A nice productive evening!
The processing was a bit of a marathon though…
When I posted my East Veil shot I said I was going to try and do a mosaic! Here it is. This is a jpg as even a compressed PNG is huge, seems a little over-saturated now I’ve uploaded it.
I spent the last couple of weeks in South Wales and had a run of clear nights. I got a lot of data by staying up far too late…
Here are four images, processed in a combination of Pixinsight, Photoshop, Astra Image and Deep Sky Stacker trying to make use of the best bits/bits I understand in each!
Hopefully this will; end up being the first half of a two-part mosaic.Both the same data, 15-20 frames, 150 seconds each, Ha, Sii and Oiii.
I am really p[leased with these two images, for once everything went smoothly, good polar alignment, good focus, good guiding and an hours subs for each filter. I think I need to learn more about the ‘Hubble Palette’ and then revisit the second version, but I’m happy for now!
This was a real processing challenge, it took me hours of trying to get DSS to stack it properly (100 4-second subs!) Had to take stars out of the comet stacked one and then managed to mask the stars in the star-stacked version.
In the end, the comet had hardly moved against the stars! I like this better than my long-exposure version done with a 400mm scope.
After a Night of Disaster (TM) and failing the M27 test… I had another go.
I also managed to get a few pics of Comet Neowise and the Plough at the Water Park with my bridge camera.
This platform is mostly made from 3D printed parts, except obvious bits like plywood, screws, bearings and electronics.
It’s controlled by an Arduino Uno with an LCD keypad shield.
The final step will be finding some sky, polar aligning it and setting the tracking rates. Then hopefully some good planetary imaging!
This is the image I shared in tonight’s meeting, M16 the Eagle Nebula and cluster in Ha, with the ‘Pillars of Creation’ in the middle. Nearly 3 hours (34 5-minute exposures).
I also grabbed a luminance layer for the globular cluster M14 to use with my RGB data, and this Luminance only image of M11 to add to my ‘Messier Collection’.
This is classifies as an open cluster despite being quite compact, to me it looks more like a small but raggedy globular!