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    Nice, clear captures. You appear to have got the focus spot on. Well done.
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    Default Re: Moon Pix Using NexImage 5 & RegiStax 5 software, Still Learning...

    Quote Originally Posted by Frodriguezv View Post
    Good work, You are on the right track. I suggest you do not use the diagonal when shooting videos for planetary/lunar imaging. Every piece of extra glass especially a diagonal will reduce the quality of your images. Try to go directly prime focus on the telescope you will see a huge difference in your images. Also I do not know how your telescope is configured but try to replace the original focuser with a good quality Crayford focuser those that have dual knobs with the 10:1 ratio in the center that gives fine focusing. Do that before trying to go to an electronic focuser.
    Keep up the good work!!
    Agreed, I would like a much better focuser and that Crayford should do nicely, I'll be on the lookout for one.
    Thanks for the great tips & comments everyone!!

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    Default Re: Moon Pix Using NexImage 5 & RegiStax 5 software, Still Learning...

    I think your pics turned out quite well. Im not sure about prime focus though- maybe on the moon but if you are trying to find a planet- it will be really hard without the aid of using ep's. Trying to get your subject on the sensor would take a ton of work. I know i center the planet in smaller and smaller ep's so the ni5 has the planet at centered as possible. I just think you would spend a lot of time searching. Plus you would have focus issues. The planet may be too far out of focus that you would pass right over without realizing it.
    But anyway- loved the lunar shots and cant wait to see more!
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    Default Re: Moon Pix Using NexImage 5 & RegiStax 5 software, Still Learning...

    Quote Originally Posted by Crawdaddyjc View Post
    I think your pics turned out quite well. Im not sure about prime focus though- maybe on the moon but if you are trying to find a planet- it will be really hard without the aid of using ep's. Trying to get your subject on the sensor would take a ton of work. I know i center the planet in smaller and smaller ep's so the ni5 has the planet at centered as possible. I just think you would spend a lot of time searching. Plus you would have focus issues. The planet may be too far out of focus that you would pass right over without realizing it.
    But anyway- loved the lunar shots and cant wait to see more!

    I'm hoping the zoom feature in the iCap software will give me some help, plus maybe a focal reducer or even a Barlow.
    Looks like I'll be waiting awhile as we have tons of clouds & rain forecast for the next week.
    I might go down to Bouvier Bay & get some nice local daytime pix & video of Anchor Bay & Lake St. Clair.
    More than likely I would use my Orion StarShoot IV as I've used that cam in the daytime & the view is pretty crisp.
    Should be half way decent weather some of these days!

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    Default Re: Moon Pix Using NexImage 5 & RegiStax 5 software, Still Learning...

    Planetary imaging is actually done with the camera straight into the telescope. Planets are tiny and the use of a Reducer makes things smaller. You might get a flip mirror to help you locating th planet but once you get some practice it's not that hard, it's a matter of playing with focus until you see the doughnut. I think you have a do. Or Newtonian?
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    Default Re: Moon Pix Using NexImage 5 & RegiStax 5 software, Still Learning...

    Quote Originally Posted by Frodriguezv View Post
    Planetary imaging is actually done with the camera straight into the telescope. Planets are tiny and the use of a Reducer makes things smaller. You might get a flip mirror to help you locating th planet but once you get some practice it's not that hard, it's a matter of playing with focus until you see the doughnut. I think you have a do. Or Newtonian?

    I'm wishing that I would have thought to take off the diagonal when I did the Jupiter views, now the clouds & rain have moved in for what the weather people are saying over a week!
    Bugt I'll get a clear night in somewhere & I do plan on going to a much viewing site next time.
    Thanks for the great tips Frodriguezv!!!

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    Default Re: Moon Pix Using NexImage 5 & RegiStax 5 software, Still Learning...

    Using the NI5 or SSIV in your scope, there will likely be nearly no differences in resolution/clarity with or without the diagonal as you'll be shooting bright, close objects at multiple frames per second. Mounting the camera in the diagonal to me almost seems more logical in the absence of a flip mirror due to ease of switching between viewing & shooting; not to mention both imagers are small and lightweight. However, I can completely see the logic in prime-focus when doing DSLR work... or otherwise lengthy DSLR/CCD exposures using precise polar alignment and/or autoguiding... where every single component between the camera and the scope represents a potential 'photo-ruiner'...

    ^^Those are just my thoughts...I'm nowhere near far enough up the learning curve to feel like I know what I'm talking about, so please take whatever I say lightly lol.

    Fernando- BEAUTIFUL pics, sir!!! I especially liked this one ... I miss warm winters & palm trees... and your scope is absolutely gorgeous!!!
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    Using the NI5 or SSIV in your scope, there will likely be nearly no differences in resolution/clarity with or without the diagonal as you'll be shooting bright, close objects at multiple frames per second. Mounting the camera in the diagonal to me almost seems more logical in the absence of a flip mirror due to ease of switching between viewing & shooting; not to mention both imagers are small and lightweight. However, I can completely see the logic in prime-focus when doing DSLR work... or otherwise lengthy DSLR/CCD exposures using precise polar alignment and/or autoguiding... where every single component between the camera and the scope represents a potential 'photo-ruiner'...

    ^^Those are just my thoughts...I'm nowhere near far enough up the learning curve to feel like I know what I'm talking about, so please take whatever I say lightly lol.

    Fernando- BEAUTIFUL pics, sir!!! I especially liked this one ... I miss warm winters & palm trees... and your scope is absolutely gorgeous!!!
    Thank you so much the main issue in planetary imaging other than good seeing is extremely good collimation. Any extra glass especially diagonals can spoil collimation. Although a MaksutovCassegrain does not require collimation any other element is prone to create mis alignment. My 2 cents.
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    Default Re: Moon Pix Using NexImage 5 & RegiStax 5 software, Still Learning...

    Quote Originally Posted by chartram View Post
    Using the NI5 or SSIV in your scope, there will likely be nearly no differences in resolution/clarity with or without the diagonal as you'll be shooting bright, close objects at multiple frames per second. Mounting the camera in the diagonal to me almost seems more logical in the absence of a flip mirror due to ease of switching between viewing & shooting; not to mention both imagers are small and lightweight. However, I can completely see the logic in prime-focus when doing DSLR work... or otherwise lengthy DSLR/CCD exposures using precise polar alignment and/or autoguiding... where every single component between the camera and the scope represents a potential 'photo-ruiner'...

    ^^Those are just my thoughts...I'm nowhere near far enough up the learning curve to feel like I know what I'm talking about, so please take whatever I say lightly lol.

    Fernando- BEAUTIFUL pics, sir!!! I especially liked this one ... I miss warm winters & palm trees... and your scope is absolutely gorgeous!!!
    Thank you so much the main issue in planetary imaging other than good seeing is extremely good collimation. Any extra glass especially diagonals can spoil collimation. Although a MaksutovCassegrain does not require collimation any other element is prone to create mis alignment. My 2 cents.
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