Project ARA (augmented reality astronomy)

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So when the EVScope made the news, it got me wondering. Why not do augmented reality astronomy for outreach using off the shelf gear? Can run various mounts, numerous FOVs, higher resolution, and so on. The idea simmered in the back of my mind as life and gear issues took priority. Over the past week I've had some time to dedicate to the project. I ran a super wide static test, a wide field alt/az live test, and tonight I ran a 1 degree FOV live test on an EQ mount. Even with a 1 degree FOV I was able to directly identify stars, planets, DSOs, and lunar features (sorta) with detailed information. Even real time satellite identification with detailed info was possible. Here's a screen cap from the live stream I did for the EQ test;

Was running 15s subs at the time
Whats that sat.jpg

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Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro
Rubinar 1000/10 internally reduced to f/5.2
40mm Plossl converted to a 80mm FL guide scope
Altair Astro 183C V1
Revolution Imager 224
PC
External monitor (makes workflow much easier)

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ASCOM & EQMod
Stellarium and Stellariumscope
Sharpcap Pro
OBS
Russ
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Meade SN8 w/ DIY coma corrector, Astro Modded Rubinar 1000/10 @f/5.2, 130/5 Newtonian, Pentax SMC 200/4, Canon SH 30/1.7
SkyWatcher EQ6-R Pro, Modified Celestron SLT
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Hi Russ!

Can you please elaborate some more? What are you actually doing here? Overlaying Stellarium on a camera view? Just curious. It looks quite interesting. :)
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Scopes: Apertura AD12 f/5; Celestron C6-R f/8; ES AR127 f/6.4; Stellarvue SV102T f/7; iOptron MC90 f/13.3; Orion ST80A f/5; ES ED80 f/6; Celestron Premium 80 f/11.4; Celestron C80 f/11.4; Unitron Model 142 f/16; Meade NG60 f/10
Mounts: Celestron AVX; Bresser EXOS-2; ES Twilight I; ES Twilight II; iOptron Cube-G; AZ3/wood tripod; Vixen Polaris
Binoculars: Pentax PCF WP II 10×50, Bresser Corvette 10×50, Bresser Hunter 16×50 and 8×40, Garrett Gemini 12×60 LW, Gordon 10×50, Apogee 20×100

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That's exactly what I'm doing. Even used it to identify dim DSOs during live stacking in SharpCap (Stellarium's sky is 100% transparent in this setup). I plan to put together a guide/article going over what settings I use so other's can utilize it.
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Meade SN8 w/ DIY coma corrector, Astro Modded Rubinar 1000/10 @f/5.2, 130/5 Newtonian, Pentax SMC 200/4, Canon SH 30/1.7
SkyWatcher EQ6-R Pro, Modified Celestron SLT
183 OSC, 224 OSC, Canon 1100D, Sony NEX-3
Nikon 7-12 zoom, a lot of DIY/salvage eyepieces
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Lokifish wrote:
Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:14 am
That's exactly what I'm doing. Even used it to identify dim DSOs during live stacking in SharpCap (Stellarium's sky is 100% transparent in this setup). I plan to put together a guide/article going over what settings I use so other's can utilize it.
Thanks! Looking forward to the article. :)
Bryan
Scopes: Apertura AD12 f/5; Celestron C6-R f/8; ES AR127 f/6.4; Stellarvue SV102T f/7; iOptron MC90 f/13.3; Orion ST80A f/5; ES ED80 f/6; Celestron Premium 80 f/11.4; Celestron C80 f/11.4; Unitron Model 142 f/16; Meade NG60 f/10
Mounts: Celestron AVX; Bresser EXOS-2; ES Twilight I; ES Twilight II; iOptron Cube-G; AZ3/wood tripod; Vixen Polaris
Binoculars: Pentax PCF WP II 10×50, Bresser Corvette 10×50, Bresser Hunter 16×50 and 8×40, Garrett Gemini 12×60 LW, Gordon 10×50, Apogee 20×100

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Neat!
Scopes: Stellarvue: SV102 ED F7; Celestron: 9.25" EdgeHD F10, 8" SCT F10, 6" SCT F10, Omni XLT 150R Achro F5, Onyx 80ED F6.3; Meade: 80ST Achro F5.
Mounts: ES: Twilight I; Bresser: EXOS2; SW: SkyTee2, AzGTi; UA: MicroStar.
Binos: Orion: Little Giant II 15x70, WorldView 10x50, Nikon: Action EX 16x50 & 8x40.
EPs: Pentax: XWs & XFs; TeleVue: Delites, Panoptic & Plossls; ES: 68s; Vixen: SLVs; Baader: BCOs, Aspherics, Mark IV; Russell Optics: SuperPlossls.
Diagonals: Baader: BBHS silver mirror, Zeiss Spec T2 prism, Clicklock dielectric; TeleVue: Evebrite dielectric.
Filters: Lumicon: DeepSky, UHC, OIII, H-beta; Baader: Moon & SkyGlow, Contrast Booster, UHC-S; Astronomik: UHC, Orion: UltraBlock, SkyGlow.
Observing: DSOs: 1805 (Completed: Messier, Herschel 1, 2, 3. In progress: H2,500: 1377, S110: 77). Doubles: 1304, Comets: 15, Asteroids: 75
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You should put this in a pair of AR glasses :D lol
-James W.

Telescope: Explore Scientific 80mm FCD100 Triplet APO Refractor
Mount: EQ6-R Pro
Cameras: ZWO ASI1600mm Pro (Cooled) | Canon DSLR EOS T7i
Auto-guiding: ZWO ASI120mm-Mini + Astromania 50mm Guidescope

Filters: ZWO 31mm Ha/Oiii/Sii 7nm + LRGB | Orion 2" Skyglow Filter
Accessories: Explore Scientific 2" Field Flattener, ZWO EFW 8 Position
Software: APT, SharpCap Pro, PHD2, CPWI | PixInsight, DeepSkyStacker, Photoshop

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Baskevo wrote:
Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:18 pm
You should put this in a pair of AR glasses :D lol
Funny you should mention that. While not glasses per se, I do plan to implement this in an mounted AR viewer project. So basically what you see in the video, in a big AR box.
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A.K.A "Backyard Observatory" on Facebook and Youtube

Meade SN8 w/ DIY coma corrector, Astro Modded Rubinar 1000/10 @f/5.2, 130/5 Newtonian, Pentax SMC 200/4, Canon SH 30/1.7
SkyWatcher EQ6-R Pro, Modified Celestron SLT
183 OSC, 224 OSC, Canon 1100D, Sony NEX-3
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Lokifish wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 6:52 pm
Baskevo wrote:
Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:18 pm
You should put this in a pair of AR glasses :D lol
Funny you should mention that. While not glasses per se, I do plan to implement this in an mounted AR viewer project. So basically what you see in the video, in a big AR box.
That would be awesome!!
-James W.

Telescope: Explore Scientific 80mm FCD100 Triplet APO Refractor
Mount: EQ6-R Pro
Cameras: ZWO ASI1600mm Pro (Cooled) | Canon DSLR EOS T7i
Auto-guiding: ZWO ASI120mm-Mini + Astromania 50mm Guidescope

Filters: ZWO 31mm Ha/Oiii/Sii 7nm + LRGB | Orion 2" Skyglow Filter
Accessories: Explore Scientific 2" Field Flattener, ZWO EFW 8 Position
Software: APT, SharpCap Pro, PHD2, CPWI | PixInsight, DeepSkyStacker, Photoshop

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/gp/186194203@N06/18B629
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