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by The Bat
Thu Apr 09, 2009 8:25 am
Forum: Computers and astronomy
Topic: Help - IC Capture keeps stalling!
Replies: 1
Views: 2386

Help - IC Capture keeps stalling!

I was trying to make the most of a reasonably clear night last night to hone my image capture techniques with another bash at Saturn, but ran into difficulties with IC Capture. The live image looked normal, with the planet bobbing about, but when I started recording, every few seconds the image on s...
by The Bat
Tue Apr 07, 2009 2:27 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Got my heart set on one of these...
Replies: 11
Views: 3762

Hi Sam My experience is limited to one telescope, so I am also not the best person to advise, but when I was researching I have to say that I was put off the motorised tripod styles after reading reviews on some where the drive system had failed. I have a tracking motor on my mount, but it's separat...
by The Bat
Tue Apr 07, 2009 1:46 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: What to Buy? Telescope/Binos?
Replies: 6
Views: 2075

Hi Julie I have a pair of Bresser 10 x 50 which I picked up for about £25. They are fine and got a reasonable review in one of the mags considering their price. As for telescopes, that question has been asked a thousand times here. I am not the best person to advise with my limited experience of one...
by The Bat
Tue Apr 07, 2009 9:06 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Moon pictures, 2nd/3rd April
Replies: 6
Views: 1386

Hi Dave, I am now using Registax 5. I was having trouble with 4 groaning under the weight of more than 2000 frames.

Am just looking at these on my monitor at work and they do appear darker than at home. I might have to brighten them up a bit.

Rachel
by The Bat
Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:23 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Moon pictures, 2nd/3rd April
Replies: 6
Views: 1386

Moon pictures, 2nd/3rd April

Since it's cloudy, I have found some avi's that I hadn't processed (or had processed but wasn't happy with), but with my growing confidence in Registax, here are the results: Love the outline of Crater Moretus in the shadow in this one (3rd April): http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3595/3419436518_368d...
by The Bat
Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:39 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Moon Craters
Replies: 5
Views: 1011

Bit of an experiment, but I used Arzachel as the alignment point for both sets of images above and managed to combine them into one picture. I was quite pleased with the result.

Image

Rachel
by The Bat
Sun Apr 05, 2009 10:40 am
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Astrophotography Help
Replies: 14
Views: 5412

Deciding what sort of objects you want to image is a good idea before splashing out on the equipment as this will determine what sort of equipment you should be buying. There is no 'one size fits all'. Only just started on this imaging thing myself and I found it all equally confusing to begin with,...
by The Bat
Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:38 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: A couple of Moon pics
Replies: 8
Views: 1612

Hi Dave, looks like you and I are learning together. We even posted pictures of the same craters! :)

Rachel
by The Bat
Sat Apr 04, 2009 7:08 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Moon Craters
Replies: 5
Views: 1011

Moon Craters

Well, here are my first attempts at lunar imaging. Bit fuzzy but the avi's were pretty rubbish. Only had a window of a few mins between putting the kids to bed and the moon disappearing behind my roof, so the heat from said rooftop didn't help. I think I could have done with more avi's because by th...
by The Bat
Fri Apr 03, 2009 9:38 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Saturn 2nd April
Replies: 7
Views: 1577

Aha, have also discovered how to align multiple avi's in Registax, so have now reprocessed the above to a stack size of 2800. Less grainy, and a hint of Cassini division. I am a bit limited with regards to increasing my focal length since I am already using a 2x Barlow (and I don't own a 3x), but it...
by The Bat
Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:41 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Saturn 2nd April
Replies: 7
Views: 1577

Saturn 2nd April

I have found out what a difference the camera settings can make. This time I reduced the exposure, upped the frame rate and fiddled around with practically everything else (gain, gamma, saturation, codec... focus!). And this is the result: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3401/3408263938_f604c74ded.jp...
by The Bat
Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:58 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Big lunar mosaic (Moon aged 4.1 days)
Replies: 7
Views: 1462

That is amazing! It's like practically being on the moon when you get zoomed in there. Fantastic detail.
by The Bat
Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:23 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: First ever picture - Saturn
Replies: 19
Views: 3472

OK, I feel like I am getting somewhere. Have discovered the stretch histogram function, so finally I have a brighter image! And a little Photoshop processing to blot out the ghost and here's the result. http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3642/3399153131_2a65b112cc.jpg I think there are just too many dod...
by The Bat
Sat Mar 28, 2009 4:51 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: First ever picture - Saturn
Replies: 19
Views: 3472

Yes, there's always been that element of the ghost about it, but in the earlier image I think it was masked by it being slightly hazier overall. When I look at the original AVI, I am amazed anything like this has actually come out of it. The image was wobbly, frequently fuzzy, completely out of focu...
by The Bat
Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:52 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: First ever picture - Saturn
Replies: 19
Views: 3472

Right, I have had another go with Registax - thanks, GeorgeC, for the tips. I hadn't appreciated the significance of the scroll bar (which I had played with before clicking Limit - thought it was just a scroll bar!) and the Lowest Quality button (which was set at 80%). Have now managed to produce th...