Everyone please use this thread only for announcements. Comments should be made elsewhere. Thanks.



#29 EmeraldHills

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Posted 09 May 2021 - 06:15 AM

We invite you to relive the moment and watch the April gathering that sprang from the CloudyNights EAA Messier Marathon Team event in March. Meet Roel, Rob, Robert, Ken, Stanley, Mike, Jonathan, Bob, Mike, Stewart, Jeff, Tiago, Gary, Jim, Cey, Jeff, Frank, and more, and, while you're at it, see live sky-views AND here some of the steps they've taken on the journey to Electronically-Assisted Astronomy. And don't miss our future Zoom gatherings, which will now be coordinated with the new moon (or close to that date).

 

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https://www.youtube....B4KodsQ&t=3156s

 

We invite you to become part of the team!

 

Doug


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Posted 10 May 2021 - 08:46 AM

Did the May CN Observer's Challenge live last night:

 

https://youtu.be/si_DMr1I-6Q

 

Scope: TPO 6" f/4 Imaging Newtonian
Camera: ZWO ASI533MC
Mount: Celestron Evolution AltAz + Wedge on homemade pier
Planetarium Software: Stellarium
EAA Stacking Software: SharpCap Pro 4.0 beta
Broadcast Software: Open Broadcaster Studio
Sky: Bortle 2
Background Music: Jesse Gallagher (nightimegallagher.com)


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Posted 10 May 2021 - 08:49 AM

And here is the live April challenge I did earlier in the week:

 

https://youtu.be/4QsBsLfGBCo

 

Scope: TPO 6" f/4 Imaging Newtonian
Camera: ZWO ASI533MC
Mount: Celestron Evolution AltAz + Wedge on homemade pier
Planetarium Software: Stellarium
EAA Stacking Software: SharpCap Pro 4.0 beta
Broadcast Software: Open Broadcaster Studio
Sky: Bortle 2
Background Music: Jesse Gallagher (nightimegallagher.com)


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Posted 13 May 2021 - 09:45 AM

We had clear skies here in Louisville last night. Yay! It let me try/test/demonstrate...

 

  • A new cable that lets me operate the scope remotely up to 20 meters away now (which improves over the 8 meters I had before). This is full USB 3 and USB 2 solution, which allows me to operate the mount, the USB3 astro camera (it was a ZWO ASI2600MC Pro), and a Celestron focus motor from my Windows laptop without having to dedicate a "stick PC" on the mount itself, which, for me, makes it so much easier to centralize all the software without having to remote desktop into a lesser-powered device. The new cable is delineated completely in the video. I've provided links to order it on Amazon for $80 or so. We finally have a solution. My next step is to try to double that distance by daisy-chaining two of those cables together, allowing me to operate a full 130 feet away from the scope.
  • A true "night vision" surveillance video solution for under $30 - that will knock your socks off. It links via the same wi-fi router that your ipad, iphone, or android device uses. You can then keep your ipad open while observing so you can remain connected with your scope even thought it's remote. You no longer have to light your scope - at all. Full info about the camera, together with links to buy it, are in the description.
  • Astro Photography Tool's new autofocus routine. In the video, I try to learn APT's autofocus and you get to see the workflow play out a couple of times. It's not perfected, mind you. You're literally seeing me try it for the first time ever - but it gives you an idea of what to expect - and the results are decent enough to make me think that APT shows promise. I liked that it lets me choose the star(s) for HFD autofocusing, rather than, as in Nina's case, simply defaulting to my entire screen full of stars, apparently.

All of this and more in a 45-minute video in a new location at Emerald Hills. Check out the Emerald Hills Skies video at:

 

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https://www.youtube....ozh2ZN5M&t=403s

 

Remember - I'm not a tour guide. I'm a fellow explorer with you on the journey to EAA.

 

Doug


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Posted 15 May 2021 - 05:07 PM

Finished off galaxy season last night with several more nice targets:

 

https://youtu.be/_sgobB0PHJc

 

Scope: TPO 6" f/4 Imaging Newtonian
Camera: ZWO ASI183MM
Mount: Celestron Evolution AltAz + Wedge on homemade pier
Planetarium Software: Stellarium
EAA Stacking Software: SharpCap Pro 4.0 beta
Broadcast Software: Open Broadcaster Studio
Sky: Bortle 2
Background Music: Jesse Gallagher (nightimegallagher.com)


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Posted 27 June 2021 - 07:16 PM

This recorded session focuses heavily on integrating a new way to connect to the scope - using an Icron Raven 3104 over 200 feet of CAT 7 ethernet cable. In addition, I'm testing a new home-made power/signal distribution box that rides on top the RASA and a new home-made power box under the Sky-watcher at the base of the scope. It felt like a high school science fair - but it somehow worked!

 

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https://youtu.be/rCL4G4m4MHI

 


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Posted 05 July 2021 - 07:43 PM

Here's the recording of our CloudyNights EAA Team Gathering for July.

 

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https://youtu.be/x9wbvE48qxk

 

In March, a team of us here on CloudyNights (in the EAA forum) came together with the shared vision of capturing every last object on the Messier List of Deep Space Objects in one single night. It's known as a Messier Marathon - and the team pulled it off, partly because of EAA. As we closed out the experience in the wee hours of the following morning, we all agreed that the friendship we had shared had bonded us together in a way experienced by few on the planet - or anywhere in space. We wondered if others would enjoy that same camaraderie, so we decided to meet again - and now those meetings have become monthly occurrences. This is our gathering for July. The group is now composed of some 50 amateurs, all EAA implementers, all on a journey together toward bettering their equipment, skills, and the hobby itself. And along the way, we've forged friendships we never dreamed possible. This meeting... this video... is a taste of our journey.

 

By the way, for what it's worth, as far as we can tell, our team was the only individuals in either 2020 or 2021 in the entire world to capture all 110 Messier objects in one single night, showing the power and potential of EAA. (See the Messier Marathon results posted at https://www.messier....on/results.html and see the fact that the CloudyNights EAA team members were recognized in the "Eternal Hall of Fame" at https://www.messier....athon/hall.html .)

 

This is our July gathering, which was designed to favor team members in the Eastern Time Zone USA. (The first two gatherings were designed for 1) Europe and 2) Pacific time USA. Next month's gathering (Aug. 2021) will favor team members in Australia and East Asia.


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Posted 06 July 2021 - 06:44 PM

Please use this thread to post a link to your recorded EAA sessions. Not everyone has reliable internet at their observing locations hence the need for this thread (by member request).

 

Additional information to illustrate your techniques and equipment used, to assist other members, is encouraged and appreciated. If in your recording you did not mention the name and/or catalog number of the object(s) of interest it would be nice to include that with your post containing the link.

 

This thread is not envisaged as a general type discussion thread, but just an announcement thread. Otherwise each announcement may spawn multiple questions from members and get rather cluttered

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Everyone please use this thread only for announcements. Comments or questions should be made elsewhere, or send a PM.  We have removed, and will continue to remove, any non-announcement posts. Thanks.



#37 EmeraldHills

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Posted 06 August 2021 - 03:38 AM

Here's a link to a recorded Youtube "Short" that I did last night:

 

https://youtu.be/moMteRq4RsA

 

And here's a link to my recorded live-stream EAA observing session last night as well.

 

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https://youtu.be/l0SVShuIAu8

 


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Posted 07 August 2021 - 04:44 PM

With summer in full swing, Dave Decker and I took a relaxed look at the many Deep Sky Objects viewable from the eastern skies from Blossom Valley, CA - https://youtu.be/oIgUfGUsdSo


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#39 EmeraldHills

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Posted 09 August 2021 - 10:04 AM

Here's a link to the CloudyNights EAA Team Gathering which occurred this past Saturday night (Australia time). The August gathering featured a time ideal for observing in Australia and, sure enough, we have some great views from Kym and Greg. Re-live our two-hour gathering here:

 

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https://youtu.be/2uBW3GIZH6c

 

The next gathering (in September) will favor Europe. Watch for the planning thread elsewhere here in the EAA forum, but remember this thread is only for listings of the broadcast videos. Thanks to all who took part!

Doug


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Posted 12 August 2021 - 08:27 PM

Here's a video from last night's EAA session in which I FINALLY seem to succeed in achieving a decent curve in Nina's autofocusing utility, then observe some lesser-known targets. I tried guiding in this session, but it wouldn't work for me. I've edited out most of the time that I tried to fix it, just to save you the stress. : )

 

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https://youtu.be/L06K1nSepcY


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#41 EmeraldHills

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Posted 23 August 2021 - 10:05 AM

Here's last night's EAA live-stream recording. Ten targets. (So far, I guess 25 is a bit too ambitious. haha) The best part of the evening was the GREAT autofocus curve in Nina! : )

 

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https://youtu.be/TkphX23dARY

 

I love the challenge of doing EAA with 99% moon-glow. I'm convinced it will make us better. hahaha

 

But for the life of me - I can't figure out which end is supposed to be Florida on the North America Nebula! : )


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Posted 11 September 2021 - 02:05 AM

This was, without a doubt, the most fun EAA session (for me, at least) to date. Thanks to folks like Frank, Lance, Jeff, Amy and others for joining in and making it a joy to observe. In tonight's session, we kicked off a challenge of working our way through the Caldwell catalogue of deep space objects. Tonight we covered Caldwell objects 27, 15, 37, 34, 20, 33, 12 and 19, otherwise known as the Crescent Nebula, the Blinking Planetary, the Vulpeculae Cluster, the Cirrus (or Veil) Nebula (including the Western veil, the Central Veil, and even faintly the Eastern Veil), the Gulf of Mexico, the Fireworks Galaxy, and the Cocoon Nebula.

 

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https://youtu.be/rrrN5OKz-6Q

 

The recording kicks off with a focusing session using Nina's autofocus routine. Thanks again for all the help you all continue to give me as I try to learn this stuff.

 

Doug


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Posted 24 September 2021 - 09:38 AM

Please use this thread to post a link to your recorded EAA sessions. Not everyone has reliable internet at their observing locations hence the need for this thread (by member request).

 

Additional information to illustrate your techniques and equipment used, to assist other members, is encouraged and appreciated. If in your recording you did not mention the name and/or catalog number of the object(s) of interest it would be nice to include that with your post containing the link.

 

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Everyone please use this thread only for links. Comments or questions should be made elsewhere, or send a PM.  We have removed, and will continue to remove, any non-announcement posts. Thanks.




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