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Thursday, November 16, 2017

 

M2 and M27 with AstroDMx Capture for Linux and a QHY-5L-II-M

16 bit Tiff files were captured of M27(50 images) with UHC filter and M2(80 images) with LP filter, with matching dark-frames, using AstroDMx Capture for Linux with an f/5, Skywatcher Explorer 130 P-DS OTA Newtonian and a QHY-5L-II-M camera, mounted on a Celestron AVX, EQ, GOTO mount. The images were stacked and dark-frame corrected in Deep Sky Stacker running in Wine. Fits files were produced and processed in ESA, ESO, NASA Fits Liberator software running in Wine. The final output Tiff images were post processed in the Gimp 2.9.
Click on an image to get a closer view.


Screenshot of AstroDMx Capture for Linux

Screenshot of Deep Sky Stacker with the M2 data


Screenshot of Fits Liberator with the M2 data


M2


Screenshot of Deep Sky Stacker with the M27 data


Screenshot of Fits Liberator with the M27 data


M27

Steve Wainwright & Nicola Mackin

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

 

Deep Sky sketches

A 150mm refractor was used with a Watec camera as an electronic eyepiece. Click on a drawing to get a closer view.







Jim Startup
 

Stephan's Quintet

Altair Astro 6 inch Ritchey Chretien, 1370mm focal length, Starlight Xpress H694 mono ccd camera, imaged and guided with Maxim DL. 6 x 5 minute subs each of L, R, G and B followed by a further 15 x 10 minute subs in luminance alone. All exposures binned 2x2 to give an image scale of 1.4 arc seconds per pixel. Stacked as luminance and rgb separately in Maxim DL then further processed and finally combined in Pixinsight. Click on the image to get a closer view.


Anne Startup

Monday, November 13, 2017

 

Venus-Jupiter close conjunction

Venue Jupiter conjunction taken with a Canon Powershot G10. Zoomed and cropped in Adobe Elements 11. Click on an image to get a closer view.


Colin Miles


Nicola Mackin with a Nikon D5100 DSLR


Steve Wainwright with a Pentax K-x DSLR

Sunday, November 12, 2017

 

M15 with a QHY 5L-II-M camera, a Skywatcher Explorer 130 P-DS and AstroDMx Capture for Linux

M15 using the Skywatcher Explorer 130 P-DS OTA mounted on a Celestron AVX EQ Mount. AstroDMx Capture for Linux was used to capture 150 x 5s 16bit frames plus 50 matching dark-frames with a QHY 5L II M camera. Click on an image to get a closer view.
M15

Screenshot of AstroDMx Capture for Linux

Steve Wainwright & Nicola Mackin

Friday, November 10, 2017

 

Telescopes through the ages

Thursday November 9th Dr Chris North, Sky at Night Presenter and researcher from Cardiff University, gave a fascinating lecture on Telescopes through the ages to a packed audience.
The talk ranged from the earliest astronomical telescopes of Harriot and Galileo, through ever increasing sized land based telescopes, space telescopes, and devices that can detect neutrinos and gravitational waves. A lively discussion followed and Dr North agreed to give us another lecture in 2019.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

 

80% waning Moon

Celestron 9.25 SCT AVX, 2x Televue Barlow, ZWO ASI120MC-S camera, 5000 images captured in Firecapture 2.5x64, 500 stacked and aligned in AutoStakkert!2.3, wavelets in Registax 6, then edited in Adobe Elements 11

Aristoteles, Mitchel 


Theophilus, Madler


Celestron 9.25 SCT AVX, 2x Televue Barlow, ZWO ASI120MC-S Camera, 3000 images captured in Firecapture 2.5x64, 500 stacked and aligned in AutoStakkert!2.3, wavelets in Registax 6, then edited in Adobe Elements 11

Piccolomini, Rothmann 


Celestron 9.25 SCT AVX, 2x Televue Barlow, ZWO ASI120MC-S Camera, 3000 images captured in Firecapture 2.5x64, 500 stacked and aligned in AutoStakkert!2.3, wavelets in Registax 6, then edited in Adobe Elements 11

Democritus, Arnold, Kane, Nelson 


Celestron 9.25 SCT AVX, 2x Televue Barlow, ZWO ASI120MC-S Camera, 3000 images captured in Firecapture 2.5x64, 500 stacked and aligned in AutoStakkert!2.3, wavelets in Registax 6, then edited in Adobe Elements 11

Fracastorius, Rothmann 

Colin Miles

Monday, November 6, 2017

 

95% waning Moon with AstroDMx Capture for Linux and a QHY 5L-II-M camera

A 130mm, f/5 Newtonian was mounted on a Star Discovery AZ, GOTO mount. AstroDMx Capture for Linux was used with a QHY 5L-II-M camera to capture 4 overlapping, 1000 frame SER files of the Moon. The best 50% of the images in the SER files were stacked in Autostakkert! 3. The resulting images were stitched into a mosaic with Microsoft ICE, and the resulting image wavelet processed in Registax 5.1, both running in Wine. The final image was processed in the Gimp 2.9.
Click on the image to get a closer view.


Steve Wainwright & Nicola Mackin
 

The Orion Nebula with AstroDMx Capture for Linux, a 5", f/5 Newtonian and a QHY 5L-II-M camera

100 x 3s, 16 bit Tiff images were captured of the Orion Nebula with AstroDMx Capture for Linux and a QHY 5L-II-M camera, and a 130mm, f/5 Newtonian mounted on a Star Discovery AZ, GOTO mount. 60 x 5s 16 bit Tiff images were also captured. Matching dark frames were captured. All of the images were dark-frame corrected, de-rotated and stacked in Deep Sky Stacker running in Wine. The final image was processed in the Gimp 2.9. Click on the image to get a closer view.


Steve Wainwright & Nicola Mackin
 

Detail on the 95% waning Moon

Celestron 9.25 SCT AVX, 2xTelevue Barlow, ZWO ASI120MC-S, 3000 images captured in Firecapture 2.5x64, 1000 stacked and aligned in AutoStakkert!2.3, wavelets in Registax 6, then edited in Adobe Elements 11

Petavius, Wrottesley 


Celestron 9.25 SCT AVX, ZWO ASI120MC-S, 3000 images captured in Firecapture 2.5x64, 1000 stacked and aligned in AutoStakkert!2.3, wavelets in Registax 6, then edited in Adobe Elements 11

Mare Crisium, Proclus, Macrobius, Cleomedes 

Celestron 9.25 SCT AVX, 2xTelevue Barlow, ZWO ASI120MC-S, 3000 images captured in Firecapture 2.5x64, 500 stacked and aligned in AutoStakkert!2.3, wavelets in Registax 6, then edited in Adobe Elements 11

Messala, Hooke, Schumacher 2xBarlow 20171105 


Langrenus, Atwood, Bilharz 2xBarlow 20171105


Cleomedes, Tralles, Burckhart 2xBarlow 20171105


Burckhardt, Geminus, Bernoulli 2xBarlow 20171105


Colin Miles
 

Lunar Mosaic with AstroDMx Capture for Linux and a QHY 5L-II-M

4 panel mosaic of the terminator of the 95% waning Moon. 1000 frame SER files Captured with AstroDMx Capture for Linux, a 5", f/5 Newtonian mounted on a Star Discovery AZ, GOTO mount and a QHY 5L-II-M camera. The best 50% of frames of each SER file were stacked in Autostakkert! 3, Stitched in Microsoft ICE and wavelet processed in Registax 5.1, all running in Wine. The final image was processed in the Gimp 2.9. Click on the image to get a closer view.


Steve Wainwright & Nicola Mackin

Thursday, November 2, 2017

 

92% waxing lunar studies

Celestron 9.25 SCT AVX, ZWO ASI120MC-S, 5000 images captured in Firecapture 2.5x64, 500 stacked and aligned in AutoStakkert!2.3, wavelets in Registax 6, then edited in Adobe Elements 11. Click on an image to get a closer view.

Anaximenes, Carpenter, Anaximander, Pythagoras, Babbage, J Herschel, Robinson, Oenopides 20171101 

Celestron 9.25 SCT AVX, ZWO ASI120MC-S, 3000 images captured in Firecapture 2.5x64, 500 stacked and aligned in AutoStakkert!2.3, wavelets in Registax 6, then edited in Adobe Elements 11

Sinus Iridum, Sinus Roris, Anaximander, Pythagoras, Harpalus,  Babbage 20171101 

Colin Miles

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

 

92% waxing, gibbous Moon with AstroDMx Capture and a QHY 5L-II-M camera.

Seven overlapping panels of the 68%, waxing Moon were imaged with a 6 inch Star Discovery Newtonian OTA mounted in rings and mounted on a Celestron AVx GOTO, EQ mount and a QHY 5L-II-M camera. AstroDMx Capture for Linux was used to capture 2000 frame SER files for each panel. The best 50% of the frames in each of the SER files were registered and stacked in Autostakkert!2.6.8 running in Wine. The seven resulting images were stitched in Microsoft ICE running in Wine. The resulting image was wavelet processed in Registax 5.1 also running in Wine. The final image was post processed in the Gimp 2.9. Click on an image to get a closer view.

Screenshot of AstroDMx Capture for Linux

92% waxing, gibbous Moon

Steve Wainwright and Nicola Mackin

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

 

Lunar detatil

68% waxing Moon
Celestron 9.25 SCT AVX, ZWO ASI120MC-S, 5000 images captured in Firecapture 2.5x64, 500 stacked and aligned in AutoStakkert!2.3, wavelets in Registax 6, then edited in Adobe Elements 11.
Click on an image to get a closer view.

Montes Appenines, Eratosthenes

Celestron 9.25 SCT AVX, ZWO ASI120MC-S, 6041 images captured in Firecapture 2.5x64, 500 stacked and aligned in AutoStakkert!2.3, wavelets in Registax 6, then edited in Adobe Elements 11

Eratosthenes, Copernicus, Montes Carpatus


Celestron 9.25 SCT AVX, ZWO ASI120MC-S, 3000 images captured in Firecapture 2.5x64, 500 stacked and aligned in AutoStakkert!2.3, wavelets in Registax 6, then edited in Adobe Elements 11
Clavius, Maginus, Tycho, Longomontus, Blancanus in Shadow

Celestron 9.25 SCT AVX, ZWO ASI120MC-S, 5000 images captured in Firecapture 2.5x64, 500 stacked and aligned in AutoStakkert!2.3, wavelets in Registax 6, then edited in Adobe Elements 11


Cassini, Theaetetus, Aristillus, Autolycus, Archimedes, Conon, Timocharis, Eratosthenes, Montes Apenninus

Colin Miles

Monday, October 30, 2017

 

68% waxing, gibbous Moon with AstroDMx Capture for Linux and a Star Discovery Newtonian OTA

Six overlapping panels of the 68%, waxing Moon were imaged with a 6 inch Star Discovery Newtonian OTA mounted in rings and mounted on a Celestron AVx GOTO, EQ mount and a QHY 5L-II-M camera. AstroDMx Capture for Linux was used to capture 2000 frame SER files for each panel. The best 50% of the frames in each of the SER files were registered and stacked in Autostakkert!2.6.8 running in Wine. The six resulting images were stitched in Microsoft ICE running in Wine. The resulting image was wavelet processed in Registax 5.1 also running in Wine. The final image was post processed in the Gimp 2.9.

The equipment setup with a Star Discovery Newtonian OTA mounted in rings on an AVX GOTO EQ mount

Screenshot of AstroDMx Capture for Linux

Click on the image to get a closer view.

Steve Wainwright

Saturday, October 28, 2017

 

11-panel lunar image with AstroDMx Capture for Linux and a Skymax 127 Maksutov

Eleven overlapping panels of the 48%, waxing Moon were imaged with a Skymax 127 Maksutov mounted on a Celestron AVx GOTO mount and a QHY 5L-II-M camera. AstroDMx Capture for Linux was used to capture 2000 frame SER files for each panel. The best 50% of the frames in each of the SER files were registered and stacked in Autostakkert!3 running in Wine. The resulting images were wavelet processed in Registax 5.1 also running in Wine. The 11 resulting images were stitched in Microsoft ICE running in Wine. The images were combined and post processed in the Gimp 2.9.
Click on the image to get a closer view.


Steve Wainwright
 

Solar and deep sky sketches

Modified 140mm refractor + PST with a 10mm eyepiece


Deep sky sketches using a 152mm refractor and watec camera as an electronic eyepiece:









Jim Startup

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