Jump to content

  •  

CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.

Photo

White light eclipse time lapse with Seestar S50

8 replies to this topic

#1 Special Ed

Special Ed

    Hubble

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 12,745
  • Joined: 18 May 2003
  • Loc: Greenbrier County, WV 38N, 80W

Posted 16 April 2024 - 03:13 PM

I wanted to try a time lapse with the Seestar during the eclipse but I didn't want to be distracted from watching the eclipse, so the Seestar's automatic features seemed to be the ticket.  I've never done a time lapse and I didn't get a chance to practice much, so the sequence is rough.  It took a shot every 20 seconds.  Before totality it was a little windy and you can see where the scope was blowing around a little.

 

I wasn't hovering over the screen the whole time--too busy looking through my PST and sharing the view with others--so I had to play catch up a couple of times when the exposure needed to be adjusted (the Seestar is smart, but not that smart, apparently).

 

I had made a filter with some Baader AstroSolar film because I didn't like the filter that came with the scope.  I did not take off the filter during totality because it can be hard to take off and I wanted to spend the 4 minutes watching the Sun, not fooling around with gear.  Consequently, the little scope lost track of the Sun during totality and I had to make sure it reacquired and centered the Sun so it could track it through 4th contact.

 

The Seestar's battery has a 6 hour charge, which would have been plenty for the eclipse, except that I got it out about three hours before first contact to make sure everything was working properly.  I was going to shut down to save the battery until the eclipse began, but folks were so interested in the scope that I had to keep it going.  By about 30 minutes before fourth contact, the battery was down to 13%.  I had brought a 25 foot extension cord with me, but it wouldn't reach to plug the scope into power.  My son had a 25 foot cord with him and the two of them together were about 3 feet short.  Some people, trying to be helpful, suggested I move the scope. lol.gif   Long story short--I finished the time lapse with 1% left on the battery. cool.gif   And the Seestar's wifi range is supposed to be 30 feet, but now I know it's at least 53 feet. grin.gif

 

Here it is:

 

https://youtu.be/kgW4UF0nv1Y


Edited by Special Ed, 16 April 2024 - 03:16 PM.

  • zjc26138, chvvkumar, Lopper and 1 other like this

#2 chvvkumar

chvvkumar

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 894
  • Joined: 03 Aug 2020
  • Loc: Missouri

Posted 16 April 2024 - 06:02 PM

I wanted to try a time lapse with the Seestar during the eclipse but I didn't want to be distracted from watching the eclipse, so the Seestar's automatic features seemed to be the ticket.  I've never done a time lapse and I didn't get a chance to practice much, so the sequence is rough.  It took a shot every 20 seconds.  Before totality it was a little windy and you can see where the scope was blowing around a little.

 

I wasn't hovering over the screen the whole time--too busy looking through my PST and sharing the view with others--so I had to play catch up a couple of times when the exposure needed to be adjusted (the Seestar is smart, but not that smart, apparently).

 

I had made a filter with some Baader AstroSolar film because I didn't like the filter that came with the scope.  I did not take off the filter during totality because it can be hard to take off and I wanted to spend the 4 minutes watching the Sun, not fooling around with gear.  Consequently, the little scope lost track of the Sun during totality and I had to make sure it reacquired and centered the Sun so it could track it through 4th contact.

 

The Seestar's battery has a 6 hour charge, which would have been plenty for the eclipse, except that I got it out about three hours before first contact to make sure everything was working properly.  I was going to shut down to save the battery until the eclipse began, but folks were so interested in the scope that I had to keep it going.  By about 30 minutes before fourth contact, the battery was down to 13%.  I had brought a 25 foot extension cord with me, but it wouldn't reach to plug the scope into power.  My son had a 25 foot cord with him and the two of them together were about 3 feet short.  Some people, trying to be helpful, suggested I move the scope. lol.gif   Long story short--I finished the time lapse with 1% left on the battery. cool.gif   And the Seestar's wifi range is supposed to be 30 feet, but now I know it's at least 53 feet. grin.gif

 

Here it is:

 

https://youtu.be/kgW4UF0nv1Y

Video is set to private :)



#3 Special Ed

Special Ed

    Hubble

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 12,745
  • Joined: 18 May 2003
  • Loc: Greenbrier County, WV 38N, 80W

Posted 16 April 2024 - 09:46 PM

It's public now--sorry about that.


  • chvvkumar likes this

#4 chvvkumar

chvvkumar

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 894
  • Joined: 03 Aug 2020
  • Loc: Missouri

Posted 16 April 2024 - 10:15 PM

Very nice! If you won't mind, I would suggest stabilizing the video centering on the Sun with something like DaVinci Resolve (Free). This is what I generally use for my other videos.

 

https://youtu.be/Fi-LugJiu4w?t=31



#5 Lopper

Lopper

    Messenger

  • -----
  • Posts: 437
  • Joined: 20 Jul 2021
  • Loc: SW Ohio, USA

Posted 16 April 2024 - 10:37 PM

Only 1% left on the battery, that’s cutting it close!!! Nice timelapse and nice story to go along with it. Thanks for sharing!



#6 Special Ed

Special Ed

    Hubble

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 12,745
  • Joined: 18 May 2003
  • Loc: Greenbrier County, WV 38N, 80W

Posted 17 April 2024 - 08:25 AM

Very nice! If you won't mind, I would suggest stabilizing the video centering on the Sun with something like DaVinci Resolve (Free). This is what I generally use for my other videos.

 

https://youtu.be/Fi-LugJiu4w?t=31

Thanks for that link--I'll try it.  Do you know if it will work on a time lapse that's an mp4?

 

Only 1% left on the battery, that’s cutting it close!!! Nice timelapse and nice story to go along with it. Thanks for sharing!

Thank you!  I enjoyed your very fine time lapse, too.  smile.gif


  • Lopper likes this

#7 chvvkumar

chvvkumar

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 894
  • Joined: 03 Aug 2020
  • Loc: Missouri

Posted 17 April 2024 - 08:42 AM

Thanks for that link--I'll try it.  Do you know if it will work on a time lapse that's an mp4?

It sure does!


  • Special Ed likes this

#8 Special Ed

Special Ed

    Hubble

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 12,745
  • Joined: 18 May 2003
  • Loc: Greenbrier County, WV 38N, 80W

Posted 17 April 2024 - 09:47 AM

Thanks.  smile.gif



#9 Special Ed

Special Ed

    Hubble

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 12,745
  • Joined: 18 May 2003
  • Loc: Greenbrier County, WV 38N, 80W

Posted 19 April 2024 - 08:11 AM

Well, my computer is apparently too old and feeble to run DaVinci Resolve.  I guess I'll just be satisfied with the time lapse as is.


  • chvvkumar likes this



Reply to this topic



  

CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.


Recent Topics






Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics