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Moon, 2019-07-20

ASI 224MC, no ADC, N250/1200, HEQ5, mosaic, see the full resolution here

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Jupiter’s weather – a quick look

Only five days apart, the planet has shown some interesting changes. More images are coming. From the balcony, ASI 224MC, TSO ADC, N250/1200, HEQ5.

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Home Observatory 2019

The balcony, as a temporary(?) home observatory

I am a lazy man, so I automate, leave in place, pre-program — and stuff like that. For Jupiter and Saturn, I made my rather humble balcony into a humble observatory, before the real estate developers (this is a politically correct name for what they really are) fuck up my horizon.

Since accurate polar alignment is not feasible when one can just accidentally kick the mount, just that tiny little bit, and I don’t intend to do deep sky from here, the whole thing is aligned by smell and then guided by the soapbox.

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Jupiter 2019-07-03

ASI 224MC, TSO ADC, N250/1200, HEQ5, almost good seeing

Jupiter and Europa

 

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Jupiter 2019-06-30

ASI 224MC, TSO ADC, N250/1200, HEQ5

 

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The Soapbox MountPusher Guider

the interface on top of an image acquired with the guiding solution

I have the following problem at home: the balcony is small, the tube is big and I am lazy. This sums up to a constant problem of drifting, the planet or lunar surface being imaged slowly walks away. Though there are methods to polar align a mount even when there is no way to see the north pole, the small balcony part means frequent small bumps into the whole thing. The oversized scope is also prone to accidents. I also tried the feature tracker in Sharpcap, failed, and the autoguiding of PHD2, failed. So I came up with the soapbox ensembleI call it noszogtató in Hungarian, for it means something like nagger-pusher-convincer. It got itself a soapbox, literally.

Contents

  • rationale
  • block diagram
  • communication
  • desktop app
  • arduino code
  • hardware
  • conclusions, photos

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Saturn 2019-06-20

ASI 224MC, TSO ADC, N250/1200, HEQ5

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Jupiter 2019-06-19

ASI 224MC, TSO ADC, N250/1200, HEQ5, bad seeing

20190618-2111 Jupiter 8 pipp g4 ap5 reg1 ps

20190618-2111 Jupiter 8 pipp g4 ap5 reg1 ps

20190618-2135 Jupiter 9 pipp g4 ap5 reg1 ps

20190618-2135 Jupiter 9 pipp g4 ap5 reg1 ps

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Saturn’s family 2019-06-12

ASI 224MC, TSO ADC, N250/1200, HEQ5

stack of expos with the moons

stack of expos with the moons

a processed Saturn image

a processed Saturn image

the moons dialed down

the moons dialed down

rotated

rotated

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Saturn 2019-06-14-15

ASI 224MC, TSO ADC, N250/1200, HEQ5
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Jól kalibrált monitoron mindegyik számnál elkülönülő árnyalat látszik. Ha mégsem látszanak, akkor a megjelenített képek színhiányosan rajzolódnak ki. A monitort valószínűleg kalibrálni kell.

You should see distinct shades for each number. If those shades are not clearly visible, the displayed pictures will lack accuracy. Your display most likely needs to be calibrated (brightness, gamma, contrast etc.).