Monday, December 31, 2007

Orion Nebula - using 'Real Digital Unsharp Masking'

Different colour everytime.

Happy New Year

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Drift Alignment Info:

BTW; here's one of the simplest explanations that I've seen anywhere regarding drift alignment.

Thanks to Dick locke.

Orion 29th Dec 2007

Seeing wasn't very good again last night, so I gave up on Mars and went back to M42 in Orion. Even though it's very low in the sky and sitting in all the light pollution, it's amazing what can be achieved, (although it is the brightest nebula in the sky).
I also managed to get some good long duration shots of a minute, which amazed me as well.
The only problem I seem to be having is the colour, when the image comes out of Deepsky Stacker it is almost all blue in colour. I have tweaked the colour in Paintshop, but I'm not sure if it is correct.
I shot all the images in Canon's RAW mode, each image was about 10Mb in size :-0

The image at the bottom is a larger version with slightly different processing.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Orion Nebula M42 - 26th Dec 2007

Processed in Deepsky stacker and Paintshop Pro.
BTW the seeing wasn't very good, I'm amazed the camera picked up anything.
Nearly a full Moon as well.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

The Moon & Mars 23rd Dec 2007

Composite of two exposures. An idea taken from todays APOD.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Alpine Valley from 5th Aug 2007

Here's an old one of the Alpine Valley that I haven't processed before now.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Mars 19th Dec 2007

Monday, December 17, 2007

Mars 16th Dec R(G)B

Mars 16th Dec 2007 RRGB

125% re-sized.

Below; slightly more aggressive processing:-

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Mars 16th Dec 2007

Mars 15th Dec 2007 RRGB

Below images; enhanced & re-sized in Paintshop Pro.

Below; Red filter.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Mars 13th Dec 2007


Red Filter

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Orion Nebula M42... first time.

The seeing was bad last night, so much so that I gave up imaging Mars and switched to M42. Orion is still low in the sky, but as a first rough I'm quite pleased with the results.
38 images processed in Registax. No darks or flats.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Red filtered Mars 8th Dec 2007

4x Imagemate and barlow extension, no re-size.

Below; Calsky reference image.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Mars setup 2007

Here's my current setup for capturing Mars 2007; C9.25, Crayford focuser, Chop stick focus aid, Astro Engineering 5 filter wheel, 4 x Imagemate barlow, DMK B&W ccd... oh! and some good seeing... but not tonight, otherwise I wouldn't be showing this stuff ;-)

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Spirit in the Columbia Hills

This FX or manufactured image of Spirit in the Columbia Hills was produced using "Virtual Presence in Space" technology, developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where the rovers were designed and built.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Monday, December 03, 2007