A new clip from Babak Tafreshi with music by Ali Raini:
That is "MagicalMedia" I loved it. Thanks for the post!
Not sure how to post this other than a URL but let me know what you think after watching the whole clip.
An ambitious project indeed! And a very cool and inspiring one!
Hercules is now coming into view- got this one last night- the whole field of view and a 100% crop (800/5.6, ISO 1250):
My technique is finally good enough that I needed to program periodic error correction (PEC) on the motors; my first attempt wasn't great but I could still nearly double the exposure time (5 s to 8 s). Presumably, as I keep refining the PEC, the performance will continue to improve.
Up to 28 minutes total exposure time- image quality and colorimetrics significantly improved:
You know, when I came across this image all I could think is, this belongs on the OBU thread. So here are the Spanish peaks in Colorado, along with credit where credit is due.
For the next few days, (from left to right) saturn, mars, and jupiter are all visible at night:
And a little zoomed in (the red spot is visible):
Tonight, 9pm- midnight, Europa is transiting Jupiter and the shadow may be visible (midnight - 3am, EST)... fingers crossed for good viewing conditions!
the image in the previous post was better, colour wise ... you have gone back to a very green hue in this one The star sharpness in this one is much better
You guys sure make me want a nice "Scope" I'm feeling motivated but I have a lot to learn.
I feel exactly the same . I've been thinking about a scope for years now, but I've had other things to do, and if I get a scope I want to put it to good use. I have been very tempted by this entry level scope, which have got some pretty good reviews (e.g. it won the comparison with other scopes here: http://telescopes.toptenreviews.com/telescopes-for-beginners-review/celestron-cosmos-review.html [Broken])...
And a clip here:
I can speak from experience- people here are excellent resources for learning this stuff. Go for it!
I'm going to start getting the ducks in a row, it will take time but I have been accused of having too much patience.
I also find these sites inspirational.
Another investment opportunity missed.
http://www.celestron.com/browse-shop/astronomy/telescopes/cosmos-90gt-wifi-telescope $400.00 US
Amazon $670.47 US
That would be a nice starter.
Now that I have PEC working fairly well, I'm able to acquire many more useful images- here's 40 minutes total integration time, with fairly strict thresholds for image acceptability based on DSS 'score' and 'FWHM':
A small section of the total field, showing NGC 6207:
And a 100% crop, cranking up the saturation ('cuz I can...)
Thanks to davenn for helpful hints...
Page source: http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/hubble-s-high-definition-panoramic-view-of-the-andromeda-galaxy
Full size image is here (click twice to zoom in order to see the enormous amount of stars as small pixels...)
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