Mosaic Preview Finally Fixed

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Dec 302014
 

DSSR has a cool mosaic module that automatically captures videos for making lunar and solar mosaics. Part of this module is a mosaic preview image that shows the progress of the capture process. This was a bit hit and miss in older versions but I just tried out version 4.7 and I think I have finally got it.

Note that my mount is very roughly aligned so I set the mosaic size to 0.8×1.0 degrees to make sure I got the Moon. First up was a mosaic with the scope west of the pier. This took 22min with each video at 10sec and the mosaic started in the top right tile. The blue tiles are sky which DSSR automatically skips using the Exposures module.

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Next up I did a meridian flip and tried again. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 1:56 pm

First Winter DSSR Lunar Mosaic

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Dec 072014
 

I have now dusted down my winter observatory and I did a quick test mosaic using DSSR. This comprised about 100x 10sec videos which my HEQ5 zipped thru in about 15 minutes. The videos were batch processed in AviStack 2 and merged in Microsoft ICE. Click on image for full size.

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 Posted by at 1:48 pm

Lunar Flypass with Canon A810

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May 052013
 

This is a movie I made with my £50 Canon A810 hooked up to my Nexstar 4SE. Best viewed in full screen. Turn off HD by clicking on the HD symbol if you have a slow connection.

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 Posted by at 8:33 am

Canon A810 Moon

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May 032013
 

I have been trying out my £50 Canon A810 camera for astro work. An early trial was to connect it to my Nexstar 4SE scope with a Skywatcher digiscoping bracket and the results were pretty good.

Here is a sample and you can see more of the image by clicking on it (give the large image time to load if you zoom right in).

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 Posted by at 12:21 pm