Sunday 22 February 2015

Here is Jupiter taken with my 8" SCT (at f10) and my new ZWO ASI 120 planetary camera. Shot 60 secs at 48 FPS (2809 frames in total) and stacked the best 560 frames so about 20% accepted and 80% rejected.

Sunday 15 June 2014

Saturn June 2014

Well here we go second go with the new camera and much improvement

This one shot at 30fps and a stack of 700 from 1400 frames. This one has come out very nice indeed, well happy with it!

Mars May 2014
Well got myself an 8" SCT (Meade) and a ZWO ASI 120 colour planetary camera.

This was my very first go and while it does leave a lot to be desired I am still happy with it considering it was my very first go with this new camera.

Shot at 60 fps this is a stack of 800 frames out of 1400

Friday 14 September 2012

First guiding attempt with PHD

Here is my first attempt at guiding with a QHY5 camera and PHD.
Taken 13 September 2012 this is a SINGLE, 20 minutes exposure of the Crescent Nebula (NGC 6888), taken with the QHY8L ccd with my William Optics Megrez 102 on a NEQ6 mount.
Perfectly round stars right into the corners. Some people have reported that they were having problems with PHD, I don't know why, it is a really simple to use program and very effective.

I have had a go at processing this image.

Sunday 19 August 2012

Sun taken Sunday 19 August 2012

Hi all. Here is my sun from today Sunday 19 Aug taken around 10am

LXD75 Goto mount

ED80 with Baader solar film filter
Modded Canon 450D
ISO 100 at 1/320 exposure

Wednesday 15 August 2012

Saturday 11 August Perseid attempt!

Well had a go at the Perseid meteor shower on Saturday night without much success. I did manage to capture a few weak ones and one photo with a meteor and the ISS passing in to Earth's shadow. I captured a better ISS passing in to the shadow again on Sunday (in a break in the clouds) but no meteors this time as it was very cloudy!

Tuesday 5 June 2012

QHY8L First Light

Here is my first attempt with my new QHY8L ccd camera. I am very impressed with this camera.
Well the moon did cause a little bit of a problem last night but I think the Baader Neodymium filter helped a lot here.
Right technical details
Focused using one of my Bahtinov masks (deh........ of course)
20x 120s Lights
10x Darks
0x Bias
0x Flats
QHY8L OSC cooled to -15C
Williams Optics Megrez 102 at f7
EQ6 Pro mount unguided
4 June 2012

It's not brilliant but the moon was interfering, it was my very first go with this camera, but still I am very pleased with the result. Longer and more exposures needed and flats would be of benefit too. Also I had to use a 2" extension tube as I couldn't reach focus with the camera straight in the focuser.