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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:47 pm    Post subject: CON-AM 27 deep space image Reply with quote

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Here is a picture of Jupiter and Io I took last night with one of my telescopes. you can see Io on the right coming around the gas giant. Enjoy









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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great pic, thanks JT !!!



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Thanks Fred ha ha! I thought you would get a kick out of that. Here is another image with more gain on the CCD camera plus contrast adjustment.........

and the cloud bands are coming out a little better

I just need to try to find the shuttle and space station






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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was hoping the greenhouse would be visible, but no luck. Very cool image...
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool man. Even better that you are seeing with your own eye too.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool! So close and yet so far... Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bitchin'!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy Crap, THE MONOLITHS ARE COMING!!!!

Actually that is very cool you can see that through a telescope from home.
I didn't know that was possible.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool thread!


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Space Jockey wrote:
Holy Crap, THE MONOLITHS ARE COMING!!!!

Actually that is very cool you can see that through a telescope from home.
I didn't know that was possible.


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Oh my god that is hilarious.. I have to thank you for that one...just too funny Shocked Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing
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Space Jockey wrote:
Holy Crap, THE MONOLITHS ARE COMING!!!!

Actually that is very cool you can see that through a telescope from home.
I didn't know that was possible.






Ya can with one of these


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, that is really cool. Shocked
So the planets that are closer, Venus and Mars, have you been able to look at those? I bet the moon looks friggin' awesome through it.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, with that particular telescope viewing the moon is like a close up (It is actually a deep space telescope) I hae 3 different sized scopes, and a radio telescope I use to catch hydrogen band from the Sun.

This is what I see through the big one:







and here is Saturn I took on an evening with poor seeing conditions and unstable air through a smaller telescope, (The big one is very heavy and takes a bit to set up) but it still came out ok I guess:


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is one magnificent light bucket you've got there, Sir! A Meade Lightbridge, isn't it?

What aperture are we talking about? 12"?
What are your smaller scopes? Newtonians as well, or do you have other optical configurations?

What equipment are you using for your astrophotography?

Could you tell us a bit more about your radio telescope, please?


(Aah ... sorry for the interrogation, there; you got me just a wee bit curious, I'm afraid...)
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow Joseph...look at the hardware Shocked Cool pics for sure (any sighting of material left by NASA?)
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vader wrote:
That is one magnificent light bucket you've got there, Sir! A Meade Lightbridge, isn't it?

What aperture are we talking about? 12"?
What are your smaller scopes? Newtonians as well, or do you have other optical configurations?

What equipment are you using for your astrophotography?

Could you tell us a bit more about your radio telescope, please?


(Aah ... sorry for the interrogation, there; you got me just a wee bit curious, I'm afraid...)



Correct, it is a Lightbridge with 2 Axis EQ tracking platform, controlled with Digital setting circles and Speed control via optical encoders and laptop computer. I also have an iOptron GPS Cube with the original widefield F/5 refractor and I interchange it with a Vixen 90mm refractor for planets, then a Meade ETX-125 with GPS, electric focus, Barlows for both the CCD imager and visual eyepiece, and too numerous accessories to speak of. The radio telescope is called a IBRT, or "itty bitty radio telescope. It is a satellite dish I converted to a RT, some simple tuning hardware Channel Master 1004IF (RF choke and 3 LNB's), cheap cables that feed into a PC that can record the atomic hydrogen signature of the Sun.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

joberg wrote:
Wow Joseph...look at the hardware Shocked Cool pics for sure (any sighting of material left by NASA?)





I wish I could say this is mine, but this is from the orbiting LRO craft. Need to be close to see stuff like this
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the pic Joseph...yeah, your next buy should be one of those...
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

VERY cool stuff, Joseph... Thank you for sharing with us.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am glad you are having fun looking at this stuff guys. Very Happy

Between working on the outland shuttle tonight, I am getting ready to set up a wide field refractor with CCD camera.. I am going to set time exposures to a 1 frame per minute long term exposure. I intend to make an animated image of Jupiter and moons whipping around it. Now so far the only problem I see the Moon is right next to it, so I will see If I can make it work tonight, We always have clear skies, But hopefully I will not need to wait a few nights.. I will see what I can come up with tonight
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