So it’s been too cloudy and windy to try the modded Lifecam Cinema HD but I’ve been able to play around with new techniques for processing planetary images in Registax and PSE.
Back on the 8th of October, I used my Fujifilm Finepix camera to take some .avi files of Jupiter using the 4mm eyepiece. There was no filter on this eyepiece because the lens in the eyepiece already limits so much light from coming through, the image would be too dark.
The data has been sitting on the computer for the past few days as I messed with the Lifecam Cinema and visited relatives. Today it’s raining and I decided to play around with the new techniques I’ve learned from gleaning the Cloudy Nights forums,
After tinkering with wavelets and how I process the .avi file I ended up with this picture of Jupiter:
This image is bigger than the others I’ve taken so far because the Fujifilm Finepix has a 10x optical zoom compared to the 3x optical zoom on the Casio. This allows me to get a larger image of what’s projected in the eyepiece, but as you can see, it’s at the expense of clarity. Nevertheless the raw image pulled out of Registax was very blurry and the image above is a HUGE improvement. I have also rotated and flipped the image so it is “natural” (north is up and east is to the right).
Then I decided, since I had two separate videos that yielded similar results as the image above, why not stack those two images in Registax and see if you can’t get an even sharper image? Well, Registax didn’t like the idea of stacking only 2 images but I did it anyway and got a result that was a little sharper but grainier. Meh, it’s a tossup if you ask me.
Anyway, here’s the second (stacked) image at 100% and 50%. Looks like I will play with the Fujifilm some more! If I can get the focus better, this could be a better setup than the Casio, even though it’s not quite as easy. It takes two hands to film with the Fuji, where with the Casio I can guide with one hand and film with the other.