The Window Sill Observatory

October 25, 2011

Gain v Image Quality on Solar Images – Results

Filed under: Software, Sun — Dave @ 3:26 pm

Tester Mike has created a batch of 8 solar images to compare the effects of gain, shutter speed and frame rate on solar image quality. He then offered them up to the test team to pick their favourite image and the results were very interesting. The images are shown below and the exposure settings are at bottom.

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October 12, 2011

High Dynamic Range (HDR) Solar Mosaic Capture

Filed under: Software, Sun — Dave @ 6:17 pm

Today we were lucky to have some Sun and try out the MultiExposure feature of DSSR on a solar mosaic. DSSR allows you to take a series of videos at different exposure settings to cover the full range of features on the Sun. These can range from the brightest flares to the faintest prominences.

We set up a Coronado PST with an Imaging Source DMK21 at prime focus (more…)

October 7, 2011

Sneak preview of mosaic preview

Filed under: Moon, Software — Dave @ 10:59 am

The latest version of DSSR has a mosaic preview window that updates in real time as DSSR saves the video tiles for your mosaic. The preview is then saved to disk on mosaic completion. Below is an example of a preview (more…)

October 3, 2011

September Testers’ Gallery

Filed under: Animations, Software, Sun — Dave @ 8:29 am

Our testers have produced a fantastic collection of images and animations which are presented below. On most of the videos, you can right-click and turn on looping which makes it easier to observe the fine detail. (more…)

Overnight Jupiter Autoguide using DSSR

Filed under: Animations, Software — Dave @ 8:21 am

We set a new DSSR autoguide record recently. I set up my scope on Jupiter at 10pm and went to bed. When I woke up at 4.20am I was very pleased to see that DSSR had successfully tracked on Jupiter the whole night. It only lost track when Jupiter went behind my roof. (more…)

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