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    Default improved Saturn images - april 28th



    These were actually taken on the 28th the thread I have listed as the 29th is actually the 27th. Sorry for confusion.



    I believe it was 1779 frames stacked. This is unedited just stacked.



    Edited wavelets and applied a bit of sharpening in photoshop.


    image increased in size 200%

    I'm getting there, you can see some cloud bands, I am wondering how do I make the background blacker without changing the planet?

    Any more tips are very welcome.
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    Wow, great image! I hope I can get there someday!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Majik1911 View Post
    Wow, great image! I hope I can get there someday!
    Thanks. I'm sure you can. This time last year I didn't even know it was possible to take pictures of the planet from my driveway.

    Here is another image that looks to be slightly sharper.

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    "c" - you're doing just great yourself.....this last image is really a big improvement!!!

    There's even a hint of the Cassini Division in the extremeties of the rings (very hard to see, but this is the case with almost all Saturn images at present!)

    Also if you look carefully you will see that each half of the disk has faint but discernable divisions tonally, indicating some of the planet's banding or belts/zones - I'm not referring to the clearly defined Equatorial Zones (NEZ & SEZ) but others....!

    Levels adjustment in Photoshop can help with the background.....does the camera controls have colour adjustment in it - ie, red and blue sliders.....you may want to have a little fiddle with these values if it does to try and get a little less green an image - but you're going great guns buddy!!!

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    Thanks. I was going to try again tonight but it's cloudy. Will give it another go soon.

    Basically my biggest issue left is nailing "perfect" focus correct? I will try adjusting the settings to get a little less green too.
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    I think your focus is pretty spot on in that last image.....try for a little less green in your next attempts imho - try for a yellowy-beige onscreen image with the colour settings and you may find with the type of focus you achieved last time, some better delineation/colour in those bands I mentioned previously may result.....but you're doing great!!!

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    I think the focus issue is sorted as far as I can see. There very good images here. They look quite sharp. In photoshop I usually lasso the object I want to protect and then use the curves adjustment layer and inverse to darken the sky. But the sky looks good as well Corpusse.
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    Great improvement! The quality of the image is much better!
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    Thanks a lot guys. I have edited the image a little more maybe this colour is a little more real



    I was out yesterday so I didn't get a chance to try again but with it cloudy the next couple of days it may be a few days before I can try again however this is probably as good as I will get with Saturn until the rings tilt or I get better equipment.

    Can't wait to try Jupiter again in the coming months.
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    Hi C - if you see my post in your other thread I only discovered that you were using a yellow filter in the optical train last night (although you'll recall I did suspect it and asked you such before.....)

    You'll have a devil of a time trying to manipulate that image (great in all other respects!) to get anything ressembling a reasonable colour balance (I gave up trying to manipulate your image myself)

    Chalk it up to experience (I've personally got hundreds of these "experience" chalk-ups, and am still constantly making boo-boos.....although this could also be senility creeping up!!!)

    Your next image without the filter will be a beauty I'm sure!!!

 

 
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