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Ron Palgrave

I ground mirrors for fir

st a 4 inch then 10 inch back in the sixties. I was a member of the Venus and Mercury section at that time. My imaging was via 35mm film and not very satisfyingly.  Then life got in the way though i maintained an active interest. I returned to serious  astronomy some 3 years ago. I now have a runoff roof observatory that houses a Meade LX200GPS  14 inch. My chief interest is planetary imaging,though i am at the foot of the CCD learning curve.I have a less intense interest in deep sky imaging. 

Local society membership: Sunderland Astronomical Society

2019 Jun 19

2019 May 27

21:17 UTC

The Venus  Section Co-Ordinator has encouraged imagers to try and  follow Venus up to high phases values . I find imaging Venus to be most successful around dawn. But for most of this year, the image has still been unstable, with little detail disclosed.  Undoubtedly, the low planet altitude at dawn is the root cause. But, as the planet gains altitude, features are now starting to reveal themselves.
If I was more competent with Photoshop then I might be able to tease out more contrast, but this seems too  brutal a step at this stage.  I suspect I need to go back to basics and try to improve contrast in the initial image.
Ron Palgrave

2018 Aug 12

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