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Re: Running Chicken IC2944

Bernard Miller
 

MJ,

 

The detail you have is nice, but it looks like you black clipped the image. You may want to monitor your Levels curve during processing. Somewhere you clipped the blacks pretty significantly.

 

 

The trip sounds like it was a lot of fun. Too bad about the weather but I would take 3 nights at that site.

 

Bernard

 

 

 

From: DarkSkyNewMexico@groups.io On Behalf Of MJ Post
Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2020 7:13 PM
To: DarkSkyNewMexico@groups.io
Subject: [DarkSkyNewMexico] Running Chicken IC2944

 

Folks - I'm a wannabe DSNM astronomer, unable to install my gear because of COVID19.  Last year about this time several of us from the Longmont Astronomy Society (LAS, in Colorad) traveled to San Pedro de Atacama (Chile) for 6 nights of astro imaging.  We got only 3 nights in - clouds and rain skunked us the other nights!  I used a borrowed Celestron EdgeHD 8" SCT scope with Hyperstar, a rented mount, and my SX694C camera.  We were supposed to go this year, but those plans got cancelled.  My compadres are now posting reprocessed images from last year's trip, in a futile attempt to relive our limited success. 

 

About a month ago Bernard Miller posted his (tighter) image of the Running Chicken.  Here's my (wider) version from south of the equator.  The rented mount was giving me fits, so this image is the result of about twenty 100-sec subs.

 

 

Some of my other images, mostly taken from Boulder, reside at the same site, if you'd care to scroll forward or backward.

 

Dan - if it is OK I'd like to join your ASEM Zoom meeting this coming Tuesday.

 

M.J. Post

Boulder, CO




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Re: Running Chicken IC2944

William McLaughlin
 

Wow, that is pretty rare for San Pedro! Bad Luck.  Where did you stay and image? We were down there at Tierra resort in 2014 but not for astronomy.  Clear the whole time of course.

Nice image in any case!

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Re: Running Chicken IC2944

Dan Crowson
 

MJ,

 

Really nice image. I’ve love to be able to capture some southern hemisphere data at some point. My luck would be getting to go sometime and run into a week of clouds.

 

Love to have you and other DSNM on the ‘webinar.’ This is our first and we might find it a bit rough but fellow DSNM’er Gregg Ruppel with demonstrate comet processing.


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From: DarkSkyNewMexico@groups.io [mailto:DarkSkyNewMexico@groups.io] On Behalf Of MJ Post
Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2020 9:13 PM
To: DarkSkyNewMexico@groups.io
Subject: [DarkSkyNewMexico] Running Chicken IC2944

 

Folks - I'm a wannabe DSNM astronomer, unable to install my gear because of COVID19.  Last year about this time several of us from the Longmont Astronomy Society (LAS, in Colorad) traveled to San Pedro de Atacama (Chile) for 6 nights of astro imaging.  We got only 3 nights in - clouds and rain skunked us the other nights!  I used a borrowed Celestron EdgeHD 8" SCT scope with Hyperstar, a rented mount, and my SX694C camera.  We were supposed to go this year, but those plans got cancelled.  My compadres are now posting reprocessed images from last year's trip, in a futile attempt to relive our limited success. 

 

About a month ago Bernard Miller posted his (tighter) image of the Running Chicken.  Here's my (wider) version from south of the equator.  The rented mount was giving me fits, so this image is the result of about twenty 100-sec subs.

 

 

Some of my other images, mostly taken from Boulder, reside at the same site, if you'd care to scroll forward or backward.

 

Dan - if it is OK I'd like to join your ASEM Zoom meeting this coming Tuesday.

 

M.J. Post

Boulder, CO

Running Chicken IC2944

MJ Post
 

Folks - I'm a wannabe DSNM astronomer, unable to install my gear because of COVID19.  Last year about this time several of us from the Longmont Astronomy Society (LAS, in Colorad) traveled to San Pedro de Atacama (Chile) for 6 nights of astro imaging.  We got only 3 nights in - clouds and rain skunked us the other nights!  I used a borrowed Celestron EdgeHD 8" SCT scope with Hyperstar, a rented mount, and my SX694C camera.  We were supposed to go this year, but those plans got cancelled.  My compadres are now posting reprocessed images from last year's trip, in a futile attempt to relive our limited success. 

About a month ago Bernard Miller posted his (tighter) image of the Running Chicken.  Here's my (wider) version from south of the equator.  The rented mount was giving me fits, so this image is the result of about twenty 100-sec subs.


Some of my other images, mostly taken from Boulder, reside at the same site, if you'd care to scroll forward or backward.

Dan - if it is OK I'd like to join your ASEM Zoom meeting this coming Tuesday.

M.J. Post
Boulder, CO

Galaxy season sampler

Gregg Ruppel
 

Hi all:

NGC 5350 is a small face on spiral galaxy that is part of the galaxy group Hickson 68 (near the bright star in the upper left quadrant); NGC5371 is the face on spiral in the upper left corner.  The entire field is in Canes Venatici:

http://www.greggsastronomy.com/IMAGES/ngc5350-LRGB.jpg

Full res crop (Hickson 68):
http://www.greggsastronomy.com/IMAGES/ngc5350-LRGBcrop.jpg
Annotated FOV (PixInsight):
http://www.greggsastronomy.com/IMAGES/ngc5350_LRGB_Annotated.jpg

LRGB, 8.7 hours total exposure from Animas, NM (Dark Sky New Mexico)

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Re: Sky camera

William McLaughlin
 
Edited

Well, you do get what you pay for, IMHO. Below is a video from the other night from my SBIG.  It is only 640 x 480, of course but high res is not required. It is sensitive to faint clouds as you can see later in the night. Plus it has been running for well over a decade with zero issues...

Sorry about the dome crud - I need to do my spring cleaning on the dome - not used much in winter here since it is mostly cloudy in the winter in the Pac NW.

As an aside, note the  Lyrids I picked up early in the night



I also do not understand why we need multiple cameras. Every other remote site I know of has a single high quality All-Sky available to everyone on the remote site's own web-page or server.

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Re: Sky camera

Bernard Miller
 

Dean,

 

Works for me. I have to figure out if my camera is toast or if it is the cabling. Once I figure that out, I may, or may not, be in the market for a new one.

 

Bernard

 

 

From: DarkSkyNewMexico@groups.io On Behalf Of Dean Glace
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2020 2:33 PM
To: DarkSkyNewMexico@groups.io
Subject: Re: [DarkSkyNewMexico] Sky camera

 

Here is an image from my all sky at DSNM.

 



Dean

 



On Apr 17, 2020, at 5:22 PM, Dan Crowson <dcrowson@...> wrote:

Our all sky was around $500 built with an asi120mm.

Dan

On April 17, 2020 4:04:58 PM CDT, Bernard Miller <bgmiller011@...> wrote:

Bill,

 

At 2.5K, I will pass. I just want to see if there are clouds, not image the sky. I can’t believe you can’t make a decent sky camera for around 500.00.

 

Bernard

 

 

From: DarkSkyNewMexico@groups.io On Behalf Of William McLaughlin
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2020 7:00 AM
To: DarkSkyNewMexico@groups.io
Subject: Re: [DarkSkyNewMexico] Sky camera

 

New camera sounds great. I do have to say that I have had the SBIG All-Sky 340 for about 10 years at home in my dark sky site. Alan put a red Wratten filter on it before they sent it to me and I can't imagine anything better. It is the monochrome, of course (color versions of any all-sky suck) and it is sensitive enough that I can see shifting patterns of skyglow on it.

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Re: NGC 3504 + 3512

Brian Ottum
 

Nice pair

 

From: DarkSkyNewMexico@groups.io <DarkSkyNewMexico@groups.io> On Behalf Of Dan Crowson
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2020 6:31 PM
To: 'Dan Crowson' <dcrowson@...>
Subject: [DarkSkyNewMexico] NGC 3504 + 3512

 

NGC 3504 (UGC 6118, PGC 33371 and others) is the nice barred spiral at the bottom right. This galaxy is located approximately 85 million light-years away in Leo Minor.

 

NGC 3512 (UGC 6128, PGC 33432 and others) is the delicate spiral at the left located approximately 79 million-light years away.

 

I caught Asteroid 8360 1990 FD1 on a couple of nights. You can see a trail in color above and in monochrome below NGC 3504.

 

Luminance – 24x600s – 240 minutes – binned 1x1

RGB – 8x300s – 40 minutes each – binned 2x2

 

360 minutes total exposure – 6 hours

 

Imaged April 10th, 12th and 15th, 2020 from Dark Sky New Mexico at Rancho Hidalgo (Animas, New Mexico) with a SBIG STF-8300M on an Astro-Tech AT12RCT at f/8 2432mm.

 

LRGB - https://www.flickr.com/photos/dcrowson/49786240852/sizes/l/

 

Dan

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NGC 3504 + 3512

Dan Crowson
 

NGC 3504 (UGC 6118, PGC 33371 and others) is the nice barred spiral at the bottom right. This galaxy is located approximately 85 million light-years away in Leo Minor.

 

NGC 3512 (UGC 6128, PGC 33432 and others) is the delicate spiral at the left located approximately 79 million-light years away.

 

I caught Asteroid 8360 1990 FD1 on a couple of nights. You can see a trail in color above and in monochrome below NGC 3504.

 

Luminance – 24x600s – 240 minutes – binned 1x1

RGB – 8x300s – 40 minutes each – binned 2x2

 

360 minutes total exposure – 6 hours

 

Imaged April 10th, 12th and 15th, 2020 from Dark Sky New Mexico at Rancho Hidalgo (Animas, New Mexico) with a SBIG STF-8300M on an Astro-Tech AT12RCT at f/8 2432mm.

 

LRGB - https://www.flickr.com/photos/dcrowson/49786240852/sizes/l/

 

Dan

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Re: Sky camera

Dean Glace
 

Here is an image from my all sky at DSNM.



Dean


On Apr 17, 2020, at 5:22 PM, Dan Crowson <dcrowson@...> wrote:

Our all sky was around $500 built with an asi120mm.

Dan

On April 17, 2020 4:04:58 PM CDT, Bernard Miller <bgmiller011@...> wrote:

Bill,

 

At 2.5K, I will pass. I just want to see if there are clouds, not image the sky. I can’t believe you can’t make a decent sky camera for around 500.00.

 

Bernard

 

 

From: DarkSkyNewMexico@groups.io On Behalf Of William McLaughlin
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2020 7:00 AM
To: DarkSkyNewMexico@groups.io
Subject: Re: [DarkSkyNewMexico] Sky camera

 

New camera sounds great. I do have to say that I have had the SBIG All-Sky 340 for about 10 years at home in my dark sky site. Alan put a red Wratten filter on it before they sent it to me and I can't imagine anything better. It is the monochrome, of course (color versions of any all-sky suck) and it is sensitive enough that I can see shifting patterns of skyglow on it.

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Re: Sky camera

Dan Crowson
 

Our all sky was around $500 built with an asi120mm.

Dan


On April 17, 2020 4:04:58 PM CDT, Bernard Miller <bgmiller011@...> wrote:

Bill,

 

At 2.5K, I will pass. I just want to see if there are clouds, not image the sky. I can’t believe you can’t make a decent sky camera for around 500.00.

 

Bernard

 

 

From: DarkSkyNewMexico@groups.io On Behalf Of William McLaughlin
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2020 7:00 AM
To: DarkSkyNewMexico@groups.io
Subject: Re: [DarkSkyNewMexico] Sky camera

 

New camera sounds great. I do have to say that I have had the SBIG All-Sky 340 for about 10 years at home in my dark sky site. Alan put a red Wratten filter on it before they sent it to me and I can't imagine anything better. It is the monochrome, of course (color versions of any all-sky suck) and it is sensitive enough that I can see shifting patterns of skyglow on it.

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Re: Sky camera

Dean Glace
 

Bernard,

I have a friend of mine that is working on an all sky camera. I have the first prototype at my observatory. He is working on a better one with a better lense that will give 180 degrees of sky. I hope to have it to bring out to DSNM when hey will let me travel back out to the site. I have an all sky camera working right now but it is not web accessable. It is on my SkyAlert computer. I am not a software guy. I am a retired RF engineer. Hopefully this second round of the all sky will work great and he will start building them. I don't know the price yet but it should not be er $500. It should be web accessible.

Dean
DSNM

On Apr 17, 2020, at 5:05 PM, Bernard Miller <bgmiller011@...> wrote:



Bill,

 

At 2.5K, I will pass. I just want to see if there are clouds, not image the sky. I can’t believe you can’t make a decent sky camera for around 500.00.

 

Bernard

 

 

From: DarkSkyNewMexico@groups.io On Behalf Of William McLaughlin
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2020 7:00 AM
To: DarkSkyNewMexico@groups.io
Subject: Re: [DarkSkyNewMexico] Sky camera

 

New camera sounds great. I do have to say that I have had the SBIG All-Sky 340 for about 10 years at home in my dark sky site. Alan put a red Wratten filter on it before they sent it to me and I can't imagine anything better. It is the monochrome, of course (color versions of any all-sky suck) and it is sensitive enough that I can see shifting patterns of skyglow on it.

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Re: Sky camera

Bernard Miller
 

Bill,

 

At 2.5K, I will pass. I just want to see if there are clouds, not image the sky. I can’t believe you can’t make a decent sky camera for around 500.00.

 

Bernard

 

 

From: DarkSkyNewMexico@groups.io On Behalf Of William McLaughlin
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2020 7:00 AM
To: DarkSkyNewMexico@groups.io
Subject: Re: [DarkSkyNewMexico] Sky camera

 

New camera sounds great. I do have to say that I have had the SBIG All-Sky 340 for about 10 years at home in my dark sky site. Alan put a red Wratten filter on it before they sent it to me and I can't imagine anything better. It is the monochrome, of course (color versions of any all-sky suck) and it is sensitive enough that I can see shifting patterns of skyglow on it.

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Re: Sky camera

William McLaughlin
 

New camera sounds great. I do have to say that I have had the SBIG All-Sky 340 for about 10 years at home in my dark sky site. Alan put a red Wratten filter on it before they sent it to me and I can't imagine anything better. It is the monochrome, of course (color versions of any all-sky suck) and it is sensitive enough that I can see shifting patterns of skyglow on it.

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Re: Sky camera

Bernard Miller
 

MJ,

 

Thanks. Hopefully mine can be fixed. If not, this will be a nice alternative when it is up and running.

 

Bernard

 

 

From: DarkSkyNewMexico@groups.io On Behalf Of MJ Post
Sent: Thursday, April 16, 2020 7:42 PM
To: DarkSkyNewMexico@groups.io
Subject: Re: [DarkSkyNewMexico] Sky camera

 

Bernard - I know this won't help you immediately, but Tally and I (Bldg. 2) have a friend putting together an all-sky camera for us, one with much better specs than you can buy commercially.  It's basically working but has some minor software issues, which is our friend's forte.  We'll have it on site in 2-4 months, delayed mostly by COVID travel restrictions.  Everyone at DSNM will be allowed access via the web.  Stay tuned.

 

MJ

On April 16, 2020 at 5:15 PM Bernard Miller <bgmiller011@...> wrote:

Hi,

 

Does anyone have a sky camera I can access on the WEB? Mine has gone dark. Does anyone know where you can buy a sky camera that does not cost a thousand freaking dollars?

 

Thanks,

 

Bernard

 

 


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Re: Sky camera

MJ Post
 

Bernard - I know this won't help you immediately, but Tally and I (Bldg. 2) have a friend putting together an all-sky camera for us, one with much better specs than you can buy commercially.  It's basically working but has some minor software issues, which is our friend's forte.  We'll have it on site in 2-4 months, delayed mostly by COVID travel restrictions.  Everyone at DSNM will be allowed access via the web.  Stay tuned.

MJ

On April 16, 2020 at 5:15 PM Bernard Miller <bgmiller011@...> wrote:

Hi,

 

Does anyone have a sky camera I can access on the WEB? Mine has gone dark. Does anyone know where you can buy a sky camera that does not cost a thousand freaking dollars?

 

Thanks,

 

Bernard

 




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Sky camera

Bernard Miller
 

Hi,

 

Does anyone have a sky camera I can access on the WEB? Mine has gone dark. Does anyone know where you can buy a sky camera that does not cost a thousand freaking dollars?

 

Thanks,

 

Bernard

 




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NGC 4274 neighborhood

Gregg Ruppel
 

Hi

NGC 4274 is a 10.5 magnitude spiral galaxy in Coma Berenices; it sits in a field populated by 7 other NGC galaxies and a multitude of fainter galaxies:

http://www.greggsastronomy.com/IMAGES/ngc4274-LRGB.jpg

Annotated view:
http://www.greggsastronomy.com/IMAGES/ngc4274_LRGB_Annotated.jpg

Image data here:
http://www.greggsastronomy.com/ngc4274.html

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Re: Sky camera

Dan Crowson
 

Bernard,

Our page is here - https://adgsoftware.com/rh/boltwood/current.php. Ours
only updates at night. Camera 'B' was yours. :/

Dan
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From: DarkSkyNewMexico@groups.io [mailto:DarkSkyNewMexico@groups.io] On
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Sent: Thursday, April 16, 2020 5:12 PM
To: DarkSkyNewMexico@groups.io
Subject: [DarkSkyNewMexico] Sky camera

Hi,

Does anyone have a sky camera I can access on the WEB. Mine has gone dark.
If not, do you know where I can buy one that is not ridiculously priced?

Thanks,

Bernard

Sky camera

Bernard Miller
 

Hi,

Does anyone have a sky camera I can access on the WEB. Mine has gone dark. If not, do you know where I can buy one that is not ridiculously priced?

Thanks,

Bernard