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Started by chrishet, 08/13/2003 06:37AM
Posted 08/13/2003 06:37AM Opening Post
Not my scope and an $80 webcam!

I used my clubs custom-built 20in and a ToUcam for this pic. Transparency was poor and focusing was difficult. I'm hoping the skies will clear again for another try.

- ToUCam Pro 740k with Moog, Sirius NIR1 filter and Baader Contrast Booster filter (These really help the blue channel)
- 550 frames out of 1100 Autoselected, aligned and stacked in K3CCDTools
- Color Channels realigned in ImagesPlus
- Curves, Unsharp Mask, Gaussian Blur, Color adjusts in Photoshop.

Thanks for looking,

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Posted 08/13/2003 06:55AM #1
Very nice pic Chris!

And yes, focusing can get a little tricky sometimes, specially if the atmosphere doesn't help, as you'll wonder WHY it doesn't come into focus sometimes!!??

Hopefully you'll get more chances at it...

Down here, in S.FLorida, weather has been bad for the last month... haven't had a chance to get my scope out... AARRGGHH!!!

Clear dark skies!


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Posted 08/13/2003 09:42AM #2
Oops, sorry I didn't post location, Villa Rica, GA (just outside Atlanta). This pic was taken at one of the Atlanta Astronomy Club dark sky sites. Mars was fairly high in the sky, I would say 40'. Not too bad but some here are heading down to the FL Keys next week to get an even better opportunity.