Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Another Mars via f/55 in my 8" avg seeing



I took 2min @ RGB every 15 min from 2300 to 0115 to make an animation of the rotation, but I think some of the frames are not very good when the seeing dipped to 4/10. This single capture might be near 6/10 but not by much. Capture details in the image.

Stay warm and don't be afraid of avg seeing in such a cold spell up here in the N. Hemi, Mars isn't going to get too much bigger!!!

Mike

Friday, January 1, 2010

Recent Deep-Sky Astronomy work

4 nights in December, most of which had bad seeing.  2 of them, I started with the CGE aligned and the white, 6" Schmidt-Newt on top and changed it out at midnight or later, in freezing temps (20*F) for the Orange 8" SCT.  Phew.  It wasn't very fruitful, but felt good to be able to field switch as the single armed fork C8i mount was still in the shop.

Ok, here's the totals:

4 nights
6 hr and 29 minutes of *Stacked* images represented here.  Some were thrown away and or not processed yet!
I also got my dad some time on M31 with his Canon 50d at ISO 3200  :)  - too bad the tracking wasn't better for ya dad!

M34:





M1:






M45:



Horsehead and Flame Nebulae - at a whopping 3.2 hours of stacked data!  I'd like to add more to reduce the noise!  Any tricks?!  Lots of varied subs, but perhaps too long or too high an ISO?

I like it and it's perhaps my longest yet...



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I think I'm the kind of person who doesn't like strong opinions.  It doesn't matter if I agree with your opinion or not, it's not factual, it never will be 100% factual and I don't care for it.  That's probably why I hate politics.

I've always loved facts, provable facts of nature and things concerning science.  

Over time, I found that most facts are mostly reference and it was the creation of and discovery of new things that intrigued me.

"A good friend once told me you are our memory
without them we equal nothing
And all I can see is the place I wanna be
Suddenly my life was so free
Leaves at my feet, blown to the ground
their echoes are reaching my ears
Nights coming fast, suns going down" - A7x