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Chat / Re: Stupid mistakes - FUN THREAD
« Last post by MarkH on Today at 09:22:04 »
Yes I am a member Carole, I'll try and pop down to one of the imaging sessions when we get some decent darkness back again.
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Chat / Re: Stupid mistakes - FUN THREAD
« Last post by Carole on Today at 09:09:07 »
Mark, are you a member of the OAS, if so you should come to one of the imaging sessions, perhaps we can help.

If you're not, then you should pop down to one of our Astro camps, bring your kit and we can help there too.

Carole
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Astrophotography / Re: Three Planets Montage
« Last post by Carole on Today at 09:06:20 »
Excellent Mark, great job. 

Carole
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Astrophotography / Re: Three Planets Montage
« Last post by MarkH on Today at 08:00:03 »
Very nice Mark 😀
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Chat / Re: Stupid mistakes - FUN THREAD
« Last post by MarkH on Today at 07:50:35 »
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Mine is thinking I could possibly accomplish any sort of astro imaging  :roll:

Ha ha.  So what is the problem and how far have you got?

I've tried almost everything Carole, I'm quite an accomplished photographer but when it comes to the night sky something eludes me. I've tried unguided short exposure stacking. I've tried wide angle camera on its back medium exposure  stacking. I've tried equatorial untracked motor driven short and medium exposure. I did once get some half decent high magnification lunar shots but that was about it. It feels like I'm trying to complete a huge jigsaw puzzle with half the pieces missing. In one last attempt  I'm going to try guiding with phd or the like. I have built a very robust guide scope mount with zero flexure, I've bought a qhy-5-ll camera to guide with and I'll give it a try. But every thing up until now has been absolutely rubbish. Don't hold your breath...........
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Astrophotography / Three Planets Montage
« Last post by MarkS on Today at 00:47:10 »
Montage of 3 planets from Friday night (22 June 2018).

Taken using Altair GPCAM2 on Celestron C11 with x2 Barlow. Each planet used 3500 video frames of 20ms each. Processed in AutoStakkert!3 and Registax 5.1


 
Quality isn't brilliant because the seeing was very average and the planets are very low in the sky this year.

First to appear was Jupiter followed 3 hours later by Saturn, followed 2 hours later by Mars.  Also Mars is suffering a planet-wide dust storm at present which obscures detail.

Mark
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Chat / Re: Stupid mistakes - FUN THREAD
« Last post by Carole on Yesterday at 22:57:01 »
So I take it you are happy you have given up imaging Julian?

Roger have you done the image with the Bahtinov mask still on scenario, I think we've all done that at one point or another, even Mark.

Carole
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Chat / Re: Stupid mistakes - FUN THREAD
« Last post by Apophis on Yesterday at 22:52:08 »
The first time i imaged from on my patio, i was focusing with a bhatinov mask on the scope and when i finished and was inside with my laptop in my bedroom , and like you do i slewed the scope to a target and heard a CRASH from outside of course i rushed out thinking the scope had fallen over but alas all i found was a Bhatinov mask in 5 or 6 pieces on the patio floor.
Roger
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Chat / Re: Stupid mistakes - FUN THREAD
« Last post by julian on Yesterday at 22:18:48 »
Starting to image in the first place  :lol:. Could of saved a lot of money and not get wound up like a clock spring.
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Chat / Re: Stupid mistakes - FUN THREAD
« Last post by Carole on Yesterday at 11:22:46 »
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All the above and all the below...  :lol:
Ha ha Robert, all the below as well.  In other words you name it .... you've done it. 

Carole
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