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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

 

An Angelfish and the Moon with AstroDMx Capture for Linux

A Skywatcher Explorer 130 PDS 130mm, f/5 Newtonian was placed on a Celestron AVX EQ, GOTO mount. A ZWO ASI178MC (USB3.0, 14 bit ADC) camera was placed at the Newtonian focus. Using AstroDMx Capture for Linux, running on an Xubuntu laptop, 40 x 40s exposures were captured of M71 with 15 matching dark-frames.
The best 36 images were stacked in Deep Skt Stacker (running in Wine) and the resulting image was post processed in the Gimp 2.10 and Fitswork which was running in Wine.

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M71, the Angelfish globular cluster


Then 2 overlapping, 2000-frame SER files were captured of the Moon, using AstroDMx Capture for Linux. The best 30% of frames in each SER file were stacked in Autostakkert! and the resulting images stitched together with Microsoft ICE (both programs running in Wine). The resulting image was wavelet processed in Registax 5.1 running in Wine. The final image was post processed in the Gimp 2.10.

96.2% waxing, gibbous Moon


Steve Wainwright & Nicola Mackin

Monday, October 22, 2018

 

NGC 253 The Sculptor Galaxy captured using the Autonomous Robotic

COAST (COmpletely Autonomous Survey Telescope) consists of a 14 inch f/10 Schmidt Cassegrain telescope (a Celestron 14), equipped with an FLI ProLine KAF-0900 CCD camera, broadband and narrow-band filters, also mounted on a GM4000.

Exposure Time    120000 ms     
Filter Type      BVR   
Dark Frame       Instant       
Site Name        Tenerife 2   
Telescope Type Name     Galaxy 
Telescope Name   COAST 
Edited in their software, then Adobe Elements 11 and Fitswork4


Colin Miles
 

91.6% waxing Moon with an SVBONY SV105 low cost camera and AstroDMx Capture for Linux

The new SVBONY SV105 camera was fitted with a double polarising filter and placed at the Newtonian focus of an f/5, 130mm Skywatcher 130PDS Newtonian.

AstroDMx Capture for Linux running on an Xubuntu laptop was used to capture 3 overlapping 1000-frame SER files of the 91.67% waxing, gibbous Moon.

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Screenshot of AstroDMx Capture for Linux capturing data



The best 30% of the frames in the SER files were stacked in Autostakkert!, stitched together in Microsoft ICE and wavelet processed in Registax 5.1, all running in Wine. The final image was post processed in the Gimp 2.10.

The 91.6% waxing, gibbous Moon

Steve Wainwright & Nicola Mackin

Sunday, October 21, 2018

 

Deep Sky Sketches

A 150mm refractor was used with a Watec camera as an electronic eyepiece.

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Jim Startup

Saturday, October 20, 2018

 

The Plato region of the Moon with an SVBONY SV105 camera and AstroDMx Capture for Linux

The new SVBONY SV105 camera fitted with an ND13 neutral density filter was placed in a 2x Barlow and attached to an f/5, 130mm Skywatcher 130PDS Newtonian.

AstroDMx Capture for Linux running on an Xubuntu laptop was used to capture a 1000 frame SER file of the Plato region of the 84.7% waxing, gibbous Moon.

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Screenshot of AstroDMx Capture for Linux capturing the data


The best 30% of the frames in the SER file were stacked in Autostakkert! and the resulting image wavelet processed in Registax 5.1, both running in Wine.


Steve Wainwright & Nicola Mackin
 

A lunar study with the SVBONY SV105 low cost camera, a Skymax 127 and AstroDMx Capture for Linux

An SVBONY SV105 camera was placed at the Cassegrain focus of a Skymax 127 Maksutov, mounted on a Celestron AVX GOTO mount. AstroDMx Capture for Linux running on an Xubuntu laptop, was used to capture a 1000 frame SER file as YUYV, with real time flat-field correction (to correct for pixel vignetting).

The best 500 frames in the 1000 frame SER file were stacked in Autostakkert! running in Wine, wavelet processed in Registax 5.1 also running in Wine, and post processed in the Gimp 2.10.

A study of the Mare Imbrium, Mare Serenitatis, Mare Frigoris region, with Craters Plato, Archimedes, Aristillus, Autolycus, Eudoxus and Aristoteles with the Montes Apennines (covering the Apollo 15 landing site), Caucasus and Alpes, on the Alpine Valley with the waxing Moon 69% illuminated.

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AstroDMx Capture for Linux running on an Xubuntu laptop, was used to capture Two, overlapping 1000 frame SER file as YUYV, mapped to grey-scale, with real time flat-field correction (to correct for pixel vignetting), of the Tycho region of the 69% waxing Moon.

The best 30% of the frames in each SER file were stitched in Autostakkert! and wavelet processed in Registax 5.1, and stitched in Microsoft ICE, all running in Wine. The resulting image was post processed in the Gimp 2.10 and Pinta.

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Steve Wainwright & Nicola Mackin

Friday, October 19, 2018

 

The California nebula, NGC 1499

Captured 13 x 600s exposures in H-alpha with an Atik 428 camera and Starwave EDT70 telescope.
7 x R, 6 x B and 5 x G mostly 600s subs with an SX H694 camera and Altair Wave 102 triplet.

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NGC 1499


Anne Startup
 

69% waxing Moon terminator with a SVBONY SV105 camera and AstroDMx Capture for Linux

A low cost SV105 camera by SVBONY was fitted with an ND13 neutral density filter and placed at the Cassegrain focus of a Skymax 127 Maksutov scope. AstroDMx Capture for Linux, running on an Xubuntu laptop was used to capture 9, overlapping, 1000-frame SER files of the terminator of the 69% waxing, gibbous Moon as YUYV, mapped to greyscale and real-time flat-field corrected, to correct for pixel vignetting. The best 60% of the frames in each SER files were stacked in Autostakkert! running in Wine. The resulting images were stitched together in Microsoft ICE running in Wine and then wavelet processed in Registax 5.1 also running in Wine. The resulting mosaic of the terminator was post processed in the Gimp 2.10.

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Equipment used for capturing the data




Screenshot of AstroDMx Capture for Linux capturing data



Terminator of the 69% waxing, gibbous Moon


Steve Wainwright & Nicola Mackin

Thursday, October 18, 2018

 

LRGB M71

12x5 minute subs using an SX H694 camera and a Wave 102mm telescope. Added to the RGB subs taken previously.  5x150s exposures for each R G B filter all binned 2x2, using an Atik 428 ccd camera and a Starwave 70EDT telescope.

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M71

Anne Startup
 

60.1% waxing Moon with an SVBONY SV105, low cost camera and AstroDMx Capture for Linux

Tested the new SVBONY SV105 camera fitted with an ND13 neutral density filter, an f/5, 130mm Skywatcher 130PDS Newtonian and AstroDMx Capture for Linux. 

Screenshot of AstroDMx Capture for Linux
Click on the image to get a closer view


Three overlapping, 1000 frame SER files were captured of the 60.1% waxing Moon as YUYV, mapped to greyscale and real-time flat field corrected, to correct for Pixel vignetting. 
The best 60% of frames for each SER file were stacked in Autostakkert! running in Wine. The three resulting images were stitched in Microsoft ICE running in Wine and post processed in the Gimp and FastStone Image viewer


60.1% waxing, gibbous Moon.
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Steve Wainwright & Nicola Mackin

Monday, October 15, 2018

 

Deep Sky Imaging with the Autonomous Robotic Telescope

Autonomous Robotic Telescope formerly Bradford Robotic telescope
COAST (COmpletely Autonomous Survey Telescope) consists of a 14 inch f/10 Schmidt Cassegrain telescope (a Celestron 14), equipped with an FLI ProLine KAF-0900 CCD camera, broadband and narrow-band filters, also mounted on a GM4000.

Exposure Time    120000 ms     
Filter Type      BVR   
Dark Frame       Instant        Site Name        Tenerife 2   
Telescope Type Name     Galaxy 
Telescope Name   COAST

Edited using their software then in Adobe Elements 11.

The Deer Lick Galaxy Group NGC 7331 


The Bubble Nebula NGC 7635 


The Fireworks Galaxy NGC 6946 

Colin Miles
 

NGC 7635 The Bubble Nebula

Celestron 9.25 SCT AVX, 0.63 Focal Reducer, Celestron Off-Axis Guider, ZWO ASI120MM guide camera, 8 images at 300 secs exposures captured with the Orion G3 DeepSpace Colour CCD camera, processed in Orion Studio Software and then in Adobe Elements 11.

NGC 7635 The Bubble Nebula

Colin Miles

Thursday, October 11, 2018

 

Furzehill Observatory

In our first meeting of the 2018/9 season, Ian Miller gave us a talk about the Furzehill Observatory. Ian is a distinguished observer who has been observing for at least 40 years. His main interest is variable stars.

Great to see all our members again after the long summer break!

Ian in action


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

 

NGC 7331 The Deer Lick Galaxy Group

Celestron 9.25 SCT AVX, 0.63 Focal Reducer, Celestron Off-Axis Guider, ZWO ASI120MM guide camera, 16 images at 300 secs exposures captured with the Orion G3 DeepSpace Colour CCD camera, then processed in Orion Studio Software and then in Adobe Elements 11 and Fitswork.


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NGC 7331

Colin Miles


Sunday, October 7, 2018

 

M2 and M31 with AstroDMx Capture for Linux and a ZWO ASI178MC

M2 and M31 Captured with AstroDMx Capture for Linux, a ZWO ASI178MC 14 bit, USB3.0 CMOS camera and a Skywatcher Explorer 130 PDS 130mm, f/5 Newtonian mounted on a Celestron AVX EQ, GOTO mount.


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M2

Part of M31

Steve Wainwright and Nicola Mackin
 

M33 with a ZWO ASI178MC and AstroDMx Capture for Linux

Stack of 15 x 60s exposures of M33, Captured with AstroDMx Capture for Linux, a ZWO ASI178MC camera and a Skywatcher Explorer 130 PDS 130mm, f/5 Newtonian mounted on a Celestron AVX EQ, GOTO mount.


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M33


Steve Wainwright and Nicola Mackin

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

 

New Venue for the Swansea Astronomical Society. Trallwn Community Centre, Bethel Road, Llansamlet, Swansea SA7 9QP

The Swansea Astronomical Society has a new venue for its lectures. This is:

Trallwn Community Centre,
Bethel Road,
Llansamlet,
Swansea
SA7 9QP

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The venue is very convenient for the M4 motorway and it should be easier for speakers to get to us.

The site has good wheelchair access and a very good car park.



In addition to the most convenient parking possible, the site is monitored by CCTV. The location is very pleasant and we have kitchen facilities adjacent to the lecture room where we can make refreshments after a talk.
A good move and well done to Howard Davies the SAS chairman for setting it up.

The first talk of the season will be:
Thursday 11/10/2018
7pm

Ian Miller will give a lecture on the Furzehill Observatory

Sunday, September 30, 2018

 

NGC6946 Fireworks Galaxy

Celestron 9.25 SCT AVX, 0.63 Focal Reducer, Celestron Off-Axis Guider, ZWO ASI120MM guide camera, 39 images at 120 secs exposures captured with the Orion G3 DeepSpace Colour CCD camera, then processed in Orion Studio Software and then in Adobe Elements 11 and Fitswork.


Colin Miles

Thursday, September 27, 2018

 

Flat fields and low cost cameras

Many low cost cameras have small CMOS chips that exhibit pixel vignetting. Sometimes this manifests in a way similar to classical vignetting as with the Sweex Viewplus WC070 webcam
Sweex mono flat field

Sometimes the pixel vignetting manifests as a reverse of classical vignetting where the centre of the image is darker than the extremities, as in the SVBONY SV105 camera
SV105 desaturated flat-field

In each case, using flat fields corrects the image.

Sweex WC070 webcam
Two ways of attaching the camera to a telescope:

1. Camera mounted in a project box

2. Lens removed and c/cs ring attached to the camera's original case
Flat fields were captured with AstroDMx Capture for Linux using a Skywatcher Skymax 127 f/11.8 Maksutov with 1mm white styrene plasticard sheet in front of the scope. The scope was pointed towards the clear, eastern sky for illumination.
Capturing flat fields


Two, overlapping, 500 frame SER files were captured of the Cleomedes, Macrobius, Proclus, Picard region; and the Mare Crisium, Endymion, Lacus Temporis, Messala, Geminus, Bernouli region of the 96.3% waning Moon.
The best 80% of the frames in the SER files were stacked in Autostakkert!, wavelet processed in Registax 5.1 and stitched together in Microsoft ICE, all running in Wine. The final image was post processed in the Gimp 2.10.

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An acceptable image, showing little compression artefacts was the final result.


SVBONY SV105


AstroDMx Capture for Linux was used to capture 500 frame SER files, flat field corrected in real time.
The best 80% of the frames in the SER files were stacked in Autostakkert! and wavelet processed in Registax 5.1 both running in Wine. The final images were post processed in the Gimp 2.10.
Two overlapping panes were stitched in Microsoft ICE running in Wine.

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Mare serenitatis, Mare Tranquillitatis, Palus somni, Posidonius, Lacus, somniorum region. Two stitched, overlapping panes

Left to right; the lunar swirl Reiner Gamma, crater Kepler, crater Copernicus

Very little compression artefacts were noticeable in the images produced from this low cost imager.

Steve Wainwright & Nicola Mackin
 

Lunar studies on the 96% waning Moon

Celestron 9.25 SCT AVX, 2xTelevue Barlow, ZWO ASI120MM camera, 3000 images captured in Firecapture 2.5x64, 750 stacked and aligned in AutoStakkert!2.3, wavelets in Registax 6, then edited in Adobe Elements 11

Endymion, De La Rue 


Cleomedes, Burckhardt, Tralles 


Endymion, De La Rue, Strabo, Keldysh 


Langrenus, Atwood, Bilharz 


Petavius, Wrottesley

Colin Miles

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