Planetary Imaging Primer

Course Summary

East Valley Astronomy Club (EVAC) is offering an introductory for planetary, Moon and Sun imaging.  This course consist of three 60-90 minute weekly ZOOM meetings and three two hour labs held at the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert next to the Gilbert Riparian Observatory.  The focus class will cover a number of basic concepts associated with imaging the planets, Moon and the Sun.  It will review the current techniques and hardware required to get the best image possible for your system.  A telescope is required for this class but the club does have one camera and computer that can be rented for the capture sessions.

 

Course size will be limited and will be closed once limit have been reached.

Class Resources

 

Target

Date

Hardware

Video/

Format

Comments

Jupiter

2020.09.23

Telescope: Celestron C-11 HD

Mount: iOptron CEM60EC

Camera:ZWO ASI 120MC-S

Barllow: TeleVue Powermate 2x

SER

620 MB

 

Sun

 

Telescope: Celestron C-11 HD

Mount: iOptron CEM60EC

Filter: Baader AstroSolar Safety Film

Camera: ZWO ASI183MC

Barlow: Unknown

AVI

501 MB

 

Moon/Mars Occultation

2022.12.07

Telescope: Celestron C-11 HD

Mount: iOptron CEM60EC

Camera:ZWO ASI 6200MC Pro

Barllow: TeleVue Powermate 2x

AVI

1,050 MB

 

 

 

 

 

Target

Date

Hardware

Source Files

 

Step1

PIPP

Step 2

AutoStakkert

Step 3

Trim

Step 4

Registax

Step 5

Labeled

Comments

Moon

2023-11-25

Telescope: NexStar 6SE

Camera: ZWO ASI183MC

Image Size: 4120 x 3672

Frames: 279

AVI (4.1GB)

AVI (2.0 GB)139 Frames

 

Moon Wavelet File

 

Sun

2023-12-02

Telesope: Questar 3.5"

Camera: ZWO ASI183MC

Image Size: 1920 x 1080

Frames: 1000

 

AVI (2.0GB)

AVI (1.7 GB)875 Frames

 

Jupiter

2020.09.23

Telescope: Celestron C-11 HD

Mount: iOptron CEM60EC

Camera:ZWO ASI 120MC-S

Barllow: TeleVue Powermate 2x

SER

620 MB

 

 

 

 

Jupiter Wavelet File

 

 

Sun

 

Telescope: Celestron C-11 HD

Mount: iOptron CEM60EC

Filter: Baader AstroSolar Safety Film

Camera: ZWO ASI183MC

Barlow: Unknown

AVI

501 MB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course Details

Group

Lab #

Date

Time

Target

Group 1

1

Friday, November 24th

7pm - 9pm

The Moon

Group 1

2

Saturday, December 2nd

10am - 1pm

The Sun

Group 1

3

Friday, December 8th

7pm - 9pm

Jupiter

Group 1

1

Saturday, November 25th

7pm - 9pm

The Moon

Group 2

2

Saturday, December 2nd

10am - 1pm

The Sun

Group 2

3

Friday, December 8th

7pm - 9pm

Jupiter

 

Student Information

The following information will be required from each student for registration:

Contact Information

For more information feel free to email James Yoder at jty.Astro@ArtCentrics.com

Additional Resources

Additional online resources

Topic

Media

Link

Download

Windows

Description

Astronomy Community

Website

Cloudy Nights

 

One of the most popular online community groups for astronomy

Astronomy Community

Website

EVAC

 

East Valley Astronomy Club: Largest astronomy club in the Phoenix Metro Area.  Check out their Observing Programs

Astronomy Community

Mail

AZ-Observing

 

Arizona Astronomy Group where you can get announcements, discussion, etc. through email or by loging into the website.

Planing

Webpage

ArtCentrics

 

List of astronomical events for the year.

Planning

Website

Stellarium Web

 

Online planetarium program

Planing

Website

Clear Sky Chart

 

Forecast for Cloud Cover, Transparency, Seeing, Darkness, Smoke Wind, Humidity

Planning

Website

TimeAndDate

 

Planet Angular Size, Brightness and Distance for a given date

Planning

Website

Astronomy Tools

 

Field of View Calculator put in "Imaging Mode" to preview what a target will look like for your optical train setup

 

 

 

 

 

Equipment

Website

Astromart

 

Great place to pick up used equipment

Equipment

Video

YouTube

 

How To Collimate your SCT

Equipment

Webpage

TelescopeNights

 

How to Collimate your Dobsonian

Equipment

Video

YouTube

 

SVbony Laser Collimator and How to Use it (Newtonians)

Software and Apps

Software

PIPP

x64: 2.5.9

Planetary Imaging PreProcessor (PIPP) webpage (Free)

Software and Apps

Phone App

PS Align Pro

 

Smartphone App: Polar Scope Align Pro.  For alignment of Equatorial Mounts

Software and Apps

Software

WinJupos

 

Used for processing and analyzing planetary images, but itís much more than this and is actually the software equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife for the Solar System.

Software and Apps

Software

AutoStakkert!

X64: 4.0.5

Software used for stacking many images into one image

Software and Apps

Software

Registax

6.0

 

Software and Apps

Software

waveSharp

 

Used for sharpening images.  This is new software to replace Registax

Software and Apps

Software

GIMP

 

GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP): Free replacement for Photoshop.

Software and Apps

Software

IrfanView

 

Another image manipulation software. Great for making thumbnails

 

 

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