Seems the clearest skies come with the brightest Moon. No problem, I love the moon too! I’ve been working on some new code that creates video files for “Lucky Imaging” and tried it out last night on the moon with a ZWO 120 Monochrome camera and a Sky-Watcher 180mm Mak-Cas telescope. I know it’s over kill, but the Paramount MX+ sure made this easy. Using ProTrack and the custom tracking rates, no matter where I put it on the Moon it just stayed right there. I did over 10,000 frames and stacked about 35% of the sharpest ones and then did a few final adjustments in Photoshop.
I loved this area, there’s so much detail to be seen and all kinds of great geography to study.
Here comes another Sky & Telescope webinar. I’ve resisted the call to do a class or anything on processing for a while, but finally gave in to some friends who have pressed me on it. There are some bits of processing that aren’t so subjective, and I do feel comfortable talking about those. I think too, my approach will be a bit different than many people have seen before, at least I hope so 😉
I’ll be attending Daystar’s annual Solarfest star party October 4-7. I will be giving a presentation about @focus3, a new autofocusing technology I developed at Software Bisque. Unlike most “star based” astronomy focusing techniques @focus3 can focus on the sun (and moon, planets, etc.). It’s great for “lucky imaging”, and will achieve good focus even when seeing is not so great; giving confidence that you are at optimum focus even in the case of significant atmospheric turbulence.
Checkout my latest Sky & Telescope article about my two imaging trips to Haleakala. Some of the images from these trips can be found in the Nightscapes gallery. Both times it was a work trip to Maui for the AMOS (satellite tracking stuff) conference. Alas, we have to miss this year due to other stuff, but hopefully next year I’ll be back and I plan to make a third trip up the mountain for an all nighter (who knows, maybe even two!). Read all about my trip there in the August issue of Sky & Telescope.
Welcome to the new and improved Evening Show, my showcase for my best astrophotos! The new site has a lot more capabilities and has a new more modern look. There will be a little dust and some construction for a little while, but most of the images from the old site will return soon.