observations!

My webcam telescope adapter arrived last week, on Thursday night I found some time to give it a go on Jupiter:

With the webcam, the idea is to record video and then process the frames in to a single image, which averages out most of the noise, and for a first attempt I don’t think this looks too bad. The colours are off, though, and there’s not as much detail as I’d like. I think I had the shutter speed a bit too high, though, so the dynamic range in the images was too small. If I can fix that next time, I’ll hopefully get some better results.

I also finally managed to get a glimpse of the ISS in my telescope, as it passed overhead last night. It was an ideal pass, really, but the sky was covered in clouds, and I didn’t think I was going to see it at all until I finally spotted a faint white star moving through the clouds. I only got to see it for about 30 seconds before it disappeared in to thick cloud, and it was tricky to track, even at my lowest magnification, but I could still make out a central structure (the station itself) with some extra bits on either side (the solar panels).

I tried to get some pics of it during tonight’s pass, but I got set up about a minute too late. If it’s clear tomorrow night, and I’m home early enough (it’s passing over at about 5:30), I’ll have another go then.

4 thoughts on “observations!

  1. It’s an 8-inch Dobsonian made by GSO in Taiwan. Taking photos through it is very fiddly, since objects don’t stay in the field of view for very long, but I’m pretty happy with the results I’ve achieved so far.

  2. Very cool to get an image out of a dob. I almost bought an 8 in Zhumell a few years ago but never got around to it. One of these days…

  3. Hi, folks. My name is Frank (or MrSpock, because of my ears and my dream). I have started programming in 1985 and I work as a software developer now. I am basically both an old-school programmer (started with Pascal) and a new one (a child of the Internet era HTML, PHP) at the same time. I have basically lost a decade in the programming world. Losing the nineties is not as bad as it seems; I skipped the Windows era 😉

    My dream in life is to develop affordable space travel and space tourism. As a result I also love collecting space related photos made by both pro’s and amateurs. One of own personal problems is that I tend to become an expert of a subject very quickly, so I have to keep changing subject often in order to stay sufficiently ignorant :-) This is why I am interested in many topics and many languages. Fortunately space travel has so far proven to be so complex that it will keep my attention for a long time :-)

    I’m usually more of just a lurker on the net but I’ll chime in when I feel I need to, looking forward to meeting everyone and being a part of the community! Well I won’t bore you guys and girls any longer, see you all around!

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