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Jan 04, 2011 21:23 |  #1

Here's my very first attempt at Jupiter. This is with my XTi directly attached to my Celestron 6SE. Focusing is a real challenge. I pretty much just focus a tiny bit at a time and take a ton of pictures.

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Jan 04, 2011 23:18 |  #2

Not bad , you did well . Does your camera have live view ? If so you can zoom in on Jupiter and focus for imaging .




  
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Jan 05, 2011 08:51 |  #3

Celestron wrote in post #11575965 (external link)
Not bad , you did well . Does your camera have live view ? If so you can zoom in on Jupiter and focus for imaging .

My camera does not have live view.


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Jan 05, 2011 11:28 |  #4

cnaude wrote in post #11577556 (external link)
My camera does not have live view.

Nope, live view post-dates the XTi.

Not bad at all, especially considering planetary imaging is extremely tough with any DSLR. Unless you've got a lot of aperture and a very long focal length, you're usually better off using a camera with a much smaller chip, i.e. a Web-cam which will give you a much better image scale.


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Jan 05, 2011 13:07 |  #5

tkerr wrote in post #11578428 (external link)
Nope, live view post-dates the XTi.

Not bad at all, especially considering planetary imaging is extremely tough with any DSLR. Unless you've got a lot of aperture and a very long focal length, you're usually better off using a camera with a much smaller chip, i.e. a Web-cam which will give you a much better image scale.

I'm already searching for a Philips SPC900NC. They seem to be hard to find. I may just get the NexImage camera. :)


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Jan 05, 2011 13:17 |  #6

cnaude wrote in post #11578882 (external link)
I'm already searching for a Philips SPC900NC. They seem to be hard to find. I may just get the NexImage camera. :)

Yeah, Philips discontinued them a couple years ago, not long after they were on the market which is a shame because it is a good web cam. Nonetheless, Planetary CCD cameras such as the NexImage are essentially the same thing anyways, and the prices have come down some making them even more appealing to many getting into lunar and planetary imaging.


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Jan 05, 2011 13:24 |  #7

cnaude wrote in post #11578882 (external link)
I'm already searching for a Philips SPC900NC. They seem to be hard to find. I may just get the NexImage camera. :)

Does your DSLR have a "crop mode" for movies? If so then then your DSLR might work as well as a webcam. I've been successful at getting good planetary shots using crop mode on my T2i. (and RegiStax processing)

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Jan 05, 2011 17:34 |  #8

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Does your DSLR have a "crop mode" for movies? If so then then your DSLR might work as well as a webcam. I've been successful at getting good planetary shots using crop mode on my T2i. (and RegiStax processing)

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The XTi doesn't shoot video or have a crop mode


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Jan 05, 2011 20:26 |  #9

cnaude wrote in post #11575353 (external link)
Focusing is a real challenge.

For better focusing you might try a Bahtinov mask. Templates are available for free if you google for it. Or you can purchase a mask for ~$20.

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Jan 05, 2011 21:12 |  #10

dugpatrick wrote in post #11581723 (external link)
For better focusing you might try a Bahtinov mask. Templates are available for free if you google for it. Or you can purchase a mask for ~$20.

Doug

I did some quick research on that mask. That's really a neat idea. I'll have to give that a shot.

I just received an amazon gift card today so I went ahead and just ordered myself a NexImage camera. I can't wait to try that out as well. :)


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Jan 07, 2011 14:50 |  #11

cnaude wrote in post #11575353 (external link)
Here's my very first attempt at Jupiter. This is with my XTi directly attached to my Celestron 6SE. Focusing is a real challenge. I pretty much just focus a tiny bit at a time and take a ton of pictures.

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Hi Chris,

Just type in astro web cam into google and see how to modify any web cam. Then go to this site and follow the directions and get the down load of Registax.

http://www.astro.shore​galaxy.com/webcam_astr​o.htm (external link)

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