Recently while I was waiting for the new camera to arrive, I thought it would be a good idea to try and capture the best images I could of the wider field images. Previously the images I had captured were plagued by less than optimal guiding, pinched optics and collimation issues in my Skywatcher ED80. Hence now that I had corrected these and have learnt how to guide the iOptron ZEQ25 better, hence it was time to reimage the Orion nebula, Andromeda Galaxy, Pleiades and Horsehead nebula. Continue reading Orion nebula M42n and the Running Man
Happy New Year to everyone of my readers. I thought I would start the first post of the new year with some images I’m pretty happy with. Recently I was faced with the decision of which astrophotography image processing software to buy. I wanted something which had enough processing functions/modules to be able to process my astrophotos well, while not being too difficult to learn (or require me to watch tutorial videos every time I am processing a photo), and definitely not too costly. Hence after watching a few videos on how an astrophoto is processed with StarTools and factoring that it costs A$60 (under £30), I decided that it was definitely worth buying.
One of the objects in the sky I do like to image is the Orion nebula (M42), particularly at this time of year in winter. This will be an interesting object to image particularly when it gets higher into the sky. I am hoping to have more opportunity to do this in the future, as collecting more data will enable me to get even more detail from this subject. Continue reading Orion nebula M42
Previously my astrophotography workflow comprised of stacking the images and stretching in Deep Sky Stacker, before importing it into Capture One Pro 7 for further processing. This produces reasonable results, but I wanted to explore other dedicated software for this. After reading online about the various software available, I decided to take Pixinsight on for their 45-day free trial. Continue reading Orion nebula revisited