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Sunday, April 22nd, 2007
After about 11pm the sky started to clear. By midnight it was perfectly clear and stayed that way until I packed it in at 3am.
 
The temperature was not too bad and the moon had set. There was a slight breeze now and again but other then that, the evening was wonderful.
 
Tonight was my first night using my computer to control my camera. I downloaded the 30 day demo of MaxDSLR. I used it to attempt focus, but it was much more difficult then I thought it would be. I could not tell the focus of the stars due to all of the noise in the shot. Perhaps I need to use a lower ISO when focusing. I'll try that next clear night as long as it happens in the next 30 days.
 
I also used MaxDSLR to set up shot sequences. This made it nice because I could walk away from the scope and just let it do it's thing rather then babysit each and every frame.
 
I'm only taking 10 second shots at roughly 60 power and throwing away at least half of them due to tracking errors, wind, vibration in the mount, etc.
 
Here are the images from tonight:
M5
Scope: Hardin 12" (300mm) Deep Space Hunter @ f/5
Camera: Canon EOS 350 Digital Rebel XT (unmodified)
Special Settings: None
ISO: 800
Exposure: 150 seconds total - 15 @ 10 seconds
Processing Software: Acquired in Max DSLR, Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels, Curves and cropped in Photoshop
Resolution: 30% (and cropped)
 
 
M13
Scope: Hardin 12" (300mm) Deep Space Hunter @ f/5
Camera: Canon EOS 350 Digital Rebel XT (unmodified)
Special Settings: None
ISO: 800
Exposure: 5 minutes total - 30 @ 10 seconds
Processing Software: Acquired in Max DSLR, Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels, Curves and cropped in Photoshop
Resolution: 60% (and cropped)
 
 
M27
Scope: Hardin 12" (300mm) Deep Space Hunter @ f/5
Camera: Canon EOS 350 Digital Rebel XT (unmodified)
Special Settings: None
ISO: 1600
Exposure: 7 minutes total - 42 @ 10 seconds
Processing Software: Acquired in Max DSLR, Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels, Curves and cropped in Photoshop
Resolution: 30% (and cropped)
 
 
M56
Scope: Hardin 12" (300mm) Deep Space Hunter @ f/5
Camera: Canon EOS 350 Digital Rebel XT (unmodified)
Special Settings: None
ISO: 1600
Exposure: 110 seconds total - 11 @ 10 seconds
Processing Software: Acquired in Max DSLR, Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels, Curves and cropped in Photoshop
Resolution: 30% (and cropped)
 
 
M57
Scope: Hardin 12" (300mm) Deep Space Hunter @ f/5
Camera: Canon EOS 350 Digital Rebel XT (unmodified)
Special Settings: None
ISO: 1600
Exposure: 160 seconds total - 16 @ 10 seconds
Processing Software: Acquired in Max DSLR, Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels, Curves and cropped in Photoshop
Resolution: 30% (and cropped)
 
 
I attempted a few more objects tonight. I'll do some more at the next clear dark sky and see what I can get. 


Image Gallery For This Session
M13 OLD M13 Precombine
M13 M13 2007 04 28b
M13 2007 04 28c M27 OLD 2
M27 OLD M27
M5 OLD M56
M57
   

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