Saturn on June 19, 2013

Blogged by Aurélie Le Fort-Beunink on November 11, 2013 and tagged with Sample Images, Saturn.

I stacked 80% of 13,000 frames of a 4-minute video. Interestingly, we can now begin to appreciate the shadow of the planet on the rings. This shadow effect is visible on the left rear side of my picture. That shadow was not visible at all at the end of April 2013 (period of Saturn opposition). Sky-Watcher 8-inch Newtonian telescope, Televue Barlow 4X and DBK 21AU618.AS camera with IR-cut. Images were captured at 60 FPS, treated with PIPP, Autostakkert2! and RegiStax.

Daniel Leclerc, Montreal, Canada

Saturn taken by Daniel Leclerc

Summary of My Experience with the New Skyris Cameras

Blogged by Aurélie Le Fort-Beunink on November 10, 2013 and tagged with Sample Images, Moon, Sun, Reviews.

When I found out that Celestron was bringing a new line of astronomy cameras to market, I was extremely curious. The Skyris range had been manufactured with the needs of the astro-photographer in mind. I had read that the Skyris 618 was very suited to capturing images of planets. Thanks to the cameras' 120 fps, it is possible to capture during the few short moment of good seeing. The Skyris 445 can capture fine details thanks to its small pixel size, while the large sensor of the Skyris 445 is perfect for full frame images of the sun and moon.

I was lucky to be able to test these three models for one week. The results were awesome! Installing the end-user and driver software went completely without hitch. After connecting the camera to the USB 3.0 interface of my laptop, the moon was my first subject. The Skyris 445C delivered extremely sharp images in which details of the moons' surface could be clearly seen. I also tested the camera in H-alpha light by capturing images of the sun's chromosphere. The results were the best that I have been able to obtain. Finally, in the early morning, I captured detail-rich images of Jupiter using the Skyris 618C. Only the changing weather prevented me from continuing and gave me some valuable sleep back.

Stefan Hahne

Sun in H-Alpha by Stefan Hahne

Mosaic of the Moon by Stefan Hahne

First Lights with the Skyris 274M

Blogged by Aurélie Le Fort-Beunink on November 9, 2013 and tagged with Sample Images, Sun, Reviews.

I have long been looking for a new camera to capture images of the sun. Those from The Imaging Source seemed to fit my requirements. Right at the time when I was about to purchase a camera from The Imaging Source, Celestron announced the new Skyris series. I decided to purchase the 274M because of its USB 3.0 interface and large chip size - exactly the right size to use with my Coronado SM60 telescope to capture full frame images of the sun. As a TWAN photographer I am not that familiar with the methodology of capturing a large number of frames, which are then stacked together, to produce the final image. However, after a short learn phase, I was able to achieve surprisingly good results. The image quality and ease at which the camera and software can be used positively surprised me. I am looking forward to using a lot of my free time to capture more impressive images of the sun.

Gernot Meiser

Sun in H-Alpha by Gernot Meiser

Solar Prominence by Gernot Meiser

Solar Eclipse Images

Blogged by Aurélie Le Fort-Beunink on November 6, 2013 and tagged with Sample Images, Sun.

These are the images of the November 3rd, 2013 Solar Eclipse taken from Long Beach NY using a Coronado PST and a DMK 41AU02.AS.

Chris Carabela

Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

Genika Astro Supports The Imaging Source Astronomy Cameras

Blogged by Aurélie Le Fort-Beunink on October 24, 2013 and tagged with Software.

Genika is a video capture software dedicated to lunar, solar and planetary imaging with the very best high speed astronomy cameras on the market.

We are proud to announce that Genika supports all monochrome Astronomy Cameras designed by The Imaging Source.

Genika provides you with a Genicam native interface for fast and easy image acquisition on the field. Its interface has been specifically designed for astronomy applications. It's straight and simple to avoid waste of time during acquisition sessions where timing maybe important. It speaks in native mode with your astronomy camera to deliver the maximum performances. Using massive multithreading and a double leaky bucket image management, Genika doesn't suffer from the performances issues of some other applications and it does not bottleneck the high FPS your camera can deliver. It is the fastest acquisition software for planetary imaging. Squeeze the maximum number of image possible to enhance your images signal to noise ratio and be able to apply further accentuation.