Thursday, 3 January 2013

The Solar System

This image was made by stacking 982 frames of an AVI file in Registax. I used a Philips Toucam Pro 740k and a 2.5x Barlow attached to my Meade 10" Newtonian.

 Very pleased with this one, as I managed to get three of the Galilean moons and one of the magnitude -6 stars of Taurus. There was a trade off of planetary detail to allow the webcam to pick out the moons and star.

Jupiter imaged from the observatory on Thursday Jan 3rd 2013.
The seeing was terrible, I'm very surprised I
managed to get anything at all let alone this.

Location- The Fochabers Observatory
Scope- Meade 10"SN
Camera- Philips ToUcam
Processing- 809 frame stacked in Registax and final adjustment in Photoshop Elements

500 frame stacked in Registax
Scope- Meade 10"SN
2.5X Barlow
Camera- Philips SPC900 nc webcam
Processing- Registax and Photoshop

The Sun
This image was captured on September 23th 2012 at 12:30UT. It's a white light image taken through my 10" LXD 55 using a Canon EOS 300D. Twelve 200iso at 1/2500sec' frames were stacked using Registax and then processed in Photoshop to make this final image.

 Venus and Jupiter conjunction
While waiting for the Northern lights on March 15th 2012, I photographed the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter from Spey Bay looking over the River Spey towards Garmouth.

Moon & Saturn
Took this image on Sunday 11th March a 01:30am of The Moon and Saturn (upper left) and the brightest star in Virgo Spica (upper right). 
The photo may be a little out of focus as I had just returned from the pub! This I apologize for.

This is the first time I have image Jupiter A- focally (attached to an eyepiece) with my webcam. The seeing wasn't great as there was a thin cloud layer developing from the west, the outcome is not bad for my first attempt.  

SCOPE- Meade LXD55 10inch SN
CAMERA- Philips ToUcam
EYEPIECE- 12mm Meade (84x)
500 frames processed in Registax and Photoshop.

Sunspot group 1302, 28th Sept 2011
Here's my first attempt at imaging the Sun with my newly purchased PST (Personal Solar Telescope).
Date- 03-07-2011
Time- 1427

This second image is better I think as there is less lense flare and more detail on the Suns surface.
If you look closely you can see an active reigon and filament top centre.
Tec details
Telescope- PST
Camera- Philip Toucam
500 frames stacked using Registax
and processed in Photoshop
The Filament and active sunspot region with more detail

Just for a change the Sun came out here in Scotland today, I managed to get a couple of decent shots of the Sun spot groups 1161 & 1162. This is a composite image made from two separate images, the full disc was taken at prime focus and the close up using a 20mm eyepiece (afocal) 51x.
Technical information
Scope- Meade LXD 55 10  SN
Camera- Canon EOS 300D
Processing- Photoshop C3

This image of Comet Hartley was taken on the night of Oct 3rd.A wonderfully clear night with good seeing, the comet was very easy to find in my 10" LXD55 seen as a fuzzy object set against the background of stars within the Milky way. I use a Canon EOS 300D a single 72 second shot at 1600iso and processed in Photoshop

This image of Comet Hartley was taken on Oct 07th at 00:00hrs. 60 x 30 second images (30 minutes total exposure time) at 800iso where stack using registax to produce this final image.

Jupiter and the Galilean Moons
This composite picture of Jupiter and its Moons was taken at 01:30 0n Monday 4th OCT.
The moons in order from Jupiter out is Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.

Scope- Celestron Astromaster 90 (f11)
Camera- Meade LPI
Processing- Ragistax and Photoshop

This is my first attempt at imaging Jupiter using my new Celestron 90 mm refractor
Scope- Celestron Astromaster 90 (f11).
Filter- Orion Blue
Camera- Philips ToUcam 1500 frames.
Processing- Registax and Photoshop

This second image was produced using a Mead 2.5x Barlow but without the blue filter. It may give a truer representation of the surface colour but has less banding detail than the first image.

The Moon & Jupiter made a nice sight at 01:30 on July 03rd 2010.

Jupiter Tec Data-
Date- 24th Aug 2009 23:55
Telescope- Meade LXD55 10"SN
Camera- Philips Toucam (webcam)
WX astrocapture software, 200 frame stacked in Registax 5, processed in Photoshop C3

SATURN This image of Saturn was taken on Saturday April 11th 2009.
Telescope- Meade LXD 55 10" SN,
Camera- Philips Toucam
Software- WX Astrocapture
Processing- 450 frame stacked in Registax, Photoshop.

This is a little compilation of Saturn showing the change in the angle of the rings from 2007 to 2009.

Comet Lulin- This photo of Comet Lulin was taken on the night of February 25th 2009. This final image was made by stacking ten 30 second light frames one dark and one flat frame in Deepsky Stacker and processed in Photoshop.
Telescope- Meade LXD55 10" SN
Camera- Canon EOS 300D at Prime Focus

Venus and Moon conjunction at 18:45 on Friday 27th February 2009

Venus, 26th December 2008. This was produced with a Philps ToUcam a 350 frame avi, stacked in Registax and procesed in Photoshop.

On Friday 28th November 2008 I caught this very bright meteor which traveled through Cepheus into Draco.

M31 and a faint Perseid Meteor, Imaged during the Perseid Meteor Shower Maximum at 2.30AM on August 12th 2008. M31, The Andromeda Galaxy is Bottom Center and the Meteor is running form M31 to Top Right. I observed from 11PM on the 11th until 3:30AM on the 12th, during which time the gaps in the clouds aloud for 3 hours of broken observation. The total number I counted was 58 , with the highest between 2 and 3AM when the rate was 3 per minute at times.

Sunset over Fochabers 12-05-2008

My web cam managed to image Saturn and three of it's Moons. I was very suprised with the Toucam being able to do this as the Moon was less than 15 degrees away.

Mars and M35 in Gemini. I've been waiting to get this shot since Nov 2007 but the Scottish weather was unkind to me right up to the point when Mars Started to go retrograde. Mars is now moving back towards the open cluster M35 but will soon be lost as the nights draw out, but what a sight this makes in the sky.

Managed to get an image of Saturn last night (11th Feb 2008) from my garden with my web cam conditions were excellent.

Tec info:
Scope - Meade LXD 55 10" SN f/4
Camera- Phillips Toucam, A Focal (no eyepiece)
Magnification - Mead Barlow @ 2.5x approx 500x
Avi - length 500 frames @ 10fps
Processing - Registax and Photoshop

The first photo is straight from Registax, and the 2nd has been through photoshop.
I very pleased with the out come of this one.

This is the image from the Avi file after it has been stacked and processed using Registax.

And this is the image after it has been cleaned up and enlarge using Photoshop.

Mars taken on 7th January 2008 2.5x Barlow was used to increase my focal length to f/10, 1922 frames were stacked out of 3000, and precessed in photoshop. Unfortunately my focus was just off or the street lights in Fochabers interfered with the image, so no surface detail was visible. Now that Mars has past opposition the phase is obvious though, as you can see.

Comet Tuttle P/8, taken on the night of 30th December 2007 as Tuttle passed in front of M33.

Comet Holmes P/17 , this comet brightened from a mag 17 to mag 4 on the 28th October 2007, and made a wonderful naked eye object well into 2008.

Saturn April 2007,

Photos of Mars taken with my Phillips ToUcam, 2700 frames stacked using Registax and processed in Photoshop.

This is a video of Saturn that I took in April 2007.

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