Dave Lochhaas kindly gave me permission to show his first published video using Dave’s Motion Detector. Great to see how they trace out rollercoaster tracks in the sky.
This is a first test of my latest software. It allows you to scan multiple videos and only select scenes with action. Great for subjects like bird feeders above.
This was taken with my Coronado PST solar scope from Inverness, Scotland over 8 hours of sunshine. It repeats a couple of times at different speeds so you can watch the action.
Here is the first result from my latest app. It processes video of the sky and adds color trails to all the birds. Click on the image to view the video.
I have been working on a new app that will automatically take astro images overnight and below are some early results. All taken with a Canon 1100D and Sigma 70-300mm lens, stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and processed in StarTools.
AstroTour interfaces with PHD2 autoguider (including dithering), All Sky Plate Solver for accurate targeting and digiCamControl for capture. digiCamControl allows a wide range of Canon and Nikon DSLRs to be controlled as well as some Sony and other cameras.
Another 3D spectrogram of gulls but this time taken with my £20 Adokey voice recorder.
Click on the image or here to view the interactive 3D version. Zoom with your mouse wheel and click-drag to rotate.
This tutorial shows you how to easily make interactive 3D Spectrogams like this using Audacity. The source files are zipped up here which includes the “spectrogram.html” file you will need for your own spectrogram.
The 3D graphics are powered by the Babylon.js framework which does all the hard stuff for you.
1. Select Your Audio:- Choose the audio you want to display, optimise it and save it to “original.wav”.
2. Grab Audacity Screenshots:- Load “original.wav” and show its color spectrogram. Hide all toolbars and zoom in to fill track with audio information. Use Audacity>Help>Tools>Screenshot Tools to take a color screenshot. Change spectrogram to monochrome and take another screenshot.
I have been experimenting with processing birdsong in the Audacity sound editor. This is a very powerful and free program which is great for recording and cleaning up audio and inspecting its frequency spectrum. I used the Audacity spectrogram to generate a 3D model that you can view in your browser.
Click on the image below to view the 3D spectrogram. Zoom in with your mouse wheel and click-drag to rotate the view. The robin sings once at 1x speed and then again at half speed so you can follow the detail.
BTW, this was recorded on my £15 Logitech C270 webcam feeding in to Audacity. I set Audacity up to record automatically at 4am and stop at 8am.
Above is a trial I shot of the Horsehead Nebula using iTelescope.net which has a range of high spec remote controlled telescopes across the world. I bought 20 imaging points using their starter plan which was made up to 60 points as a new member. I then booked 45 minutes on their telescope #24 which is a 0.61 metre reflector in California. I shot 300s each of Ha, R,G,B, O and S and combined the HaRGB in Krita.
This shooting plan took 47 of my points which I think is really good value for using a scope I could never hope to own.
Note that the image is pretty noisy because I did not have enough images to stack and reduce the noise. I will be taking more shots soon and will post the results here.