This is my shot of the Atlas comet from back on 11th April. My workflow steps to create it were:
- Capture data- 90 x 1 min L, 15 x 1 min each RGB using SW200p.
- Realise that I don’t know how to stack comet data and leave for 2 weeks.
- Try and stack using PI but find that Pixinsight Comet Alignment won’t stack DSS calibrated FITS files. Swear. Leave for another 2 weeks.
- Relearn how to calibrate in PI and start processing only to discover all subs are slightly out of focus and quite a few are spoilt by cloud.
- Reduced to 28 mins of RGB frames and stack to create the starfield- stars are OK but the comet is a disco smear (unsurprisingly).
- Use the PixInsight comet alignment tool on the L data. Looks completely pants. Swear again, delete it and give up.
- A couple of days later remember that DSS has a Comet alignment tool in it. Bit of a faf (you have to tell it where the comet is in each frame) but gave a much better result.
- Use GIMP to clone and blur out the worst of the stacking artefacts and layer into the starfield in lighten mode.
So- here it is, plus a few “making of” shots. It feels like I’ve cheated a bit as this is a mono comet with RGB stars, but after the difficulties in processing it I’m actually really pleased to have got something!
The Disco Comet:
The DSS Comet:
Put it all together: