Help a Newbie please? Planetary Imaging

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Richieb
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Help a Newbie please? Planetary Imaging

Post by Richieb » Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:41 am

HI all. Im a newbie to Sharpcap and the ASI224MC. I tried I for the first time this morning to capture Jupiter and failed. My window of opportunity is limited to around an hour to take any frames (video) and I really struggled to focus or keep the histogram on track. Im using the Nexstar 8se with the ASI224MC and only managed the resulting image Ive attached. Could someone please help? Ive tried YouTube but cant seem to find a tutorial that hits the nail on the head.

Thanks all!

Regards

Richie
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Re: Help a Newbie please? Planetary Imaging

Post by turfpit » Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:17 am

Richie

Have a look at my posts:

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=211

viewtopic.php?f=35&t=1156

The first link used a ZWO ASI120MC which should give you a start. Use SER format for capture, set the gain to around 70% of the maximum value of the gain slider.

The second link will give you some ideas on processing a planetary capture.

Dave

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Re: Help a Newbie please? Planetary Imaging

Post by Richieb » Fri Apr 24, 2020 11:37 am

Hi Dave,

thanks for this. I was capturing in AVI....I should be capturing in SER?

cheers

Richie

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Re: Help a Newbie please? Planetary Imaging

Post by turfpit » Fri Apr 24, 2020 11:51 am

Richie

Have a read of viewtopic.php?t=1064 , particularly the Cloudy Nights CGARRY comments.

Both AVI and SER will provide what you require. With lunar imaging 20,000 or 30,000 frame videos can exceed 10Gb and these are better handled with SER. In contrast, planetary videos will be relatively small.

Dave

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