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Punching through high cloud over Canberra with a C8 28 June UT

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#1 Foc

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 11:26 PM

I could probably get the C8 closer to the clouds for my assault if the C8 was not on a wooden tripod.  I am a bit of a wimp at lifting, and avoided trying to haul the C11 and AZEQ6 and the lifting platform up the slope in my yard last night to the very small nook that allows me to peer into the lower East of the frosty Canberra night.

 

I could not image on the 27th which looked  quite a good night so I imaged this morning which naturally was far less clear and so autohistogram on fire capture was employed to attempt to ameliorate  the lumpy feed of fast moving extensive high cloud. This still mobile cloud thickened and by 4am in the morning while Jupiter and Mars were getting higher the results were getting even worse.

 

It says a lot about my recent months of imaging that I am still happy with these outcomes, I did obtain a small amount of detail on Jupiter and Saturn while Mars will be kept to compare to hoped for much better images in the coming months.  The high cloud does sap a bit of color/

 

 

 

 

Edit:   Deleted some text that went missing from this description and I just noticed had ended up in the title!  The Perils of being both busy and sleep deprived.

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 11:30 PM

And here is a decent C8 Saturn which the ever-present cloud made getting the color optimized a bit tricky.  Before about 3.30am it was getting to high for my imaging train to avoid the edge of the EVO.

 

Also included to make up the numbers is a rather poorish 1.5x enlarged Mars with very faint albedo markings. My Mars at around 4am was still fairly low in altitude and twinkling from the cloud.

 

Edit corrected over-enlarged version of Mars resulting from having to rush to do a school pick-up!  Did not hang around this morning to see if dawn improved the seeing as also had to do the dropoff at the school.

 

 

 

I should mention this morning  I was using the Zwo 224mc with a 2.5x powermate to give the planets, in particular Mars some imaging scale.

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 11:48 PM

Good work Ross, given the circumstances. Looks like focus was good but maybe you had issues of transparency due to mist. Mars in this hemisphere is quite muted in contrast in all the current images. I think clouds and dust are about. I will post my Mars from a day earlier as soon as I can get to my computer.
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Posted 29 June 2022 - 09:35 AM

Good effort, Ross, especially Saturn. It's good to get out and try, even if the results aren't optimal. Hopefully there are better nights to come!


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Posted 29 June 2022 - 12:35 PM

I like your images! Bravo


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Posted 30 June 2022 - 06:17 PM

Nice images Ross given the circumstances!
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Posted 30 June 2022 - 06:27 PM

Thanks for the comments and all the likes.  I need the cheering up.  July begins with a whole week of rain in Canberra. 

So that is both rain and cloud that needed to be punched throughsmile.gif

 

Oh well, time to process some backlog and see if I was successful in imaging Comet Panstarrs at 400mm on the 27th June with my frac.




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