Easter pick and mix sweet shop - SeeStar

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Easter pick and mix sweet shop - SeeStar

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What fun!! the only ever time I have had fun under the stars was in Spain imaging with Andy Devey. On Saturday evening we stayed up late and I really enjoyed the SeeStar and was much more confident. We set it up in the middle of the back garden then sat inside the conservatory where it was mildy warm but we could still see the stars. For the next 2 and half hours we randomly picked object after object and had such fun gradually watching the image grow on the phone. The galaxies were amazing but the nebulas were a bit disappointing. If only I had started out all those years ago with a Seestar :)

Image2024-03-30 M101 Pinwheel galaxy 15min by Alexandra Hart, on Flickr

Image2024-03-30 M51 Whirlpool galaxy 10min by Alexandra Hart, on Flickr

Image2024-03-30 M94 Crocs eye galaxy 10min by Alexandra Hart, on Flickr

Image2024-03-30 M104 Sombrero galaxy 10min by Alexandra Hart, on Flickr

Image2024-03-30 M3 globular cluster 5min by Alexandra Hart, on Flickr

Image2024-03-30 NGC1491 Fossil nebula 10min by Alexandra Hart, on Flickr

Image2024-03-30 IC417 Spider nebula 15min by Alexandra Hart, on Flickr

I hope you all had a Happy Easter!
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Very nice! It does seem like a good way to get started with imaging deep sky objects. Beware: like solar, it can be a slippery slope!

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Hi Alexandra,

You are getting better and better. Nice round stars


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Thanks guys :) I think it was the first time we really had fun, so that has to be a good thing :hamster:

Rainer, I felt the stars were worse ;) It is supposed to reject images which show star trails, which it does because I see it rejecting them. However, I was very disappointed that it doesn't reject images taken during an Intercity train passing :( I would get 7-10 minutes in with the 10 sec stacks, a very long and fast train would pass, then the next stack wouldn't be rejected and some bright stars would then look like Saturn and start to ruin the image. It ruined a few that night. One image I thought Saturn was in the field of view! :( So I am not sure how it detects presence of star trails in order to reject them because it can't detect blurred and shaken images.

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Thanks for sharing. You are stoking the interest in the SeeStar.

Never thought I would be interested in imaging, but the SeeStar is tempting. Not too expensive and it seems to have a simpler UI. Plus optically under higher magnification/ low exit pupil size I am now noticing "floaters". Add slowly increasing astigmatism. Live view and image capture with SeeStar might be the better option in the future. But bit of a "luddite", analog person. Wondering if the software also rejects images that capture manmade space hardware zipping through the fov. Don't remember the last time observing at night where either or both naked eye or optical fov something didn't zip by. Use to think it was "cool". Now too common. If an imager it would be more than annoying. Aging eyeballs, light pollution creeping in (use to be Bortle 2 area), too much space stuff. Maybe time to just focus on solar observation. I still think it is "cool" when anything flies through the fov while observing the Sun. Latest was an upside-down(linear binoviewer) commercial airliner.


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Thanks :)

I am really enjoying it and it doesn't seem to mind light pollution too much either (our skies are awful). However, it doesn't remove space junk unfortunately. I was taking a lovely 10 minute image, got to 9 minutes and suddenly a streak zipped in. Leaving it for another 5 minutes seemed to make it gradually pale out of view. I did clone the rest out in Photoshop. I had another where I had a streak almost on the first image, so I started again as the streak went over the object. I seemed to have far more junk at home compared to Lyme Regis where I had none :(

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So glad you had a great night with your Seestar! I’m also finding that galaxies come out better in short periods of time than I would have thought! Are these the jpg generated images on your phone or did you process the Raw Fit's? Processing the Fit's in Pixinsight can remove satellite trails, but the stacking software in the Seestar will slowly remove them if enough time is spent on the object. I have decided not to worry about getting mind blowing pics and like you did on this particular evening just enjoy the gradual appearance of the objects!


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Montana wrote: Mon Apr 01, 2024 11:19 am What fun!! the only ever time I have had fun under the stars was in Spain imaging with Andy Devey. On Saturday evening we stayed up late and I really enjoyed the SeeStar and was much more confident. We set it up in the middle of the back garden then sat inside the conservatory where it was mildy warm but we could still see the stars. For the next 2 and half hours we randomly picked object after object and had such fun gradually watching the image grow on the phone. The galaxies were amazing but the nebulas were a bit disappointing. If only I had started out all those years ago with a Seestar :)
Very nice :girl:


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I think you did a good job with the galaxies, m101 is very good in consideration of the equipment


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Fantastic Seestar images Alexandra. Love the M101 and M51 images


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