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Sunday, May 11th, 2008
I ventured out from about 9pm to 10:45pm during a break in the clouds......the Clear Sky Chart predicted clearing for 2 hours at 11pm.   They were close to being right....just a bit late.   It was almost 90% overcast by 11pm.
 
Managed to get some video of Saturn but either my focus was off [very likely] or the seeing wasn't very good.  In any event the video is poor quality and so is the resulting image.
 
 
Looks like we may have some good weather on the way.......will try again.





Comments:
On 05/14/08 at 12:15am Barry wrote:
The Saturn shot was made with a Phillips webcam, a 3x barlow and a 4" [1325mm] Celestron NexStar 4se, Aligned and stacked in Registax......about 900 frames stacked.

It should look a lot better than it does. For my small scope to get a decent image, the focus and "seeing" has to be almost perfect. The webcam is the equivalent of a 5mm eyepiece. The barlow effectively takes the 1325mm focal length of the scope to 3975mm....which means I am shooting at about 790x magnification. If my focus is slightly off or the seeing isn't good.....I get an image that looks like the above. I really need more aperture.....but that means more $$$$$.

On 05/13/08 at 08:35pm Gene 'BigWingBoy' wrote:
'Shot looks good to me bbrence! Thank you for sharing.

Gene, the BigWingBoy



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