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Messages - Craig & Tammy
« on: May 01, 2013, 07:49:24 PM »
Sorry to hear that Bob! Had it not been a "perfect night" you would have remembered to turn on the cooler :-)
When we get excited about a good imaging night we are prone to forget all kinds of things!
« on: April 26, 2013, 02:19:30 PM »
Thanks Eric, Derek!
@Derek - Perhaps, but I believe that would have simply incurred more noise to have to deal with. Then you just have to fight off the noise and that will generally result in a blotchy background. One of the intriguing things about PI, is the ability to perform many of the functions while the image is still linear. Our typical workflow was to calibrate, align, stack and then go right to stretching. Not so in PI...you can perform deconvolution, noise reduction, etc. BEFORE you perform the non-linear stretch.
As for the stars, yes, there are more fainter stars in the reprocess. However, to be fair, we did some star reduction in the original. Now we did some in the reprocess as well, but it behaves a little differently in PI - effectively "preserving" some of the fainter stars.
« on: April 26, 2013, 08:54:15 AM »
After seeing what David & Les have been doing with PixInsight, T & I decided to download the trial and give it a shot too. Especially since we are having a hard time capturing any new data. Bottom line, we saw enough promise in the 45 day trial that we've purchased a permanent license. In short, we're pretty amazed at what can be done in PI. Here is our first result and no doubt we don't know all of the ins-and-outs of the software yet.
Original Medusa in Ha (processed in ImagesPlus and Photoshop)
Reprocessed completely in PixInsight
« on: April 25, 2013, 07:42:04 AM »
Wow Les! There is a lot of data in there!
« on: April 25, 2013, 07:39:29 AM »
We are good Suresh! Hopefully the weather will get better and we can all get some images!
« on: April 24, 2013, 03:10:24 PM »
It was so great to meet Jason, Greg, Mike & David! Sorry we missed you, Les. NEAF was great and we had a real nice time. Spent most of the day at the Sky Watcher, Celestron, Astronomy Magazine, QSI and Stellarvue booths. We met so many people that we've talked to online, it was nice to put a face with the text :) We certainly hope we can come back!!
« on: April 10, 2013, 03:48:24 PM »
We are looking forward to finally meeting all of you too!!
« on: April 10, 2013, 07:27:21 AM »
Looking good David! The tidal tail is coming out...very nice!!
« on: April 10, 2013, 07:25:43 AM »
Congrats on your new scope Suresh! Very nice image as well. Glad to see you back.
« on: April 08, 2013, 07:54:01 AM »
That's a good idea, Derek...
What does everybody think about that? ANY M81/82 that you've taken...?
« on: April 08, 2013, 07:52:18 AM »
T & I will be at NEAF this year!! Look for us at the Sky Watcher booth on Saturday from 2-4pm...
« on: April 02, 2013, 07:55:41 AM »
Is anybody currently WORKING on an M81/M82 image? If so, we can leave this challenge open for another month or so. If not, we can change to another target.
« on: March 21, 2013, 09:26:56 PM »
Nice article Joe! Congrats!
« on: March 18, 2013, 09:01:17 PM »
Hi Roberto - I think the others have given you plenty of things to try. One thing we notice with our 8" Edge, is you need to give it PLENTY of cool-down time. The stars will down right look awful if you don't do this. Not sure that's the issue you are seeing or not, but could be helpful.
« on: March 17, 2013, 10:02:31 AM »
That is a beautiful piece of work Eric!
« on: March 09, 2013, 07:58:36 AM »
Very cool Eric!! Let us know how the scope tune-up goes...
« on: March 06, 2013, 10:11:17 PM »
Thanks David & Mike!!
« on: March 06, 2013, 10:51:01 AM »
Thanks everyone!! It was a blast getting to play with the camera a write up the review!
« on: March 03, 2013, 08:24:10 AM »
Congrats Greg! Looking forward to your images.
« on: March 03, 2013, 08:19:41 AM »
That is great Eric!! I'm with Bob - get all you can, while you can!
« on: February 28, 2013, 06:40:45 PM »
Another outstanding Ha shot Bob! You climbed that curve quickly - congrats! Keep 'em coming.
« on: February 13, 2013, 01:03:55 PM »
Bob - I'm not sure if there is an adjustment or not. I've asked Kevin Nelson though - will let you know.
« on: February 11, 2013, 03:47:45 PM »
Nice Rosette Ben! Good to see some images from you!
« on: February 11, 2013, 03:47:01 PM »
Very nice Ben - you tamed Alnitak nicely!
« on: February 11, 2013, 03:43:01 PM »
Outstanding Bob! I know Mike is going to work on alignment in his next round of improvements for IP. In the meantime, we use Registar for just about all alignment operations - highly recommended if you don't have it. It will also resize the 2x2 images to match up to the 1x1's which is nice.
Don't try to fight that horizontal blooming...it doesn't matter how long/short the exposure is. We did some testing on our 8" EdgeHD and a crazy bright star... a <1 sec image showed the blooming. Since then, we just shoot color at 1x1.
« on: February 11, 2013, 03:37:42 PM »
Thanks so much David & Bob!!
« on: February 11, 2013, 03:36:40 PM »
Thanks David, Ben & Mike!
« on: February 10, 2013, 09:07:52 AM »
Oh man...this was on Final Jeopardy just the other day!
« on: February 10, 2013, 09:05:53 AM »
« on: February 09, 2013, 09:04:45 PM »
Congrats Les! Great wide field Horse Head!