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WatsisnameDate: Monday, 17.09.2012, 23:12 | Message # 31
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Thanks! I took them with an 8" Meade LX90 with the LPI camera -- basically just a simple webcam. I also use a 3x barlow lens when imaging planets -- being less than half an arc-minute across you need all the magnification you can get! wacko

I'm really impressed by your results with Jupiter and its moons by the way -- even with a tripod I imagine that's no trivial task! Looking forward to seeing more as Jupiter nears opposition. smile





 
HarbingerDawnDate: Monday, 17.09.2012, 23:21 | Message # 32
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even with a tripod I imagine that's no trivial task

Actually, it is a trivial task biggrin It's one of the easiest shots I can do, easier than shooting the Moon even. Just set the tripod, focus the camera on Jupiter, set exposure time to 1/10 sec and ISO to 1600, and voila, Jupiter and Galilean moons (for the actual disk of Jupiter it's more like 1/200 and ISO 100). And the difference in detail between now and opposition won't be noticeable; that previous shot I posted was artificially enlarged 3x, even at opposition Jupiter is no more than 12 pixels across, and I can never make out any detail, just a featureless orange disk.





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Edited by HarbingerDawn - Monday, 17.09.2012, 23:22
 
astronikiDate: Monday, 17.09.2012, 23:27 | Message # 33
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I've been doing deep sky astrophotography with a home-made barn door tracker and here's my latest photo with almost 6 hours of exposure:



344x60s F/7,1 238mm ISO-1600 Canon 1000D + Sigma 70-300mm dg lens





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HarbingerDawnDate: Monday, 17.09.2012, 23:42 | Message # 34
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I've been doing deep sky astrophotography with a home-made barn door tracker and here's my latest photo with almost 6 hours of exposure

Amazing! And you do all that with a Canon 1000D? Very impressive. What design is the barn door tracker you're using? I was planning on building my own soon.

Also, I really love your avatar image smile





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astronikiDate: Monday, 17.09.2012, 23:56 | Message # 35
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Thanks smile
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What design is the barn door tracker you're using?

A curved rod, it's rather big, here's a picture of it http://wd2.photoblog.pl/np1/201204/B4/120188181.jpg

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Also, I really love your avatar image

Here's the original photo.
http://www.photoblog.pl/astroniki/119441313





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Edited by astroniki - Tuesday, 18.09.2012, 09:30
 
HarbingerDawnDate: Tuesday, 18.09.2012, 00:07 | Message # 36
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A curved rod, it's rather big

Indeed it is, that thing is a beast! And it looks well built.

Did you build any others before this one? And have you ever tried to use any other designs?

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Here's the original photo.

Thanks for the link





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Edited by HarbingerDawn - Tuesday, 18.09.2012, 00:08
 
WatsisnameDate: Tuesday, 18.09.2012, 00:21 | Message # 37
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That's simply amazing, astroniki. Very high-quality images. cool

Got a good chuckle out of your lightning photo, too. wink





 
astronikiDate: Tuesday, 18.09.2012, 00:30 | Message # 38
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I've always used curved rods. I've started with a small one, about 1/4th the size of this one, and then a medium one.
Now i can't see any periodic error in the tracking even at 300mm, but it is a bit shaky.
I guess it's about an equivalent of a EQ3-2 mount, and with the size of it i think i would rather buy a proper mount. :P I might get a EQ-5 someday, with a small scope.





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HarbingerDawnDate: Tuesday, 18.09.2012, 00:34 | Message # 39
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Now i can't see any periodic error in the tracking even at 300mm

That sounds great. Gives me hope for my own project smile

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Got a good chuckle out of your lightning photo, too

Same here happy





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n3xtDate: Friday, 21.09.2012, 11:50 | Message # 40
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Wow nice images guys. Amazingly gorgeous night sky views of HarbingerDawn (I wonder where do you live?)

I'm from the Netherlands and I shouldn't complain at all about my night sky views they're sweet aswell.

I live far away from the cities in a village of just a little over 5000 people. At this moment Arcturus and Vega are the brightest objects until like 1 am when Venus rises ^^

I'm also able to see a very faint part of the Milky Way (although many people barely see it when I say to them that's the MW)

Lol I love winters when Orion's there and Sirius and Procyon, unfortunately Canopus ain't visible though D:

And ofcourse Aldebaran and Capella...

Oh well really nice images guys! Unfortunately I wasn't able to witness the 2012 (July 5th) Venus transition through my 4 inch telescope sad

It was transiting around between 11 pm and 6 am. I was too lazy to get up the next morning and the evening before it went totally cloudy cry
 
HarbingerDawnDate: Friday, 21.09.2012, 12:52 | Message # 41
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(I wonder where do you live?)

I live in Massachusetts, United States. Light pollution is a problem for me though.





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HarbingerDawnDate: Tuesday, 25.09.2012, 22:33 | Message # 42
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I just got a brand new Canon 600D happy I can't wait to start shooting the sky with it. Hopefully I can get something tonight!




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DoctorOfSpaceDate: Tuesday, 25.09.2012, 23:48 | Message # 43
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I just got a brand new Canon 600D happy I can't wait to start shooting the sky with it. Hopefully I can get something tonight!


When I was picking a camera I was going to get the 600D but chose not to. Its actually a bit slower than the 550D and a bit larger, though thats probably because of the flip screen. Good camera nonetheless though, can't wait to see what you do with it.





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HarbingerDawnDate: Tuesday, 25.09.2012, 23:58 | Message # 44
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Thanks Doc. I chose it over the 550D because it was on a good sale, $150 off. I was a little skeptical about the utility of the flip screen, but after using it for only a few minutes I can already tell that it will definitely come in handy for some shots, especially when shooting the Moon. I'm going to try shooting the Moon in a bit after it gets dark.

I also bought a 16 GB class 10 speed SD card to go with it, but it's still in transit. I don't need it to test drive some still shots though, it will only be necessary for shooting HD video.





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Edited by HarbingerDawn - Wednesday, 26.09.2012, 00:00
 
DoctorOfSpaceDate: Wednesday, 26.09.2012, 00:40 | Message # 45
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I also bought a 16 GB class 10 speed SD card to go with it, but it's still in transit. I don't need it to test drive some still shots though


Not bad at all. I tend to not erase my images if they are good so I got one of these


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it will only be necessary for shooting HD video.


Thats something I don't do which is why I went with the 550D. You may need something a bit larger in the long run for memory, as 16GBs will only get you a few minutes of uncompressed HD video. Good news is you can setup the compression and quality.





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