Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Clavius re-sampled 1.5 x

...and using 6 point MAP in Registax.

Video from Clavius capture.

Click on image to see a small portion of video from the Clavius capture the other night
This shows the seeing conditions for the 26th Feb 2007 session.


Monday, February 26, 2007

Various Moon from 26th Feb 2007

4 image mosaic, 2.5x Powermate.

4 image mosaic, the lower right quadrant is a bit duff! the seeing was getting pretty bad by then.

The seeing wasn't really up to using my 4x Imagemate Barlow... but I'd thought I'd give it a go with Pitatus here.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager - Jupiter.

The New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager took this 2-millisecond exposure of Jupiter at 04:41:04 UTC on January 24, 2007. The spacecraft was 57 million kilometers (35.3 million miles) from Jupiter, closing in on the giant planet at 41,500 miles (66,790 kilometers) per hour. At right are the moons Io (bottom) and Ganymede; Ganymede's shadow creeps toward the top of Jupiter's northern hemisphere.
Two of Jupiter's largest storms are visible; the Great Red Spot on the western (left) limb of the planet, trailing the Little Red Spot on the eastern limb, at slightly lower latitude. The Great Red Spot is a 300-year old storm more than twice the size of Earth. The Little Red Spot, which formed over the past decade from the merging of three smaller storms, is about half the size of its older and "greater" counterpart.
From New Horizons website
Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Mission: Rosetta flyby of Mars.

True-colour image of Mars seen by OSIRIS.
From the ESA site; The first true-colour image generated using the OSIRIS orange (red), green and blue colour filers. The image was acquired on 24 February at 19:28 CET from a distance of about 240 000 km; image resolution is about 5 km/pixel.
Photo Credits: ESA © 2007 MPS for OSIRIS Team.

Cassini Saturn image 20th Feb 2007

Here's a lovely image from the Cassini website showing the south pole.

Credit: CICLOPS/Space Science InstituteBoulder, CO

Moon from 22nd Feb 2007

Here's a couple from the 22nd, I wasn't going to process them, but they weren't as bad as I thought. Seeing wasn't that great, but it's the first time it's been clear for bloody ages!

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Saturn from 4th Feb re-processed.

Re-processed using MAP processing in Registax 4. 5 Alignment points, 2000 frames. Re-sampled at 1.5 times.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Cleaning my Corrector plate

Here are the photo's that I took whilst cleaning my corrector plate. I used the instructions on the Starizona website, and it worked great. Only took a few minutes.

Isopropyl alcohol & Distilled water, mixed 50:50
100% Cotton balls
Soft brush (make-up Blusher brush, in a handy container, from Boots Chemist)

BTW I've had this scope over a year now and this is the first time I've cleaned it. You can see it needed it!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Cleaning Optics.

Here's a good site telling you how to clean your optics... I'll be doing this soon (my corrector plate is a mess), so I'll tell you how I get on.

Frosty scope picture time... not mine BTW.

Great picture though.

Saturn 14th Feb 2007

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Joke time...

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Venus 6th Feb 2007

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Re-sampled version of Saturn 00:51

I was really lucky with the seeing last night. I came back out after midnight to do some more imaging, and the seeing was good. By the time I took this last AVI the seeing was very good, but soon after it went back to good and then bad. And that was it. ;-)
The Toucam (as everyone knows) suffers a lot from noise, so at f/40 the gain has to be about 50%, and the gamma around midway. To disguise some of the noise I've blurred the image. It gives it a nice dreamy, surreal look, don't you think? Mabey not strictly scientific, but that's processing for ya!

More Saturn from the 4th Feb 2007

Top image; 4x Imagemate and barlow extension tube.
4x Imagemate.

Best Saturn to date; 4th Feb 2007 (3 versions)

Image below re-processed in 2009 with Photoshop CS4.

C9.25, 4x Imagemate, Toucam Pro, Registax 4, Paintshop Pro, 2000/3000 frame avi @10fps.

3 versions of the same thing... take ya pick!

Saturn from the Cassini spacecraft.

Friday, February 02, 2007