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Long time no image. Last weekend the seeing was pretty nice early on, so
I got a few images of Jupiter with my old C11 here in confined spaces
observatory. The first image was taken in the best seeing using region of
interest capture around the planet:

 

Then I used more area of the Lumenera's chip and captured this image, in
slightly degraded seeing, in near-IR light - got all 4 Galilean moons and
the red spot is low contrast in near-IR:

 

Shortly after I shot another RGB to also get the Galilean moons - the
seeing was getting worse, so this required more processing effort and is
not as sharp as the first one:

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Unlike most imaging involving hours of exposure time and precise guiding, a Celestron Edge HD8 with a Hyperstar and Sony QX1 can complete an equivalent total exposure in only 10 minutes!  This system saves weight, time, and allows complete wireless control from the comfort of a vehicle.  No more freezing, no more late nights on a single object, just outstanding results!

By Victor Jimenez

 

 

 

 

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Taken by Tim Stone

March 2, 2015
F/9.0 At 500 MM
Monday at 8:30

Last Photo:

Taken about 9:35 Manday March 2, 2015
f/10 500mm Canon T5i

 

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M81 Spiral Galaxy by Jack Newton

 

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Taken by Tim Stone
at Sugar Grove Nature Center
Monday Jan 12, 2015 with the TCAA’S 250CCA and the Aspen Camera
11x300 RGB
Astrophysics 1200 Mount with Incorders

Taken by Tim Stone
at Sugar Grove Nature Center
Friday Jan 9, 2015 with the TCAA’S 250CCA and the Aspen Camera
Astrophysics 1200 Mount with Incorders

 

 

 

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01/12/2015 - Soylent's Images

 

 

 

 

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Happy New Year everyone,
 
After Christmas we spent some time in Tehachapi, and I set up the HD 11 to do some deep sky imaging.  But the wind was pretty strong and gusty, and guiding even with AO wasn't able to do the job.  But I noticed in Sky6 that comet C2014Q2 was practically on top of globular cluster M79, so I slewed the scope over to take a look.  Because of the wind and lack of a useable guide star, I set the camera to take 20 LRGB sequence images (5 second exposure each) unguided, then had to throw away over half the frames to create these images.

Here is a combination of two images, one aligned on the stars, and the other on the comet - its noisy, but is only about 2 minutes of total exposure time:

The comet was moving fast.  This movie of the useable green frames taken binned 2x2 covers just 8 minutes in real time during closest approach:

 

 

 

 

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I took these H-alpha Solar images over the Thanksgiving weekend, and finally got around to process them.  These were shot with my Lumenera 2-1M camera, and double stack 60mm Coronado filters on my Stellarvue 102 refractor, from my place in Tehachapi:

 

 

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Larry Alvarez have been imaging the Sun now for about 15 years under the southern US skies.

It's a beautiful sight to see through a telescope when it is well filtered. He started with a Baader Whitelight filter and got hooked on the beauty an complexity of the Sun spots of it. The views never cease to amaze you and with the 3 separate wavelengths the Wow is there still there with every viewing session.
       
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