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by bladekeeper
Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:11 am
Forum: Image processing
Topic: Video converting and stacking?
Replies: 2
Views: 16

Re: Video converting and stacking?

Hello, I'm wondering if I can convert video to separate frames then stack them in something like Deep Sky Stacker? My phone takes 4K UHD mp4 Video. It would be cool if I could play around with some stacking software. Does anyone know of software capable of doing this and maintaining high-quality pi...
by bladekeeper
Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:09 am
Forum: Deep Sky Objects
Topic: The Orion nebula (January 2020)
Replies: 1
Views: 28

Re: The Orion nebula (January 2020)

Very nice image, John! :)
by bladekeeper
Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: Explore Scientific mounts
Topic: Explore Scientific Twilight II Alt-Az mount
Replies: 8
Views: 461

Re: Explore Scientific Twilight II Alt-Az mount

Anybody do the bearing upgrade / adjustments? CN was talking about using cutouts from plastic milk jugs if you don't buy needle bearings. Mine came with nylon spacers. It's quite smooth as is and I see no reason to alter it. But, another OTA on the other side helps to facilitate the smoothness. I w...
by bladekeeper
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: Beginners forum
Topic: First attempt at astrophotography (fail)
Replies: 5
Views: 61

Re: First attempt at astrophotography (fail)

Welcome to Astrophotography! :D If you don't know how to swear and curse at the beginning, you become an old pro soon enough. :lol: But, one thing to always keep in mind, whether a good night or a bad one, you always come away having learned something, and every minute logged is a notch of experienc...
by bladekeeper
Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Deep Sky Objects
Topic: Planning a Session
Replies: 3
Views: 29

Re: Planning a Session

I've used SkyTools 3 quite a lot in the past to generate observing lists for objects visible from my location throughout an evening. It would do well for AP also. Sky Safari can facilitate planning as well, though not to the extent that SkyTools can. Since I've got a pretty good visual background an...
by bladekeeper
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: If It Moves - Tax It; If It Doesn't Move - Tax It
Replies: 18
Views: 239

Re: If It Moves - Tax It; If It Doesn't Move - Tax It

In the US, other states and municipalities have had similar taxes and fees in place for years. Some of them call them stargazing fees, others call them something else but the end result is the same. In Minnesota, for instance, you are most welcome to use state parks for observing as long as you pay ...
by bladekeeper
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Kobe Bryant death in helicopter crash
Replies: 6
Views: 67

Re: Kobe Bryant death in helicopter crash

His 13-year-old daughter Gianna is reported to have been killed in the crash also. :(
by bladekeeper
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Astronomy News
Topic: Hubble images dusty galaxy to learn about supermassive black holes
Replies: 1
Views: 17

Re: Hubble images dusty galaxy to learn about supermassive black holes

That's a fun image, Marshall! I've observed and logged this galaxy one time from a dark site in Bulter, Missouri, while there with TSS member smeyer8015 (Scott). From 10 October 2015: 7. NGC 1022 - Spiral Galaxy in Cetus - NEW - Quite a dim galaxy, somewhat of an averted vision fuzzy wad of light. I...
by bladekeeper
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Kobe Bryant death in helicopter crash
Replies: 6
Views: 67

Re: Kobe Bryant death in helicopter crash

Man, this is rather shocking.
by bladekeeper
Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Deep Sky Objects
Topic: My Try At The Monkey
Replies: 12
Views: 112

Re: My Try At The Monkey

Everybody has something to hide except for me and my monkey!

Nice image, Jim!

I too have had trouble with these halos. If you have a StarTools resolution, would appreciate a knowledge share. :D
by bladekeeper
Sun Jan 26, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Other "Do It Yourself" projects
Topic: Astromaster 130eq MD - Modifications
Replies: 1
Views: 38

Re: Astromaster 130eq MD - Modifications

Nice mods!

As for balancing, I seen other newtonian users orient the scope so that the extension tubes and camera are pointed down while in the home position. I believe that facilitates better balancing. :)
by bladekeeper
Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Deep Sky Objects
Topic: Messier 78 - LRGB
Replies: 6
Views: 68

Re: Messier 78 - LRGB

Holy cow! That's pretty darn fine, Teagan!
by bladekeeper
Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Happy Birthday 10538 (Ed)!!!
Replies: 13
Views: 97

Re: Happy Birthday 10538 (Ed)!!!

:occasion-birthday: Happy Birthday Ed!!! :occasion-birthday:

I hope you have an amazing day, ol' buddy! :)
by bladekeeper
Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:50 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Happy Lunar New Year
Replies: 11
Views: 150

Re: Happy Lunar New Year

Happy Lunar New Year everybody!

Cloudy here. :lol:

pakarinen wrote:
Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:09 pm
If the Wuhan Flu doesn't kill everybody...
Stay close to Mother Abigail...
by bladekeeper
Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:34 am
Forum: Beginners forum
Topic: Seasonal changes for viewing, AP
Replies: 5
Views: 74

Re: Seasonal changes for viewing, AP

I don't know that I have a preference on season from a climate standpoint. For me: Spring pros: Virgo, Coma Berenices, Leo, Ursa Major, and galaxies. Of course, galaxies are all over the place all year long, but in northern spring the volume ramps up a lot. The frog songs down at the pond provide a ...
by bladekeeper
Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: Deep Sky Objects
Topic: M42 in various wavelengths
Replies: 5
Views: 97

Re: M42 in various wavelengths

Sweet! I like your hoolergob image, Jim! :D
by bladekeeper
Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Beginners forum
Topic: What will it look like in my telescope?
Replies: 7
Views: 209

Re: What will it look like in my telescope?

Since posting this, I played with "Scope Display" feature in SkySafari. It gives you FOV, but not really what the view will look like. Really helpful for picking EPs while viewing. To use this, tap "Observe" at the bottom of the screen. Define your astronomy setup in "Equipment" and pick your setup...
by bladekeeper
Sat Jan 25, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Solar images
Topic: Venus from Monday 20/01/2020
Replies: 3
Views: 58

Re: Venus from Monday 20/01/2020

Cool, Andy!

I tried to image Venus a couple of weeks ago but the seeing was so bad all I got was a blurry strobe light! :lol:
by bladekeeper
Sat Jan 25, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: the maths of espresso optimization
Replies: 15
Views: 209

Re: the maths of espresso optimization

metastable wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:17 pm
when your cavalier is addicted to espresso...

flavor is crucial.

Image
That is a very hypnotic GIF! I think I need a nap now. :lol:

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