Albireo: 14.5" Starmaster with Revoluton R2 LiveStack

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RonAM
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Albireo: 14.5" Starmaster with Revoluton R2 LiveStack

Post by RonAM » Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:13 am

Novice user of SharpCap here.

Previous imaging has been with DSLR and post stacking/processing, taking 1 hour+ per image to stack and process a single image.

Thank you for SharpCap and Live Stacking! Before the day is out I will purchase the Pro version as my thanks for such a great program.

Attached is one of my first images of the subject line object imaged under the light polluted skies of a major midwest US city.
I've downsized the original to a small JPEG for attaching to this post. No dark frame subtractions have been applied since this was taken with the non-Pro version.

I had hoped two other images would attach but they failed to make it even though the add attachment boxes indicated OK green check marked status. Perhaps another post.

The Starmaster scope is a 14.5" f4.3 Zambuto mirror with Sky Commander goto and tracking.
A 2" 2X Barlow extends the prime focus out to where my binoviewer and/or cameras can operate. Total equivalent focal length is about 3173mm.

The camera is the Revolution R2 imager, a very low resolution sensor, much lower than what I'm used to, but adequate for the deeper-look objects I'm imaging with it.

Here are the camera settings:

[USB2.0 PC CAMERA]
Resolution=640x480
FPS=30.00
Colour Space=MJPG
Output Format=FITS files (*.fits)
Frame Rate Limit=Maximum
Timestamp Frames=Off
Brightness=128
Contrast=128
Hue=0
Saturation=70
Sharpness=3
Gamma=4
Gain=16
Apply Flat=None
#Black Point
Display Black Point=0
#MidTone Point
Display MidTone Point=0.107963374522394
#White Point
Display White Point=0.990291262135922
TimeStamp=2018-07-18T03:01:08.5282724Z
SharpCapVersion=3.1.5219.0
TotalExposure(s)=31.5145787
StackedFrames=268

Opportunities to get clear skies are limited at my location, so it may be a few months before I have more. Meanwhile I can practice with the software on night-time terrestrial lights/objects.

All the best, Ron
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Albireo
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Re: Albireo: 14.5" Starmaster with Revoluton R2 LiveStack

Post by turfpit » Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:22 am

Ron

Nice image, to add the other images just post a reply or replies to this thread.

Dave

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Re: Albireo: 14.5" Starmaster with Revoluton R2 LiveStack

Post by RonAM » Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:30 am

OK - thanks - Same camera settings, location and equipment, but more Live Stack time for this image of the trapezium core of the Orion Nebula. I recall it was about 330 frames. With the level of detail present I also processed the image in DPP which saved the jpeg at its size - larger than the 640x480 camera format but still a small file size as images are concerned.

All the best, Ron
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Core of Orion Nebula: The Trapezium
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Re: Albireo: 14.5" Starmaster with Revoluton R2 LiveStack

Post by RonAM » Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:36 am

And, a deep look at m57, the Ring Nebula. The camera settings and frames listed are for this image.

All the best, Ron
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Ring Nebula up close
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