Tuesday, July 31, 2007

M13 - re-processed.

Here's the 30th July M13 re-processed using MaxDSLR and Photoshop CS2. Using a guide from Covington Inovations.

Monday, July 30, 2007

M57 - Canon EOS 400D image.

Stack of 13 images.
This shot, and all of the previous DSO images were taken with a full Moon.

M13 using Canon EOS 400D.

Here's a stack of 11 images taken using my Canon 400D. Stacked in Registax and processed in Paintshop Pro and Photoshop CS2.

M57 in B&W and colour.

Here's M57 again using my DMK and this time a 6.3 Meade focal reducer.

Below in colour using LRGB filter wheel at prime focus.


First use of my LRGB filters.
Mars was VERY low and there was a lot of turbulance, I was too tired to wait for it to get any higher.
Managed to capture a bit of detail, that was mainly on the red filtered image. The time was about 2:00 BST.

If I remember, I'm gonna get up at gone 4:00 ish tomorrow to catch it again, should be clear.


DMK in B&W.
Bottom image, re-processed using Deepsky Stacker.

Mars... my first shot of the red planet this year. In B&W.

DMK, no filters.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Jupiter 29th July 2007

Using red filter in B&W. 1000 frames.

GRS bang in the middle. You can't even make out the spot when observing!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Using the new DMK.

Here's first light with the DMK.
Please Note; Jupiter is not very good to view or image from the UK this year :-(

M57; a collection of 33, 8 second exposures taken with the DMK, really easy to do using the IC Capture s/w that came with the camera and processed later in Registax.

Here's a lovely Hubble view.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Off topic: UK floods.

We've had some amazing weather in the UK of late. We nearly got flooded out the other day, here's a couple of pics. My house is past those parked cars over the bridge.

Below is the scene facing the other way :-0

Saturday, July 21, 2007


This is a great resource for anything to do with the Moon.

Here's an example of Schröter's Valley, Apollo 15 image AS15-88-12002, processed by Stefan Lammel.

Fancy being in a spacecraft going around the Moon and seeing this outside your window.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Astronomik filter test... that's better, no tweaking required.

Here's a colour test using the Astronomik filters below.
This isn't a very scientific test, the DMK is just shoved in the end of a 200mm Tamron telephoto lens and balanced on a table in my observatory, so there's quite a bit of movement and the images didn't register too well. But it works, and the colours seem a bit more truthful compared to the Canon DSLR image below.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Astronomik L-RGB filters.

Recieved my Astronomik L-RGB filter set today from Telescope House, (brilliant company, really good to do business with, stuff's always in stock and with you the next day. I bought a 5x Powermate from them and couldn't get on with it, and they swapped it for a 2.5x Powermate, no problem).

The filters have a weird mirrored surface.

Here they are installed in the Astro Engineering 'Imagers filter wheel'... now where's Mars?!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Opportunity :: Navigation Camera :: Sol 1211

I love this image... look at the layering.

Credit NASA

Going to the Zoo, Zoo, Zoo... how about you,you,you.

Here's a new game to play when you've got nothing else to do... beware though it's tricky ;-)

Sunday, July 15, 2007

DMK Colour test.

Here's a test of my DMK using some Celestron filters that came with my eyepiece set.

Not bad considering they're not the right type of filters.

Red No.25, Blue No.80A, Green No.56 and Baader UV/IR for Luminance.

Below is the same scene taken with my Canon 400D.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Cassini image of spokes in Saturn's rings.

Just had to post this great image from Cassini.

My first DMK capture files processed with Registax.

This is so clear compared to the Toucam Pro, the noise is really small, although these were shot under optimum lighting conditions.

Yes that is a cotton bud below ;-)

Region of interest (ROI) below, this will be a very handy feature later on.

The software that comes with the camera is brilliant.

The DMK... it works.

Here's an image untouched straight out of the IC Capture.AS software, that comes with the camera.
The lens that came with the camera is a really good macro lens.

DMK 21AF04.AS Camera.

Got my DMK camera today. With free C/CS to 1.25" Adaptor and free Varifocal 6.0-15mm Lens from Opticstar. £265 all in postage included.
I need to dash out and buy the longest Firewire cable that I can find now, I think 4m is the maximum length... stay tuned.



30sec exposure, Canon 400D.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Sky tonight.

Here is the sky taken with my new Canon EOS 400D... brilliant camera

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

New Camera!!

I bought a new camera today. Canon EOS-400D 17-85 IS Kit, 10.1 Mega pixel CMOS, 9 Point AF, DIGIC II, Self Cleaning sensor, 3 Frames/sec, 0.2 sec startup, EF/EFS lenses, Image stabilizer, 2.5" LCD, for astro photography and general snaps.
Now all I have to do is learn how to use it, although it's not dissimilar in usage to my Canon Powershot A620... stay tuned.

The macro is good, this plant from my garden is about 20mm across.

Also coming soon... a DMK CCD camera... you ain't seen nothing yet!