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#926 NightDrifter

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Posted 04 April 2024 - 08:31 PM

Decent light pollution, had to stretch quite a bit. Jealous of those dark sky captured shots.

 

 

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#927 Doug Culbertson

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Posted 04 April 2024 - 10:51 PM

Transparency was bad tonight but I  finally broke 30 minutes. lol.gif

 

 

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Posted 05 April 2024 - 01:08 AM

Hello CNers,

Having fun playing with my Seestar, when I should be sleeping.

 

HAPPY SKIES AND KEEP LOOKING UP JETHRO

 

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#929 Doug Culbertson

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Posted 05 April 2024 - 07:14 AM

Another from last night; Markarian’s Chain resized. 
 

 

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Posted 05 April 2024 - 07:18 AM

Hello CNers,

Having fun playing with my Seestar, when I should be sleeping.

 

HAPPY SKIES AND KEEP LOOKING UP JETHRO

 

How did you manage to get M81 and M82 in the same frame? I tried to do that a couple of nights ago but I couldn’t find a way to center them like I can with solar/lunar. 



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Posted 05 April 2024 - 07:34 AM

How did you manage to get M81 and M82 in the same frame? I tried to do that a couple of nights ago but I couldn’t find a way to center them like I can with solar/lunar. 

Hello Doug,

Starting about 9:30 CST, do to the field rotation of both M81 and 82 were positioned so they both fit into the Seestar camera frame. This situation is my one real gripe about the Seestar. I wished that the camera frame was as wide as it is long, making a perfect square. 

 

HAPPY SKIES AND KEEP LOOKING UP. Jethro


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#932 Doug Culbertson

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Posted 05 April 2024 - 07:40 AM

Ah, thanks! That makes sense now. 



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Posted 05 April 2024 - 08:56 AM

Hello!

 

I am a member of this forum since 2018, when I got my SkyWatcher 150P Dobson, and I did visual observing ever since. But this February I got myself the Seestar S50, and I tried to put my location to good use. I capture from my house, on the northern balcony, which is in Bortle 3/4 conditions, at 1050m (3500ft) above sea level altitude. I usually stack all the subframes in Pixsinsight (WBPP), which I first began using in mid-February when I also got my Seestar. It was quite a learning curve at first, but thanks to many youtube tutorials I got the hang of it quite fast, so I now use my own processing workflow. 

 

Below are some of the images I captured and processed in the northern skies in the past weeks, all stacked and processed in Pixinsight. I reduced the size of the images, so this is probably not the best size/quality of the images, but its more than good enough for the demonstration purpose of the Seestar S50 capability.

 

Integration times:
M51 - 5h50min (2100*10s)

M81 - 7h30min (2700*10s)

M82 - 50min (300*10s)

M13 - 40min (240*10s)

 

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Kind Regards

These shots are amazing. I wasn't aware that the Seestar could get these types of shots and quality.

 

Any chance you can walk through your workflow in Pixinsight? I'm thinking about getting it, especially if it can get quality like this out of it (I've been using APP for other astro work) 


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Posted 05 April 2024 - 05:49 PM

How did you manage to get M81 and M82 in the same frame? I tried to do that a couple of nights ago but I couldn’t find a way to center them like I can with solar/lunar. 

Hello Doug,

Starting about 9:30 CST, do to the field rotation of both M81 and 82 were positioned so they both fit into the Seestar camera frame. This situation is my one real gripe about the Seestar. I wished that the camera frame was as wide as it is long, making a perfect square. 

 

Yes, sky objects rotate but our Seestars don't.  At certain times of the day, those galaxies will line up with the long axis of your FOV.  I took a photo of M81-82 on Jan 15 between ~1-3 am when they were nicely aligned.  Since the sky advances by 2 hours/month, 2 1/2 months later you should get similar alignment starting at ~10:30 (standard time, not daylight).

 

Likewise, I shot M42 and the Flame starting @ midnight on Jan 11 when they both fit in the FOV.

 

Rather than a 1:1 (or square) FOV, I'd prefer 3:2 like a 35mm or DSLR camera.  What we have now is 1.77:1.

 

I've been lobbying Seestar support to add the option of a time adjustment to their Sky Atlas so I can better plan shooting long targets.  It would help if other CN'ers would join in this lobbying effort.

 

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Edited by FredOz, 05 April 2024 - 05:51 PM.

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#935 eyeoftexas

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Posted 05 April 2024 - 06:37 PM

If you use SkySafari you can enter the specs for the S50 scope (50mm) and its camera in your equipment and if you orient the pixel size width and height for the camera correctly, you can use it in the scope display to show how S50 is oriented at any time compared to your target. 


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Posted 06 April 2024 - 02:13 AM

If you use SkySafari you can enter the specs for the S50 scope (50mm) and its camera in your equipment and if you orient the pixel size width and height for the camera correctly, you can use it in the scope display to show how S50 is oriented at any time compared to your target. 

Same with the Stellarium App:

 

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Edited by project nightflight, 06 April 2024 - 02:18 AM.

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Posted 06 April 2024 - 11:34 PM

Normally, I wouldn't even consider posting a picture that looks this bad.  However, once again I'm amazed by the capabilities of the little Seestar!!!

 

This is Centaurus A (NGC 5128).  The reason the picture looks so bad is because that object never gets above 6° altitude from my location! 

 

I could actually see the object - though very faintly - on my tablet screen but the version I posted has been processed quite a bit so it's easier to see.  The major features of the object are plainly visible.

 

Not a good picture, but an amazing one nonetheless!

 

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Posted 07 April 2024 - 04:20 AM

Supernova SN2024gy in NGC 4216 shot on 2024 April 6.9 from Lower Austria with a Seestar S50 smart telescope.

Limiting magnitude of the image around 18mag, SN2024gy still shines at about 15.5mag.

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Edited by project nightflight, 07 April 2024 - 04:21 AM.

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Posted 07 April 2024 - 11:37 AM

Trying my hand at Pixinsight for the first time this week. I purchased Adam Blocks tutorial; it is a small investment but if you ever want to get Pixinsight I think it’s fantastic. I still barely know what I’m doing! But definitely makes a difference. Tried my hand at processing the SeeStar subs on NGC-2175. 
 

Location: Backyard / Bortle 8-9 with adjacent streetlight 

 

Integration Time - 10s x 107

 

Processing - Pixinsight WBPP / Photometric Color Calibration / Stretch / Dynamic Crop / DBE / BlurX / NoiseX / StarX 

 

Before and After below:

 

 

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Posted 07 April 2024 - 11:42 AM

These shots are amazing. I wasn't aware that the Seestar could get these types of shots and quality.

Any chance you can walk through your workflow in Pixinsight? I'm thinking about getting it, especially if it can get quality like this out of it (I've been using APP for other astro work)


I agree his images are amazing! I just purchased Pixinsight; although I barely scratched the surface I can tell it’s amazing already - before and after is at the bottom of this thread (and I barely know how to use it).

Check out “Justin in the Dark” Pixinsight for SeeStar 50; it’s a 4 part series. It’s great for a starter. But as mentioned below check out Adam Blocks Comprehensive series. It’s not cheap but it’s very plain spoken and thorough!
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Posted 07 April 2024 - 09:31 PM

Getting ready for tomorrow. I did a few different adjustments in the settings. I took a video, but can't find any file holding it???

 

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Posted 07 April 2024 - 11:33 PM

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Capture: 16s AVI (RAW) video

Processing: PIPP, Autostakkert (I was just following instructions included in BUDGET Solar Imaging !   ZWO Seestar video - YouTube)
Final tweaks: Windows Photos (contrast, color adjustments), Photo Pos Pro 3 (noise reduction, image rotation)

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Posted 08 April 2024 - 12:24 AM

12 minutes

 

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Posted 08 April 2024 - 02:42 AM

Pinwheel galaxy

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Posted 08 April 2024 - 06:55 AM

04-07-2024 ‏‎2:03 PM EDT

Capture: 16s AVI (RAW) video

Processing: PIPP, Autostakkert (I was just following instructions included in BUDGET Solar Imaging !   ZWO Seestar video - YouTube)
Final tweaks: Windows Photos (contrast, color adjustments), Photo Pos Pro 3 (noise reduction, image rotation)

What is that bright object you found?  storm.gif



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Posted 08 April 2024 - 12:19 PM

M101, exposure 34 minutes, Bortle 3,5.

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Posted 08 April 2024 - 02:08 PM

This is my latest Seestar experiment, adding Hydrogen-alpha data to the normal RGB, all captured with the Seestar S50. The best example for such an experiment is of course the M82, Cigar galaxy. 

 

In total, the image contains 2 hours of normal RGB exposure (720*10s) plus added 3 hours of Ha data (1080*10s), but only one channel (red) was used from the filter stack. All data was captured from my usual Bortle 3 balcony at 1050m (3500ft) altitude.

The Ha data was gathered using the internal dual-band LP filter, so no extra expense with any outside filters. Both datasets were stacked separately in Pixinsight. The LP filter stack was split into separate R G B channels, with only the Red channel being used, as that is where the Ha data is when capturing with the internal light pollution filter. I merged the Ha channel with the normal RGB data in Pixinsight, during the linear stage. In all fairness, it did not have as big of an effect as I hoped, as the filter is on the very cheap side, but the data was usable and makes a visual difference. What the Seestar uses, is a very basic dual band filter (O3 30nm + Ha 20nm) so you can do much better using external filters. But if you just want to have fun and experiment with the Ha data, then the internal LP filter is a good starting point.

 

All in all, considering that this is a 500-600€ device, and also includes an internal dual-band filter, I must say I never dreamed of experimenting with Ha data using such a cheap device.

 

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#948 Doug Culbertson

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Posted 08 April 2024 - 02:16 PM

Eclipse at maximum of 70% here.

 

 

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Posted 08 April 2024 - 02:24 PM

Figures.  I had no new scope curse when my Seestar arrived.  But the day of the eclipse, total cloud cover. undecided.gif   I’m just outside the path of totality, so about 90% here.  It is dark outside as I type this.  So, to pass the time I decided to try Siril processing for the second time.  The target is M63, integration time 45 minutes.  From my Bortle 6 deck.

 

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Posted 08 April 2024 - 03:16 PM

Timelapse Eclipse, Fort Collins, CO.

 

I am an idiot... A friend of mine traveled to totality.  I should have sent my scope with him...  sigh...

 

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