A Couple of Firsts
Although the clouds were obscuring the moon and rarely could I see arcturus, the sky was supposed to clear so I set up and waited although I was productively shooting darks while I waited. Then I turned to the moon which was eerily coming in and out through the clouds.
Lunar AVI and Registax
So I thought I'd take a crack at using my camera in Live View mode to do some lunar shooting and stacking with Registax. It was semi successful.
After acquiring the video (no barlows or anything) I pulled the 1200 frames into registax and had nothing but trouble if I used more then one alignment point. It kept breaking up the image into segments and leaving these terrible lines.
I ended up just using a single, large alignment box and that seemed to work okay. I don't have many lunar shots to compare. Included inthe gallery below is a single frame from the video (in the video you can see the clouds moving across the surface but that's difficult to see in the single frame) and then the stacked and processed frame.
Peltier Cooling Chamber
I also used my Peltier cooling chamber last night. It takes just under an hour to settle at it's maximum temp drop which last night was 11 degrees. I was mostly shooting darks once it settled because of the clouds, but they eventually went away and left a high haze so I decided to shoot a bright target. M29.
You can see some info and pictures of the Peltier chamber here:
: My noise level went from 320 to 49 with the aid of the cooling chamber making me able to really pull out the color of the stars without ridiculously pulling out color noise in the background. Yay!
M29 - The Cooling Tower Cluster
Scope: Vixen ED103S with WO Flat 2 0.8x FR/FF
Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G with GoTo
Guiding: Meade DSI Pro and PHD Guiding
Guide Scope: William Optics ZenithStar 66 SD
Camera: Canon EOS 1000D (Modified)
Special Settings: None
Exposure: 24 minutes (3 x 480s)
Processing Software: Acquired in Nebulosity with high dithering, Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker (Kappa-Sigma Clipping for all frames), Levels, Curves, Astronomy Tools, Gradient XTerminator and Noise Ninja in Photoshop
Support Files: 40 flats, 40 bias, 8 darks
See Gallery below for image