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Equinox Planetary Portraits 2021-09-22

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#1 BQ Octantis

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Posted 22 September 2021 - 07:53 AM

Happy Equinox!

 

It's the most equal night of the year for me. The planets were high, and the seeing was passable…so I shot them.

 

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I'm not really happy with LiveView capture of Venus (or the sun or moon, for that matter). For such bright, low-contrast targets, I get way better results with 14-bit RAW stacks. But I was shooting through the 12.5mm with 4 (gasp!) rubber bands for the first time, so I figured I'd give it a go. It just made Venus even brighter and more uniform; so the only thing that sharpened was the onion stair-stepping of the quantized JPEG stream.

 

Maybe next time…

 

Clear skies!

 

BQ


Edited by BQ Octantis, 22 September 2021 - 08:24 AM.

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