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Post by gomexwx on Wed May 24, 2017 1:09 pm

When the moon washes out the night sky and deep space objects get lost in it's glow so does my telescope.
I will take you along for the ride from time to time.
The target that I will share my telescope views with you is the Crater Tycho.
The Tycho Crater is  at long 11.2 West Lat. 43.3 South in the South-West Quadrant.This area is know as the Tycho Crater region.
The Tycho Crater is considered a very young formation(100 millions of years)
The Tycho crater is 52 miles across and has a depth of 14,500 ft.
The crater has a flat floor with very steep walls. The central Mountain is over 1500 ft. in elevation.

The Tycho Crater was named after Tycho Brahe' ,he was a 16th century Astronomer born in Denmark.

Now that we know our target lets roll...

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Now the Camera is installed and we are waiting on the moon
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Finally dark falls to the beauty of clear sky's and we can proceed to find our target the Crater Tycho.
We will create a video at around 28.3-32 f/ps (frames per second)
then we will process the raw video into a picture of the moon and our target!
Here is the Raw video we created. You will notice all the adjustments I do through my lap top controlling the CMOS Camera inserted as an eyepiece into the focuser of my scope. I do this through the USB 3.0 cable. Once I get the the gain,brightness and focus down we can use the video to create the image...
here goes:


Now that we have the video lets send it over to Regi Stax 6.1 which we will use to process the video and create a picture of our target. In this program we can bring out things not seen in the raw video and create pictures of our target..
I present Tycho Time to Moon You Tycho_10

Our Target again: Time to Moon You Closer10

I hope you enjoyed tonight's telescope trip we will do it again.

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Post by StAugustineFL on Wed May 24, 2017 2:51 pm

Gomey! Those are great shots bud. I may have missed it in a prior blog but I didn't realize how large your scope is.
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Post by gomexwx on Wed May 24, 2017 4:19 pm

That's because that scope is not in any of the pictures. I had an issue with one of my scopes under warranty..So I sent it back. I bought a new one. It is a fast imaging scope at 150mm aperture and focal length of 750mm giving a focal ratio of f/5. Nice wide field so when I get another camera for deep sky objects I can get better pictures and longer exposures..Only problem is it weighs 0ver 60 lbs and then add another 16lbs of bowling ball I hang from the center bolt of the tripod(weight adds stability)to help image quality since the earth rotates and the scope moves to compensate.
So the old lawn tractor I removed the mower deck from is now a scope trolley... you can't just move this around the yard.

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Post by sangria on Wed May 24, 2017 5:10 pm

Whoa Gomey!

I love these posts, please keep them coming. That video is fantastic!

And I had to LOL at the tractor being used to haul that big ole telescope.
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Post by gomexwx on Thu May 25, 2017 2:50 pm

There will be more,right now I am working with Saturn,problem is it's not high enough at my latitude . Meaning more atmosphere to film through ,which in turn relates to lower quality image..The weather and angle are the two most important factors to image quality...My meteorology background helps a lot with astrophotography.

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