M45 first attempt with Dslr camera

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M45 first attempt with Dslr camera

Postby andrewscomputers » Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:25 pm

Hi all I managed to retrieve some data from M45 that I took on the 12 february after getting some help from geet on how to process my images as they would not stack.This is what I ended up with 2minutes and 48 seconds of data.I thought I would share as I am still learning with my camera.I downloaded apt software the other day as to help with my quest.Thanks for looking.
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Re: M45 first attempt with Dslr camera

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Re: M45 first attempt with Dslr camera

Postby Graeme1858 » Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:11 pm

Great first attempt!

How many images in your 2 minutes and 48 seconds?

Gfamily recommended the PIPP software for preparing images prior to stacking and I've had some success with it with some M42 images.

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Re: M45 first attempt with Dslr camera

Postby Aratus » Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:35 pm

The exposure is fine, but, as I'm sure you are already aware, the focussing needs adjusting. It is one of the hardest things with a DSLR. It looks OK at first sight, but then when you see the photo on a computer you realise its wasn't as sharp as it looked. Try digitally zooming in on each exposure to check that the stars are as small as possible before taking the next one.
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Re: M45 first attempt with Dslr camera

Postby andrewscomputers » Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:46 pm

Graeme1858 wrote:Great first attempt!

How many images in your 2 minutes and 48 seconds?

Gfamily recommended the PIPP software for preparing images prior to stacking and I've had some success with it with some M42 images.

Regards

Graeme

Hi it was only 8 images at 30 seconds each and stacked in DSS as I had to rezise the images to get it to process.Then I used Adobe cs2 to enhance the detail.
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Re: M45 first attempt with Dslr camera

Postby andrewscomputers » Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:48 pm

Aratus wrote:The exposure is fine, but, as I'm sure you are already aware, the focussing needs adjusting. It is one of the hardest things with a DSLR. It looks OK at first sight, but then when you see the photo on a computer you realise its wasn't as sharp as it looked. Try digitally zooming in on each exposure to check that the stars are as small as possible before taking the next one.

Hi Aratus I have downloaded Apt software for the DSLR to try and achieve focus as I can zoom in and has batinov mask built into the software.
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