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1  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Re: First Image Of The International Space Station on: April 25, 2011, 12:12:54 pm
Superb imaging of a difficult fast moving object!

Have you had a go at Nanosail-D?


It's one of the things on my list Just looking for some clear skies.

Thanks for the comments lads This is something I would highly recommend to try. It can be great fun and also frustrating at the same time
2  General Category / Astronomy & Space / First Image Of The International Space Station on: April 24, 2011, 07:53:30 pm
Hi all,

Here is an image of the International Space Station taken from Balbriggan Co Dublin. It was captured using satellite Tracker software and a celestron C14 at f11 with a Lumenera 2.0 mono camera at 30fps on an AP1200 mount. Time was 10:16pm and the Space Station peaked at 60 degrees altitude. The image is 3 frames stacked manually in registax V4 and some processing was done using Photoshop CS3.

This is the first time I imaged the International Space Station it was a great experience .

Image was taken by Carl O'Beirnes & David Moore from Balbriggan Observatory Co Dublin.

Summery,

When imaging the International Space Station using satellite Tracker software it is definitely a two man job.
It takes one person to keep it centered in the cross hair of the finder scope and the other to let you know when it's on screen
and to make some adjustments to the contrast.

Carl.

www.webtreatz.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-109.

Please click on image to enlarge
3  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Re: NGC 3628 In The Constellation Leo on: May 20, 2010, 10:38:30 pm
Link seems to be broken Carl....

Sorry about that Brian fixed now
4  General Category / Astronomy & Space / NGC 3628 In The Constellation Leo on: May 20, 2010, 09:52:24 pm
Hi all,

Here is a image I took a few weeks ago of NGC 3628 witch makes part of the Leo triplet. And is the result of 60 x 2min exposures unguided with AP1200 and C14@3660mm focal length binning was 2x2 camera was Atik 4meg @-20deg.image was processed in images plus and
Photoshop CS3 Darks was 30 x 2mins flats was 35000adu

Please click on the image to enlarge.
http://www.webtreatz.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-89

Carl O'Beirnes,
Balbriggan Observatory (MPC# J09),
Co Dublin,
Ireland.
5  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Re: M51 with C14 test image on: May 01, 2010, 11:44:53 pm
Thanks for the comments everyone much appreciated.

Carl
6  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Re: Solar Prominence 13th April on: May 01, 2010, 11:43:14 pm
Wow Mark well done mate great image.
7  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Re: Moon Terminator Mosaic - Apr 21 on: May 01, 2010, 09:13:54 am
Brian,

That is one of the best lunar images I've ever seen. The detail is outstanding as in the processing  Really Really well done You are turning out some top draw images.

Well done mate.
8  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Re: Planets & Clusters on: April 27, 2010, 10:26:33 am
Wery nice Paul.

I love them wide field shots.

Carl
9  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Re: M51 with C14 test image on: April 27, 2010, 10:23:58 am
Thanks lads,

Dennis it looks like some dust the the flats did not take care off I''ll have to redo my flats.

Thanks for the comments.

Carl
10  General Category / Astronomy & Space / M51 with C14 test image on: April 27, 2010, 01:44:13 am
Hi all,

I had a chance to get out imaging for first time in a long time. So I got to test the AP1200 mount properly and here is the result of 60 x 2min exposures unguided with C14@3910mm focal length binning was 2x2 camera was Atik 4meg @-20deg.
This was my first time imaging at such a high focal length getting the focus right was a challenge the image was processed in images plus and Photoshop CS3 Darks was  30 x 2mins flats was 35000adu

http://www.webtreatz.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-87
Please click on image to enlarge

Carl.
11  General Category / Photography / Re: For Clint Eastwood fans (Martin :) on: March 11, 2010, 07:57:00 pm
Hi Lads

Great image Paul That is one city I'd love to see. My wife is heading over to San Francisco in February for a work conference I'm thinking of heading over with her to see the sites she be working and I'll be doing the tours :>)).

Here is one of my favorite Clint films the man is a legend. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KwbcEUrxKM&feature=related
12  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Re: ISS Animation on: February 13, 2010, 06:15:25 pm
Hi Paul,

Very good when you consider how hard it is even to get the ISS even on a webcam chip.Try this programme http://www.webtreatz.com/index.php/tutorials/35-equipment/53-satellite-tracker it completely controls the mount and tracks the ISS.

You will have great fun looking and Imaging the ISS. You will also need a USB hand controller for making small adjustments. Also have your finder scope lined up with perfectly with eyepiece / webcam. The hand controller takes getting use two, up is down, and down is up. Press the right button to go left and left button to move right you get the drift.

One thing to remember your mount will do an auto equatorial flip don't make the mistake I did my eye was sore for a few days afterwards
 Grin Grin
13  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Re: Mars - 10 Feb on: February 13, 2010, 06:06:46 pm
Hi Brian,

That is top class imaging. The color balance is great the 3rd image is outstanding as is the detail, color and focus.
Well done mate

Carl
14  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Mars (30 Jan) by Carl and Dave. on: February 01, 2010, 01:34:26 am
Folks,

Moderate seeing prevailed last night so Dave Grennan and myself got together for a bit of a Mars fest.
Below is the result;

Details on image and in accompanying text;

www.webtreatz.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-74

(Don't forget to click on image for full res)

Carl and Dave.
15  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Re: Mars & M44 on: January 18, 2010, 11:10:30 pm
Well done Paul really nice photo
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