My first image of Saturn – again my technique needs to improve. Not a lot of details, but at least it shows rings!
Sky Watcher Equinox Pro 100mm OTA
ZWO ASI 174 MM camera
With Neil Wyatt’s help, I have managed to take my first photograph of Mars – I am very excited!
In my ongoing attempts to successfully take a photo of a planet, first step is to focus and get image of window on neighbour’s house at bottom of garden – gives me approx. focus point for stars/planets – last time I tried to photograph a planet I couldn’t see anything on the laptop!
I really am not very good at this astrophotography stuff…
My skills in astrophotography processing have improved over time – so I decided to have another go at processing my colour Moon data from 4/4/2020, in order to see if I can get something I am happier with – I wanted to be able to show the mineral composition of different areas through their different colours.
First version has had some sharpening applied using Topaz Denoise:
Without using Denoise:
I had a happy hour on Sunday doing hand guided pictures of Jupiter and Saturn in my 8″ dob with my guide camera.
Will be running through the technique in Friday’s AP group.
Here’s my first pass at processing some Mars image runs. I’ve been a bit too gentle on the processing this time round so I’ll go through again. The polar cap and some of the surface is starting to appear nicely. I need to get a better Barlow though.
The data set I’ve got to work with is 3 image runs totalling 15000 subs, taken with ZWO 170MC and Celestron 8SE with a x2 Barlow