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The images below were taken using a Panasonic digital camcorder coupled to an eyepiece on my 10" f/10 LX200.  These images are the result of grabbing the best frames from the recording and combining them using Astrostack.


Mars - 300 frames combined
Taken September 7, 2003 at 0200 UT
12.3 Meade Plossl eyepiece
Seeing: Fair (5/10)
Unsharp mask applied

The images below of Saturn show the improvement in quality achieved by combining multiple frames. The image on the left is a single frame from the camcorder tape. The image to its right is a combination of 180 frames from the same tape. The improvement in quality and resolution is remarkable.


Saturn - Raw Image (one frame)


Saturn - 180 frames combined
Taken January 30, 2003
12.4 Meade Plossl eyepiece
Seeing: Fair (6/10)
Unsharp mask applied

 


Jupiter and GRS - 180 frames combined
Taken April 12, 2003
12.4mm Meade Plossl eyepiece
Seeing: Fair (5/10)


Jupiter - 108 frames combined
Taken February 18, 2002
12.4mm Meade Plossl eyepiece
Seeing: Excellent (8/10)

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