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Thursday, February 26th, 2009
Another attempt at Saturn last night.   It "looked" reasonably clear, but still couldn't a good focus with the 2x barlow on the webcam.  Wow, Saturn was dancing all over in the raw video...distorting, clearing, distorting again.  This is my best result after 6 videos and several hours playing around with Registax.   Disappointing.
 


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Comments:
On 02/28/09 at 12:04am Barry wrote:
Hi Neil,
I am using my Celestron NexStar 4se (104mm Mak-Cass), a Phillips ToUcam Pro II webcam, and for this shot a 2x barlow. The video clip is ugly. So I am not too surprised that the still image came out so poor. I probably should have waited a while and tried the 3x barlow, but I was afraid to wait and risk clouds. Saturn's apparent size is so tiny.....you really need 6-8" of aperture and/or exceptional seeing to get much detail.

I was all set to get some Moon/Venus video tonight.....
but alas. We did a little observing after the meeting. Had about 45-50 minutes of decent clearing before the fog bank started rolling in. Finally saw the comet....whoo hoo. Let's see......unwhelming probably descibes it. LOL



On 02/27/09 at 05:04pm Neil Heacock wrote:
It may seem disappointing to you, but it seems like a pretty good shot to me. It's definitely superior to any of my attempts at planetary imaging. You've probably mentioned this in past posts (which I'm being to lazy to look up right now) but what scope, barlow and webcam are you using?



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