Page 1 of 1

(Updated) First light with Blackfly S (5 Mp sensor)

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:31 am
by gabrieli
This new Blackfly S has a sensor that matches the size of the 2.8 Mp G3 (2/3 inch), has very nice dynamic range and other specs but has twice tha resolution and 3 times the frame rate of 75 frames/s, easily achievable at 8 bits pixel depth. It also shares the Spinnaker software with my other Blackfly S (1.6 Mp) which will take more work to be able to use comfortably. Both cameras produce files which often have to be converted to .avi or .ser before Autostakkert can use them (easy to do but time consuming). I'll post some prom images next day if suitable. I also have to add that the image at maximum resolution is uniform from edge to edge. My G3 shows an effect called "video shadowing" which has the effect of showing light grey bands along the edge of the long dimensions of teh frame in live view

Lou
1+.jpg
1+.jpg (928.83 KiB) Viewed 692 times
1-.jpg
1-.jpg (1.09 MiB) Viewed 692 times
1-c.jpg
1-c.jpg (1.27 MiB) Viewed 692 times
Here's a prom from June 12 that I thought I posted earlier but forgot to "submit" after previewing.
47w.jpg
47w.jpg (773.28 KiB) Viewed 580 times

Re: First light with Blackfly S (5 Mp sensor)

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:55 am
by TheSkyBurner
Awesomeness achieved!

Re: First light with Blackfly S (5 Mp sensor)

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:58 am
by ffellah
Remarkable resolution and processing, Lou !

Franco

Re: First light with Blackfly S (5 Mp sensor)

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:12 am
by marktownley
Nice result Lou

Re: First light with Blackfly S (5 Mp sensor)

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:40 am
by Montana
WOW!!! is all I can say, very nice indeed. How much does it cost?

Alexandra

Re: First light with Blackfly S (5 Mp sensor)

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:34 pm
by gabrieli
Thanks, everyone, for the comments.

Alexandra: The camera costs $1095USD, half the price of Grasshopper 3 (2.8Mp). Note that there currently is no other driver software that will run
these new Blackfly S cameras besides Spinnaker and that there is a lot of jumping between windows that control settings, video format, and recording, giving a somewhat cluttered desktop.

This is not really difficult but I admit I find it tiresome.

I'll add that the images shown were taken at 68 frames/s with an LS152 and 20% of 3000 frames were stacked. I ran out of memory several times during recording and had to clear some unnecessary files. When that happens the software gives a memory warning but stores the frames taken to that point.
The buffer also takes some time to clear with large files.

Concerning the format of the files recorded: I'm pretty sure there is a way of instructing the software to record avi files but I haven't found it yet.
I currently record uncompressed files and convert them to avi or ser files

Lou

Re: First light with Blackfly S (5 Mp sensor)

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:44 pm
by eroel
Lou:
Beautiful results.
Best regards,
Eric.

Re: First light with Blackfly S (5 Mp sensor)

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:28 pm
by Carbon60
Beautiful images, indeed.

Stu.

Re: First light with Blackfly S (5 Mp sensor)

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:33 pm
by TheSkyBurner
looking at this picture again it makes me feel as if I could just curl up into a ball and sleep on the sun-fur rather comfortably :)

Albeit, before bursting vaporization and losing my existence instantaneously......

Re: First light with Blackfly S (5 Mp sensor)

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:41 pm
by TheSkyBurner
nap time.jpg
nap time.jpg (227.43 KiB) Viewed 610 times

Re: (Updated) First light with Blackfly S (5 Mp sensor)

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:50 am
by gabrieli
I usually have 3 of these cozy sun worshippers in my yard when I image ( a 16 year old from 2002 and two 2 year olds from 2016)

Lou

Re: (Updated) First light with Blackfly S (5 Mp sensor)

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:19 am
by TheSkyBurner
whatever scope you are using is amazing Lou, never get rid of it! Your system is a one of a kind gem.

I dream of a hydrogen alpha scope that produces images like yours!
47w.jpg
47w.jpg (397.71 KiB) Viewed 573 times

Re: (Updated) First light with Blackfly S (5 Mp sensor)

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:11 am
by Montana
:lol: I love the cat image, purrrfect!

Alexandra

Re: (Updated) First light with Blackfly S (5 Mp sensor)

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:35 am
by gabrieli
Skyburner: Wow!

I should send you all my images for processing. You've brought out more detail than in my positive. I'm going to revisit that image.

Lou

Re: (Updated) First light with Blackfly S (5 Mp sensor)

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:44 pm
by Bruce Girrell
Love the cat
I'll bet it's warm there