Which output format for Planets and DSO

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kgweilding
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Which output format for Planets and DSO

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For Planetary imaging do you use AVI files, if this is the case on the Camera Control Panel do you use frames per second as it is a video and what setting would you use to take a image of a planet.
If you use FITS files on the out put format in the Camera Control Panel, do you use frame rate like 1 every 2 seconds as I believe it is taking still image is that correct? Believe this is for DSO is that correct?
I believe you can go up to 1 every 30 seconds for unguided mounts. Does this mean my ZWO ASI camera takes 30 seconds to take the photo, like opening the shutter of a DSL camera for 30 seconds. Sorry new to all this
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Re: Which output format for Planets and DSO

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Some reading to get you started

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viewtopic.php?f=35&t=1156

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For lunar/planetary SER is the preferred capture format.

I have a Celestron AVX equatorial mount. With that I regularly do 60s unguided with a 4kg payload. With less payload (small refractor) I can manage at least 120s unguided (up to 180s). The maximum single exposure and total exposure will depend on your mount specs, polar alignment and mount alignment.

Yes a 30s exposure is like opening the DSLR shutter for 30s.

Welcome to the club, the first 3 years are the hardest!

Dave
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Re: Which output format for Planets and DSO

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Hi Dave
Thank you very much for your info, there seems a lot to get your head around with this hobby.
Regards
Ken
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Re: Which output format for Planets and DSO

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Ken
there seems a lot to get your head around with this hobby
An understatement. Break it down, don't try to solve everything at once.

Dave
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