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Saturn-big $ scope,small $ webcam, & poor focus

Started by mccarlp, 10/30/2002 09:22PM
Posted 10/30/2002 09:22PM Opening Post

I finally got around to processing the video of Saturn I took on October 14th with my Philips Vesta 690K webcam. This was taken through the 16" Ealing scope at the Salt Lake Astronomical Society's SPOC II observatory. It has a focal length of about 5000mm. The image through the scope was like trying to see through boiling water. It was impossible to get a good focus because the image was swimming in and out of focus all the time, so I made my best guess and took a shot. I took 5 minutes of video at five frames per second and used Registax to select align and process the whole mess. Neat little program.

Not up to snuff with some of the other images of late, but it is still my best shot of Saturn to date. I look forward to refining my technique and my focus. 8^)


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Posted 10/31/2002 09:53AM #1
Thats a good start though. I took my first saturn image for this season last night. I'm not too pleased with it, I am out of practice with planets since I've been doing DSO stuff all summer. That is easier to focus than a planet!


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Posted 10/31/2002 09:43PM #2
Nothing beats seeing when it comes to planetary imaging. It's still better than what I can get from my location.

Ron Wodaski
author of "The New CCD Astronomy"

Ron Wodaski
New Astronomy Press