Friday, March 30, 2012

Astrophotography - Saturn

Object: Planet Saturn
Date: 12-Jan-2004
  • Logitech QuickCam Pro, lens and casing removed, 35mm canister added to fit in the focuser
  • Orion 6" dobsonian telescope

Used Logitech QuickCam Pro; stacked 64 images using RegiStax, and improved the image by using wavelet filter, contrast, etc. Then flipped, rotated, and enlarged the image.

The images were taken untracked, with a dobsonian mount. The images were captured using K3CCD sofware while they drifted in the field of view. The telescope had to be manually moved after every set of exposures, and the target re-found before capturing the next set of images. This procedure requires extreme patience and a high level of skill.

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