Wolf Moon on January 1, 2018

I took a picture of the Wolf Moon.  More information on the image can be found on our wiki. 

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Orion SteadyPix Quick Smartphone Adapter Review

I noticed a new product was being released called the Orion SteadyPix Quick Smartphone Adapter.  I had been researching the options for afocal astrophotography.  I have purchased a Carson HookUpz 2.0 and a different model of the SteadyPix Deluxe

One of the first thing interesting about the SteadyPix Quick was the price which was around $23 at the time I purchased.  So, I decided to give it a try.

The instructions were straightforward.  It easily expanded to hold the smartphone and then the eyepiece clamp move diagonally to align with the camera lens.  The eyepiece clamp then twist-locked around an eyepiece.  This provided for a very secure connection.

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Harvest Moon

I took a picture of the harvest moon with the Canon T3i using the 200mm lens and tripod.  For image info is available at http://clearskytonight.com/wiki/Oct_5,_2017.

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Moon on September 23, 2017

I was trying some sunset time lapse photos and notice the crescent moon so took some images.  The details are on the Articles wiki.

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Total Solar Eclipse Videos

I was able to take two videos with the Lunt LS50THA using the ZWO AS103MC.  I compressed them both down to 15 seconds.

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SharpCap settings for ZWO AS103MC and Lunt LS50THA

In preparing for the solar eclipse, I experimented with different SharpCap settings.  I settled on these settings:

  • Exposure โ€“ 1 ms
  • Gain โ€“ 45
  • Gamma โ€“ 25
  • Brightness – 0

Those settings resulted in the image below.  I also added the full listing of settings after taking the image.

ClearSkyTonight_SharpCap_Settings

[ZWO ASI034MC]
Pan=0
Tilt=0
Output Format=AVI files (*.avi)
Binning=1
Capture Area=728×512
Colour Space=RGB24
Discard Split Frames=Off
Turbo USB=80
Flip=None
Frame Rate Limit=Maximum
Gain=45
Exposure=0.002
Timestamp Frames=Off
White Bal (B)=78
White Bal (R)=1
Brightness=0
Gamma=25
Auto Exp Max Gain=50
Auto Exp Max Exp=30
Auto Exp Max Brightness=100
Mono Bin=Off
Apply Flat=None
Subtract Dark=None
Display Brightness=1
Display Contrast=1
Display Gamma=1
TimeStamp=2017-08-21T16:26:22.1779171Z

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