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Posts Made By: Mike Watts

June 21, 2005 04:02 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

Eta Carina with SBig 2000XM 1st light

Posted By Mike Watts

I think you need to build a library of darks at each exposure time that you plan to use. Then you either have to keep the camera temp the same or build a separate library of darks for each temperature that you use. Make 10 darks and average them.

For actual imaging, don't use the autodark feature. Only use autodarks for quick peeks to center the image etc. That way it does not take 10 minutes for every five minute exposure.

Michael

June 24, 2005 10:39 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Solar System

Morning Mars June 23 2005

Posted By Mike Watts

WOW! What a great image!

But Wes, I don't understand what you are talking about when you mention a "smaller guide chip". Are you autoguiding while taking these images?

Michael

June 26, 2005 07:13 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

M5 Globular Cluster

Posted By Mike Watts

Nice image!

June 29, 2005 07:58 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Solar System

Plato June 26 2005

Posted By Mike Watts

Wes, your images continue to take my breath away. They are just the best and I can't get enough of them!

Michael

June 30, 2005 06:08 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

Another M27

Posted By Mike Watts

Thanks everyone for the good words!

June 30, 2005 06:31 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

M27 from Utah

Posted By Mike Watts

Great image Tyler - especially for only about an hour exposure. That scope should give us all some great images!

Mike

June 30, 2005 06:34 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

M27, SXV-H9, AP-130F/6

Posted By Mike Watts

What a wonderful image, Ralph. As usual, the refractor stars are terrific. Are you happy with the camera? It sounds like it. And what's not to like about this image? How does the software compare to CCDSoft? And do you use a program for focusing?

Mike

July 2, 2005 06:22 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

M20 - M21 region

Posted By Mike Watts

Beautiful.

July 9, 2005 02:03 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

Sadr area

Posted By Mike Watts

Wow, Mark! I really like that image.

I'm curious how you handled the two different images scales of the binned Ha and unbinned RGB? Did you process the L and then resize it to 50% and then combine with the RGB data?

Thanks,
Michael

July 11, 2005 03:53 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

NGC 7000 Region

Posted By Mike Watts

Great image, Mark!