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Apennine Mountains, Skywatcher 127 MAK + QHY5L11-M

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:23 pm
by turfpit
A lunar shot containing the Apennine Mountains. A quick capture taken from a car park at a meeting of the local astronomy club.
Apennine-Mountains.jpg
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  • Celestron CG5 mount, Skywatcher 127 MAK, QHY5LII-M, no filters, partial/thin cloud.
  • 1000 frames, MONO16, SER, captured at 15fps.
  • Autostakkert 3, stack and sharpen best 10% of 1000 frames.
  • GIMP for Contrast and dust bunny removal.

Brian (@oopfan) has pointed out Hadley Rille, which is close to the landing site of Apollo 15 - thanks Brian. Hadley Rille can be seen on the full resolution image at my Astrobin account https://www.astrobin.com/391271/0/.
Hadley-Rille.jpg
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Dave

[QHY5LII-M]
Output Format=SER file (*.ser)
Binning=1x1
Capture Area=1280x960
Colour Space=MONO16
Pan=0
Tilt=0
Force Still Mode=Off
Enable Live Broadcast=Off
USB Traffic=5
Speed=1
Offset=1
Amp Noise Reduction=On
Frame Rate Limit=Maximum
Gain=7
Exposure=4.94897025869163
Timestamp Frames=Off
Contrast=0
Brightness=0
Gamma=1
Banding Threshold=35
Banding Suppression=0
Apply Flat=None
Subtract Dark=None
#Black Point
Display Black Point=0
#MidTone Point
Display MidTone Point=0.5
#White Point
Display White Point=1
TimeStamp=2019-02-13T21:00:10.2084036Z
SharpCapVersion=3.2.5926.0

Re: Apennine Mountains, Skywatcher 127 MAK + QHY5L11-M

Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:28 pm
by oopfan
Absolutely phenomenal work, Dave!

Brian
Thanks for the plug.

Re: Apennine Mountains, Skywatcher 127 MAK + QHY5L11-M

Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:09 pm
by turfpit
Thanks Brian. Hopes this demonstrates that decent results can be achieved with modest equipment. I used the saturation indicator in FX to saturate and back off the exposure until the saturation effect disappeared.

Dave

Re: Apennine Mountains, Skywatcher 127 MAK + QHY5L11-M

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:08 pm
by turfpit
See viewtopic.php?f=35&t=1450&p=7548#p7548 for a description of how the SER lunar video was processed in Autostakkert 3.

Dave