Monthly Archives: September 2016

Creating an Astro Image Part V.V – Data Acquisition (Roman Decimal Edition!)

Gonna try this whole YouTube Livestreaming of Data Acquisition thing again.  🙂 Tonight’s goal will be to “finish off” a final 6-8 frames for each filter. Once again, at 2100 CST tonight, 9/27, I’ll stream the beginning steps to get ready … Continue reading

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Creating an Astro Image Part V – Data Acquisition

Short post today, as I hope to bring this element of the process to you via Live Streaming on my YouTube channel. Beginning @ 2100 CST tonight, 9/23, I’ll stream the setup, config, and various steps to get ready for, … Continue reading

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Creating an Astro Image Part IV – The Problems

Welllllllll….this is a post I was really hoping NOT to write, but I should have known better. 🙂  And, frankly, if this series is to be at all “accurate”, it really ought to include problems…this is AP, there are always … Continue reading

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Creating an Astro Image Part III – Selecting a Target

Ok, so we’ve got a rig that can do this, and software that can tell it how…so…what are we gonna shoot??? Target selection is part personal preference (I’m a fan of flowy knotty nebulae myself), part conditions (both physical : … Continue reading

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Creating an Astro Image Part II – The Software

So what kind of software ties all the equipment together, and makes it all do its job? The “foundation” of it all is the ASCOM library.  ASCOM (Astronomy Common Object Model) is, essentially, a translater.  It presents a standardized set … Continue reading

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Creating an Astro Image Part I – The Rig

An astrophotography rig is generally comprised of 3 major components : A mount, a telescope, and a camera.  For the most part, everything else “supports” one of those 3 things. The mount is what moves the telescope (we hope) very … Continue reading

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The process of creating an astro image

From time to time I get asked various questions about astrophotography that essentially all boil down to “How do you do that?” So…I’m going to do a series of blog posts (largely for my own amusement, I suspect, but if you … Continue reading

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Additional gallery content

In my web travels, I often see folks including quick JPGs of the various “masters” from their astro images. (Bill Snyder comes to mind immediately)  Basically, it gives you sort of a quick look at what signal came from what filters, and how … Continue reading

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NGC 6888

This one was a real challenge, and frankly I’m not terribly happy with it.  Never really did get the balance of OIII vs Ha the way I wanted it, and good masking to protect stars and fainter nebula during processing … Continue reading

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IC 59 & IC 63

September has been very good to me.  Clouds skunked me for the entire month of August, but September has provided 10 clear nights out of 15, 8 of which were used to create this image. This was my first “Narrowband … Continue reading

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