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31  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Re: Melotte15 Inside The Heart Nebula on: September 13, 2009, 11:31:29 pm
Hi Lads'

Thanks martin for doing that for me, I've never been so tired  I've imaged every part of the sky this week  loads of processing to do I go to bed at 6am then back up at 7am with the kids a well. I just love been out under the stars.what a week. Again thanks for the comments lads.

Carl
32  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Melotte15 Inside The Heart Nebula Reprocessed on: September 13, 2009, 11:03:55 pm
Hi all,

With amazing clear skies all this week, a very rare event for us I was able to do a lot of imaging. Most of it was all in H Alpha due to a very bright Moon.
But last night the 11/12th the moon was just 49% Sunlit so I took a chance on getting color for one of the projects. I was working on Melotte15 which is in the center of the heart nebula that lies in Cassiopeia. Hope you like the image PLEASE CLiCK ON THE IMAGE TO ENLARGE


DETAILS
The Image was taken between 11th 12th & 13 of September 2009 with a William's Optics FLT-110 Triple APO refractor Atik 4000 ccd camera. @ - 25 Degrees. Guided with a Celestron 80ED and Sac 4.2 ccd camera with phd guiding software On a CGE mount L=HA (420m), R=R+HA =(60m, 60m), G(120m), B(120m) Processed in images plus V3.5 and Photoshop CS3 & maxImum DL.

http://www.webtreatz.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-51

Carl O'Beirnes,
Balbriggan Observatory (MPC#J09)
33  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Re: Clavius in closeup. on: September 13, 2009, 11:01:37 pm
Wow very nice imaging lads
34  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Re: M31 The Andromeda Galaxy Close Up on: August 30, 2009, 02:00:27 am
Thanks for the comments lads. I kind of left this image at full res to show the potential off the Atik 4000 I just slightly cropped the image. The colour balance was done in maxIm DLMartin I see what you mean about the globular clusters. Rob Gendler has an image on his website pointing out all the globs.

Carl O'Beirnes,
Balbriggan Observatory (MPC#J09)
35  General Category / Astronomy & Space / M31 The Andromeda Galaxy Close Up on: August 29, 2009, 11:08:02 pm
Hi all

Here is a little project  I've been working on over the last week. As most of you know doing this type of deep sky imaging is kind of new to me but I'm really enjoying the experience. So here is my attempt at M31The Andromeda Galaxy. I've left the image at high resolution because I just prefare the close up view.

The Image was taken between 27th & 29th of August 2009 with a  William Optics FLT-110 Triple APO refractor Atik 4000 cdd camera. Guided with a Celestron 80ED And Sac 4.2 ccd camera with phd guiding software On a CGE mount  LRGB = 240,120,120,120 Darks was 60 x 5 min Flats was 35.000 ADU Processed in ImagesPlus V3.5 and Photoshop CS3 & maxImum DL.

Please click on image to enlarge.

http://www.webtreatz.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-49

Carl O'Beirnes,
Balbriggan Observatory (MPC#J09)
36  General Category / General Forum / NexStar 8 SE GOTO Telescope For Sale. on: August 07, 2009, 01:04:27 pm
Hi all,

I'm selling this for a friend of mine. The scope is one year old it was used twice it's still in original box. The scope is ideal for Planetary imaging, visually great views of planets,Galaxy's. Telescope service is selling  this telescope for 1749Euro  http://www.telescope-service.com/Celestron/SCT_GoTo/SCT_GoTo.html#Nex8se
Also included in the sale is a Celestron eyepiece kit again  Telescope service is selling for169Euro http://www.telescope-service.com/eyepieces/eyepiececase/eyepiececase.html And Celestron power tank 17ah AI is selling for 129 Euro.

NexStar 8 SE  1749
Eyepiece kit     169
Power tank      129
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Total  New    2047

Will sell the lot for 900

This would make a great addition for any club of anyone looking to upgrade. Shipping can be arranged at buyers expanse. There is lot's more details about the telescope on this link.
http://www.telescope-service.com/Celestron/SCT_GoTo/SCT_GoTo.html#Nex8se

If you are interested please Pm me

Carl O'Beirnes,
Balbriggan Observatory (MPC#J09)
Co Dublin.
www.webtreatz.com
37  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Re: Jupiter Impact Animation From the 25th of July on: August 06, 2009, 04:22:46 pm
Great report martin I'm looking forward to having a look at it tonight. I had to give up imaging last night the seeing was so bad there was no detail on Jupiter at all.

Ps,
Let's hope it's better tonight,

Carl.
38  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Re: Jupiter Impact Animation From the 25th of July on: August 06, 2009, 01:05:49 pm
Hi all,

Thanks very much for all the reply 's. If we got the weather over a few nights  I would love to get an entire animation of the globe, before Jupiter starts decreasing  in size. As per everything time is always against us and so is the weather, seeing conditions,

Carl O'Beirnes,
Balbriggan Observatory (MPC#J09)
Co Dublin.
www.webtreatz.com
39  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Re: Jupiter Impact Animation From the 25th of July on: August 04, 2009, 10:11:50 pm
Thanks for the comments lads. Looking forward to some clear skies to see how much the impact has changed or not.

Carl O'Beirnes,
Balbriggan Observatory (MPC#J09)
www.webtreatz.com
40  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Jupiter Impact Animation From the 25th of July on: August 04, 2009, 10:48:05 am
Hi all,

Here is an animation of 12 Red channels ll taken with a C14" Lumenera SKYnyx 2-0 on the 25th of July the seeing was Ok. As you can see in the image the impact is clearly visible.A lot of work went into this image I must also say well done to Dave Gradwell for his great work on the Animation. 

Images by Carl O'Beirnes.
Animation by Dave Gradwell

Please click on the image to see animation
http://www.webtreatz.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-43

Carl O'Beirnes,
J09 Balbriggan Observatory (MPC#J09)
Co Dublin.
www.webtreatz.com
41  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Re: Jupiter 2nd August on: August 03, 2009, 12:30:25 am


Hi Mark,
Very nice report.

Welcome to our world of planetary imaging.Well done on your first image Jupiter is a great planet to look at and image. Here is a few things the help me a long the way.

First thing to do is if It's going to be clear out leave your OTA outside to cool to ambient temperature for 1 OR 2 hours

Next thing to do is check your collimation first through the eyepiece and then with the webcam. These links should help
www.astro-tom.com/telescopes/collimation.htm
www.astrosurf.com/legault/collim.html

Next thing to do is getting your focus this link should help http://dougroberts.co.uk/astronomy/webcam-astrophotography

If you have a Barlow 2or3 use them when the seeing allows you to. When imaging Jupiter your camera settings should be around 60percent GAIN and less on the shutter speed. Why you might say? if you don't use high Gain your image will be all grainy when you are finished processing it in registax. When processing your image DON'T use the optimizer because you will have vertical lines running through it.


Have a read through this www.astronomie.be/Registax/RegiStax4UserManual_Revision1.pdf . When the seeing is steady there is no need to use the optimizer. After you Align the image Press Limit now see where the options are on the top, click show stackgraph. On the stackgraph you will see one red line witch is the quality and a green witch is the alignment difference. Bring the line down to cut off any spikes. Then move the slider across to adjust the quality cut off point. Now PRESS stack, Once stacking is complete press Wavelet button adjust image to your liking Then press the DO ALL button.save image and head to PhotoShop.

Hope this helps. No one said it was going to be easy. Welcome to the world of planetary imaging.

Keep looking up,

Carl O'Beirnes,
Balbriggan Observatory (MPC #J09)
www.webtreatz.com

42  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower on: July 31, 2009, 01:47:35 pm
Very nice Paul.

Let's hope for clear skies, But the Moon will have it's say also :>(

Carl.
43  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Re: Jupiter Impact Changing Shape. on: July 31, 2009, 01:40:02 pm
Thanks Lads,

This is one Planet I won't get bored looking at. Great to image, the globe is ever changing. plus all the moon events to WOOHOO.  Lets hope for a clearer August. Also some good news for a change. I was asked to join the BAA Jupiter Section by John H. Rogers, the Jupiter Section Director I was gob smacked with the news.

Carl.
44  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Jupiter Impact Changing Shape. on: July 30, 2009, 05:28:58 pm
Hi all

Looking at this image it looks like the impact is changing shape due to the fast rotation of Jupiter.It's getting bigger and more elongated very interesting .Please click on image to enlarge

http://www.webtreatz.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-42

Carl O'Beirnes,
Balbriggan Observatory (MPC #J09)
45  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Re: Hello Old Friends! on: July 30, 2009, 05:20:35 pm
Very nice Paul. Winter is coming WooHoo. BTW that video of you on the train in china is amazing. If I was on a train going that fast I would have to be scraped of the floor Grin

Carl.
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