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Friday, December 11th, 2009
 * note:  If you are looking for great astro photos, you are probably at the wrong journal.  LOL
 
Another bitterly cold night.  Even the proverbial brass monkeys have enough sense to stay inside on nights like this.
 
I am definitely struggling to learn DSLR photography.  Everything about the process is challenging.......especially when it is so cold.   Everyting is more difficult... from setting up the scope to polar aligning to focusing.   They all take care and patience, and it's hard to have much of that when your fingers are frozen.
 
Tonight I was fighting massive light polution.  Almost every house on the street was ablaze with Christmas lights.  I could barely see the stars.  There was a lot of moisture in the air as well.   I couldn't seem to achieve a good focus.....finally just gave up and started shooting anyway.  I don't think the seeing was that bad, I think I was just too cold to do the fine tuning.   Also, I am using what most people only use as a guide scope, as my imaging scope....but I am stuck with that for the time being.
 
The target for tonight was M33.   The result basically stinks!  
 
Orion 80mm ST refractor
CG5 GT mount  (unguided)
Canon 350D
65 exposures @ 75 seconds each   ISO 1600
 
 
 


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Comments:
On 12/13/09 at 11:08pm Barry wrote:
Thanks guys. I appreciate the positive feedback. I am very disappointed in my M33 and Horsehead images.....especially after getting good (for me) images of M31 & M42. My Horsehead is more "stylized" than natural. I need better data.

On 12/13/09 at 07:49pm Miquel wrote:
My M33 does not look as good as yours. I'm still working on it. Congratulations for another great shot!

On 12/11/09 at 06:00pm Jeff W wrote:
Barry, I think thats a good image of m33. I shot m33 for about 3 nights to get enough exposure. You are much better at processing than I am. Your horsehead was way better than mine and you had about half the exposure that I did.

Keep up imaging, I think we are all learning together.

Jeff W.

On 12/11/09 at 04:33pm Barry wrote:
Thanks, Neil. Still too many backward steps.....like this past week. I have learned quite a bit about Photo Shop in the process.

On 12/11/09 at 04:07pm Neil Heacock wrote:
"* note: If you are looking for great astro photos, you are probably at the wrong journal. LOL"

Aww.. c'mon Barr! For one, your images are definitely improving. For two, your processing techniques are being challenged and you are rising up and conquering! You're eeking out as much data as you can and doing a great job at it.

You are on a steady upward path and I'm personally enjoying watching the progress.

-Neil



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