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The Observable Universe PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richie Jarvis   
Sunday, 19 May 2019 19:24

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I've cracked the 24 hours of integration time mark! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richie Jarvis   
Friday, 03 May 2019 00:41

I've been at this hobby for almost 20 years now, but tonight marks a milestone in data capture.  Tonight, I combined all the data over the last 4 years of Messier 51 (the Whirlpool Galaxy) into a single image.  This data was captured start in 2015, and consisted of 10 minute exposures.  This year I started capturing 20 minute exposures with the same mount, telescope and camera.

Here is the result:

Full capture details & clickable large image available here

2019-05-02 - Messier 51

 
2019-02-07 - AllSky Camera - 150 degree view PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richie Jarvis   
Friday, 08 February 2019 01:38

My 150 degree All-Sky camera is up and working again (mostly!) Cloud at the moment ;)

I have had some nice activity on it which looks good at 120fps Cool

(note to self... Upgrade Joomla and get youtube support...)

Linky here:

https://youtu.be/EqNL-PYjchI

https://youtu.be/EqNL-PYjchI
Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2019 02:06
 
Live All Sky Camera PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richie Jarvis   
Sunday, 20 January 2019 00:00

Recently, I have been playing with my Altair Astro GP-Cam (They don't make it anymore, but it has been replaced with this unit: https://www.altairastro.com/Altair-GPCAM-AR0130-MONO-Planetary-Camera-Auto-Guider.html).  It came with a 150 degree lens, so I have mounted inside a cheap £3 dome, and placed it outside South Common Observatory.  

At the moment, the stream is being captured on Windows 10 with Altair Capture, which adds the date/time stamp. From there, it is streamed to Xeoma CCTV software via a simple VLC desktop RTSP stream.  Xeoma then converts to MJPEG for display here, and overlays the compass.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 February 2019 23:16
 
New Camera - Starlight Xpress Trius SX-814 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richie Jarvis   
Monday, 23 March 2015 03:23

I got my hands on a Starlight Xpress Trius SX-814 camera - specs are here

I've been playing for the last few nights with anything vaguely clear (its been shocking!).  Tonight I finally had a decent sky to play with for a little while, so went back to my old favourite Messier 51, the Whirlpool Galaxy (here for info and some of my other shots).  Mounted as usual on my EQ6 Pro and through the F/7 TMB 115mm running with a Televue TRF-2008 x0.8 Focal reducer.  The camera is mounted on the Starlight Xpress filter wheel via a T-adaptor screw fitting, then into the Focal Reducer, which fits the other side of the filter wheel using another T-adaptor thread.

I managed to get 12 x 10 minute exposures over the last 2 clear nights, and also have started on some 5 minute colour data for fun as well.  Here is the result so far.  That is a satellite in the Green data, giving the streak.  I am not sure which one, but might try and track it down.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 February 2018 21:55
 
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