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Old December 31st 03, 11:49 PM
Del Johnson
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I think that is what I have been saying......

Del Johnson



"Chris L Peterson" wrote in message
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The trick with film is that you can expose it even longer than that in

order to
bring some of the wispy detail up on the image, and still have a

reasonable
looking core. But even so, that core has been pushed up onto the flat part

of
the response curve, which means that much of the structural detail has

been
obliterated, even if it doesn't have the characteristic blown-out

appearance of
a saturated CCD image.



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Old December 31st 03, 11:52 PM
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Thank you! Well put and very nice work.

Del Johnson





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Sorry about the link! I was on the phone and thought I had copied it.

http://astrosurf.com/lorenzi/images/m42.htm

I think 35mm film doesn't have any advantage over CCD other than cost -

but
that's a big one. Also, starting with film and moving to CCD is a good

way
to get your feet wet before spending the megabucks. Film can't compare

with
CCD in sensitivity. I still use it though, because I find the color
saturation of film and the smaller stars appealing.

Happy New Year!

JAS



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Old January 1st 04, 12:53 AM
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It's not mine - I wish! It's and example of what's out there, but the
comments stand.

Happy New Year!

JAS

"Del Johnson" [email protected]{right star in Orion's belt}.sdsu.edu wrote in
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Thank you! Well put and very nice work.

Del Johnson





"Jose Suro" wrote in message
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Sorry about the link! I was on the phone and thought I had copied it.

http://astrosurf.com/lorenzi/images/m42.htm

I think 35mm film doesn't have any advantage over CCD other than cost -

but
that's a big one. Also, starting with film and moving to CCD is a good

way
to get your feet wet before spending the megabucks. Film can't compare

with
CCD in sensitivity. I still use it though, because I find the color
saturation of film and the smaller stars appealing.

Happy New Year!

JAS






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Old January 1st 04, 06:25 AM
William D. Tallman
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Robert Berta wrote:

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And yes...I prefer CCD for astronomy....although I still use film for
wide field imaging. Big chip cameras suitable for covering a wide FOV
and maintaining a favorable sampling ratio are still too
expensive...but they are getting cheaper. However I see the consumer
type big chip digital cameras like the Canons replacing the dedicated
CCD astronomy specific cameras for the average person in a short time.

snip

Interesting thread to read through! Learned a lot!

Question: Now that Canon is using CMOS for it's digital battlewagons, given
your comment, it's worth asking what sort of performance CMOS arrays have,
as compared to both film and CCD.

Thanks,

Bill Tallman

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Old January 2nd 04, 03:54 AM
Chris L Peterson
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On Wed, 31 Dec 2003 15:49:03 -0800, "Del Johnson" [email protected]{right star in
Orion's belt}.sdsu.edu wrote:

I think that is what I have been saying......


Well, then I guess we are in agreement (but while I think the image posted by
Jose is better than the one you suggested, I think this-
http://www.starrywonders.com/m42new.html - taken with a 10D- is better yet. And
that isn't even a proper astrocamera!

Anyway, I still think the non-linear response of film is a disadvantage. I don't
know why I would want to use film, throwing away intensity detail at one end or
the other according to the whim of the emulsion designer, when for less effort I
can collect linear data and apply a compression curve of _my_ design to it to
bring out the detail of _my_ choice.

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Old January 5th 04, 03:11 PM
Michael A. Covington
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"Jack Schmidling" wrote in message
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"Michael A. Covington"

Actually my own two best Mars shots are one of each -- one with a
traditional CCD (using a "repeat and pick the best" mode on my STV) and

one
with ToUCam Pro. Since the ToUCam Pro costs only 1/10 as much, and

gives a
color image, and produced a good image with much less work, I consider

it
the winner.....


By definition, there can only be one "best" so you need to make a
choice. However, it still does not prove the point that it wins in
any scientific sense.

Until or unless someone produces a web cam picture as good or better
than the best out there,the CCD wins.


I doubt that the same kind of chip will produce substantially different
pictures at the same temperature with different hardware around it!

The one significant variable is the color mask. I would *expect* monochrome
chips with tricolor masks to have an edge over color chips.

Apart from that, this is almost like asking (in the old days) whether a
Canon or a Nikon would take better astrophotos.


 




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