Some nights you just can't buy a break. Everything that can go wrong, goes wrong. And some nights everything goes pretty much according to plan, but the results just don't work.....for whatever reason. Last night was one of those nights.
The equipment all functioned pretty much as advertised. My polar alignment was spot on. Target acquisition went quickly......a 2 star alignment helped. I was able to focus to what appeared to be acceptably high numbers on Nebulositiy's "fine focus". All to no avail. The pictures just aren't good...........stars that look like hard dots, poor clarity on the DSO's.
I don't have any suitable Flats at the moment, so these images contain no flats.....may be part of the problem with an uneven background and bullet stars.
My policy is to post the failures as well as the successes........so here they are.
M63: The Sunflower galaxy
70 frames, 64 useable. 5 Darks averaged No Flats 60 seconds per frame. ISO 800
41 frames, 36 useable. 120 seconds per frame. 5 Darks averaged No Flats IDO 800 (Guided by PHD)
6" Imaging Newtonian
CG5 GT mount
80mm ST refractor (guide scope)
Canon 350D (primary camera)
Orion StarShoot II color (guide camera)
Captured in Nebulosity
Aligned and stacked in Deep Sky Stacker
Processed in Photo Shop Elements with Carboni tools and Gradient Exterminator